July 2010 Blog Posts (145)

Novelist asks: Stranger Stalkers & Victims?

A novelist asks about 'stranger stalkers,' a unique predator whose identity is unknown to the victim. Join us on Hook'em & Book'em for questions and answers on this often-used technique by mystery, suspense and thriller novelists.

Added by Mark Young on July 24, 2010 at 2:55am — No Comments

Case of the Death Dealer parts one, two, and three (a free story)





Ex-detective Alexander Steele is the owner of a private upscale nightclub in Philly, but there’s a problem the retired private detective can’t seem to

solve. People keep bringing him new cases, life or death cases that he

can’t refuse.…
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Added by Larry J on July 24, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

JOURNOLIST: We WILL Get Fooled Again...

Since a number of us in a Chicago-area writers' group still commit journalism from time to time in the public press (or e-media), it's doubly noteworthy that a series…

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Added by Earl Merkel on July 24, 2010 at 12:46am — 1 Comment

The Most Mysterious Writers - Ghosts!

An enterprising author has launched a new trade association to help writers interested in finding and landing more ghostwriting work. Bestselling author and experienced ghostwriter Marcia Layton Turner has founded the Association of Ghostwriters to help us all tap into the growing demand for… Continue

Added by Austin S. Camacho on July 23, 2010 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Review - Mosquito Creek, Robert Engwerda

Book Title: MOSQUITO CREEK

Author: Robert Engwerda

Publisher: Penguin

Copyright: 2010

ISBN: 978-0-670-07371-9

No of Pages: 338



Book Synopsis:



Under ceaseless rains, the Murray has burst its banks and engulfed the remote Mosquito Creek goldfield. Life on the diggings just got even tougher.



As disease adds to the camp's miseries, a suspiciously abandoned tent suggests frictions have turned murderous. The experienced Sergeant Niall Kennedy knows that… Continue

Added by Karen from AustCrime on July 23, 2010 at 12:49pm — No Comments

The Prodigal Thriller Writer!!

It's good to be back in the game. And the new publishing model has helped.
Here's how!

Added by Vincent Zandri on July 23, 2010 at 4:24am — No Comments

I Can Stop Anytime I Want

Okay, so I bought an e-reader. And I had to try it out, of course, so I downloaded a book my husband has been wanting to read (and tricked him into trying the thing and finding out how easy it is to use. HA!)

Then, of course, I had to download my e-book to see what it looks like to my readers.

I heard from an online contact who likes my work, and I thought about her first book, which I read and really liked, so I tried her name, and there she was, an e-book author. So of course, I… Continue

Added by Peg Herring on July 22, 2010 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Signing up

A book takes a long time to write, and then it takes a while to sell. And another while to sell in another country, and another after that. So a writer’s smile spreads across time.


My long-term grin widened this weekend, when I signed with my UK publisher for my next two books. Not only because Atlantic, the excellent publisher which has brought out all four of my Palestinian crime novels, bought my next books. But because Atlantic is launching a very exciting…
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Added by Matt Rees on July 22, 2010 at 8:11pm — 1 Comment

Killer Thrillers

Vote for your favorite 10 in NPR's 100 Best Ever "Killer Thrillers"

Added by Juli schatz on July 22, 2010 at 8:08am — No Comments

What advice would you give?

Hannah McLay Arnold is 12 and going into seventh grade. Says her grandmother, Jean Arnold, a friend of mine, Hannah is a wonderful storyteller and writer, and has been since she started talking and playing with her stuffed animals.



Hannah’s favorite class? English.



We writers love her.



Said Jean in a contact via Facebook, “I think she [Hannah] should meet a ‘real’ author. I told her I would contact you.”



Jean is looking for suggestions of what her… Continue

Added by Jerry Peterson on July 22, 2010 at 8:07am — 3 Comments

Hunting for an agent/publisher . . . again, dammit!

Here I am hunting again for a lit agent and/or publisher for A Taste of Old Revenge, the second book in my Turner Hahn/Frank Morales sereis.

What gets me is this; go to all the sites that lists agents and what you get are the same lists over and over again. The same names. The same agencies. If, in the past you contacted them once and they said not only no but 'Hell, no!" what's to make me think they're going to change their minds?

It's enough…

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Added by B.R.Stateham on July 22, 2010 at 7:13am — 6 Comments

Interview with Featured Guest Carolyn Haines

by Joanna Campbell Slan



Sarah Booth and Jitty came to me in tandem, arguing just as they do in the books. When such fully developed characters…

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Added by Juli schatz on July 22, 2010 at 12:00am — No Comments

Love is Murder... but Pitchapalooza is Easy!

Pitchapalooza Protocol:



Prepare a 2 to 3-minute succinct platform of your work. (For a good description of what a “platform” is, read Sarie Morrell’s article

describing publicity
she developed for CREEPERS, a novel by her father,

David Morrell.)



Practice your pitch to include the salient points—definitive type or

sub-genre of mystery; what sets your manuscript apart from others in

this category; etc.… Continue

Added by Juli schatz on July 21, 2010 at 11:52pm — No Comments

Pitch-A-Palooza Protocol

Prepare a 2 to 3-minute succinct platform of your work. (For a good

description of what a “platform” is, read Sarie Morrell’s article

describing publicity she developed for CREEPERS, a novel by her father,

David Morrell. The article can be found here.



Practice your pitch to include the salient points—definitive type or

sub-genre of mystery; what sets your manuscript apart from others… Continue

Added by Juli schatz on July 21, 2010 at 11:46pm — No Comments

Press Release

Mosi T. Wells – Author…

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Added by Mosi Tyrone Wells on July 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Bedroom: Where the Magic Happens!!!

Writing is hard. It might even be the hardest job there is. Which is why

where you do your writing is so important. Having been asked by "Living

in the First Draft"
to describe the place where I usually bring my

stories to life, I discovered that the magic almost always happens

inside the bedroom, even if that bedroom is in Africa on board a

hospital… Continue

Added by Vincent Zandri on July 21, 2010 at 12:05am — No Comments

Publisher Pushes Back Release Date 7 Months

The headline sums it up. If you were looking to read my crime novel, "Cleansing Eden," in Nov. 2010, you'll have to wait until June 2011.



How do I feel about this? I still have a contract. I suppose that's worth something.



If ever there was cause for e-publishing, this is it. Have you ever heard of a seven-month delay in e-publishing? No. But do e-books carry the same air of legitimacy as a print book from a traditional publisher? No.



In the meantime, I encourage… Continue

Added by Benjamin Sobieck on July 20, 2010 at 3:00pm — 2 Comments

Alexander Steele and the Case of the Death Dealer (a free download)

Excerpt from Death Dealer

by Lawrence Johnson Sr.



Not knowing when the deal was going down Steele dropped his bags off in the room and reached the marina just in time to see the Strictly Business and the second boat dock. Steele staked out a secluded spot about a
block from the yacht and watched through his night vision glasses. Damn, six guards, he muttered to himself.…

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Added by Larry J on July 20, 2010 at 2:08pm — No Comments

You Too Can Be A Kindle Millionaire...or Not

Not too long ago, back in…

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Added by Brian Drake on July 20, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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