Tips From a Pro! Write Great Stories and Build YOUR Success, in Today’s Marketplace! with Patricia Sargeant Hosted by Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Time: 10:30 am – noon PDT
National best-selling, award-winning author of more than 20 novels, PATRICIA SARGEANT will discuss how she writes multiple genres, earns critical praise, captivates readers and consistently delivers a “great read”.
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New Releases !
The latest anthology from Akashic Books, SOUTH CENTRAL NOIR, edited by Gary Phillips, drops Sept. 3. It features stories by members Désirée Zamorano, Naomi Hirahara, Jeri Westerson, and Phillips.
Publishers Weekly said this: “The 14 tales in this strong entry in Akashic’s noir series focus on the robust past and present of one of the most notorious areas not just in Southern California but the country . . . Phillips and his contributors dig deep, presenting a rich tapestry of stories varied in tone and perspective.”
Due out August 30, Gigi Pandian’s latest in the Accidental Alchemist series: THE ALCHEMIST OF RIDDLE AND RUIN
When Zoe Faust sees the ghost of a murdered young woman, is it really a spirit—or a flesh and blood woman who stopped aging because she’s a fellow alchemist? When the newly-appeared ghost turns dangerous, Zoe teams up with her gargoyle roommate Dorian to unmask the supposed specter. https://www.gigipandian.com/the-alchemist-of-riddle-and-ruin?utm
Coming soon from Pegasus Books: HAUNTED TALES, co-edited by our members Lisa Morton, six-time Bram Stoker Award winner, and Leslie S. Klinger, renowned authority on Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Frankenstein, HP Lovecraft, etc. In this new volume, award-winning anthologists Klinger and Morton present an eclectic collection of ghosty tales certain to haunt the reader long past the closing page.
Three of our members’ works in progress are FINALISTS in the competition for the 2022 Killer Nashville Claymore Award:
Laurie Stevens‘s THE RETURN is a finalist in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category and Lori Dillman‘s TO FREE A PANTHER is a finalist in the Thriller category and Michelle Rodenborn’s SCREAM AT CENTER RING, is a contender for the award in the Thriller category.
GOOD LUCK to all!
Hot Off The Press!
Jennifer J. Chow’s DEATH BY BUBBLE TEA, the first book in her L.A. Night Market Mystery series, got reviewed in the New York Times and hit the SoCal Indie Bestseller List!
Dennis Palumbo will serve as Consulting Producer on the upcoming Hulu suspense series THE PATIENT, from the creative team behind THE AMERICANS. The new limited series premieres on August 30th and deals with a therapist (played by Steve Carell) who’s held hostage by a serial killer desperate to be cured of his homicidal urges.
2) Do you want to Present Like a Pro for Media, Blogs, Panels & Readings? Then attend this SinC (national) webinar on August 9 at 4 pm PDT. “Does the prospect of doing a media interview or being on an authors’ panel terrify you? Do you crave more eyes on your blogs or yearn to transform yourself into an extrovert to sell books? Do you want to be more effective in presenting yourself (and your book) to the world? Communications pro Pat Remick will share tips and tricks for mastering a variety of opportunities and formats that can help ensure success for you and your book(s).” https://www.sistersincrime.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1648847
3) Lisa Unger, NYT Bestselling mystery and thriller author, will join the Citrus Crime Writers chapter on Sunday, August 14 at 2:00 p.m. EASTERN via Zoom. Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including one now in development at Netflix starring Jessica Alba. With books published in thirty-one languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, Unger is regarded as a master of suspense. Email the chapter for the Zoom link: [email protected] .
4) Wendall Thomas, who teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, will offer a six-hour Zoom webinar on “Writing Great Sequences for Film and Television,” from 10am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday August 27/28. Go to the Private Classes pages on her website for a course description and contact info for registration: https://www.wendallthomas.com/private-classes
5) Bruce Holsinger, author and literary scholar, will speak on Saturday August 13 at 11 am to the Coastal Cruisers chapter of SinC. You are invited to Join by Zoom (link below). Bruce is the author of the USA Today and Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel The Gifted School, named one of the Best Books of 2019 by NPR. The novel is currently in development as a TV series with NBC/Universal Television. https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrfuGqqDorGdRIKyu9znwAZpf21iZeSnu1
6) Jane Friedman has several upcoming webinars at $25 each. August 4: “Research Agents & Publishers Like A Pro.” August 18: “I Need A Platform Pronto!” August 24: “Mastering Suspense & Tension” Jane has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in business strategy for authors and publishers. https://www.janefriedman.com/online-classes/
7) Check out Jane Cleland’s monthly FREE webinars. Jane is a teacher and crime writer, a winner of the Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. Her how-to book, Mastering Plot Twists, is a classic. https://janecleland.com/events/
Bruce Holsinger, Historical and contemporary author and literary scholar, will speak to us in this special August meeting—for our first in-person meeting, post pandemic.
Bruce is the author of the USA Today and Los Angeles Times-bestselling novel The Gifted School, named one of the Best Books of 2019 by NPR. The novel is currently in development as a TV series with NBC/Universal Television. Bruce is also the author of two award-winning historical novels: A Burnable Book and The Invention of Fire. His essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Slate, and many other publications.
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of twenty novels, including SECLUDED CABIN SLEEPS SIX (coming Nov 8, 2022), LAST GIRL GHOSTED, and CONFESSIONS ON THE 7:45 — now in development at Netflix, starring Jessica Alba. With books published in thirty-one languages and millions of copies sold worldwide, she is regarded as a master of suspense.
