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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
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. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
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.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
An Interivew with Kate M. George
EBD: Under what category did you enter the Daphne Contest?
KMG: I entered under mainstream. I didn’t understand the categories well enough when I first started entering contests and that was a big mistake. Finally a judge in a different contest mentioned to me that Moonlighting was not really romantic suspense. I owe that judge a lot because when I entered the correct category my work started doing a lot better.
EBD: After you won the contest, what were the effects? Did agents or editors contact you wanting to read your manuscript? If not, when querying agents and editors, did you feel that winning the Daphne opened any doors to publishing?
KMG: Here’s the thing. The timing between the Daphne and getting published was interesting. I submitted to the Daphne, forgot about it and a few weeks later accepted a contract with Mainly Murder Press. Then I found out I’d won the mainstream division of the Daphne. That spring was a real rush.
But you are really asking if winning the Daphne helped me get published. I don’t honestly know. It might have, if I hadn’t already been pending publication. However, I did get queries from agents who didn’t know Moonlighting in Vermont had already been picked up.
EBD: How did you get your manuscript published? Which agent and publisher contracted to publish your book?
KMG: I don’t have an agent. Mainly Murder Press was accepting un-agented submissions and I sent them Moonlighting. My editor and I were both thrilled when Moonlighting won.
EBD: How were you treated during the publishing process? Did you have input into your book cover? Did you have a marketing plan or did your publisher have any proposals?
KMG: Mainly Murder Press treated me very well during the publication process. I was given a lot of input on the cover. While I didn’t have a marketing plan per se, my editor had suggestions and I’ve been reading about promoting books. The learning curve is steep, and marketing doesn’t come naturally to me, but most authors need to figure it out these days. It’s just the way it is.
EBD: What did you do to promote your book?
KMG: I had a launch at our local library. I’ve done book signings at bookstores, fundraisers, craft fairs and at private parties. I blog regularly – three times a week. I maintain a web site; well actually my brother is maintaining it for me, thanks Ed! I have a presence on Facebook – both a personal and a fan page, Twitter, MySpace, Goodreads and Bestseller Bound. I try to check in to my online accounts every day.
EBD: What is your publisher’s distribution? Do they take returns?
KMG: Mainly Murder Press is a Print on Demand publisher. That means they do not warehouse books. They are printed as they are ordered. So there isn’t an initial run. I like this option because unsold books aren’t remaindered. Remaindered books have their covers pulled off, the books are destroyed – a huge waste of resources – and the covers are sent back to the publisher for refund. Print on demand eliminates those steps. My books are available through the traditional distributors so they can be ordered for you by any bookstore. They are also available from Amazon, B&N, Borders and from MainlyMurderPress.com
EBD: What was the process of electronic formatting? In which formats are your book published?
KMG: I was initially published in trade paperback and because I retained the electronic rights, I was then able to load Moonlighting onto Amazon’s Kindle format as an ebook. The best format for Amazon appears to be Microsoft Word and as that was what I used initially to write the book, it wasn’t difficult to load.
EBD: Tell us a bit about your award winning book. What is the log line, hook, short synopsis?
KMG: Log Lines – My personal log line is Mystery with a side of laughter.
Moonlighting in Vermont’s log line is: Miss Marple meets Miss Congeniality – or – Murder in the sticks.
Hook: When a murder rocks the rural community of South Royalton, Vermont, small town girl, Bree MacGowan, pits her wits against the handsome but terminally stubborn Lieutenant Miles Brooks. Brooks believes she’s a murderer, Bree knows she’s not. Mud and mayhem ensue.
Synopsis: Rumor has it that nothing ever happens in small town Vermont, but for Bella Bree MacGowan there is no shortage of excitement. She becomes the prime suspect when she finds her boss dead in a pool of blood and can’t convince the officer in charge, hunky Lt. Miles Brooks, that she isn’t capable of murder.
Lt. Brooks believes two things, the first is that everyone is capable of murder and the second is that the simplest solution is usually correct. So when it appears that Bree MacGowan has both motive and opportunity he’s confident he’s found his killer