Welcome Wednesday guests for August: Cindy Sample 8/6, Terri Herman-Ponce 8/13, Maggie Toussaint 8/20, Kaye George writing as Janet Cantrell 8/27.

Gloria Alden's latest publication is nonfiction. Boys Will Be Boys: The Joys and Terrors of Raising Boys. Edited by Cher'ley Grogg was recently released and available on Amazon. Gloria wrote three essays and two poems in her chapter included in the book.


Congratulations to four of WWK’s bloggers whose books were released in the last two months. Look for Jim Jackson’s second Seamus McCree novel, Cabin Fever; Linda Rodriguez's new Skeet Bannion mystery, Every Hidden Fear; KM Rockwood's new Jesse Damon novel, Brothers in Crime; and Gloria Alden's third Catherine Jewell Mystery, Ladies of the Garden Club. All of the novels are available at bookstores in print and ebook.

Paula Gail Benson's short story "Confidence in the Family" is featured in the Mystery Times Ten 2013 anthology, which can be bought at Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Mystery-Times-2013-Linda-Browning/dp/0984203583/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1387240857&sr=8-2

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Sisters in Crime (SinC) Chesapeake Chapter

I consider myself fortunate to have had two of my short stories published this year. “Daddy's Little Girl" appeared in virtual print in July within the pages of ezine, Voices from the Garage. In May, I entered a contest conceived by Mozark Press. The editor, Linda Fisher, chose my short story, along with twenty-four other stories, to include in a print anthology called A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas. My short story, “Implicated by A Phrase” drew two, average middle-age women on a day of shopping and lunch into murder while touring vacation rental homes on Hatteras Island, N.C. Not all of the stories included in this volume were mysteries, but all of the stories contained female middle-age protagonists.

The Mozark anthology came off the press in October, and shortly thereafter, a writer from the Chesapeake Chapter of SinC called me with an invitation to a promotional meeting for the authors in the chapter published this year. My reaction? I was dumfounded, amazed, and impressed. I hadn’t known that anyone else but the twenty-four other short story authors contained in the anthology knew of its existence. Sylvia Straub, another Chesapeake Chapter author, wrote a short story included in the same volume as mine, and Lina Zeldovich, a SinC member. Sisters in Crime lets no one slip through the cracks.

Photo courtesy of Robin Templeton
We met in a room of a retirement village. Residents were invited to the meeting. From the Chessie Chapter, twenty-seven authors had books and/or short stories published this year. Because I’m fairly new to the chapter, I hadn’t known that November's meeting always honored those authors published during the year and sold their books and short story anthologies, some of which were developed by the chapter itself. Each author stood and presented a short description of their published work.

A local indie store, Mystery Loves Company, set up shop in the retirement village. I don’t know how many books they sold, but the room was full of shoppers when I stopped by. Hopefully, they will make a nice profit and remain open, unlike many indies who are just about the only physical bookstores to carry small press books written by many of the authors that I’ve interviewed on this blog. During the sales time, I had the thrill of signing my first book.

While I was in Hatteras last month, the kindly owner of Buxton Village Books, Gee Gee Rosell, bought two books from me to sell in her shop. If you are ever on Hatteras Island, stop by and buy a book from Gee Gee, who is knowledgeable of SinC and a pleasure to meet.

The print and Kindle versions of A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas are also available at Amazon.com.

For those mystery and crime writers who are not currently members of SinC, I hope my experience proves the advantages of being a member. Join at: http://sistersincrime.org/.

Today, I’m giving away three copies of A Shaker of Margaritas: Hot Flash Mommas by randomly drawing names of those who make comments on this blog.

8 comments:

Warren Bull said...

Sisters in Crime is a great organization! I've gotten more help from them than any other group. I also recommend Guppies, a subgroup of SIC. I describe myself as a proud "brother-in-law" member in good standing of SIC.

E. B. Davis said...

Both groups have helped me tremendously in craft, publishing industry knowledge and PR. Warren, you can be a brother, not just an in-law!

Pauline Alldred said...

I agree about SinC and the Guppies. As a group, everyone is eager to support a writer whether at the beginning of a career or a much published writer. Published writers are generous with critiques and information.

I'm guessing, if a successful mystery writer ignores MWA, it's like an actor or actress ignoring the Gold Globe awards. I used to belong to MWA as an affiliate but I didn't think they offered many resources. Winning one of their awards would be a boost to any career, I imagine.

Meanwhile, my local chapter of SinC with the local chapter of MWA put on Crimebake, a conference that manages to attract bestseller mystery writers.

MaryAnn Corrigan said...

Hi Elaine,
I enjoyed eating lunch with you and talking to you at the Sisters in Crime meeting on Saturday. The Chessie Chapter always has great meetings and, as you noted, is very supportive of new writers. Hope to see you at the next meeting.
--Mary Ann

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks MaryAnn. It was a pleasure meeting you as well. Unfortunately, I already know I'll be out of town for the next meeting (parents-in-law's estate sale) but I will try to make the January meeting. Seems that I have a too-full schedule, which is why I joined the Guppies, an on-line group. I was so pleased at the support of the Chesapeake Chapter.

Ricky Bush said...

Yep, joining SinC certainly was the best move that I've made. They have such wonderful resources to share with their members...and members willing to share and help others with valuable tips, tricks and advice for us lonely authors.

L.S.Fisher said...

Congratulations, Elaine! Glad the presentation and signing went well. You and Sylvia have done much to support the book. Online sales are going well, and I've even sold through PayPal on the website.

Great picture too! Can I share it on http://mozarkpress.blogspot.com?

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks Linda-glad I can help since this is my first "in print" story. It is good to hear that sales are good. Mystery Loves Company stocked 15 copies at least, which was so nice of them.