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April Interviews

4/1 Jennifer Chow, Mimi Lee Gets A Clue
4/8 John Gaspard
4/15 Art Taylor, The Boy Detective & The Summer of '74
4/22 Maggie Toussaint, Seas the Day
4/29 Grace Topping, Staging Wars

Saturday Guest Bloggers
4/4 Sasscer Hill
4/18 Jackie Green

WWK Bloggers:
4/11 Paula Gail Benson
4/25 Kait Carson


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.

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!


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Conferences. Too Many? Too Few?

by Kaye George

I’m going to more conferences this year than I usually do. That’s because I have a new release in a new series coming out this year, in March. That’s what I tell myself.

Will going to more conferences help me sell more books? Will it help me get more name recognition? More readers?

As many writers have pointed out in the past, you never know what works and what doesn’t. There’s no way to quantify it. What I know, is that if I do nothing, no publicity at all, no conferences, no blogs, no guest blogs, my sales dwindle drastically. When I do everything, my books sell. If I only knew which things to do and which things I could let go! I doubt that will ever happen.

So this year, in addition to Malice Domestic, which I nearly always attend, I’m going to Left Coast Crime in San Diego (my third one), and to Killer Nashville (I think it’s my third one there, too.)

I’m doing as much as I can at each conference. The only one all set up so far is LCC and I was fortunate to be given two panels. I was also fortunate enough to have Maya Corrigan pair up with me for what they call an author-reader connection. This is new to me, but it’s going to be great fun, I predict. We’ll meet at a Greek restaurant and give out books and buy baklava for our guests. That ought to create fans, don’t you think? If it doesn’t, what will?

I’m not looking forward to spending all this money on the conferences, but I will try to forget all about that while I’m doing them. Hope to see a lot of you there!


Grace Topping said...

If nothing else, going to writers' conferences is a lot of fun. I hope you have a terrific time. I will be a Malice in May and am looking forward to it.

Margaret S. Hamilton said...

See you at Killer Nashville.

Kaye George said...

They are a luxury, at least, aren't they, Grace? See you at Malice, and you--Margaret--in Nashville!

Susan said...

I didn’t quite know what to expect when I went to my first conference. I found it was great to meet the authors I’d only read about. I’m trying Left Coast Crime this year, so I’ll see you there!

Kaye George said...

Yes, Susan--we can finally meet!

joshpac said...

See you at Malice!

Kaye George said...

Yes, see you there, Josh!

Keenan Powell said...

Conferences is where I make connections and find out things about publishing that aren't posted on social media. They are invaluable. It's also lovely to meet people who go out of their way to tell me that they like my books. See you at LCC! I'm also going to B'con. Are you?

Kaye George said...

I agree, Keenan! When you DO make the connections, it's totally worth it. No B'con, but see you at LCC!

KM Rockwood said...

I love going to conferences! I built my retirement budget around a plan for three conferences a year--Malice (I live close enough that I can drive there, so minimal transportation costs) and two others, including airfare if need be.

Alas. "The best laid plans of mice and men..." I am now caretaker for my husband, and while I can ask my daughters to help out once in a while, both are in graduate school & working, so it has to be only an occasional request.

I really miss seeing everyone! I may make it to Malice for one day this year, but that's about it.

Have a drink for me and enjoy all the opportunities that conferences offer.


Shari Randall said...

Kaye, you'll have so much fun. That author connection sounds cool - I've got to get to LCC one of these days. My niece had the effrontery to put her wedding on Malice weekend, so my only conference this year will be Crimebake. Enjoy!

Kaye George said...

Kathleen, if you make it to Malice one day, I hope I'm free to see you!

Shari, the nerve of the niece! I've never done Crimebake, but must--one of these years. Have fun there!

Michele Drier said...

Hey, Kaye, see you in San Diego! Are you going to skip Bouchercon?

Kaye George said...

Good! Glad you'll be there. Yes, skipping B'con. I did Dallas and don't think I can do to many of those in a row.

Marilyn Levinson said...

The few conferences I go to are lots of fun. A chance to see friends and readers. See you at Malice.

Kaye George said...

I do love going to them, Marilyn. I'd go to all of them if I never had to write a book and had endless funds. Yes, see you at Malice!