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St. Louis MO
About Me:
Author of the Agatha-nominated Paper, Scissors, Death, the first in the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery Series from Midnight Ink. Cut, Crop & Die, the second in the series, will be released June 2009.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer, Publisher
Books And Authors I Like:
Phil Rickman, Barry Eisler, Emilie Richards, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, JA Konrath, Nancy Pickard, Charlotte Bronte, Robert Crais, Janet Evanovich, Shirley Damsgaard, Ken Gruen, Angie Fox, Charlaine Harris, Rhonda Pollero, Glen Alam, Nora Roberts, and my favorite books are Jane Eyre and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
The Mentalist, NCIS, 24, Bones, Dexter, The Closer, Saving Grace, the Tudors, and Lie to Me.

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Good Manners Make Good Business

Last weekend I had an experience worth sharing with anyone who wants to promote his or her book. It’s worth sharing because it’s exactly what you do NOT want to do, a perfect example of how to generate a negative impression of yourself.

I was one of the many volunteers working our Sisters in Crime booth at a local book festival. In honor of the Halloween party to launch our Make Mine Mystery book club, I was dressed as a witch. (Typecasting? Maybe! All I know is I was dressed all…


Posted on October 15, 2007 at 3:57am

How to Get a Published Author to Read Your Manuscript

Last post I covered the reasons a published author might say, "No," when you ask him or her to read your manuscript. Now I'll switch the focus to how and why a published author would agree to read your unpublished book for you.

1. You are friends. I met Emilie Richards at the Ohio River Valley Conference many years back. I had no idea she was a super-star among authors. But I did notice she was a nice person. We chatted and enjoyed each other's company. We…


Posted on September 2, 2007 at 9:36am — 1 Comment

Why A Published Author Will Decline to Read Your Unpubbed Manuscript...

We're all beginners at one time.

Therefore, we should all be ever-willing to help each other.

However, there are good reasons why an author will say, "No," if you ask him or her to read your unpublished manuscript.

1.) There's no upside. Here's what I mean. One author I know said, "Every time I read someone's manuscript they get mad about my comments. They SAY they want me to be honest, but .... It's not worth it." Yep, honesty can hurt. And ruin even good friendships.…


Posted on August 10, 2007 at 1:58am — 9 Comments

Need Help Writing Your Book, Polishing It, or Getting It Published?

Nancy Pickard and Todd Stone will be featured speakers at WritersFest 2007: Concept to Contract—How to Write and Sell Your Book from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, September 8, 2007, at the Comfort Inn & Suites in Chesterfield MO. The day long seminar is presented by the Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime…


Posted on August 8, 2007 at 8:59am

How to Get Published

At this writing, I have twelve books to my credit. Nine have been published and three are under contract. Number thirteen is early awaited by my darling agent, Liz, who would be saying right now, "Joanna, finish that BEFORE you blog."

But I will temporarily ignore Liz because one of my fellow Crimespace pals asked a great question: How do you get published?

What I intend to do in this blog is share the various ways I've achieved publication, and perhaps if I'm ambitious enough,…


Posted on August 4, 2007 at 1:31am — 7 Comments

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At 7:30am on August 23, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Joanna, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 5:38pm on February 27, 2009, Jon Jordan said…
Congrats on the Agatha Nomination!
At 1:08am on April 24, 2008, Joanna Campbell Slan said…
Gosh, I was so thrilled. I figured it was an academic exercise!
At 12:30am on April 24, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Congratulations on the John Kremer add! He's the guru.
At 5:46am on March 10, 2008, L.J. Sellers said…
Hi again. I just discovered your blog here and I'm enjoying it very much.
At 9:02pm on March 5, 2008, Allan E. Ansorge said…
Hope things are going well for you, they have to be better than they were traveling to LIM.

At 10:08am on August 10, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
The publisher is blu Phier. They are a traditional small press but gaining momentum and wanting to increase thier level of business. We haven't got to the details yet about when the book will be released. They said, it was clean, few errors and good to publish. They also said there was something to do with marketing that they had to go over. I am not sure what he meant but I am sure it will all be dropped on my lap! Now I am just waiting for all the legalities and contracts to get through, signed and start with the marketing. They are givng me a press kit, as many gooks as I need for reviews, ten books of my own to give to my famiy and friends. They set up book signings... They basically do it all.. I just show up! I'll let you know how it goes as we progress and gets closer to the release date. I am nervous but also elated.
At 3:36am on August 10, 2007, Joanna Campbell Slan said…
I visited Ghangzhou. Loved it. Really enjoyed my time there. I still correspond with one of the young ladies I met there.
At 3:05pm on August 9, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
Hi Joanna, I have great news! My novel "A Fantastic Opportunity" has got a home now and I am getting published! Thank you for all your advice and kind words of encouragement. I didn't even need an agent. This is the first novel I have published and have written two more. It is a small publisher, however I am getting my foot in the door and gaining experience. A very reputable publisher as well!
At 5:21am on August 5, 2007, Krystal Waters said…
Hi Joanna, I think you have a wonderful idea in putting in a blog with the most frequently asked questions. I would love to talk to you about questions perhaps aren't addressed on the blog, but this would be a useful tool for all those who are wanting to break in and need advice.

I look forward to reading what you advice you can give! And I want to thank you for your friendship.


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