In 1986, Linda Layne launched a home-based business--Cedar Creek Publishing Services--to provide administrative, advertising, and publishing services to businesses, nonprofits, and writers. She also traveled Virginia with her photographer husband, Adam Quillon, and wrote feature articles for a magazine she published--Virginia Farm Living. In 1996, a new age was dawning. The expansion of home computers, software, and Internet technology was altering the work environment, figuratively and literally. More writers were entering the publishing arena. In 2006, Linda cut back on the service bureau end of things to have more time for publishing consults and to start-up a traditional small press--Cedar Creek Publishing--to publish a few hand-selected book projects each year.
During her early years of business, she was a board member and officer in the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce, organized the Fluvanna County Fair, and co-chaired the Old Farm Day committee for the Fluvanna Historical Society. Since 1994, she's been an active member and volunteer for the Virginia Writers Club (founded in 1918). She served as their Executive Director for 12 years and now serves as Treasurer, assisting with regional chapter support and teen writer outreach. In 2012, the VWC presented Linda their inaugural James Branch Cabell Award (named after the Club's founder), recognizing her years of service to Virginia's writing community and the Club.
When she's not wearing her publisher or author coach hat, Linda can be found serving as a senior patient advocate, freelance researcher, homeschooler, fish farmer, or community activist. Her hobbies include journaling, scrapbooking, mixed media art, gardening, cooking, and reading works that enrich the soul. #WorkAtHomeMom #Grandmother
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." - Henry David Thoreau (Walden)
LINDA M. LAYNE
30+ Years in the Publishing Industry as a Business Networker, Writers'
Advocate and Consultant
Cedar Creek Publishing is a Virginia publisher of books by exceptional Virginia authors who write what they know. Some authors arrive after a successful run of contest winnings and/or works featured in anthologies, magazines or literary journals. Others have proven themselves with previously published books. But the hallmarks Cedar Creek Publishing especially seeks in an author beyond their amazing writing talent, is their activity as a teacher, mentor, speaker, workshop or group leader in the field of their writing interest, as well as their use of the Internet and social media to stay connected, engaged, and updated on current trends in the publishing industry.
"Giving back" is a principle upon which Cedar Creek Publishing is founded. Aside from book readings and book signings/sales, Cedar Creek authors serve as Literary Ambassadors to inspire and encourage a love for reading and writing. Every Cedar Creek author is committed to a lively conversation about their book, other similar books, and what they've learned about the writing and publishing process.
PREFERRED PROJECTS: (Primarily a Virginia theme or setting)
ANTHOLOGIES - collections of award-winning or juried short fiction, nonfiction, poetry and/or art.
POETRY - collections of poetry by regional award-winning poets.