HoTXSinC April 14, 2019: Colleen Ellis – What Is an Authors Marketing Plan and Why Do I Need One?

New PERMANENT Location!

Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78733

Sunday, April 14, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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




Colleen Devine Ellis on an Authors Marketing Plan

 

Colleen Davis

Colleen Devine Ellis is a bookseller and literary publicist who has worked in publishing and sales for nearly 20 years. She was previously a community relations manager for Barnes & Noble in Austin, the Publicity & Communications Manager for the University of Texas Press, and now is working with the owners of Lark & Owl Booksellers in Georgetown to establish a new bookstore in Central Texas. Some of her favorite writers include Margaret Atwood, Jesmyn Ward, and Jasper Fforde.

Colleen will talk about the basics of putting together a Marketing Plan specifically tailored for authors. This is an opportunity to learn about what the publishing and publicity world expects from us, and the steps we need to follow to be as professional as possible in presenting ourselves and our books to the world.

Please join us, and feel to bring your questions and notepads to the meeting!

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/



Upcoming Programs

April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: Fighting Crimes of Greed
June: Workshop
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer
September: Sarah Stone, Alamo Area Search and Rescue



Writing in an Air of Intimidation

In her post for this week’s Ink-Stained Wretches, Noreen Cedeño, President of HoTXSinC, explains how books are being delayed or pulled from the publishing process before their publication dates because of online criticism–from people who haven’t even read the books.

Both writers and readers are affected by this practice of censoring books before they even hit the market, and would do well to read Noreen’s post.



The Word on Our Members

Meredith Lee traveled north–across the Brazos, Trinity and Red Rivers – to Oklahoma City for a book signing on Saturday, March 23. Pro tip: It’s about six hours by car so you can get a serious case of earworm if you decide to listen to the musical tune named after the state (“Yeeow-a-yip-i-o-ee ay! You’re doin’ fine, Oklahoma! Oklahoma, okay.) Besides, whoever wrote that song really needs to check the dictionary on how to spell potato and tomato.

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In the past few months, Dave Ciambrone has been an invited speaker at the following Texas quilt guilds and sold a lot of mysteries: Dallas, Galveston, Temple, Victoria, Buda, Llano, Marble Falls, Pflugerville, Sulfur Springs, Round Rock,  Greenville, Denisen, Denton, Wimberly, Lockhart.

He’s also done quilt shows and sold a boat load of books at each show: Buda, Killeen, Georgetown, Llano, and S. Padre Island. He’ll be at a show in Waco later in the year.

And he’s given talks at the Kerrville and Belton Public Libraries.

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Who’s Blogging

Tresha BargerIt’s a Long Story

Austin Mystery Writers

Laura Oles – AMW’s Anthology to Support Ellis Memorial Library

Ink-Stained Wretches

Noreen CedeñoDeath Investigations in the United States (an overview of Jan Burke’s presentation in February 2019)

K. P. GreshamThree Days at Wrigley Field

Helen Currie FosterSometimes You Need a Break

Fran PainoThe Writing Life – For the Sandwich Generation

M. K. WallerSit Down, Shut Up, and . . . You’re Invited

 

If you blog, please send title and URL of your blog for inclusion in HOTSHOTS! If you wish, send title and URL of a specific post you’d like mentioned. Email to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com.



Writers’ League of Texas Upcoming Programs and Events

From Michael Noll, WLT Program Director

*Agents and Editors Conference, June 28-30, 2019

 Registration information

“I wanted to make sure that Sisters in Crime knew about the 2019 Agents & Editors Conference, June 28-30. It’s our annual conference, and I know some of your members have attended in the past. This year, we have six agents who are seeking mystery/suspense novels. If anyone is interested, they can read more about our agents here: http://www.writersleague.org/FeaturedAgents2019
“Registration info can be found here: http://www.writersleague.org/75/Registration-Information”

*On the Craft of Writing

“We’re introducing a new program at the Writers’ League: WLT’s On the Craft of Writing. A few times a year, we’ll partner with an author coming through town on book tour (or traveling nearby) to put on a free craft talk. It’s a chance to bring high-level craft programming to writers who might not be able to afford our classes–and also a chance to bring great authors to the wonderful Austin literary community.”



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HoTXSinC March 10, 2019: Charlie Dismore on Cops, Robbers, and the Weapons They Should Use

New PERMANENT Location!

