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August Interview Schedule
8/7 Rhys Bowen Love and Death Among the Cheetahs
8/14 Heather Gilbert Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass
8/21 Lynn Chandler Willis Tell Me No Secrets
8/28 Cynthia Kuhn The Subject of Malice
8/31 Bernard Schaffer An Unsettled Grave

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 8/3 M. S. Spencer, 8/10 Zaida Alfaro

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 8/24 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

KM Rockwood's "Frozen Daiquiris" appears in The Best Laid Plans: 21 Stories of Mystery & Suspense, edited by Judy Penz Sheluk. The anthology will be released on June 18th.

Congratulations to Margaret S. Hamilton for being a finalist in the Daphne Du Maurier contest. Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.

Congratulations to Shari Randall for WINNING the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Her book, Curses, Boiled Again was published by St. Martin's last year. Read the interview about the book here. Yay, Shari!

Fishy Business anthology authors include KM Rockwood, Debra Goldstein, and James M. Jackson. This volume was edited by Linda Rodriguez.

Please read Margaret S. Hamilton and Debra Goldstein's short stories (don't ask about their modus operandi) in a new anthology, Cooked To Death Vol. IV: Cold Cut Files

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30.

James M. Jackson extends the Seamus McCree series with the May 25th publication of #6, False Bottom.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

SinC Chapter Anthologies—Desert Sleuths Chapter (Phoenix)

In our continuing anthology series, this week Paula Gail Benson and I interview Anthony Award nominee, Deborah J. Ledford, anthology coordinator for the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths—the Phoenix Chapter of SinC. The chapter has released five anthologies, the latest are: SoWest So Wild, SoWest: Desert Justice and SoWest Crime Time. Please welcome Deborah to WWK.                                             E. B. Davis
What prompted you to create an anthology?

DJL: The SinC Desert Sleuths Board wanted to give their members the opportunity to have their work appear professionally in print. For some, this was the first opportunity for their work to appear in print. We’re most proud of the members who received their first publishing credit from stories featured in our anthologies.

How did you develop a theme for your anthology?

DJL: Our latest, SoWest, anthologies adhere to a Southwest theme. Each of the stories take place in the region where our chapter is located. Our chapter is located in Arizona and most of our members reside in the Phoenix-metro area.

How long did you give your writers to submit stories?

DJL: For each of the SoWest anthologies, we put the call out for submissions in January with a deadline of mid-March. The editors then begin working with the writers on the selected stories to provide the most professional work possible to feature in the publication/s. After the editors and writers are pleased with the final results, all of the stories go to the lead editor for a final polish. Then the files are formatted and the electronic galley version is provided to the writer for final approval. Then the entire galley is formatted for publication. The end result is released at the annual Desert Sleuths Chapter WriteNow! conference in August.

Did you adhere to the guidelines set up for anthologies by SinC?

DJL: For the most part. The information featured in the SinC Chapter Handbook was very helpful. The major exception is that the Desert Sleuths formed our own publishing company rather than searching for one.

What was the response to your query for stories among your writers?

DJL: Due to the accolades and great reception of our anthologies, we receive more submissions to consider each year.

What were the criteria for selection?

DJL: Each writer submitting a story must be a national and local chapter member. Requirements for story acceptance for consideration were that the stories adhere to the theme and maximum word length.

Were the stories judged blind? How did you obtain judges?

DJL: All stories were judged blind. One DS member accepted the stories and kept track of the entries, as well as deleting any mention of the writer before they were sent to the editors. The editors didn’t know the writers’ names until the stories were assessed and then accepted for publication.

Did you hire an editor?

DJL: I was the lead editor for all three of these anthologies, which was helpful as I’m a professional content editor. We also had one other professional editor, as well as 2-3 astute and crucial authors who presented their expertise.

Was any thought given as to the order of the stories in the anthology?

DJL: Twenty stories are featured in our two most recent titles. The editing team felt it best to present the story order alphabetically by author name.

How did you find a publisher, and who published your anthology?

DJL: The Desert Sleuths are proud to have released 5 anthologies since 2009. The board members at that time were insightful and decided to form our own publishing company. The entire series of anthologies are presented as DS Publishing books.

Were you given a choice of covers?

DJL: We decided to adhere to an overall theme for our most recent 3 releases. We decided on “SoWest” for the name branding. DS Member M.L. Roselius designed our fantastic and eye-popping covers for the series. The title fonts are consistent, and the southwest visuals for the covers have become branding as well.

How are you promoting your anthology and do you have a budget to do so?

DJL: The anthologies are available in print from Amazon and for Kindle. Our most successful promotion and sales come from our annual WriteNow! conference and the Tucson Festival of Books.
Do you think that there is a resurgence of interest in short stories?

DJL: I do. With so little time to spend reading an entire novel, short fiction allows the reader to actually finish a complete tale. It’s also a great way to read work by authors you may have never been exposed to.

Have any of your anthology’s stories been nominated for awards?

DJL: I’m beyond proud that SoWest: Desert Justice is the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award Finalist, as well as selected as a 2012 Top Read by Suspense Magazine.

Are you planning other anthologies?

DJL: The Desert Sleuths plan to work on their next anthology in 2015.

2014 Anthony Award Nominee in the audiobook category, Deborah J Ledford is the author of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela Thriller Series, including: CRESCENDO, STACCATO and SNARE--The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, and the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards Finalist. She is a member of ITW, MWA (SoCal), SinC (National, LA-CA) and past-president of SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter. DeborahJLedford.com


Gloria Alden said...

Welcome to Writers Who Kill, Deborah. I found this interview quite interesting as I've been suggesting something similar with our rather new chapter in N.E. Ohio. We've been together for over six years, but only this past year officially became a Sinc chapter. Thanks for all the good advice on creating our own anthology.

Warren Bull said...

It sounds like the chapter did excellent work.

KM Rockwood said...

I love reading about the chapter anthologies. What a good way to support members and be actively involved in publishing.

Paula Gail Benson said...

I have followed the Desert Sleuths Chapter and its publications for a number of years. Congratulations to the chapter for recognizing and promoting new authors.

E. B. Davis said...

Thanks so much for the interview, Deborah. I've heard that the authors for the new anthology were recently chosen. Congratulations to them and to your chapter.