If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book next year, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com

Our April author interviews: Perennial author Susan Wittig Albert--4/5, Sasscer Hill, horse racing insider--4/12, English historical, cozy author, TE Kinsey--4/19, Debut author, Susan Bickford--4/26.

Saturday Guest Bloggers in April: Heather Baker Weidner (4/1), Christina Hoag (4/8), Susan Boles (4/29). WWK Saturday bloggers write on 4/15--Margaret S. Hamilton and on 4/22--Kait Carson.

Julie Tollefson won the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Holton Award for best unpublished manuscript (member category) for her work in progress, In The Shadows. Big news for a new year. Congratulations, Julie.

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published.

Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.

Linda Rodriquez has two pending book publications. Plotting the Character-Driven Novel will be released by Scapegoat Press on November 29th. Every Family Doubt, the fourth Skeet Bannion mystery, is scheduled for release on June, 13, 2017. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Linda here in June!

Cross Genre Publications anthology, Hidden Youth, will contain Warren Bull's "The Girl, The Devil, and The Coal Mine." The anthology will be released in late November 2016. The We've Been Trumped anthology released by Dark House Press on September 28th contains Warren Bull's "The Wall" short story and KM Rockwood's "A Phone Call to the White House." KM writes under the name Pat Anne Sirs for this volume.

James M. Jackson's 4th book in the Seamus McCree series, Doubtful Relations, is now available. His novella "Low Tide at Tybee" appears February 7 as part of Lowcountry Crimes: Four Novellas, which is available for order.

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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Writer Asks a Favor by Carla Damron

Hey, y’all. All of the focus has been on the presidential election coming up. However, there is another campaign that I feel is just as important, one in which I'm on the ballot. So I'm asking you to please put aside your interest in Hilary and Donald and cast you vote in another very important election.

I’ve been nominated to Jasper Magazine’s literary artist of the year! Voting is very easy to do. Anyone, anywhere can simply go here and cast your ballot:


My competition is two terrific poets: Ray McManus and Len Lawson. You know those poet types. Smart, maybe even brilliant. Their writing is lean and strong and pulls you right in. They can make their point in a few lines—while it took 300+ pages for me to make mine! But still, I hope you’ll vote for me.

Or Ray. He’s terrific. A very nice guy, too. Funny. Classy in a Converse-sneakers-with-bright-blue-laces sort of way.  Or Len—I haven’t met him, but I heard him read once and if I’d been wearing socks he’d have knocked them right off of me.

Poets. Damn.

I should never be in the same contest with poets! Put me in a contest with other novel writers—or, even better—BAD NOVEL WRITERS.  You know, that author who wrote a novel, never revised or edited it, only showed it to their mom who said it was “amazing” so they immediately self-pubbed on Amazon. That’s a contest I might win! But then, we all know self-published work that turned out to be phenomenal. I do NOT want to be in a contest with that writer. Maybe I want to be in a contest with a bad romance writer—but probably not, because they might have a ton of fans anxious to cast ballot after ballot.




I’ll be honest: this contest thing is a bit stressful. I hate pestering people and asking them to vote. We’ll find out the winner at an awards reception in December, and I picture myself standing in the crowd, heart racing, perspiration dripping from my face, wondering if what I wore looks okay as I wait for them to read the name of the winner.  I’ll practice a conciliatory smile so when they announce Len or Ray, I’ll clap, and nod, and look just like Sigourney Weaver or Amy Adams when they didn’t win the Oscar (only I won’t be as beautiful).  Yeah. That’s gonna be fun.

Everyone says it’s an honor to be nominated, and oddly, I find that to be true. Somebody cared enough to write a submission about me.  I got to attend a photo-shoot and have my picture taken a hundred times like I was someone famous. I’ve received emails from people who read The Stone Necklace and let me know they had cast their ballot.  So if I don’t win, at least I have that.
And really, isn’t that enough? Do I NEED to actually win the contest?

Nope. But I want to. So please vote! Vote for me!!

(Or Ray. Or Len. Seriously, those guys are great.)


10 comments:

Kait said...

Fingers crossed, Carla. I voted!

Jim Jackson said...

So wonderful that you are in the top three. Best of luck. Fingers, toes, and eyes crossed for you.

Grace Topping said...

Yes, it certainly is an honor to be nominated. But even better to win. Fingers crossed for you.

Love this post.

Margaret Turkevich said...

I voted. Good luck!

Carla Damron said...

Thanks for your support! Much easier than current political election, isn't it???

Gloria Alden said...

Carla, I clicked on the link and went through everything, but only got you already voted even after going to the magazine, the project and the blog, etc. Can you give me more directions on where and how to vote, or did others clicking on this already mess up my chances?

Warren Bull said...

Good luck!

KM Rockwood said...

My votes in! Much more fun than the other election news going on.

Shari Randall said...

I voted! I'm with KM - this election is WAY more fun than that other one. No matter how the election goes, it is wonderful that you've been recognized for your excellent work. Keep us posted.

LD Masterson said...

Yes, it's an honor to be nominated. Yup, the whole contest routine is very stressful. And of course, you want to win. It would be silly if you didn't.

So I voted for you.