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2012 Attendee Finds Agent at Conference

At Love Is Murder 2012, non-fiction author Gaye Mack went to our all-day pitch event and walked away with the agent she most wanted for her first novel. She graciously agreed to share her Love Is Murder experience with KISS KISS BANG BANG.

 

DPG: Tell us a little bit about the novel you pitched.…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on March 27, 2012 at 6:23am — No Comments

Conference Countdown!

Only 29 days til the start of the 13th Love is Murder Conference, returning to Chicago February 3-5 at the Intercontinental Chicago O'Hare Hotel.

This year's featured authors are Donald Bain (…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on January 6, 2012 at 5:54am — No Comments

Best 100 Mysteries of All-Time #81

The Black Thumb by Constance and Gwenyth  Little (1941; Doubleday Crime Club)

http://bookshopblog.com/2011/10/23/no-81-the-black-paw-best-100-mysteries-of-all-time/

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on October 24, 2011 at 11:52pm — No Comments

The Golden Age of Authors: Why Books Are Alive and Well

Great news, writers! Recently released statistics about the book biz show that the sky is not falling. In fact, sales have been on the rise for quite some time.

Read the rest of the story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arielle-ford/the-golden-age-of-authors_b_975119.html

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on September 25, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Curbside Splendor Bookstand, Chicago

Visit the Curbside Splendor Bookstand at Logan Square in Chicago, every Sunday from now through October: http://www.curbsidesplendor.com/index.php?id=138

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on August 14, 2011 at 1:27am — No Comments

#90 of 100 Best Mysteries of All Time: Billy Dead

Billy Dead by Lisa Reardon. Viking Publishers 1998; in print

 

Not an ordinary crime novel.  The story is shocking, hard, and to some, I’m sure, distasteful. It’s also heartrending, compassionate and creates a reality so strong, the characters and events linger long long after the pages have been read and the book closed and perhaps traveling on to the next reader. Read more at…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on August 14, 2011 at 1:10am — No Comments

Brattleboro: Vermont's Hotbed Of Fictional Crime

Brattleboro, Vt., is a bucolic town — pricked with picturesque church steeples — and home to a vibrant arts community. So it's an unlikely setting for gruesome murder and gritty crime, but that's just what goes on in Archer Mayor's Brattleboro-based Joe Gunther detective series.

Mayor is something of an unlikely character himself. Never mind his New England blue blood background — Mayor has had some grisly jobs. He works as a death examiner for the state's medical office and…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on August 5, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

Former Cop Sets His Crime Scene In Seattle

(from NPR)

Former Cop Sets His Crime Scene In Seattle

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on August 5, 2011 at 8:42am — No Comments

Author Solutions Establishes Million-Dollar Film Fund

Author Solutions wants to start making movies. The company, which has over 145,000 self-published titles in its library, has started a film development fund with $1 million of seed money to acquire the film rights to books by its authors.… Continue

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on August 2, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

Women of Mystery; Ladies Who Critique

THE WRITE SITES

Women of Mystery

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The list of topics covered by this blog must be seen to be

believed. It covers writing, reading, true-life crime and much

more. A link of particular interest is their list of other writing blogs,

at http://www.womenofmystery.net/2007/07/writers-who-blog.html…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 25, 2011 at 7:51am — No Comments

Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang!

For the latest updates about Love is Murder Con #13, (Feb. 3-5, 2012, at the Intercontinental O'Hare Hotel in Chicago) go to our website http://www.loveismurder.net and sign up for our monthly newsletter Kiss! Kiss! Bang! Bang!

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 21, 2011 at 2:19am — No Comments

Bookselling Without Borders

As much as independent booksellers may have wished that Borders had gotten swallowed up back in the 1990s when it put so many stores out of business and was well on its way to becoming a 1,249-store behemoth, the response to its impending demise has, for the most part, been measured.…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 21, 2011 at 2:11am — No Comments

Erle Stanley Gardner's Birthday

July 17 was Erle Stanley Gardner's birthday (1889). He studied law on his own and passed the bar at age 21. Working as a lawyer wasn't enough to keep him busy so he began writing detective fiction for pulp magazines. In 1933 he published The Case of the Velvet Claws, his first Perry Mason novel, and went on to write 80 more -- writing 4,000 words a day, even while practicing as a lawyer --…
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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 19, 2011 at 3:04am — No Comments

Libby Fischer Hellmann Crime Writing Workshop Sept-Oct 2011

Want to learn the craft of writing crime fiction this fall?

Want to polish your manuscript?

Want to spend the day with a pro?

Sign up for:

"Anatomy of a Crime Novel: The Craft of Crime Fiction"

Conducted by Libby Fischer Hellmann…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 19, 2011 at 3:00am — No Comments

Macavity Award Nominees Announced

Mystery Fanfare, a fantastic blog by long-time crime fiction expert Janet Rudolph announced the nominees yesterday. The award will be presented at the annual Bouchercon mystery fan convention later this year. Macavity is named for T. S. Eliot’s cat in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.

Here’s the link and list–check it out:…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 1, 2011 at 5:12am — No Comments

75+ Imprints Report Twitter Feeds

Last week, PW’s article “The Top Five Twitter Feeds for the Six Largest Publishing Houses” asked publishers to send us data regarding their Twitter feeds. While the previous article was meant to show the large publishers’ presence on Twitter, the table below is meant to be as an inclusive listing of publishers… Continue

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on July 1, 2011 at 2:31am — No Comments

Short Story Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winner of our Short Story Contest, Gloria Alden of Southington, Ohio for her story, Cheating on Your Wife Can Get You Killed. We received 26 entries from 15 states, plus one from Ontario, Canada.


Alden's story will be published in the January/February 2011 issue of Crimespree magazi ne, of which several hundred copies will be distributed to all conference participants in addition to regular subscribers.

Added by Love Is Murder Conference on December 3, 2010 at 3:08am — No Comments

You'll Be a Better Writer!

The MWA Writers' Track topics at LIM 2011 will include: "How to Write and Maintain a Series Character," "Outlining, Do You or Don't You?," "The Ten Things Every Mystery Writer Needs to Know about Publishing in the Marketplace Today," and "Query Letter Writing/Submission Proposal Writing."…

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Added by Love Is Murder Conference on December 3, 2010 at 3:00am — No Comments

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