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October Interviews

10/07 M.E. Browning, Shadow Ridge

10/14 Alexia Gordon

10/21 Adam Meyer

10/28 Barbara Ross, Jane Darrowfield and the Madwoman Next Door

October Guest Bloggers

10/03 Kathleen Kalb

10/17 S. Lee Manning

10/31 Sharon Dean

WWK Weekend Bloggers

10/10 Jennifer J. Chow

10/24 Kait Carson


For The Love Of Lobster Tales by Shari Randall is now available to download free for a limited time. Go to Black Cat Mysteries at: https://bcmystery.com/ to get your free copy! Thanks for the freebie, Shari.

Keenan Powell recently signed with agent Amy Collins of Talcott Notch. Congratulations, Keenan!

KM Rockwood's "Secrets To The Grave" will appear in the new SinC Chesapeake Chapter's new anthology Invitation To Murder, which will be released by Wildside Press on 10/6.

Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!

Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!

Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.

KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.

Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Sunday, October 6, 2019

Left High and Dry

by Kaye George

What to do when you’re left high and dry? That is, when your nice little small press goes away, the one that published the series that starts with the first serious mystery novel you deemed worthy. The mystery novel you worked on for ten years. The mystery novel that tells of an alternate life you might have led, had things gone differently.

Me playing an outdoor wedding in Dallas; daughter was my page turner
I’m a life-long classical violinist, from the age of ten anyway. So when I started out to write in this genre, I created a character who was also a classical musician, but a keyboardist, just so she wouldn’t be exactly like me. And I had her become a composer and conductor, two things I’ve dabbled at, but never did for a living. I guess you could say Cressa Carraway is my alter-ego. 

During the ten years I took to get the first novel in shape (never mind the two I wrote before that—they’re hopeless), I took classes, learned about critique groups, joined writers’ organizations locally and, eventually, online. In other words, it took me about ten years to learn how to write a mystery.

Then I started querying agents. I learned that classical music is not considered by them to be a popular hook. I ignored those who said that and kept querying. For a long time. I ran out of agents and started on small presses. Lo and behold, Barking Rain Press decided to take it. I was thrilled! (It wasn’t my first novel accepted—I wrote a few more during that ten years and had two others accepted by other small presses, but it’s my first baby.) It even became a Silver Falchion Finalist at Killer Nashville.

I wrote a sequel and Barking Rain published that one, too. The series even acquired some fans. Things were going well!

Then I got sidetracked on other projects, always meaning to get that third one written. Soon, soon. But, before that happened, things started getting out of kilter at BRP. Royalty statements were late. Payments were late. Communication was extremely poor. I had asked for my rights back from another small press where I had disastrous experiences and ended up self-publishing that series. So I decided to get my rights back for this series, too.

Just about the time the second book reverted to me, BRP announced they were going to shut down! Good timing on my part, for once. So, what to do next? 
morguefile.com by lauramusikanski

CreateSpace, the self-publishing tool I used, wasn’t there anymore. Oh brother! What a bother. I actually DID come up with an excellent solution, but I have to leave you with a teaser—can’t tell you yet what will happen. Tune in two Sundays from now!


Kait said...

You have my attention, can't wait to find out.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Congrats! What a journey.

Grace Topping said...

You certainly have had some challenges. But I'm glad that you haven't let them defeat you. Can't wait for the next chapter.

Kaye George said...

Thanks for stopping by, Kait, Margaret, and Grace. Just...One More Thing.

KM Rockwood said...

Well, we certainly see why you are such a great mystery writer. You've left us in suspense about your solution, and we'll have to wait two weeks for the next installment.

Kaye George said...

Yes, KM, that's my clever ploy! :)