Out of the bookstore ~ into the air.

Contributed by Jack Gannon and Cyndi Barnier

We mentioned this project before but it is a good way to point out that not all signings and author events have to take place in a book convention or a book store.  You can get creative about the where and when.  The key is to find a place that already has traffic and see how you fit it.


“Lowcountry Authors Under The Live Oaks”

Authors Jack Gannon and Cyndi Williams-Barnier (J&C Wordsmiths, LLC)

A new venture in author book signings, “Lowcountry Authors Under The Live Oaks”, inspired and founded by J&C Wordsmiths, LLC, is held at Frampton Plantation / South Carolina Tourism Commission, once the site of the Battle of Pocotaligo in 1862 during the Civil War.  It is now a pristine, breathtaking visitors center in Yemassee, S.C. (just off Interstate 95 at Exit 33).

The South Carolina Tourism Commission contacted J&C Wordsmiths when they were informed of the duo’s annual festival: “The Second Annual ‘Novel’ Wine Tasting, Arts, and Literary Festival (in Ridgeland, SC).

The Tourism Commission asked Jack and Cyndi if they’d be interested in setting up, marketing, and advertising author appearances and signings on the historic grounds of Frampton Plantation. The South Carolina Tourism Commission staff at Frampton and J&C Wordsmiths came to an agreement to hold author book signings at the plantation every week (Fridays and Saturdays – weather permitting), to promote/market/advertise both the authors and tourism, and the authors would serve as the first welcoming committee from their tented location between the parking lot and the house.

Customers can walk around the historic home, battlefield, entrenchments, and more, all the while relaxing in the shade of 200-year-old oaks in an old southern plantation atmosphere.

“Lowcountry Authors Under The Live Oaks” began May 9, originally as part of “Lowcountry Tourism Week”, with other authors from the Lowcountry. J&C Wordsmiths are authors of “The Task Force Novel Series”, found on Amazon worldwide, and in other book stores and outlets throughout the U.S. (see sites below).

By its title alone, “Lowcountry Authors Under The Live Oaks” can be taken to any Lowcountry locale (accordingly with live oak trees), and applied as an event, or small festival under the direction of these authors. The duo are the founders of “The Annual ‘Novel’ Wine Tasting, Arts, and Literary Festival” held October 25 at September Oaks Vineyard in Ridgeland, S.C., this year hosting over 75 authors, artists and other applicable merchants from across the nation. We are anticipating 2,000 or more customers.



Jack Gannon and Cyndi Barnier are authors of the Task Force series and organizers of the September Oaks Novel Wine Tasting Festival and occurs in October.  The have created an innovative event with their opportunity at the Frampton Plantation  selling other authors books as well as their own.  They are often joined by local authors for a day in the shade.

Please visit their sites and contact them at the following locations:


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