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February Interviews

2/5 Heather Weidner, Glitter, Glam, and Contraband
2/12 Rhys Bowen, Above The Bay of Angels
2/19 Elizabeth Penney, Hems & Homicide
2/26 Annette Dashofy, Under The Radar

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
2/1 Valerie Burns
2/8 Jeannette de Beauvoir
2/15 Kathryn Lane

WWK Bloggers: 2/22 Kait Carson, 1/28 & 1/29 Special Interviews with Agatha Nominees by Paula Gail Benson


WWK is proud of our four Agatha nominees. Kaye George for Best Short Story--not her first time to be nominated, Connie Berry and Grace Topping for Best First Mystery Novel (wish they weren't having to compete against each other), and Annette Dashofy for Best Contemporary Novel--her fifth nomination!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Look for Kaye George and Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Kaye's story is "Life and Death on the Road" and Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."

Kaye George's first novel in the Vintage Sweets mystery series, Revenge is Sweet, will be released on March 10th. Look for the interview here on March 11.

Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, will be released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here on April 29th.

Don't miss Shari Randall's "The Queen of Christmas" available on at Amazon. Shari's holiday story for WWK was too long so she published it for our enjoyment. It's available for 99 cents or on Kindle Unlimited for free!

KM Rockwood's "The Society" and "To Die A Free Man; the Story of Joseph Bowers" are included in the BOULD Awards Anthology, which was released on November 19. KM won second place with a cash prize for "The Society." Congratulations, KM! Kaye George's "Meeting on the Funicular" is also in this anthology, which can be bought for 99 cents on Kindle until November 30.

Paula Gail Benson's story "Wisest, Swiftest, Kindest" appears in Love in the Lowcountry an anthology by the Lowcountry Romance Writers available 11/5 in e-book and print format on Amazon. The anthology includes fourteen stories all based in Charleston, South Carolina.

Kaye George's "Grist for the Mill" was published in A Murder of Crows anthology, edited by Sandra Murphy on October 9th.

Shari Randall will be writing again for St. Martin's, perhaps under a pseudonym. We look forward to reading Shari's Ice Cream Shop Mystery series debuting next year. Congratulations, Shari!

Susan Van Kirk's A Death At Tippett Pond was released on June 15th. Read E. B. Davis's interview with Susan.

Warren Bull's Abraham Lincoln: Seldom Told Stories was released. It is available at: GoRead: https://www.goread.com/book/abraham-lincoln-seldom-told-stories or at Amazon: https://tinyurl.com/ydaklx8p


Friday, April 6, 2012

The Writing LIfe

The Writing Life.

Recently an author with a book that had not yet been released asked on the Sisters in Crime on-line website how it was possible that the book was on sale at Amazon before it was available from the publisher.

The question reminded me of when a copy of my first novel, Abraham Lincoln for the Defense, was on sale at Amazon before its release date. Out of curiosity I bought the book. Tucked neatly inside the front cover was a personal note I had written to a reviewer of the local paper, The Kansas City Star.

Before the book came out I met the reviewer after a talk he delivered and asked if he would consider reviewing it. He politely informed me that he got dozens of book for possible review every day. He explained that the paper mostly reviewed works by established authors and that the chances of me getting a review were extremely small. He said, although he could not promise a review, he would read my novel. He advised me that the newspaper had a policy of not accepting packages for employees and that I should mail him a copy with a note reminding him of this conversation. When the book came out I did.

Apparently he sold the book without even cracking open the cover.

I don’t believe the reviewer lied to me. I think he had every intention of reading the book when he spoke to me, but by the time he received it, he had forgotten our conversation. He probably has many similar conversations with new authors.

It was an early lesson in the relationship between writers and reviewers that I have never forgotten.


E. B. Davis said...

You call that a relationship? Reminds me of Dire Straits lyrics, "money for nothing." Great gig if you can get it.

Gloria Alden said...

I certainly have learned a lot about writing since I first started down this trail - not only the writing part, but the business part. Alas, a lot of fantasy balloons have been punctured, and I'm sure many more still will be.
Oh, well, reality never hurts unless we let it. I know you've taken it all in stride and moved on, Warren.

Warren Bull said...

EB, That's part of being a writer.

Warren Bull said...

Thanks, Gloria,

Part of writing is picking your ego up off the floor and continuing despite whatever just happened.

Linda Rodriguez said...

Warren, my husband, the publisher, says, "When you send out review copies it's like sending your kids out into the world, you just have to let them go. I feel his pain."

If it's any consolation, reviewers are often unpaid or barely paid at all. The Star pays its reviewers the princely sum of $25 per.

Warren Bull said...

Linda, That a good way to think about it. I know reviewers and underpaid and over-worked.

Cindy Smith said...

Warren, How odd that your note came back to you in this way! I have a manuscript in the polishing stage, and have wondered if I should back away from publishing entirely. Schmoozing with agents and reviewers is just not my thing.


Warren Bull said...

Cindy, I have published with small publishers and self-published. You might consider looking at small publishers who do not require agent submissions.

Alyx Morgan said...

Very good things for an unpubbed to know, Warren, Gloria & Linda. Thanks for sharing your experiences here.

GBPool said...

If reviewers only review the top ten books, it doesn't show much imagination on their part. I don't need to read a review about Connolly's latest book. I want to learn about new writers. That guy should have read your book...or at least open it and remove your note before selling it. But I have seen my Reviewers Copy on Amazon, too. That's the name of the game.

jenny milchman said...

Warren, I am thankful your work seems to be getting the right kind of attention now. I love hearing (and reading) the good stories.

Earl Staggs said...

A good less in the reality of this crazy writing thing we do.