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July Interview Schedule:
7/3 Jean Stone A Vineyard Summer
7/10 Mark Bergin
7/17 Christin Brecher Murder's No Votive Confidence
7/24 Dianne Freeman A Ladies' Guide to Gossip
7/31 J. C. Kenney A Genuine Fix

Saturday Guest Bloggers: 7/6 V. M. Burns, 7/13 Joe Amiel,

WWK Satuday Bloggers: 7/20 Gloria Alden, 7/27 Kait Carson


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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 Margaret competes in the Unpublished/Mainstream mystery/suspense category.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.


Friday, May 24, 2019

Crazy As a Writer by Warren Bull

Crazy As a Writer by Warren Bull

Image from Jessica Oliveira on Upsplash

One major difference between those who succeed in the writing world of traditional publishing and those who do not is the ability to keep writing, even when there is no reason to do so. Logical and reasonable people switch from something that doesn’t pay off after a reasonable time to something else that does.
Some writers stay with their dreams of getting an agent and finding a traditional publisher. For example, my friend Jenny Milchman’s  “first” novel was released in 2013 by Ballantine Books. Her first novel followed seven novels that were never released. She spent eleven years of writing novels that did not get published.
Once published, Cover of Snow earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and many other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, short-listed for the Barry and Macavity awards, and won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of the year. The first edition print run sold out quickly. When I checked recently, there were fourteen editions of the book.
Ruin Falls, also an Indie Next Pick, was published by Ballantine in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a "10 Best of 2014" by Suspense Magazine. Jenny's third novel, As Night Falls was published by Ballantine in 2015. It was selected as an Indie Next Pick, earned a starred review from Shelf Awareness, was chosen as one of PureWow's Summer Top 30 and won the Silver Falchion award for Best Novel. The film rights to As Night Falls recently sold and the movie is currently being cast.
None of that would have happened if she had come to her senses after the seventh novel, read the handwriting on the wall and took up a sensible course of action.
Fiction writers ask their reader to suspend disbelief.  Writers have to suspend disbelief that their work will be in vain.  Carolyn Hart published a novel in 1964 but had limited commercial success until 1987 when Death on Demand came out. She now has published about 60 novels. I hesitate to give an exact number since it’s hard to keep up with someone so prolific. Naturally, Carolyn has many other publications to her credit. She received the Ridley Pearson Award at Murder in Grove, Boise, Idaho, in 2005 for significant contributions to the mystery field. She has received the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Amelia Award from Malice Domestic. In 2014 she was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
Even though Jenny and Carolyn are wonderful writers, they had to remain active through hard times and believe in themselves when the lack of positive results suggested that an easier path would have been to give up.


KM Rockwood said...

I think that, for most writers, "success" is the icing on the cake. People write because they want to, or even feel they have to. While having a wide audience is wonderful, it's not the most important thing.

Jim Jackson said...

A famous saying is that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

The difference between your examples, and the truth in the saying, I assume is that these people did not do the same thing over and over again. They wrote different books; they wrote better books; the networked more efficiently; etc.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Nice round-up, Warren.

Jacqueline Seewald said...


Excellent observations. I also agree with KM and Jim. As Pope said: "Hope springs eternal." The truth is if you love writing and are dedicated to it as we are, you just keep at it. It's always wonderful when writers like Jenny get rewarded for their efforts.

carla said...

Well said. We write because we have to. The words simply need to come out. What happens after is important, too-- but it's best not to let that be our motivation.

E. B. Davis said...

Crazy is as crazy does! At least I'm in good company. I love writers. Thanks for pointing out crazy, Warren. Given your life career--you'd know!