HOTXSINC May 21, 2017: Audio Books, Marketing, & Short Story Submissions

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

May 21 Program : Noreen Cedeño, Helen Currie Foster, & Jason Richard
on Marketing, Short Story Submissions, & 
Audio Books

President’s Column
Annual Texas Mystery Writer’s Month Workshop
News from Our Members
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere


What’s in Your Toolbox?

Continuing this year’s “What’s in Your Toolbox?” program series, HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster and President-Elect Noreen M. Cedeño will present our Sisters in Crime Program on May 21 (on the third Sunday rather than second because of Mothers’ Day): Audio Books, Marketing, and Short Story Submissions.

Helen is in the process of creating audio books and will share what she’s learning from that experience.

She will be joined by sound engineer Jason Richard of Clockright Studio. Jason will discuss potential costs, technical issues, the learning curve, and how the process of making audiobooks can be adjusted to make individual writers comfortable.

Noreen will present information on basic advertising and marketing (including non-social media advertising) and on the opportunities available for short story submissions.

Noreen was born in Houston, grew up in the Dallas Metroplex, once lived in Amarillo, and currently lives near Austin, Texas. She writes mystery short stories and novels that are typically set in Texas. Her mysteries vary from traditional, to romantic suspense, to science fiction.

Having grown up in Texas surrounded by books and storytelling, Helen taught high school English and later became a prize-winning feature writer for a small Michigan weekly. She had practiced environmental law for more than thirty years when the character Alice and her stories suddenly appeared in her life. In her writing, Helen explores the interaction between history and the present and the reasons we tell the stories we do.


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:00 p.m. We meet at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, Phone 512-472-5050.  We meet on the third floor (take the elevator up!).

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

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


Crime fiction is a way of satisfying that nosy need to know. ~ Sophie Hannah


President’s Column

HOTXSINC President Helen Currie Foster

Okay, HOTXSINC writers: here’s your reminder that JUNE 1 is the deadline for your submissions to Texas Book Festival!

And here’s your reminder that the Writers League of Texas Agents and Editors Conference is coming up June 30-July 2. Who’s going?

Also, May 27 is the MysteryPeople Workshop at BookPeople, 9:30-4:00 on the third floor, chaired by Scott Montgomery. I’ll be there and hope you will too.

HOTXSINC’s Board contemplates that we’ll have a booth again for the Texas Book Festival, November 4-5. Last year members who staffed the booth (often in cowboy attire) had a great time meeting the public, signing and selling books, and publicizing SINC and HOTXSINC. We encourage you to participate. Your books don’t have to be vintage 2017 to be sold in our booth–bring earlier editions as well.

ALSO, be thinking about what piece of your writing you want to read at the HOTXSINC ROUND ROBIN READ during the October 2017 meeting. Could be an essay, short story, vignette, excerpt from a longer work. Could be a draft, could be finished. We want to support members’ writing, and give members a chance to “show us what you’ve got.” So get ready!

FINALLY, we’re continuing our “What’s in Your Toolbox?” programs, aimed at giving us more potential factual backgrounds on such topics as law enforcement, drones, cybersecurity, court procedure.

What do you think of the programming? Any topics you want to hear about?

Please give us feedback!

Thanks for supporting HOTXSINC and sharing our meetings.


I admire Dickens beyond words.
He is one of the greatest plotters of all times.

Didn’t have a clue about women, but he sure could plot. ~ Donna Leon  


 Saturday, May 27, 2017





To celebrate Texas Mystery Writers Month
we are holding our annual workshop
BookPeople’s 3rd floor 
with three fantastic authors
who have experience in law or law enforcement.

Feel free to attend all classes or as many as you’d like.


Mark Pryor, Author of the Hugo Marston mystery novels

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mark Pryor: Heroes

Mark Pryor, author of the popular Hugo Marston series,
discusses the elements that make a great protagonist
who can take care of the bad guys
and continue through a series for years.


Billy Kring, Author of the Hunter Kincaid Mysteries

11:00 a.m. – Noon

Billy Kring:  Villains

Billy Kring,
creator of Hunter Kincaid and Ronny Bacca,
as well as a former border agent
who has seen his share of criminals,
shows you how to construct a daunting antagonist
for your antagonist to thwart.


 NOON – 1:30 p.m.


Manning Wolfe, Author of DOLLAR SIGNS

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Manning Wolfe
Come to Order: Plotting the Legal Thriller

Want to be the next John Grisham?
Manning Wolfe, a former Austin attorney
and creator of The Texas Lady Lawyer series
guides you though the important points
to create an engaging legal thriller.


3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Author Panel Discussion

Anything you wanted to know, we didn’t cover, here’s your chance.
We’ll be covering any loose ends with our guest authors
and discussing their professional and creative lives.


I write traditional drama, and the small enclosed communities work well with this form.
I enjoy exploring secrets.
On small islands, privacy is important,
and there are secrets that everyone can guess but nobody talks about. ~ Ann Cleeves


News from Our Members

 –from Helen Currie Foster

Helen Currie Foster

GHOST DAGGER, fourth in the Alice MacDonald Greer Mystery series, was published March 15 and is available at BookPeople and on Amazon and Kindle.

