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New Projects

One of my latest projects is a second volume of American women mystery authors of the 1940s and 1950s. Tentatlvely titled Atomic Renaissance Too (I know, my originality is startling) the new volume is going to include:

  • Frances Crane
  • Kelley Roos
  • Elizabeth Daly
  • Richard and Frances Lockridge
  • Mabel Seeley
  • and at least two more TBD.

Hearing is Believing...

The Audio version of The Scent of Murder, narrated by the talented Erin Coker is available as are Intent to Sell: Marketing the Genre Novel and Pulp Icons.

Atomic Renaissance came out from Audible recently as did Under Investigation and Who Was That Lady? is currently being reviewed for publication. Take a listen to it here. 


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. I'm writing a short piece for BIO's newsletter on the costs of researching.


What am I currently writing...

I'm currently working on proposals for new biographies, which has been my focus for a while now. I'm 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.


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 




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 writer who influenced mystery in the 20th century,  please feel free to email me and let me know. I'm very open for ideas and new projects.

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.

I'm enjoying the aggregator Hootsuite, which can handle multiple platforms easily. You can segregate your feed into categories by people or topics. It's easy to use and is only $10 a month for their professional version. 




Jeffrey's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Most Dangerous Thing
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