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One Writer’s Journey: Malice Domestic 2017

Crime Writers of Canada members at Malice: Mary Jane Maffini, Vicki Delany, Linda Wiken and Cathy Ace.

Last year, I attended Malice Domestic as a debut author. It was my first Malice and my first visit to Washington/Bethesda, and as you can imagine, it was beyond exciting. I was almost not going to attend this year, but something made me decide to go for it. I’m very glad that I did, because it reinforced, once again, how supportive the mystery writer/reader community is. And it is very much a community (although we do tend to use our books to murder people who annoy us!)

One thing that really resonated with me was the number of authors and readers who stopped me to say they loved one or both of my books AND that they recognized me from my author photo. A very good reason not to photoshop your author photo to the point where you’ve aged backwards by two decades! For those of you who may not have read it, here’s a link to my author photo post.

Another thing I LOVED was meeting new authors. I remember how exciting and nerve-wracking that process was. A special shout-out to: Karen Neary…I know you’re going to get a contract… and to Micki Browning, whose debut novel, Adrift, is an Amazon bestseller.

Here are some of the highlights from this year’s conference. Unfortunately, I don’t have photos (yet) of my panel (Thrilling Suspense) on Saturday, but it was an amazing panel with great audience participation. After the panel, I popped into the dealer/book room and was beyond thrilled to see a line of people with one of my books in their hand!

At the Agatha Banquet. Author Jane K. Cleland, the host of our table, won for best non-fiction.

Jane K. Cleland with her Agatha teapot!

The line-up for author signing at 5 p.m. Saturday!

With Diane Vallere and Susan Van Kirk at the author signing.

Author signing! Copies of The Hanged Man’s Noose sold out in the book room within 10 minutes of my panel and Skeletons was selling up a storm!

NEXT CONFERENCE: Bouchercon Toronto!

My Publishing Journey: Getting Advance Reviews

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One of the most difficult things for an author to do is ask another author to read the ARC of their latest release. (ARC Stands for Advanced Reading Copy, a PDF that is as yet unedited  by the publisher’s assigned editor, and has yet to go through the final proofreading stage).

The reason it’s so difficult is that you’re asking authors who you admire and respect, and you’re saying, “Please read my book and like it…and if you like it, will you write something that says you do.”

Difficult as it is, readers do look for these back of the book blurbs, and they do read the reviews posted on Amazon and other booksellers. So, as authors, we take a deep breath and ask. Not every ask results in a yes (if someone is on deadline, they aren’t going to have time to put everything else aside for your book), but the hope is you’ll have at least three yeses.

I am so very fortunate to have five incredibly talented authors who not only said yes, they also loved Skeletons in the Attic. I’ve included abbreviated versions of their “blurbs” here, along with their headshot, brief bio and links to their author pages (because if you haven’t already, you’ll want to read their books, you really will).

Jeff Buick

Jeff Buick

“A memorable and powerful character that lingers long after the final page.”—Jeff Buick, author of Bloodline

Jeff is one busy guy. Writing his nineteenth book. Delivering keynote speeches, attending charitable fundraisers, traveling, researching – and learning. Still, despite all the incredible things happening in his life, writing remains the one foundation that anchors everything. www.jeffbuick.com.


Ellen Byron

“A beautifully crafted page-turner…”—Ellen Byron, author of Plantation Shudders

Ellen’s debut novel, Plantation Shudders: A Cajun Country Mystery, has been nominated for Agatha, Lefty, and Daphne awards. The second book in the series, Body on the Bayou, launches September 13th. Her TV credits include Wings, Still Standing, and Just Shoot Me, as well as network and cable pilots. www.ellenbyron.com

Annette Dashofy and Kensi

Annette Dashofy and Kensi

“A thought-provoking, haunting tale of decades-old deception.”—Annette Dashofy, USA Today bestselling author of the Zoe Chambers mystery series

USA Today best-selling author Annette Dashofy’s  Zoe Chambers mystery series includes Circle of Influence (finalist for the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and the David Award for Best Mystery of 2014), Lost Legacy, and Bridges Burned, which was nominated for the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel of 2015. The fourth in the series, With A Vengeance is now available. www.annettedashofy.com

Catriona McPherson

Catriona McPherson

“A delight…grabs the reader from the get-go and, as the plot twists and twists again…”—Catriona McPherson, author of The Child Garden

Past President of Sisters in Crime International, Catriona McPherson was born in Edinburgh and lived there, in Ayrshire, in Dumfriesshire and in Galloway before moving to California in 2010. Known for her incredible sense of humor and genuine kindness, Catriona’s latest book, The Child Garden, has been nominated for a Macavity Award. www.catrionamcpherson.com

Diane Vallere

Diane Vallere

“A complex plot, an extremely likeable protagonist, and a bombshell ending you never saw coming.” —Diane Vallere, bestselling author

After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. She writes the Madison Night, Costume Shop, Material Witness and Style & Error Mysteries.  Diane is the vice president/president elect of Sisters in Crime. www.dianevallere.com

Should you want to read these reviews in their entirety, you can find them here.

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00072]SKELETONS IN THE ATTIC is now available for pre-order on Amazon at the special introductory price of .99US. (regular price will be $4.99).