Weekend Update: January 8-9, 2022

Next week at Maine Crime Writers there will be posts by Jule Selbo (Monday), Joe Souza (Tuesday), John Clark (Thursday) and Vaughn Hardacker (Friday).

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

from Kathy Lynn Emerson: I’ve just launched an updated edition of my 2008 Agatha-award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries. It’s e-book only at Apple, B&N, Kobo, and elsewhere. Amazon, unfortunately, won’t list it as long as the older Kindle edition is still available and even though that one is officially out of print and all rights have been returned to me, the darned thing is still up. If someone buys that one, at a much higher price, I won’t even receive royalties for it, but convincing Amazon of this looks to be a long, drawn out process. Anyway, for those who aren’t limited to buying e-books from Amazon, the new version is a real bargain at $4.99. Marv Lachman, reviewing the original in Deadly Pleasures, described it as “the best book about writing mysteries that I have ever read.” Most of my updating is in the sections on self-publishing and marketing, where there have been massive changes in the industry since 2008. All the good stuff is the same.

Kate Flora: The winners of the second Joe Burgess police procedural, The Angel of Knowlton Parkare Kay Garrett and Marge Schwietering. Please send your snail mail address to: writingaboutcrime@gmail.com so I can mail your copies.

If you are a New England crime story writer, you might be interested in this call for submissions:

Submissions to Deadly Nightshade: Best New England Crime Stories 2022 open on January 1, 2022. We will announce the stories selected and notify the authors in June 2022. Submission guidelines are here: https://necrimestories.wixsite.com/my-site/submission-guidelines

Today, we have a question for you:

Should Maine Crime Writers have another “Where Would You Put The Body?” contest this year? If you think we should, we’d love your suggestions about how to publicize it.

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.

 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. We also do programs on Zoom. Contact Kate Flora

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2 Responses to Weekend Update: January 8-9, 2022

  1. marxman2013 says:

    “Where Would You Put The Body?” — YES!!! I already have a photo ready to submit. Perhaps you can place flyers in as many bookstores as possible.

  2. Kay Garrett says:

    Thank you! Email has been sent.

    I think a “Where Would You Put The Body?” contest would be fun.

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