If you are interested in blogging or want to promote your book, please contact E. B. Davis at writerswhokill@gmail.com.

January Interviews
1/1 Sherry Harris, Sell Low, Sweet Harriet
1/8 Barbara Ross, Sealed Off
1/15 Libby Klein, Theater Nights Are Murder
1/22 Carol Pouliot, Doorway To Murder
1/29 Julia Buckley, Death with A Dark Red Rose

Saturday Guest Bloggers:
1/4 Lisa Lieberman
1/11 Karen McCarthy
1/18 Trey Baker

WWK Bloggers: 1/25 Kait Carson, 1/30 E. B. Davis


Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

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.

Lyrical Press will publish Kaye George's Vintage Sweets mystery series. The first book, Revenge Is Sweet, will be released in March. Look for the interview here on 3/11.

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

Grace Topping's mystery, Staging is Murder was released April 30. It is now also available in audio.


Thursday, October 10, 2019

Writing Questions for the Experts


By Margaret S. Hamilton

On September 14th, I attended a writers’ event at the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Main Library. Novelist and Writer-in-Residence Jessica Strawser was joined by Zachary Petit, a freelance journalist, copywriter and adjunct college professor, and Maija Zummo, Editor-in-Chief of Cincinnati CityBeat, a weekly arts and issues publication. All three panelists have a background in journalism and editing.

Audience members spent ninety minutes asking questions about writing-related topics: Do I need an agent? How do I get out of a vanity press contract? Can local authors donate a copy of a new release to the library? I gave up querying after I read Janet Reid’s blog.

Former Writers Digest colleagues Strawser and Petit described both the traditional path to publication and royalty distribution, and touched upon indie publication. Strawser encouraged authors to join organizations specific to a writer’s genre: Sisters in Crime, Women’s Fiction Writers, and SCBWI for children’s book writers and illustrators.

Zummo and Petit discussed freelance writing—which publications, including CityBeat, hire freelancers, and how to become a reliable member of an editor’s “stable” of writers. Internships at local publications are for registered students, though writers can gain experience and add to their professional clip file by volunteering to write press releases and blogs for a non-profit agency. CityBeat considers 1000-word spec features on all topics except theatre and restaurant reviews. Zummo suggested that authors promoting books write short feature articles on some aspect of their fictional world (travel, interior design and home renovation, gardening) and encouraged aspiring freelance writers to contribute to or establish their own blogs.

Querying writers expressed their discouragement. They’re doing “the whole Query Shark thing” with no response. Strawser mentioned several resources available to the Cincinnati area: Writer’s Digest hosts querying workshops, and the upcoming Books on the Banks event offers panel discussions. In January, I attended an Author’s Guild publishing bootcamp and continue to participate in their on-line programs.

Strawser will continue her ten minutes-per-person-once-a-month-office hours at the Sharonville library, recommending sources of information for writers, advice, and encouragement.

Cincinnati is full of writers anxious to learn their craft and publish their work. I commend the public library for establishing a writer-in-residence program and hosting workshops and seminars.

Writers, what community resources have you used during your path to publication? Readers, have you attended writing workshops or lectures?


KM Rockwood said...

Sounds like a great program.

I like to attend events like workshops, lectures and conferences that I find very helpful and enlightening. I haven't had been to any lately, but I will keep an eye out for opportunities.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer of sexy and funny fiction, blogger at Handbags, Books...Whatever said...

That sounds good. After I started writing, I went to an event with romance writers and they told me about Romance Writers of America. I joined and am happy I had the workshops, grew friendships through the national and local offerings.

Shari Randall said...

It's so cool that this library has a writer in residence! I wish more libraries did that (off to propose it to my neighborhood library). I've been to author panels and interviews at libraries - it's so nice to meet authors in a more comfortable setting.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Kathleen, it was a great program. I hadn't considered writing articles to promote my stories and books.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Vicki, thanks for dropping by! I've attended several small group Romance writers workshops. The writers are talented and hard-working, despite their fondness for shirtless cowboys in leather vests.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

Shari, it's been a great year with Jessica Strawser as the writer-in-residence. She visited many library-based book clubs to lead the discussion on her latest book, gave two large public lectures, and held office hours. And guess who turned up the next day at the downtown library? Rosemary Wells of Max and Ruby fame! She loaned the library her noisy Nora illustrations and participated in a kids' workshop.