January 2008 Blog Posts (221)

SILENT COUNSEL nominated for Arty Award

I’ve been looking forward to attending the Left Coast Crime convention in Denver (March 6 – 9), for the opportunity to hook up with old friends—especially the great group of people I met in Anchorage at Bouchercon—and to make new ones.

This week, I found out that I have another reason to anticipate the event: SILENT COUNSEL has been…


Added by Ken Isaacson on January 11, 2008 at 1:42am — No Comments

Ending 2007 and SleuthFest 2008

It’s a New Year, but I’d like to mention the last days of 2007.

Celine, Alex, and I left Key West and flew to a freezing New Jersey for my daughter Chela’s New Year’s Eve wedding. It was colder than a witch’s tit – especially for someone from Key West, where I put an electric blanket on the bed when the temperatures fall below 75!

But we braved the weather and enjoyed a week with my pregnant daughter Seanan (pronounced Shannon, but spelled in Gaelic) and her husband Paul…


Added by Michael Haskins on January 11, 2008 at 1:05am — No Comments

Thank $&£% for Lemonjuice -- A Word on Crime Writers and Research

A column I recently wrote for the "Crimescene" website:

Crime, to a writer, presents a fascinatingly…


Added by Simon Spurrier on January 11, 2008 at 12:35am — No Comments

Death, Be Not Proud

Posted by Jeanne Munn Bracken

The title words by John Donne, written four centuries ago (I looked it up) have been in my mind lately. We mystery lovers deal with, wallow in, foster death in many ways--with humor, with tragedy, with a certain "he deserved it" hubris.

Real death, though, when it comes, is not usually humorous, is sometimes tragic, and is hardly ever deserved.

Real death has visited me lately. My 67-year-old brother-in-law died just before Christmas…


Added by Writers Plot on January 10, 2008 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Because I hate deadline pressure...

I've reserved my room at the Sheraton Baltimore City Center for Bouchercon 2008: Charmed to Death a full nine months in advance. See you there.

Added by Gerald So on January 10, 2008 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Does The Thrill of Victory Equal the Agony of Defeat?

Rejection is hard, and it takes a bunch of "victory thrills" to overcome one defeat, at least for me. We know all the platitudes: that success is getting up one more time than you're knocked down, that only the strong survive, that the great men and women of the world often felt the sting of defeat, too. None of that helps when you've just gotten that "Dear Author" letter.

You start trying to prepare yourself for it. A queried agent asks for a partial: "Don't get your hopes up." A…


Added by Peg Herring on January 10, 2008 at 10:26pm — No Comments

Writers' Block is such a ....umm.... what's that word?

For the past few weeks, I have been madly writing away on my first novel. After a welcomed break from true crime, I was finding it extremely easy to write a crime fiction. Then last night disaster struck.

I sat there with my laptop on my lap, my little USB flashdrive hanging off the side. My book open to page 74 and ..... nothing. I have been writing chapter after chapter without a second between words. It was writing itself. I already have the chapters already planned out, with…


Added by Amanda Howard on January 10, 2008 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Meet Karen L. Syed, President, Echelon Press

Echelon Press has been a sponsor for LIM for a few years now, and President Karen Syed also hears pitches from writers at the conference. Independent presses are a great place for new writers to get a foot in the door, and promoting that dream for many is Karen's goal.

In December,…


Added by Love Is Murder Conference on January 10, 2008 at 10:02am — No Comments

Bodies in the Library

Last night, I joined roughly 65 other people in the library of Toronto's castle, Casa Loma, for an evening of readings and questions with two very successful Canadian mystery authors, Giles Blunt and Louise Penny. It was a very interesting and informative evening.

But what really struck me was how settings…


Added by N. J. Lindquist on January 10, 2008 at 4:30am — No Comments

Is there a message here?

Posted by Guest Blogger, Kate Flora

I had a plan for January. A bold and exciting plan. Once the tree was down, the bedding that had been hauled out to accommodate the extended family put away, and all the cute tree-shaped candlesticks, reindeer candlesticks, little metal sleighs to hold candles and all the red and green patterned runners and table toppers stowed in their boxes in the basement, I was going to write a book.

