Blatant self-promotion (BSP) is a hard task for writers, who, like me, generally spend their time alone writing. Being a “ham” just doesn’t come naturally because many writers are introverts and, after years of criticism, they stumble when speaking too loudly about their work, knowing the standards are high. Self-promotion is even more daunting when there are complaints on discussion groups about too much BSP. If even your compatriots don’t want to hear it, why would anyone else?
|Grandma's job leads to murder in my |
short "Lucky in Death."
As a blogger, I read other blogs. One writer discussed various ways in which he knew that he had “made it” as a writer. I don’t hit the bull’s eye of high standards every time. But after seeing the other authors included in the Chesapeake Chapter’s anthology, I knew that “Lucky in Death” hit the bull’s eye. I had “made it.” Why?
Some of my fellow authors in the anthology are:
• Donna Andrews, who has won the Agatha, Anthony, and Lefty awards as well as being nominated for the Macavity and Dilys awards
• Comedic mystery writer Karen Cantwell;
• Barb Goffman, an Agatha contender this year
• Agatha nominated Harriette Sackler is also the Malice Grants Chair
• Art Taylor, a frequent contributor to Ellery Queen Magazine, won the Derringer Award this year for “Rearview Mirror,” one of his novelettes, and
• Mystery novelist, Cathy Wiley.
I don’t know the other seven writers in the volume. But I do know that twenty-eight talented writers competed for fourteen spots in this anthology. Three judges, all popular published authors, agreed on those stories included. I’m proud to have a story in this anthology amongst such illustrious authors. Every now and then, I pull the brass ring. I’m savoring this honor so that when rejections arrive for other projects, I’ll remember.