NC Literary Hall of Fame




RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, sci-fi novelist and owner of Sharkflight Publshing, Ian J. Malone, will teach the course "Beyond Vanity: How Indie Publishing Builds Professional Writers."

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

Independent Publishing can be the gateway to total liberation for a writer’s career. Just ask Andy Weir, author of a little book called The Martian. It can also see hours of work and dedication go completely unrewarded. While there is no clear-cut path to the former, it is easier for an author to get published today than ever before…and miracles do happen. This class will teach aspiring authors how to navigate the publishing process and take their book to market, while teaching them the skills they need to write and effectively market their books. Both of these are skills that agents look for, bringing a traditional publishing deal that much closer to reality. And who knows? Maybe you sign a multi-million-dollar movie deal along the way.

We asked Ian, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"Write a thousand words a day, six days a week, no matter what. Even if they're garbage, doesn't matter. Just write, and they won't be for long. "

Ian J. Malone is the author of the sci-fi/space opera series, The Mako Saga, and owner of Durham-based Sharkflight Publishing. A graduate of Florida State University, he’s written in a number of arenas ranging from public health to news and sports. When it comes to his fictional work, however, Malone credits his tenures in radio, law enforcement, and the military for much of his thematic inspiration, plus the legion of family and friends who’ve stood with him along the way. Beyond writing, Malone is an avid fan of audiobooks and music, though it’s also not uncommon to find him at a beach, a ball field, or somewhere by a grill. Malone presently resides in the Bull City with his wife, son, and their two dogs—but he’ll always be a “Florida boy” at heart. For more on him and his books, visit him online at

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The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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