ThrillerFest V – 2010

ThrillerFest V has come to a close following a few great days of workshops, panels and socializing. I had a fantastic time and will be heading back next year for my third ThrillerFest. Here’s some links to articles about the event. I’ll be sure to post pictures soon. Over at …

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Crime writer Dennis Tafoya

I’m a guest interviewer over at Sirens of Suspense where I talk crime writing with author Dennis Tafoya. Dennis’ latest book, The Wolves of Fairmount Park received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly. Hope you enjoy the profile and quickies.  

Five Myths and Truths About Publishing

Neil S. Nyren, Senior Vice President, Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, gave a wonderful keynote speech at the Backspace Conference where I had the pleasure of speaking a few weeks ago. With a smile on his face, he said, “publishing is a business model. Basically it …

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Five Things You Can Do To Get Your Books Into Stores

While presenting at the Backspace conference, I had the pleasure of watching a number of other panels and presentations. One panel, “Buying and Selling: From Publisher to Bookstore,” consisted of publicist Dana Kaye Litoff, Agent Colleen Lindsay, Random House Book Rep Ron Koltnow, and Bookseller Dustin Kutz. Author A.S. King …

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What’s Hot and What’s Not — Buzz From BEA

At this month’s writers coffeehouse Jonathan Maberry and other writers discussed the buzz making the rounds at BEA (BookExpo America) . Here’s what’s hot and what’s not in the book publishing industry: 1. Paranormal Thrillers for Middle Grade Boys—wide open and red hot. 2. Vampire Novels for Teenage Girls—starting to …

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Five Things Television Teaches Writers

We’ve all watched television—dramas, police procedurals, reality shows, newscasts. Although television is a different medium than writing, it provides an abundance of advice wrapped inside the programming that’s relevant to today’s writers. 1. Jump Right In—Television shows start smack in the middle of the action to grab and hold our …

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Five Publishing Tips from the Writers Coffeehouse

Now more than ever it’s important for writers to know what’s happening in the publishing industry — the latest trends, the markets, how to pitch and sell, social media, connecting with readers, marketing, trends, etc. — and how to use that knowledge to sell books and articles. The days when …

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