Maybe this doesn’t seem like such a bold plan…


Added by Writers Plot on January 10, 2008 at 12:36am — No Comments

Gray Man In A Pastel World

I was exchanging views the other day with one of my friends on this site about 'Miami Vice' as a satire of itself. He said jokingly not to call it a satire. Then, I happened to remember that they were filming a scene for the new CSi:Miami, a year or two ago down by the beach on Biscayne Bay and a real body floated into the set. Which made me think about Alanis Morrisette, which as a music fan I hardly ever do, and her song, 'Ironic.' Some critcs said that she obviously did not know the true… Continue

Added by len howlett on January 10, 2008 at 12:32am — No Comments

Record-keeping: the Bane of the Creative Mind

When I lecture on writing, I stress the importance of keeping good records, but I must confess, I don't always practice what I teach. When within a few days I hear from a bookstore owner who wants a signing, a festival organizer who wants an appearance, a former student who sends congratulations, a local cable operator who wants programming, a library group who wants me to come and speak, and an acquisitions editor who wants an electronic version of an MS for her editor in chief, I get a…


Added by Peg Herring on January 9, 2008 at 10:44pm — No Comments

Today’s the Day: <i>Death Was the Other Woman</i>

I very seldom repost stuff from my personal blog here on my crimespace space, but this is a special day for me, so I’m making an exception. Today, as I said, is the day. And I’m happy.

The publication date of any book is a fairly arbitrary thing. And the fact is, in most cases, by the time the publication date rolls… Continue

Added by Linda L. Richards on January 9, 2008 at 1:50pm — 3 Comments

How to get the word out

What do you think is the best way to get the word out about a release?

I'm tussling with this topic (it's at the top of my "Things to consider in 2008" List). I don't think there's a magic bullet, excuse the crime pun. I think it's going to be a matter of creating some interest in me, my topics, etc., and then launching assorted books out there and see what strikes a chord.

I suspect once I have a few books out, that might generate interest in my backlist and since I'm…


Added by J L Wilson on January 9, 2008 at 8:07am — 2 Comments

Guest Blogger: Linda L. Richards

What’s in a name, anyway? This question came up for me again a few days ago, when Clea and I were making preparations for my visit here. At one point she said something like, “it’s a good thing the protagonist of your book is named Kitty, ‘cause she’ll feel right at home on my blog.”

And I laughed, of course, because it was funny and because Clea has the sort of witty energy that’s difficult to resist when she wants you to smile. But at the same time, I thought about what… Continue

Added by Clea Simon on January 9, 2008 at 3:49am — 1 Comment

Read more - spend less

Often I use this space to introduce you to great reads or to point you to web sites where you can find them. Today I want to show you how to save money on your book habit. I've discovered Smart Bookfinder.com, - http://www.smartmediafinder.com/buybooks - a price comparison search engine for Internet users. Just type in the title or author you're interested… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on January 8, 2008 at 10:56pm — No Comments

Cruel & Usual Punishment

The Supreme Court is taking up the question of the death penalty, but that's not what I mean. For authors, it becomes usual to wait long periods to find out if your "baby" lives or dies. Agents, editors, and pub houses throw out casual approximations like "six to eight months" when accepting a MS for possible publication. One of my plays took three years to make it through the editing system at the pub house before acceptance, and I've gotten refusals so long after submission that I have to…


Added by Peg Herring on January 8, 2008 at 10:15pm — No Comments

2 Nominations!

I'm really thrilled to learn that 2 of my books, 'The Nemesis Cell', and 'Murder, Mayhem and Mexico' have been nominated in the annual Preditors and Editors Readers Awards. 'The Nemesis Cell' is in the mystery novel section and 'MMM' is in the anthologies category. I'd be grateful if any of my friends out there would visit…


Added by Brian L Porter on January 8, 2008 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Looking Ahead

My last post was full of optimism but alas writing nirvana was not mine in November. I wrote only 10,000 words and then my Dad suddenly became ill, went into hospital, almost died then was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer. That put a a serious dent in my creative side not to mention my very core. Things have settled down, my Dad is as well as he can be and I can now think of writing again. I have signed up for my first ever Writers Conference (Whidbey Island) and I am really looking forward… Continue

Added by Tina on January 8, 2008 at 5:19pm — No Comments

Ken Bruen Interview

Suspect: Ken Bruen

Known Aliases: Benign Thug, the Pope of Galway

Occupation: Reigning King of Irish noir/hard-boiled crime fiction (that's a writer to you...)

Last Known Location: Galway, Ireland

Listen in as Ken talks about his Jack Taylor series (and how Inspector Brant

is… Continue

Added by Angie on January 8, 2008 at 4:11pm — No Comments

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