We know many of you have been missing our Yahoo!Group, which due to circumstances beyond our control is being phased out.
While we’ve been offering you the WordPress community blog as a way to communicate, we are pleased to let you know we are now set up at groups.io, which functions identical to the threaded setup you have known from the Yahoo!Group.
If you’re currently a member, join us at groups.io below:
If you are not already a member of both the national organization and Sisters in Crime/LA, here’s how to join.
For MARCH 2020, Sisters in Crime/LA met on MARCH 1ST at the THOUSAND OAKS LIBRARY.
The featured reader for the month was Wendall Thomas.
Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her second, Drowned Under, has been nominated for a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery of 2019. Her short fiction appears in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017), and Murder-A-Go-Go’s (2019).
When Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo’s former in-laws go missing on an Australian cruise, she helicopters Down Under, only to stumble over a dead body and a desperate plot to save the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.
Audiobook: Publishing’s Biggest Bright Spot!
Jessica talked about all facets of production, distribution, and contracting that goes into audiobook product, and trends with this format. Kaye also took questions from audience members about where to seek help in structuring deals; how to ask publishers for clarification on audio rights; and how to find voice and editing talent, should you decide to produce your own audio material.
Jessica Kaye is the current president of the SoCal Chapter of MWA, and both a lawyer and a producer/director of audiobooks. Kaye will speak about current trends in audio publishing; how contracts are structured for audio; what you should ask yourself when considering audio for your already-written book or one you plan to write in the future; and what the future of audiobooks holds for mystery, crime, true crime, and thriller genres.
In addition to her duties as president of the local chapter of MWA, Kaye oversees a law practice that runs a gamut of intellectual property issues, from copyright and trademark to negotiating or consulting about publishing contracts and audiobooks. Apropos of that, in 2019, Writer’s Digest Books published her business book, The Guide to Publishing Audiobooks. In 2006, she founded a digital distribution company for audiobooks, the first such company. It is still going and it is called Big Happy Family, LLC (www.bighappyfamilyaudiobooks.com).
Kaye is also on the board of the Audio Publishers Association.
Here is the form to sign up for your opportunity to sign your titles at the upcoming Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19. Slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis, and we will probably have a waiting list – but don’t despair. We often get cancellations.
You may already have heard this news. Many large events are being cancelled because of concern for the spread of the Coronavirus.
The Festival has been rescheduled for the weekend of October 3rd and 4th. Sisters in CrimeLA will be keeping its booth and will plan to participate in October. Those of you who already requested a signing time will be able to use the same day and time in October or will get first choice for any other time that has not been filled.