March 2011 Blog Posts (154)

Salute to Editors, Part 2

I continue the interview with Kat Thompson, former senior editor at Echelon Press. Every publisher has individual preferences for manuscripts. Where one will accept a tag line after a question, another will not. As I discovered, the rules continue to be updated, but many are to make the writer think, to be more creative, and to put out a better product.



8. I've learned a lot about writing, as have others, through trial and error and from other writers in critique groups. I strive to… Continue

Added by Stephen Brayton on March 5, 2011 at 2:03am — No Comments

Corrupt LSE finds out what happens when you lack lit dept

Potential students of the London School of Economics ought perhaps to rethink their choice of university, particularly if they plan to study international relations. After all, Muammar Qaddafi had to kill thousands of his own people before the LSE’s distinguished academics realized he might be something of a dictator.

However, if your plan is to study how to be a…

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Added by Matt Rees on March 3, 2011 at 6:02pm — 1 Comment

Nature of the Beast...Maybe...

Looking at the literary business it's a lot like the street game...people make promises they have no intention of keeping but I can't get mad. Liars have to lie I guess. Now obviously this bothers me a little which is why I'm even blogging about it but after this I won't mention it again. Maybe. I'll just keep my word and let the liars lie..."Ron, I'm going to do ----, I'm going to do ----" LOL Whatever....no you're not....

RSB

Added by Ronald S. Barrios on March 3, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

A YA Time Travel Mystery to Captivate You, DANGER IN TIME, Now in Kindle, Nook, Google eBooks, and Print

 

My hot new teen time travel mystery, DANGER IN TIME, is now in Nook, Kindle, Google eBooks, and print.

 

Girl travels 10 yrs back in time to save her skeptical sister's life, putting both teenagers in danger.



Read sample chapters in Google Books for free: …



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Added by R. Barri Flowers on March 3, 2011 at 2:09am — No Comments

My Red Hot New Medical Mystery eBook, MURDER IN HAWAII: A Leila Kahana Mystery, Now in Kindle and Nook

 

Experience Hawaii in a whole new way with my entertaining and realistic murder mystery in paradise, MURDER IN MAUI: A Leila Kahana Mystery, now in Kindle and Nook.



"A police procedure of the highest order, mixing equal parts Sue Grafton and Jeffrey Deaver with a sprinkling of Patricia Cornwall at her best MURDER IN MAUI is Hawaii 5-0…

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Added by R. Barri Flowers on March 3, 2011 at 2:06am — No Comments

TODAY'S EXAMINER COLUMN CREDITS SCREENWRITER'S FOR THE POPULARITY OF TWO AND A HALF MEN

Today I was compelled to write about the nonsense surrounding the Charlie Sheen circus. Two and a Half Men, while not a mystery, is the product of very clever screenwriters and production staff, now out of work because of one man's ego.

Read what I had to say about it today and watch the funny video, "A World Without Writers." Comments right in the box at the end of the column…

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Added by Morgan St. James on March 2, 2011 at 5:31am — No Comments

Blake Crouch

I've known Blake Crouch for a number of years - we both wrote novels for St. Martins/Minotaur, and we've met at Bouchercons. I've been a fan since reading his first book Desert Places and if I want to be seriously creeped out, I turn to Blake's writing. He's also been collaborating with Joe Konrath with… Continue

Added by Steven Torres on March 2, 2011 at 3:51am — No Comments

How to Write a "Great" Agent Query!

 



I no longer have to write query letters to agents.

That part of my life is over. I have a great agent now and plan on spending the rest of my life with him. I can't tell you how happy that makes me.



I wasn't always good at writing agent query letters. It took a lot of practice honing the essential information I needed to include in the letter and to be…

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Added by Vincent Zandri on March 2, 2011 at 12:15am — No Comments

Beth Groundwater Deadly Currents

White water rafting anyone?  The novel itself moves like a category five: raging, foaming, and churning all the way to the end. Hold on to the covers of this novel, the pages turn quickly, as racing through this whodunit is not an option. Beth herself will be stopping by the blog on occasion today to check comments so she can respond to them, so feel free to ask away. Enough already, what is between the covers on this one:

“The Arkansas River is the heart and soul of Salida, Colorado.…

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Added by Giovanni Gelati on March 1, 2011 at 11:27pm — No Comments

Crawling Home

Yesterday marked the end of Peg's Blog Crawl, a February-long tour of 21 blog sites with 17 different hosts.

What I learned: it's a lot of work.

What it means: hopefully, that some new people know my name and are interested in  THE DEAD DETECTIVE AGENCY.

Now here's the shocker: the book's release has been delayed until April 1 of this year.

I know, I know. Most of the people who read my…
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Added by Peg Herring on March 1, 2011 at 9:58pm — No Comments

New gig

Got a new gig to report with Dundee's finest Mr Russel D McLean in Cowdenbeath. Come along on Thurs Mar 17 at 7.30 for fun and frolics and to see Russ doing handstands and plate spinning, or something.

 

 

Added by Tony Black on March 1, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

New gig

Got a new gig to report with Dundee's finest Mr Russel D McLean in Cowdenbeath. Come along on Thurs Mar 17 at 7.30 for fun and frolics and to see Russ doing handstands and plate spinning, or something.

 

 

Added by Tony Black on March 1, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

A Salute to Editors, Part 1

This week, I present part one of an interview I did with Kat Thompson, former senior editor at Echelon Press. Although since she first sent me the email leting me know Echelon had accepted two of my novels for publication, and since she graciously agreed to an interview, she has stepped back from major editing duties. However, as a guide and advisor, she possesses skills and talents from which all writers may benefit.



1. Who is Kat Thompson? Tell me a little about yourself. What one… Continue

Added by Stephen Brayton on March 1, 2011 at 6:46am — No Comments

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