The Best of Times or the Worse?

At Sleuthfest 2017, held in Boca Rotan, Florida last week, I heard both encouraging and discouraging words about the publishing industry. Some presenters (agents, editors, and authors) listed the increase in small, but viable, publishing houses as a plus and that many writers were now going hybrid (published by traditional … Continue reading

5 Decision Points

It would be so nice if all a writer needed to do was write. But, of course, life isn’t that easy. On September 20th I had surgery on the middle finger of my right hand (and yes, I’m right handed), which resulted in a week of one-finger typing and some … Continue reading

Social Media or In Person?

Nowadays most writers post on Facebook, tweet or retweet on Twitter, write blogs, blog hop, hold contests, put on Facebook events, create video chats, and… Well, the list goes on and on because writers are constantly trying to find ways to reach readers. And the advantage of the Internet is … Continue reading

Putting on a Book Party

Last week I put on my first (and maybe only) book party. I couldn’t call it a book release party since my two books actually came out the end of May and first of June. But it was a party, and I did sell books. The idea of having this … Continue reading

A Retreat for Writing

Last weekend I participated in a writing retreat held in Traverse City, Michigan. I’ve attended the Mid-Michigan RWA Chapter’s “Retreat from Harsh Reality” more than twenty times—even chaired it for a few years—but this was a totally different experience. This was truly a writing retreat. Rather than sneak away from … Continue reading

WPA – How reliable is your witness?

One of the sessions I attended at the Writers Police Academy was Robin Burcell’s (www.robinburcell.com) “Forensic Art and Witness Recall.” She started the session by telling us a little about herself. Her career began before she even officially became a police officer. While still a student at the police academy … Continue reading

WPA Wow!!

What a fantastic four days. This was my second Writers’ Police Academy and I still wasn’t able to work in all of the interesting and informative sessions. Thursday night we watched Eli Jackson and her sister demonstrate how to disarm someone if they have a gun pointed at you. After … Continue reading

Count Down to WPA

One week from today I’ll be heading to Greensboro, NC, to participate in my second Writers’ Police Academy. (http://www.writerspoliceacademy.com/) From Thursday to Sunday, I, and a slew of other writers, will have access to law enforcement officers, firefighters, EMTs, and martial arts experts, as well as several NYT’s authors. I’ve already … Continue reading

What I Learned at the NRA Convention

The main thing I learned is I’m not ready to own a gun. Through the Writers’ Police Academy, an MWA conference that included a special session at a shooting range, and a conceal carry class I took several years ago, I’ve been taught how to handle a gun. So there … Continue reading

How Do You Know If It’s Worth It?

Yesterday I drove 165 miles one way to speak to a book group. Approximately 100 women were in attendance, and the event included a nice lunch and the opportunity to sell books. (This isn’t a book group where the speaker’s book is read and discussed. In fact, while I was … Continue reading