Weekend Update: February 21-22, 2015

fallsbooks1Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be posts by Barb Ross (Monday), Susan Vaughan (Tuesday), Kate Flora (Wednesday), Vaughn Hardacker (Thursday), and special guest Brenda Buchanan (Friday).

In the news department, here’s what’s happening with some of us who blog regularly at Maine Crime Writers:

Columnist Maureen Milliken did a great article about Kate Flora’s true crime, Death Dealer, this week. Lots of interesting stuff about some of the Maine heroes of the book, and what surprises an author after a book is published. Here’s the link: http://www.centralmaine.com/2015/02/18/maine-search-crew-the-real-deal-in-death-dealer/

from Kathy Lynn Emerson: Finalists for the Agatha in the short story category (Art Taylor, Barb Goffman, Edith Maxwell and Kathy Lynn Emerson—that would be me) have decided to do a little group publicity. The first installment appeared yesterday in Art Taylor’s blog at Criminal Minds. Next up will be Edith Maxwell’s March 6th post at Wicked Cozy Authors. I’ll remind you of that closer to the date. Then we’ll all be here at Maine Crime Writers when it’s my turn to blog in April. If you want to read our nominated stories, go to Malice Domestic and click on the “awards” link at the top of the page.

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Here’s the schedule for the day.

8:00 AM – 8:45 AM–Meet and Greet

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM

SAY HOW, SAY WHEN, SAY WHAT?
Real Writers on the Realities of Research

Panelists: Paul Doiron, Gayle Lynds, Lea Wait   Moderator: Gerry Boyle

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM–Workshop Session I

MURDER WITHOUT THE GORE
Tips for Writing Successful Traditional Mysteries
Kathy Lynn Emerson

REVISING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
A Phased Approach
Barbara Ross

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM–Workshop Session II

HEROES & HEROINES, VICTIMS & VILLAINS
Creating Unforgettable Characters for Your Crime Novel
Jim Hayman

PLANTING EVIDENCE AND TURNING UP THE HEAT
How to Play Fair with Your Mystery and Still Ratchet Up the Suspense
Chris Holm

12:30 PM – 2:00 PM–Lunch

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

BUT SHE HAD RED HAIR IN THE LAST BOOK
Creating and Sustaining A Series

Panelists: Kathy Lynn Emerson, Sarah Graves, Al Lamanda
Moderator: Brenda Buchanan

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

CONGRATULATIONS. YOU’RE PUBLISHED. NOW YOU HAVE A NEW JOB
The Other Aspects of a Writer’s Career

Panelists: Chris Holm, Lukas Ortiz, Katherine Osborne, Barbara Ross
Moderator: Kate Flora

Throughout the Day

Book Sales by Kelly’s Books to Go, Book signings, Manuscript critiques

An invitation to readers of this blog: Do you have news relating to Maine, Crime, or Writing? We’d love to hear from you. Just comment below to share. Don’t forget that comments are entered for a chance to win our wonderful basket of books and the very special moose and lobster cookie cutters.

And a reminder: If your library, school, or organization is looking for a speaker, we are often available to talk about the writing process, research, where we get our ideas, and other mysteries of the business. Contact Kate Flora: mailto: kateflora@gmail.com

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