Bestselling authors to write original essays for local newspapers


Beginning in April, 24 bestselling authors will write original 800-word essays for local newspaper readers via a new column, "The Writer's Notebook." Every other week a different author will explore everyday life – familiar joys and sorrows, hassles and triumphs – exclusively for newspapers with average daily print circulations of less than 100,000.

"Authors and local newspapers share an interest in encouraging reading. And they can create value by working together to offer readers a one-of-a-kind experience," says Tina O'Rourke, founder of the column. "This column was created specifically for local newspapers, so readers won't find 'The Writer's Notebook' in publications like USA Today, The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times."

"The Writer's Notebook" author list includes: Julia Alvarez, Mary Kay Andrews, Dave Barry, Tomie dePaola, Winston Groom, Charlaine Harris, Walter Isaacson, Dean Koontz, Gregory Maguire, Mary Alice Monroe, Walter Mosley, Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Patchett, Brandon Sanderson, George Saunders, Lisa See, Adriana Trigiani and Scott Turow.

Prices are scaled to circulation, starting at $7 per essay. The price allows subscribing newspapers to showcase these remarkable writers in both print and digital applications. This special introductory pricing remains in effect until Feb. 16.

Learn more at or contact Tina O'Rourke at or (603) 562-9782.


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