HOTXSINC Meeting: February 11, 2018 at Cafe Express

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ SINC Mission Statement

Program: Meredith Lee (Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland) on How to Launch Your Book
Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere


Dixie Evatt & Sue Cleveland

writing as

Meredith Lee


How to Launch Your Book!

Sue Cleveland & Dixie Lee Evatt

Dixie Evatt and Sue Cleveland, writing as Meredith Lee, authored SHROUDED, a Crispin Leads mystery. They’ll tell us the steps they took and the adventures they had in launching their first book last fall.

New feature: How many times do we think of a question, but it escapes before the meeting. This year SinC encourages members to send questions in advance of the meeting. Each month, we will post the guest speakers for the following month and the deadline for advance questions. The questions will be passed on to the speakers as soon as we receive them.

Send questions for Sue and Dixie — Deadline Sunday, February 4. 

Please e-mail advance questions to Fran Paino at franpaino at gmail dot com OR to

Noreene Cedeno at noreenm74 at yahoo dot com


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month, at 2:15 p.m. at Cafe Express,  3418 N. Lamar, Austin 78705512 452-9888

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity, (512) 266-6543.

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at



We live in a time of instant everything, courtesy of the electronic highway.
It creates a community of toddlers.
When they don’t get immediate gratification, they get petulant and sulky.


Upcoming Programs

March: Billy Kring, former U. S. Border Patrol agent, on How to Create a False Identity

April: TBA

May: Ed Martin, former U. S. Treasury agent, now private investigator at Sage Investigationson Breaking the Madalyn Murray O’Hair Kidnapping/Murder Case


I  write because in 1962 I put in my application for a job
working in the children’s department at Sears,
and they never called me back.

~ Sue Grafton,
quoted in Why We Write, Meredith Maran, ed.


The Word on Our Members

Noreen Cedeño has joined Writing Wranglers and Warriors as a regular blogger. She’ll post once a month. Click here to read her first post, “Emotional Atmosphere.”


Valerie Chandler, Laura Oles, and Kathy Waller, Alexandra Burt,  Manning Wolfe, and Honorary HOTXINC Member Scott Montgomery will speak and sign at the launch of Austin Mystery Writers’ second crime fiction anthology, LONE STAR LAWLESS, at BookPeople, February 4, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. They will be joined by contributors Janice Hamrick, Mark Pryor, Terry Shames, and George Wier. Kaye George and Larry Sweazy, whose stories are included in the book, will not be able to attend. LONE STAR LAWLESS is dedicated to Austin Mystery Writer and HOTXSINC member Gale Albright, two of whose stories appear in the book. Gale died in 2016.


Laura Oles will speak and sign copies of her new book, DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN, at BookPeople on February 5, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. Terry Shames (A RECKONING IN THE BACK COUNTRY) and James Ziskin (A STONE’S THROW) will also speak and sign. DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN is Laura’s first book.


Laura Oles’ article “Beloved Settings: Considerations for Fictionalizing a Favorite Place” appeared online in Writers’ Digest on January 19, 2018. Watch for her post about DAUGHTERS OF BAD MEN on the MysteryPeople blog.


Francine Paino and Helen Currie Foster have joined the Austin Mystery Writers critique group.


Sue Cleveland and Dixie Evatt, who write under the pen name Meredith Lee, presented “The Mystery Inside Our Little Grey Cells” at the OLLI Lamp program at The University of Texas. Watch a video clip of the session on Sue’s Facebook page.


ThirtyNineStars, the business partnership of Sisters in Crime Dixie Lee Evatt and Sue Meredith Cleveland, received the 2017 Ignite Rising Star Award from IngramSpark.

The writers, who publish under the pen name Meredith Lee, were notified that they were selected for the award, which recognizes, “authors new to IngramSpark in 2017 who have already demonstrated a savvy approach to their self-publishing journeys.”

IngramSpark is the distributor of the author’s debut novel, SHROUDED. The thriller, the first installment in the Crispin Leads Mystery Series, is the story of a graduate student whose trip to Rome to study burial rituals at the Vatican is derailed when she is witness to a murder.

Ignite awards honor booksellers, publishers and libraries that exhibit outstanding best practices in indie publishing in three categories: best practices in indie publishing, best practices in community engagement, and rising stars.

To learn more visit


The English tradition offers the great tapestry novel,
where you have the emotional aspect of a detective’s personal life,
the circumstances of the crime and, most important,
the atmosphere of the English countryside that functions as another character.

~ Elizabeth George


Selected Sites

What Editors Want

The articles below were shared on The Passive Voice.

January 2018 Report: US online book sales, Q2-Q4 2017

In our opinion: Inmates deserve the written word

A changing book business: it all seems to be flowing downhill to Amazon

Amazon’s Cashierless ‘Go’ Convenience Store Set to Open

Your Book Editor Just Snagged Your Spot on the Best-Seller List

Long-Forgotten Opera About Tabasco Sauce Heats Up Stage Again After Almost 125 Years

New Author Earnings Report

Is Creativity Finally Dead?


The following articles were posted on the IngramSpark blog.

5 Tips for Budgeting Book Promotion

Book Metadata Tips for Indie Authors

Facebook Tips for Indie Authors

Book Publicity Opportunities in Newspapers

Digital Book Marketing vs. Book Publicity

Writing Tips to Fortify Your Writing Resolutions


Someone once asked John Updike, “Why don’t you write a mystery?”
And he answered, “Because I’m not smart enough.”
Here’s a guy who’s written brilliant fiction, won two Pulitzer Prizes,
but he has a different skill set, just as I couldn’t have written Rabbit, Run.
Writing a mystery takes planning and plotting.
You lay a bomb on page nine; it doesn’t explode till page four hundred.
Even a bad book takes some talent and work to put together.

~ David Baldacci
quoted in Why We Write, ed. Meredith Maran


No Lo Contendere

Members, send news to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. Include both past and upcoming events.
Also send head shots and a list of your book titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.

HOTSHOTS! welcomes reviews and articles written by members. Email to Kathy at kathywaller1 at gmail dot com. 

One thought on “HOTXSINC Meeting: February 11, 2018 at Cafe Express

  1. The Tabasco Opera –
    Great find! I spent entirely too much time reading and listening to excerpts of this delightful opera. Now the question is, where can I find a CD of the production. I suspect Giuseppe Verdi had a great influence on the composer, George Chadwick.


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