Laura Bush Community Library
9411 Bee Cave Rd
Austin, TX 78733

Sunday, March 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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



Cops, Robbers, and the Weapons They Should Use

Charlie DismoreCharlie Dismore, native Texas, Marine Veteran, Military designated Rifle and Piston Expert is certified as an NRA Instructor in pistol, rife and shotguns.  Charlie served in the Marines as a Combat Engineer, and his duty assignments took him around the world, some locations including Hawaii, Japan, Mediterranean Europe, as well as combat duty in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. Charlie and his wife have made their in Austin since 2004. Besides his civilian career, Charlie is the principle operator of Texas FFL LLC-a business serving all levels of firearms shooters. See more info at http://www.texas.ffl.org.  If you want to learn something about the weapons you’re writing into your story, Charlie’s the guy to ask.

For example. Your protagonist is a cop. What firearms would he/she use in your plot situation?  If your cop needs to penetrate a certain substance at a certain distance, what weapon should you as the author put in your hero’s hand? What ammunition? Charlie is a military expert in rifles and pistols, and he is certified to teach people how to use them.

Bring your questions and notepads and prepare to make your fiction the most authentic it can be.

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at the Laura Bush Community Library, 9411 Bee Cave Rd., Austin, Texas, 78746. Meetings start at 2:00 p.m.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/


Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke


Upcoming Programs

April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: TBA
June: TBA
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer


 

If the Internet has given us anything,
it’s some idea of how much psychosis goes undiagnosed. ~ Jan Burke


Noreen Cedeño on HoTXSinC February 2019: Jan Burke Was Here

Death Investigations in the United States

~ from Ink-Stained Wretches


 

Someone was telling me
that no more applications were being accepted
for the position of God. ~ Jan Burke

 


 

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And send titles/authors of books (articles, websites, blogs) you’ve read or are reading, and that you recommend to other Sisters in Crime.

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HoTXSinC February 10, 2019: Jan Burke

NEW – TEMPORARY LOCATION!

Westbank Community Library
1309 Westbank Dr
Austin, TX 78746

Sunday, February 10, 2019
2:00 p.m.

All HoTXSinC meetings are free, and the public is invited.

 

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



 

SISTERS IN CRIME PRESENTS

AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

JAN BURKE

 

Jan Burke is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. She has won the Edgar for Best Novel, and the Agatha, the Macavity, and the Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers Award for Best Short Story, among other honors.

Her books have been published internationally and have been optioned for film and television. She is the author of over thirty short stories.

Her work in nonfiction includes serving as the associate editor (with Sue Grafton) for MWA’s Handbook, Writing Mysteries. Her forensic science and criminal justice columns appear in Sisters in Crime’s InSinC Quarterly.

AWARD WINNING BOOKS:

Edgar® Winner, Best Novel, 1999: Bones

Agatha Winner, Best Short Story, 2000: “The Man in the Civil Suit

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 2001: “The Abbey Ghosts

Macavity Winner, Best Short Story, 1994: “Unharmed

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine Readers’ Award Winner: “Unharmed

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Suspense/Thriller: The Messenger

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bloodlines

RT Reviewers Choice Award, Best Contemporary Mystery: Bones

 

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. The February 10th meeting will be held at Westbank Community Library, 1309 Westbank Drive, Austin, TX 78746.

Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/


Having people talk about you
is an indication of
how much more exciting your life is than theirs. ~ Jan Burke


Upcoming Programs

And for 2019:

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau
March: TBA
April: Colleen Ellis, Marketing Plans for Books
May: TBA
June: TBA
July: TBA
August: Ron Franscell, True Crime Writer


 

If the Internet has given us anything,
it’s some idea of how much psychosis goes undiagnosed. ~ Jan Burke


Review: Jan Burke’s Dear Irene

by Helen Currie Foster

Jan Burke’s Dear Irene presents Irene Kelly, indefatigable reporter for the Las Piernas, California, newspaper. Her new fiancé Frank, a Las Piernas cop, says the police are baffled by the horrific murder of a woman professor. Then a letter hits Irene’s newsroom desk: a mysterious letter from “Thanatos,” who  teases, with hints from Greek and Roman mythology, as to why the professor died, and who the next victim will be, and why. Irene and Frank must battle over how private communications to the paper, or to the police, are handled between them as both follow separate leads. Irene desperately searches for clues to Thanatos’s motives as another victim dies. Meanwhile Thanatos stalks her; unseen, the killer lets her know she is seen, even entering her house while she sleeps.