Unger’s critically acclaimed novels have been featured on “Best Book” lists from the Today Show, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly, People, Amazon, Goodreads, L.A. Times, The Boston Globe, Sun Sentinel, Tampa Bay Times and many others. She has been nominated for, or won, numerous awards including the Strand Critics, Audie, Hammett, Macavity, ITW Thriller, and Goodreads Choice. In 2019, she received two Edgar Award nominations, an honor held by only a few authors, including Agatha Christie. Her short fiction has been anthologized in The Best American Mystery and Suspense, and her non-fiction has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Travel+Leisure. Lisa is the current co-President of the International Thriller Writers organization. She lives on the west coast of Florida with her family.
July 21, 2022 Studio City Library Via Zoom; 6 p.m.
Mystery on the Menu: SinCLA Authors Discuss All Things Mystery
On Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 5p.m., the Studio City Library will host a Zoom panel of SinCLA authors who will discuss the mystery writing process. The featured authors are Beverly Graf, Linda O Johnston, Paula Bernstein, Ellen Byron, August Norman ,and moderator Jacqueline Vick.
Coastal Cruisers Sisters in Crime chapter presents: “Managing Your Empire: Going Wide” With Shelley Adina Saturday, July 16, 2022 10:30am to 12:00pm Pacific Daylight Time
Indie authors have lots of choice in publishing, but one decision has to be made early: Do I go all in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited or do I go wide? And if I choose the second, how do I manage it? Author of more than 50 indie and traditionally published novels, Shelley Adina has done both and believes that going wide can be a prudent and profitable choice. In this workshop she’ll discuss: — Uploading wide: Make metadata work on all the retailers — Launching wide: Give your book the best chance of success — Reaching wide: Capture and keep your readers
Shelley Adina is the author of more than 50 novels published by Harlequin, Warner, Hachette, and Moonshell Books, Inc., her own independent press. She writes steampunk adventure and mystery as Shelley Adina; as Charlotte Henry, writes classic Regency romance; and as Adina Senft, is the USA Today bestselling author of Amish women’s fiction. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Lancaster University in the UK, won RWA’s RITA Award® in 2005, and was a finalist in 2006. She appeared in the 2016 documentary film Love Between the Covers, is a popular speaker and convention panelist, and has been a guest on many podcasts, including Worldshapers and Realm of Books. When she’s not writing, Shelley is usually quilting, sewing historical costumes, or enjoying the garden with her flock of rescued chickens. Find her at https://shelleyadina.com
MYSTERY IN THE MIDLANDS A Virtual Event Featuring 10 Fabulous Authors Saturday, July 16, 2022 Cost $8 starting at 7:30 a.m. PST (see below for more details) Presented by the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America
For the third year, we’re holding our Mystery in the Midlands as a virtual event on Saturday, July 16, 2022. The event, jointly sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and the Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime, features 10 award-winning authors. Registrants may watch the broadcast or view the recording later (or both). All for the cost of an electronic or paperback book: $8.
Our goal was to provide an affordable conference for all those who either could not afford to attend more expensive in-person events or who may hesitate to go to large gatherings while Covid and its variants are still with us. We want to facilitate readers and writers getting to hear from great writers about their work.
Question: Where do you have the opportunity to spend 4 and ½ hours with award- winning mystery and suspense novelists all for the cost of a single e-book or paperback?
Answer: Mystery in the Midlands (hosted by Palmetto Chapter of Sisters in Crime and Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America), which began as a mid-summer conference in “Famously Hot” Columbia, S.C. For the third year, this is a virtual event through Crowdcast.
If you are not able to attend virtually on the day of the event, by registering, you can access the recorded panels at your leisure.
Here’s the schedule:
Raise the Temperature with a Warm Welcome 10:30-10:45 am ET/9:30-9:45 am CT/8:30-8:45 am MT/7:30-7:45 am PT Dana Kaye, Lynn C. Willis President of SEMWA, and Carla Damron President of Palmetto Chapter SinC
Shorts that Pack Heat 11:00-11:45 am ET/10:00-10:45 am CT/9:00-9:45 am MT/8:00-8:45 am PT Alan Orloff, Shawn Reilly Simmons, and Joseph S. Walker
Sizzling Keynote 12:00-12:45 pm ET/11:00-11:45 am CT/10:00-10:45 am MT/9:00-9:45 am PT David Heska Wanbli Weiden interviewed by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Served Piping Hot: Cozies with Recipes 1:00-1:45 pm ET/12:00-12:45 pm CT/11:00-11:45 am MT/10:00-10:45 am PT Daryl Wood Gerber, Raquel V. Reyes, and Abby L. Vandiver
Sweltering Settings and Suspense 2:00-2:45 pm ET/1:00-1:45 pm CT/12:00-12:45 pm MT/11:00-11:45 am PT Hallie Ephron, John Hart, and Hank Phillippi Ryan
Final Comments Before Cooling Off in the Pool 3:00-3:15 pm ET/2:00-2:15 pm CT/1:00-1:15 pm MT/12:00-12:15 pm PT Dana Kaye, Lynn C. Willis President of SEMWA, and Carla Damron President of Palmetto Chapter SinC
What better way to beat the June heat than to spend the time in a lovely air-conditioned room listening to great authors talk about writing? Bring your beverage of choice and join us!