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Author challenges – What’s next? “He jumped on his horse and galloped off in all directions at once.”

Author challenges

What's next?

"He jumped on his horse and galloped off in all directions at once."

Does that sound familiar? Writers recognize that scenario as being part of their lives  trying to chase too many projects and priorities competing for attention -  new ideas to develop, writing, editing, marketing and promotion, events and business development activities, books...

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Writing is hard. Selling is harder! I need your help.

Writing is hard. Selling is harder!

I need your help

Every writer I know loves the compliments and congratulations on having successfully completed the writing of any book, but we all hate the follow-up question, “How are sales?” The thrill of accomplishment is rapidly diminished by the reminder that sales are disappointing. We may fumble through an answer...
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Horrifying Horror Stories. For Halloween

Horrifying Horror Stories  

For Halloween

Not for the cozy mystery reader or writer. Halloween is the time of year for horror stories, but they still don’t appeal to me. There are enough horrifying stories in the real world. I don’t need someone’s imagination running wild with a horror story to give me more nightmares. You may disagree....
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Creating Suspense  

Creating Suspense  

For exciting page-turners

In a previous Author Update, I commented on my recent attendance at Bouchercon-2023 in San Diego and noted the particular highlight for me of the opportunity to meet David Baldacci and listen to his comments. He’s recognized as a world-class storyteller with dozens of best-selling thriller and suspense novels, so I...
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CWC and David Baldacci at Bouchercon-2023

CWC and David Baldacci at Bouchercon-2023

Canadian Crime Writers were conspicuous participants at Boucheron-2023 in San Diego, August 30th to September 3rd. The gathering of 1700 writers and readers at Bouchercon in San Diego was another great success at bringing people together to make connections, learn from each other, and be inspired to read more and...
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A few good stories. Even if they’re short! 

A few good stories. Even if they’re short! 

Many of the original crime fiction detective stories, mystery and suspense, were delivered as short stories, often published in popular newspapers of the day or in specialty mystery magazines like Ellery Queen or Alfred Hitchcock Mysteries, or in collections like The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. They’re still worth reading. Other...
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