Monday, July 23, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
>Born and raised on the East Coast, I had no clue the Midwest would become my home. Writing this book led me to take an architectural history tour of our university town, visit local archives, sit mesmerized in front of Ken Burn’s PBS series on Prohibition, and soak up the stories of local residents. All this has enriched my appreciation of where I live.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Amazon.com. This is exactly the same book that was first published in 2005 with a yellow and white cover, but it has been edited slightly to remove typos and has a new cover. The new edition is also cheaper! The same story appears (for only $2.99) as a Kindle edition here.
Just to confuse readers even more, I created a novella version of Bound for Eternity (the challenge was to reduce over 60,000 words to less than 25,000!). Because the shortened version required removing a couple of subplots and a major character, the short version is now called "Mummy Dearest." The novel is also a Kindle ebook.
I have also taken advantage of Amazon's user-friendly Kindle platform to post short stories previously published in the ezine Mysterical-E, "Heaven for Roosters" and Wings EPress, "Then, Fall Caesar."
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Visit the other writers and blogs at:
Mollie Bryan http://www.molliecoxbryan.com, Kathleen Kaska http://www.kathleenkaskawrites.blogspot.com,
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Conferences? Exhilarating, expensive, exhausting, but never a waste of time. At each one I’ve been to, I’ve made new friends and connections. And at one, Love is Murder in Chicago (every February) I connected with two of my current small press editors. Love is Murder celebrates the entire mystery genre from hard-boiled to cozy, with all things in between. We have the Poison Lady (a.k.a. Luci Zahray , a pharmacist in her day job) who teaches us how to poison our characters, and cops-turned-writers teaching us about crime scenes and guns. When these guys set up a mock crime scene, they give two prizes for interpretation: 1) most accurate, and 2) most creative…Other favorite conferences are Magna cum Murder , a lively weekend conference in Indiana in October, and Malice Domestic , a medium sized house party in Maryland/D.C. every late April. Unlike LIM, Malice attracts the writers of cozies and traditional whodunit mysteries, a la Agatha Christie (not surprisingly, the coveted Agatha award is a teapot).
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
The theme of the conference seemed to be that despite the closing of brick and mortar stores, authors have more options than ever before. We heard Joe Konrath (The Kindle King) talk about his publishing model, now entirely electronic after having a traditional publisher and NY agent. True, we have more choices, but each one of us must think carefully about where she wants to be in the general scheme of things. Do you want to be a NY author with a NY agent and publishing company? Then the traditional route (hobnob at conferences, find an agent, hold out for a good deal) is probably the way to go. For many of us, though, it makes sense to explore smaller publishing companies that offer both trade paperback and ebook editions and a focus on online marketing.
It is an exciting time to be an author, and I am willing to try new roads to publication. Launching what I hope will be a new series (historical mysteries set in central Illinois), I plan to explore all the options. I sure hope my books can still be available in some kind of print--I definitely love the feel and heft of the physical book. and the smell of the paper...