CrimeSpace's own IJ Parker has a piece in the November 2012 issue of the Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Confessions features her historical Japanese detective, Akitada, who also appears in her novels.
This is, as Fightin' Joe Biden would say, a "big f$#%ing deal." Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, along with sister pub Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, is at the top of the crime magazine heap. Only the best crime writers appear in its pages. I'll be lucky if I'm even considered in my lifetime. IJ's been at it longer than me, and even she had to wait a year to hear back on her query.
It's the real deal, people.
I got a heads up from IJ about the issue in another post, but it was still a thrill to pick up the issue at Barnes & Noble.
P.S. The issue is on stands through Oct. 2, so don't wait to get yours.
Oh, wow! Thanks so much, Benjamin. You're incredibly kind and flattering. This was my thrill of the day. :)
You're welcome! It was just as much a rush to go to the newsstand and see that magazine feature someone I know.
Congratulations Ingrid. I can't wait to pick up a copy!
Thanks, Clay. :)
Off to the bookstore to get my copy.
Thanks, Brian and Torch.
Congrats IJ. In a time when you can out out short fiction on Amazon in one day you waited one year to do it but with more style. Do you plan to put out an e-version later?
Thanks, Raymond. Yes, I certainly plan to e-publish the story as soon as it's off the shelves. And the wait was painful.
I think she's been published in these magazines a bunch of times. But of course every time is special. Congrats!
This is true. AHMM gave me my first chance. I probably owe them for a career. So I feel loyal, but as I've said before such loyalty is becoming uncomfortable in this day and age of instant publishing. I haven't seen much of an upkick in other sales either. A bit perhaps. That leaves only the off-chance of an award's nomination. I rather liked that story and thought I'd give it that chance.
A copy of this magazine was in the 'book bag' given away to everyone who registered at last week's Bouchercon in Cleveland. There were apparently 1700 people registered.