The presentation was filled with interesting examples about how stories evolve. Many of the examples were applicable to any time and any setting, not just international or historical settings. Joyce Yarrow, award-winning author of Zahara and the Lost Books of Light, shared pictures to illustrate how she chose Spain as a setting. She even sang … Read more
Alice K. Boatwright, author of the award-winning Ellie Kent mysteries, gave a craft lecture at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference on “Writing a Mystery: It’s More than Whodunnit.” The conference was held in Renton at the Hyatt Regency Lake Washington on September 23-25, 2022. Harriet Cannon is pleased to invite all SinC northwest chapter members and … Read more
Jeffrey D. Briggs and Jen Pitts shared their experience about self-publishing, identifying advantages and disadvantages. Susan McCormick talked about the pros and cons of publishing with a small press. All three authors write series: Jeff’s Waterfront Mysteries feature “fierce and intelligent” Martha Whitaker Jen’s French Quarter Mysteries are set in New Orleans with “West Coast … Read more
Marty Wingate announced a new book contract. Marty Wingate’s A BODY ON THE DOORSTEP, the first book in the London Ladies Murder Club mystery series, pitched as inspired by the real Useful Women Agency that connected a network of gentlewomen Gal Fridays following the first World War, and introducing an amateur sleuth hired to arrange … Read more
The weather was perfect. The conversation was lively. And everyone agreed it was nice to see “real” faces for a change. All seemed to have a good time.
Elena Hartwell launches the first in her Wait, Wait, Don’t Query (Yet!) series of short guidebooks on the writing process. A #1 bestseller on Amazon, The Foundation of Plot is out now in hardback, paperback, and eBook. “A short guide packed with essential tools for every writer’s toolbox. I wish everyone pitching at Killer Nashville read The Foundation of … Read more
Peggy Barnett’s book Bitter Fruit is finally available in bookstores and on Amazon! The book launch party will be on July 23 at BookTree Bookstore in Kirkland. It starts at 4 PM. Peggy says: “I can’t believe how much work there is to selling the book. Readings, building a website, social media—it’s hard to get … Read more
Michelle Walker talked about her role as Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the City of Kent and answered questions from moderator Staci Roberts as well as from members. She emphasized that her goal is not just to put someone in jail but to consider their personal stories and help them find the resources they need so … Read more
These pictures and captions are from Susan McCormick. This year’s Malice Domestic Murder mystery conference combined three years into one. Susan McCormick spoke about The Fog Ladies on the “Not Her First Rodeo: Mature Sleuths” panel. Linda Norlander spoke about Death of a Starling at the New Author Breakfast.
1) The co-founder of Crave Books, Cary Bergeron, explained the origins of their current marketing platform for authors and walked participants through the free sign-up process and demonstrated how some of the services work. From placing ads, to building email lists to sending out press releases, all of the fees and details about each promo … Read more