The plot turns on a long-ago event during World War II at a daycare center run by an aircraft manufacturer. Irene homes in on a pattern, in the process meeting a series of remarkably vivid characters in abandoned houses, run-down diners, and elegant villas, while she narrows down the suspects. The ongoing domestic battle as Frank tries to protect his fiancée while she demands professional freedom provides comic relief and tenderness but also adds tension. I read this creatively plotted, fast-moving mystery by Jan Burke on the couch, in the tub, and in bed until I finished it, then was sorry it was over.

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Helen Currie Foster is the author of the Alice MacDonald Greer mysteries. She is immediate past president of Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter.

 

 

 

 


Someone was telling me
that no more applications were being accepted
for the position of God. ~ Jan Burke

 


 

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HoTXSinC January 13, 2019: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

New Location!

LAURA BUSH COMMUNITY LIBRARY
9411 Bee Cave Road
Austin, TX 78733

 

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

January 13: Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites
HOTSHOTS! Wants You
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Nolo Contendere

Bill Woodburn

on

Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes

A Counselor’s

into Troubled Minds

We often write about extremes of human behavior and its aftermath. To be believable, it helps to understand desperate motives and how extreme events shape our lives. Join Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor for a Q&A session about your characters actions and reactions.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERASince 1988, Bill Woodburn has been a counselor, teacher, and workshop presenter. Coming from a family of storytellers, he’s fascinated by the stories each of us lives out. His passion is discovering how our stories intersect and heal individuals, relationships, and communities.

In his writing life, Bill enjoys indulging his love of history to create murder mysteries set from 1960’s Berkeley to the Third Reich.

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Editor’s Note: Please send questions for our speaker to K.P. Gresham, kpgresham at aol dot com before the meeting. 

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Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/

 



Oh yes, these are fascinating
even though they are a breach of confidence. ~ Miss Marple



A Word from the President

by Noreen Cedeño

I am looking forward to a great year for our Heart of Texas Chapter! We have wonderful, supportive members who are happy to share their wisdom and resources with the group. Our members rock! Please continue to send any publishing successes, calls for submissions, useful marketing tips, or other information to the board so that we can relay the information to our membership. 
 
Thank you for your patience as we try to locate a ‘permanent’ home for our meetings. While we wish the location would be convenient for all of our members, we realize that this is not a realistic possibility. We have to take pricing, availability of the location, availability of parking, suitability for holding our meetings (noise level, ability to use projectors or audio-visual equipment), and other factors into account. Finding suitable locations has been a challenge for our board and I would like to thank the board members for their hard work in trying to solve this problem.


For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~ T. S. Eliot

 



Upcoming Programs

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau

 



And now we welcome the new year,
full of things that have never been. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke



The Word on Our Members

N. M. Cedeño will be selling and signing books at the Round Rock Public Library Local Author Fair on January 26! Here is a link to the event: https://www.roundrocktexas.gov/event/round-rock-local-author-fair-4/
 


Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?
~ LM Montgomery



Selected Links

Questions to Consider When Plotting a Scene
https://www.janefriedman.com/how-to-master-writing-scenes/

2019 Writing and Tracking Spreadsheet – from Travis Richardson
http://www.tsrichardson.com/2019/01/01/2019-writing-and-tracking-spreadsheet/

A CUP OF COMFORT – by Joan Leotta
http://www.overmydeadbody.com/cupcmfrt.html

The search engine for writers
https://hiveword.com/writers-search-engine

Remove Image Background     [editor’s note: I haven’t tried this, but Jane Friedman recommends it on her website.]   
https://www.remove.bg/

Short Story Format – William Shunn
https://format.ms/story.html

Novel Format – William Shunn
https://format.ms/novel.html

Short Story Reviews: Using Multiple POV
https://www.catherinedilts.com/catherine-dilts—blog/short-story-reviews-use-of-multiple-pov

The Book Contract ‘Red Line’
https://writerunboxed.com/2019/01/03/the-book-contract-red-line/



I’ll never understand why everybody puts so much emphasis on January first.
There are three hundred and sixty-four other days in the year
that you can make a change. 
Or make a fresh start. ~ Elizabeth Eulberg

 




2018 in Review



The beginning is always today ~ Mary Shelley



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HoTXSinC December 9, 2018: Party & Member Showcase @ La Mancha!