I talked about my books on April 11 with the Austin Woman’s Forum, will meet with the Book Group at Dripping Springs United Methodist Church on May 11, and will meet with readers at the Lakeshore Library in Llano County on May 22.

Meanwhile, I’ve recorded the audiobooks for GHOST CAVE and GHOST DOG, the first two novels in the series, and will be recounting that adventure on May 21 at HOTXSINC.

Noreen Cedeño and Fran Paino and I had a great time tag-teaming with the PrimeTimers group at St. Catherine of Siena at their March lunch meeting. We had great fun talking and fielding questions about our different processes, from a great group of readers.


–from Manning Wolfe‘s newsletter

Manning Wolfe

Last month we started a new series for legal thriller lovers! We’ll be discussing a new book each month and talking about a legal issue or crime that was presented in the book. This month’s selection is THE WHISTLER by John Grisham.

Subscribe to Manning’s mailing list here. Listen to her discuss her  Texas Lady Lawyer series at Authors on the Air.


M. K. Waller’s  story “The Snake” was awarded first place in the HOTXSINC Knife Story Challenge sponsored by Eugenia Parrish. Noreen Cedeño’s “Don’t Bring a Knife” was awarded second place.

Eugenia Parrish
M. K. Waller
N. M. Cedeño
The Knife


I received rejection letters for ten years
(one on a napkin, written in crayon.)

I had all my rejection notices stored in a box.
When the box was finally full I took it to the curb and set it on fire.
The next day I went out and got a temp job. ~ Janet Evanovich



5/3/2017  Writers’ League of Texas

 5/6/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

 5/6/2017  MENILFEST
@ The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

@ The Dallas Sheraton Hotel
5/13/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
5/20/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

Writers’ League of Texas
5/27/2017  Sisters in Crime: Heart of Texas Chapter, Austin Mystery Writers, & MysteryPeople
@ BookPeople, 3rd floor

5/27/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

6/3/2017 Writers’ League of Texas
@ St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

@ Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

 6/14-19/2017  Writers’ League of Texas
@ Austin, TX


*Every effort is made to present a completely accurate calendar, but the editor can’t guarantee that every detail is correct. If you’re interested in an event, click on the link and get definitive information from the official source. 



 Selected Sites

MysteryPeople on Facebook 

What an Editor at a Publishing House Looks For: 6 Myths & Truths
(Writer Unboxed)

Murder on the Nile — The Continued Influence of Agatha Christie
(Leslie Budewitz’s Law and Fiction Blog)

The Social Contract for Writers

Writers  Who Kill


A Shaken Snow Globe

There Are Visions to Be Seen: MysteryPeople Q&A with Marcie Rendon

Thanks to The Passive Voice for Telling Us about The Following:

‘Screen fatigue sees UK ebook sales Plunge 17%  as readers turn to print

How Kindles Lost Their Shine

Writer seeks Kindled spirit: Six novelists reveal how to self-publish successfully

LIST: Here Are the Retail Stores Taking Hits, Closing Hundreds of Locations

Rowdy ‘Mystery Hikes’ to Undisclosed Locations Were All the Rage in the ’30s

2017 Derringer Finalist Travis Richardson
(2017 Derringer Finalist Interviews)

How Do Kindle Unlimited Subscribers Behave (And How Does it Impact Authors)?

Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense: Does the Label Matter?

An Open Letter to Microsoft About the AI in Word’s New Editor

Why You Should Read Books You Hate

The Subject of Criminal Rehabilitation


Children – if you think back really what it was like to be a child
and what it was like to know other children – children lie all the time.  ~ Donna Tart


Nolo Contendere

Members, please send to

  • headshots and publication info for the author page
  • news of your activities
  • links to your blogs/websites for the blogroll
  • brief (~ 100-300 words) reviews/recommendations/articles
  • links to other websites of interest
  • info about workshops, conferences
  • anything you think would interest readers

Kathy Waller, editor


What about the hero of The House on the Strand?
What did it mean when he dropped the telephone at the end of the book?
I don’t really know, but I rather think he was going to be paralysed for life. Don’t you? ~ Daphne DuMaurier


HOTXSINC April 9, 2017: Cyber Security

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

Meeting April 9: Richard Taylor on Cyber Security
News from Our Members
Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

Richard Taylor, Technical Project Manager at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, will speak about cyber security at the April 9, 2017, at 2:15 p.m., at the SINC Heart of Texas Chapter meeting.

The presentation will cover efforts underway to understand how higher-risk small to medium-sized machining and tooling companies that are vital to U. S. Military and Energy sectors protect cyber information. He will discuss past and current cyber attacks, consequences of attacks, and how attacks are mitigated or reduced.

From Santa Fe, New Mexico, Mr. Taylor has worked at the Los Alamos National Laboratory for the past 23 years. He works in Division A, Group A-3, Technology Applications, to develop, promote, direct, and work on the technical aspect of projects related to cyber security for the U. S. Government. Group A-3 recently made a presentation at the White House.


Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. We are now meeting at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, Phone 512-472-5050.  We meet on the third floor.

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. Check out the Sisters in Crime website at

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


In 1986 we were trying to help women get in print, stay in print,
and come to the attention of booksellers and libraries.
At that time, books by men mystery writers were reviewed
seven times as often as books by women. ~ Sara Paretsky


News from Our Members

Manning Wolfe



MANNING WOLFE is presenting Legal Issues for Authors at the Houston Writers Guild Annual Conference on April 28 -30. She will be covering contracts, copyright, the use of trademarked products in writing, obtaining an ISBN & LCCN, and much more!  The conference will be held at Rice University and those interested in attending can register HERE.


V. P. Chandler



story “Kay Chart” was published on the MysteryPeople blog. For more about what V.P. has been doing, read her latest blog post.

Helen Currie Foster



GHOST DAGGER, the fourth mystery in the Alice Greer MacDonald series, is now out on Kindle as well as in print on Amazon—and at BookPeople in Austin. In Scotland to investigate disturbing occurrences on her mother-in-law’s farm, Alice immediately runs into murder. With love interest Ben Kinsear providing archaeological insight and the aid of a surprising cast of characters, can she unearth the ancient secrets at Gran’s farm and solve the mystery before she herself becomes the third victim?


Alexandra Burt




ALEXANDRA BURT will be at the San Antonio Book Festival on April 8, 2017. You can find her at the Festival Marketplace, Booths 35-36, at 3:00 p.m., at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art in downtown San Antonio.


Nancy G. West




NANCY G. WEST will be at the San Antonio Book Festival, Saturday, April 8, with the new Aggie Mundeen Mystery, RIVER CITY DEAD. Aggie and SAPD Detective Sam plan their first rendezvous at a San Antonio River Walk hotel during Fiesta Week…a vacation from crime and reset for their tumultuous relationship. With Aggie, nothing goes as planned.

        I have visited the River Walk. I wish I had read this book first.
        Like taking a vacation while reading a mystery.
        A great series with fun characters.
To see all books in this San Antonio/Hill Country mystery series and enter the drawing for giveaways, stop by Booth #20.


Using insult instead of argument is the sign of a small mind. ~ Laurie King



4/8/17 @ San Antonio Public Library

4/8 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
speaks and signs his new Bernie Gunther novel, PRUSSIAN BLUE.
He will be in conversation with Mark Pryor, author of HOLLOW MAN.

4/17 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
Discusses  THE THIN MAN by Dashiell Hammett

4/18 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
GREG ISLES, speaking and signing MISSISSIPI BLOOD, the concluding volume of his epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage

4/20 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople

4/26 @ MysteryPeople/BookPeople
Discusses HEADSTONE by Ken Bruen


4/28 @ Bethesda, Maryland


You have got a good side? I have. I just do not use it too often.
My bad side is so much more fun. ~ Faye Kellerman


 Selected Sites

The Brass Teapot (short story)

Parade Magazine’s Sunday With: Nancy Pickard

50 Mysteries by Women Crime Writers, Read in a Year

MysteryPeople Pick of the Month: A WELCOME MURDER by Robin Yocum


The Short Mystery Fiction Society Blog

2017 Derringer Finalists

Amazon Tips, Tricks and Tools to Ensure You Never Pay Too Much

Kevin’s Corner

Manual Dexterity, Revisited

Shelf Awareness

The Stiletto Gang

Celebrating the Short Story: The 2016 Agatha Short Story Nominees

The Laptop Is Dead


Thanks to The Passive Voice for alerting us to the following sites:

Male Crime Writers Eclipsed by Golden Age of Female Authors Brought Back into Print

Making Friends in a New City Via Our Little Free Library

Make the Most of Your Book Back Cover With These Tips

The Holiday Is Over: Amazon Will Collect Sales Tax Nationwide April 1

eBook Pirates Are Relatively Old and Wealthy, Study Finds

Amazon’s Lockers Gave Me a Shameful Taste of a World Without People

The Laptop Is Dead


I wanted to pay homage to working women because they are the bridge that got us over.
My work is about the people who are assumed not to have a worldview ~ Barbara Neely


Nolo Contendere

  1. Member authors – Send headshots and info about publications–titles of books and short stories (publishers, dates, where stories were published, links to books, if you wish). Also send links to your websites/blogs.
  2. Members – Send your news for blog, at least two weeks before HOTXSINC meetings if possible. I try to publish at least a week before each meeting. Whatever I have when the blog is published is what I’ll include.
  3. Members – Submit brief (~ 300 words) book reviews, articles (about classes you’ve taught; tips for writing; the writing life; links to websites you like, info about conferences, workshops, anything you think will interest readers).
  4. Members – Send links to your blog and /or website for inclusion in our blogroll.
  5. If you notice errors or omissions, please let me know so I can correct them. Regarding odd variations in spacing, font size, and other such matters–those are currently unavoidable. It will take a conversation with tech support to root them out.

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at