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Vica Miller Literary Salons Website Launched; Author Publishing Deal Announced

NEW YORK, Nov 12, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Vica Miller Literary Salons, a bi-monthly chamber reading series held in select art galleries in New York City, launched its website, http://www.vicamillersalons.com, and announced erotica as the theme of its next salon, on November 17.

The salons - a brainchild of public-relations executive and novelist Vica Miller - provide a platform for writers, both published and not, to present their work publicly. "I wanted to create a tangible connection between writers, readers, and agents," said Ms. Miller. "There're so many fantastic writers worthy of being heard. For readers and audience both, it's an electric experience. Writers say reading at the salon has rekindled their excitement about their material; audiences report witnessing a creative effort in the unusually intimate setting." While the salons don't address the hardships of getting published, nor aim to sell books for published authors, two writers recently secured representation as a result of readings at the salon. Molly Lyons of Joelle Delbourgo Associates signed author Janet Goss shortly after hearing her read the opening chapter from her novel "Off the Grid" at the June 15, 2010 salon. Last week, New American Library, a division of Penguin Group, agreed to publish both that title and a second novel, already in progress.

"Vica is a superwoman, so when she invited me to share my work at her salon, she didn't have to ask twice," said Janet Goss. "But to wind up with both an agent and a two-book deal mere months after the fact is truly a life-changing event, one I couldn't be more grateful for." Launched in April of 2009 and touted as "a magical space in which to read", salons are held in private art galleries and feature four writers per evening, varying genres and themes every time. "I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of the salons of late-19th century St. Petersburg," said Ms. Miller, a native of the Russian city. "I'm lucky to have some of the finest art galleries as my hosts and a solid network of gifted writers and serious readers." The next salon will be held on November 17 at William Bennett Gallery, with readings by Tina Barry, Stephanie Hopkins, Vica Miller, and Laurie Silver. RSVP essential to attend. Details at http://www.vicamillersalons.com SOURCE: Vica Miller Literary Salons CONTACT: Media: Vica Miller Literary Salons Vica Miller, 212-378-4108 x 4014 media@vicamillersalons.com Copyright Business Wire 2010 -0- KEYWORD: United States

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