Party & Member Showcase

@

La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern


2203 Hancock Drive
Austin, TX 78756

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Front side room
Party snacks will be provided
All beverages purchased individually

Members will read from their works.

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


Program: Party & Member Showcase

Upcoming Programs
The Word on Our Members
Selected Sites

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Nolo Contendere



Party & Member Showcase

HoTXSinC members will read from their work and celebrate the year’s end at the regular meeting at La Mancha Restaurant from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on December 9, 2018.

Party snacks will be provided. All beverages may be purchased individually.

La Mancha Restaurant is located at 2203 Hancock Drive in Austin. The gathering will be held in the room to the right of the front entrance.

 

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Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. In December we meet at La Mancha Tex-Mex Tavern, 2203 Hancock Drive in Austin.

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Sisters in Crime is an international organization of women and men whose mission is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry. Speakers include published mystery authors and technical experts who help writers craft better mysteries and readers enjoy what they read. Meetings are free and open to all. For more information, check out the Sisters in Crime website at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com.

For information contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543

Check out our blog/newsletter, HOTSHOTS!, at https://sinc-heartoftexas.com/posts/


Love the writing, love the writing, love the writing . . . the rest will follow.

~ Jane Yolen


2019 Programs

January: Bill Woodburn, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, author and counselor on Twisted Villains & Wounded Heroes–A Counselor’s Insight into Troubled Minds

February: Jan Burke, Guest Speaker from SinC National Speaker’s Bureau

 


The writer’s life is rough and lonely,
and who would choose it while there are vacancies
in more gracious professions,
such as, way, cleaning ferryboats?

~ Dorothy Parker


The Word on Our Members

Meredith Lee‘s DIGGING UP THE DEAD made BlueInk Reviews’ list of Best Books of the Year.

DIGGING UP THE DEAD, a Crispin Leads Mystery by the Austin-based writing team of Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Evatt has been singled out by BlueInk Reviews as one of its favorite books of 2018. Out of the thousands of titles reviewed by the independent review service last year, BlueInk highlighted books in eight categories. For more information visit www.blueinkreview.com. Digging Up the Dead, the second in a series of thriller-mysteries published under the writing team’s pen name Meredith Lee, finds a young scholar, Crispin Leads, in Egypt. There she dodges murderers and outwits con artists while tracking down the truth behind dark family secrets and ancient curses surrounding the tomb of King Tut. Copies of the book sell for $16.99 at bookstores and online. The e-book is $10.99.

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Helen Currie Foster appeared at Malvern Books for the launch of her latest Alice MacDonald Greer mystery, GHOST NEXT DOOR.

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Manning Wolfe, Mark Pryor, and Billy Kring appeared in conversation at Malvern Books’http://malvernbooks.com/ Novel Night on November 8, 2018. After the program, they signed copies of their books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

If I don’t write, I hate myself. Simple as that. My life is out of balance.

~ Harlan Coben


Selected Links

–from The Passive Voice

Barnes and Noble’s newest Kindle competitor is a 7-inch, $49 Nook

5 Ways Meditation Can Help Authors

Email Marketing Basics

This holiday season could seal Barnes & Noble’s fate

Here’s How It Will Go

The best ways to use Lightning are not widely employed yet 20 years in

Amazon Is Hiding A Big Surprise\

I’ll Bet You Think This Story’s about You: When People Keep Finding Themselves in Your Fiction

Antitrust, the App Store, and Apple

Why it’s time to cancel your Amazon Prime account

Small bookstores are booming after nearly being wiped out


I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all it is cracked up to be. But writing is. Writing has so much to give, so much to teach, so many surprises. That thing you had to force yourself to do—the actual act of writing—turns out to be the best part. It’s like discovering that while you thought you needed the tea ceremony for the caffeine, what you really needed was the tea ceremony. The act of writing turns out to be its own reward.

~ Anne Lamott


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No Lo Contendere

Members, send news to hots2014 (at) gmail (dot) com. Include both past and upcoming events. Include pictures if you have them.

Also send head shots and a list of your book titles/short story titles to Kathy for the HOTXSINC author page.

And send titles/authors of books (articles, websites, blogs) you’ve read or are reading, and that you recommend to other Sisters in Crime.