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Hearing is Believing...

The Audio version of The Scent of Murder, narrated by the talented Erin Coker is now available.  Intent to Sell: Marketing the Genre Novel is available as well as is Pulp Icons. Atomic Renaissance is being recorded and offers are outstanding on three other titles.

The Story of My Life

I'm in the midst of writing proposals for several other biographies at the moment. If you have any ideas for the biography of a mystery writer (male or female), please feel free to email me and let me know. I'm very open for ideas and new projects.

Jeffrey Marks, Private Eye

Speaking of pulps, I've ventured into private eye stories. I'm lucky to have been selected to appear in The Shamus Sampler along with Reed Farrel Coleman, Bill Crider, James Winter, Fred Zackel, J.L. Abramo, Keith Dixon, Jochem Vandersteen, Sean Dexter and some newer names like Kit Rohrbacher, Peter DiChellis and of course, me! I hope you get a chance to check it out soon. I'm writing a new story for the second edition of The Shamus Sampler.

Ellery Queen / Cross Country Research

I'm researching Ellery Queen. While there is an abundance of material about what "Queen" wrote, there's little on the lives of the two men behind Queen. I'm looking at as many primary sources as I can. Just received over 400 pages of correspondence between the cousins! I'm currently working with the Library of Congress to get correspondence related to the start of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as well as Columbia University for the Queen correspondence and Indiana University for the letters between Manfred Lee and Anthony Boucher.


Murder Must Advertise - constantly



Genre fiction titles generated over $2,000,000,000 in 2011, yet few guides on book marketing will tell you how to best promote romance, mystery or science fiction novels. The brave new world of independent publishing is included as well as traditional and hybrid publishing.  

Most of the titles on book promotion deal with non-fiction, which is significantly different (and in many ways easier) than genre fiction. 

The fourth edition of Intent to Sell
is the only book designed to help authors learn about how to market their own popular fiction novels; it's a wealth of knowledge on how to approach the ever changing market of book promotions. 

The book includes marketing strategies on:
launching a new fiction title
promoting a series 
what to do if the book is nominated for an industry award
radio and television interviews
etiquette in approaching reviewers and media 



Next up...

 My next biography will be that of noted author, critic, anthologist and editor Ellery Queen. Research materials for this project come from across the country. I'll be traveling around quite a bit to collection information on the fascinating cousins who wrote under this pseudonym. I'm also submitting proposals for two other books at the moment. I hope 2014 will be a very productive and busy year for me.











What am I currently writing...

I'm currently finishing up a 3rd Marissa Scott mystery, along with researching the Ellery Queen cousins. I'm trying my hand at a few locked room short stories as well. Lots of fun there -- I have a new appreciation for the details that went into these stories.


My very own Canine Crime...

Meet Tuppence (aka Penny) who is the newest addition to the family. She's named after Tuppence Beresford, a character in the Tommy and Tuppence stories by Agatha Christie. She gets into almost as much trouble as her namesake.....

Marketing tip of the month: The updated Murder Must Advertise website has a number of sources on the latest ways to market your book.

The latest analytical tool is from Twitter. This tool allows you to see how far your Tweet travels, how many people see that Tweet and what actions got it the most notice. This are information for maximizing your exposure on every group of 140 characters.




Jeffrey's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Most Dangerous Thing
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