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Promotion for this Writers

Once again we got up at 3 a.m. in order to catch a plane in Bakersfield. This time we were headed for Portland, OR to Epicon, the organization for electronically published writers. This is one my husband really looks forward to. We flew to San Francisco, then on to Portland, both planes were dinky, but I really like flying on those, they get right up into the air and land nicely.

The ride in the taxi to the hotel was downright scary, so scary I held onto my hubby’s hand all the way. First person we saw when we entered the hotel was Lee Emory, publisher of Treble Heart Books, who published two of my Christian horror novels. She’s also a very good friend. The conference itself was great. I learned lots more about Internet promotion–though I’ll have to find some more time to do everything I learned.

Other friends we enjoyed being with were Larry and Lorna Collins, fellow Californians and John Schembra (also from California) who is a member of Public Safety Writers Association too. We were delighted to see Ginny and David McBlain (Omaha). Hubby and I both enjoyed his talk on Military Intelligence. John Taylor is another Epic friend and I took notes during his Thriller Writing presentation. I gave to talks, one on Creating Memorable Characters and another on Promoting Trade Paperbacks. Always the highlight of the conference is the Awards Ceremony. Jeff Strand is the M.C. for life for very good reason–he is so funny! My book Judgment Fire was a finalist in the mystery category, but it didn’t win. I’ve been a finalist several times and never won. I’m beginning to feel like Susan Lucci. Our flight home was strange–Portland to Phoenix, then on to Bakersfield.

I was invited to give a workshop for Writers of Kern on Plot or Character, Which is Most Important in a Mystery. This is a great group of folks. Though I belong to this chapter of California Writers Club, I never seem to make it down there unless I’m invited as a speaker. Hubby went with me which was great–I didn’t have to drive. Plus I had a great time and sold a few books. Mike Russo, of Russo’s Books, spoke about the state of the book industry which isn’t all that great right now. Steve Mettee, publisher of Quill Driver Books, talked about what it takes to be a successful writer.

I was all set to give a talk at the Hanford branch of the Kings County Library when I got an email for Gail Lucas, the librarian, asking me if I’d like to go to Fresno to a TV station and be there by 6 a.m. to be interviewed for a 6 minute segment the same day as the talk. If I drive really fast and there’s not much traffic, I can make it to Fresno in 1 ½ hours–but think about what time I’d have to get up–and I did–I decided I’d rather be coherent at the library then to be on TV. My daughter-in-law was kind enough to drive with me to Hanford (another 1 ½ hour drive) and we went early enough to eat dinner there. We went to a lovely Italian restaurant and ordered hors’doerves–an antipasto plate and sweet potato fries. Way too much food but definitely delicious.

When I walked into the library after I met Gail, the first face I saw was someone from the Visalia Writers’ group. That definitely brought a smile to my face. Another woman who has come many times when I’ve spoken to the Visalia group was also there. You have no idea how wonderful it feels to have that kind of support. Though it was a small group they listened to me talking about what inspired me to write mysteries, looked interested, and laughed in all the right places. And I sold some books–always a good thing. I hope the library will ask me back some day–I had a terrific time.


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And So the New Year Begins

Hard to believe, it’s actually 2008! Now the challenge is to remember that and put it on my communications and checks.

What are you looking forward to in this coming year? For myself, I’m hoping the year includes continued good health–always something to think about when you get to be my age.

However, I’m always optimistic and this year’s calendar is already filling up. I’ve even sent in money for a mystery con in 2009.

The end of January we’re flying to Chicago for the Love is Murder conference. All my friends in California feel that is being truly optimistic if not a bit foolhardy. I remind them that I went to Alaska to a mystery con in February and had a great time.

I’m planning a book launch for Smell of Death, the next in my Rocky Bluff PD series in February. Again, I’ll be appearing at the Springville Visitor’s Center in the Elster Building.

In March, hubby and I will fly to Portland OR for EpiCon. My latest Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, Judgment Fire, is a finalist in the mystery category for an Eppie. Whether it wins or not, Epicon is a great conference and I have many author friends I’m looking forward to spending time with. I’ll also be presenting while I’m there.

Writers of Kern is having their conference in March too, and I’m honored to have been asked to present a workshop on writing mysteries, in particular how to keep a series fresh. I’ll also be headed to the Kings’ County Library in Hanford to talk about writing and my books.

April will find me at the Jackass Mail Run with a booth–no, it’s not about a bunch of jackasses running–it celebrates the delivery of the mail from Porterville to Springville and horses and riders along with the mail wagon make their way to Springville where a mock battle ensues with would-be robbers and the men on the wagon.

April also is the time for the Public Safety Writers Association’s conference. All the information is available at http://www.policewriter.com > This is another favorite of mine and I’m also in charge of the program. If you write about any of the many public safety fields–either fiction on non-fiction–you ought to try this conference.

And that’s probably enough of what I’ve got planned for the coming year. It’s certainly enough for an old lady who is supposed to be retired.

For all of you who read this, my wish for you is a year full of love, happiness and prosperity.


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