All posts by talon007

Why Killer Nashville gave me the boost when I needed it most.
In case you don’t follow me on Facebook, A good friend (Logan Masterson) is running a contest for a free membership to this year’s Killer Nashville mystery writer’s conference in Nashville. Some of the other prizes include signed books by Jaden Terrell, C.J. Box and myself.

Killer Nashville is a three-day mystery writers and readers  conference, filled with workshops, panels, writer guest, and so much more. It is a fantastic place for networking with publishers, agents, and fellow writers.

After moving to Nashville, I decided to jump into this crazy thing called writing. KN ended up being a great starting point for me as a writer. The first couple of years I went, I was able to attend many of the workshops and panels which helped give me the pointers needed to refine my writing as well as my search for a publisher. In 2010, I entered my manuscript for ‘The Blood in Snowflake Garden’ into the Claymore Award contest, sponsored by KN. As luck or skill would have it, I ended up as a Top Ten finalist. Lessons learned from their marketing and social media panels was invaluable as a beginning writer.

When my manuscript was first completed, I started querying publishers and agents. This was prior to the contest. I had no responses, but afterwards when I was able to say, ‘It’s a Top Ten Finalist’ the number of publishers interested skyrocketed. I do credit the Claymore along with KN for getting that first publishing deal.

So … Why is Killer Nashville good for you? Of all the books and stories I’ve written, only one is a mystery. Yet, the lessons learned at KN lend themselves to any genre. The workshops can help teach you about reading publishing contracts, marketing, writing tips, and so much more.



 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Last year, Tommy Handcock with Pro Se Press invited me to submit a story for an upcoming anthology. But… there was one catch. The anthology was to be called “Black Pulp” and all the heroes would be black.

Sounded like a good idea since few pulp characters are black and a project of this kind could reach out and bring in new readers. My problem? … I’m the whitest man on Earth. Of course, jumped at the chance and had to draw on my inner-black man in order to get into the right mindset.

Now, I’ve been asked by Tommy to submit a story for a new pulp anthology. It’s all about…. chickens.   Oh cluck….

Last year, Tommy Handcock with Pro Se Press invited me to submit a story for an upcoming anthology. But… there was one catch. The anthology was to be called “Black Pulp” and all the heroes would be black.

Sounded like a good idea since few pulp characters are black and a project of this kind could reach out and bring in new readers. My problem? … I’m the whitest man on Earth. Of course, jumped at the chance and had to draw on my inner-black man in order to get into the right mindset.

Now, I’ve been asked by Tommy to submit a story for a new pulp anthology. It’s all about…. chickens.   Oh cluck….

I have to admit that blogging isn’t my favorite thing to do. Not that I don’t have much to say, just ask my kids. They’d complain that I never stop chatting. The problem with blogging isn’t what to say… it’s that I’d rather spend my writing time actually writing.

Still… I need to make an effort here. So, I’m planning on something weekly. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull that off. 🙂

I have to admit that blogging isn’t my favorite thing to do. Not that I don’t have much to say, just ask my kids. They’d complain that I never stop chatting. The problem with blogging isn’t what to say… it’s that I’d rather spend my writing time actually writing.

Still… I need to make an effort here. So, I’m planning on something weekly. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pull that off. 🙂

Killer Nashville: two days in

Two days in to the Killer Nashville convention and all is well. This convention has been a different for so many reasons compared to last year. I’m talking on panels … and anyone who knows me knows that public speaking isn’t my strong point. In addition, I was interviewed by the Library Police for an upcoming two part podcast about Killer Nashville. Plus they want me to come back for a full interview closer to the release of ‘Snowflake Garden’. 

http://www.librarypolice.net/

I guess the idea of actually being published is starting to sink in finally. The sad thing is that I’ve been so focused on writing the next book that I keep forgetting that I need to work on promoting the first.  Must learn better multi-tasking methods.  🙂