As a writer in the Montgomery, AL area, I find it amazing just how many independent bookstores, publishers, and organizations there are devoted to writers and writing. Publishers such as River City Publishing and NewSouth Books are excellent publishers with award-winning reputations. Capitol Book & News is a local, independent book store in Montgomery that offers wonderful books and cooperates with southern writers for signings and sales. NewSouth also has a book store and assists their authors with events. Finally, probably the best resource for writers in Alabama specifically is the Alabama Writers’ Forum. This organization offers information on contests, publishers, and events all around Alabama. The south is truly a haven for the written word!