Inside this issue: March meeting – Thriller Author Walt Gragg, Lights are on and Somebody’s Dead – Investigative Lighting, Writers’ Police Academy, 2020 Meeting Schedule, Book Giveaway, and Writing Contest!
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.
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 Calendar 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 http://sinc-heartoftexas.com.
For information contact: Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543
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 theTexas 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.
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.
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
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.
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 isTHE WHISTLERby JohnGrisham.
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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.
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
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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