Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

My 10 best list

This will be much easier next year, but I thought I’d try it now, too. Next year I will have my Good Things Jar to supply me with a list of all the good things that happened to me in 2013. Now I’ll rely on my “attagirl” file, where I stick those sorts of things.

Here are the best things to come my way, as a writer, in 2012. I can’t seem to rank them, so there’s no particular order here. I will say that I’ve cut this down because 2012 was a tremendous year for me. After over 10 years of toiling away in the trenches, I’ve become an overnight success.

1) Signing with Kimberly Lionetti at BookEnds LLC and being able to say I’m agented.
2) Securing, through my agent, a three-book contract with Berkley Prime Crime.
3) SONG OF DEATH, retitled, EINE KLEINE MURDER, accepted by Barking Rain Press
4) Agatha nomination for Best First Novel for CHOKE.
5) Invited by Katherine Tomlinson of Dark Valentine to submit a story to the anthology about the end of the world, NIGHTFALLS. My story, The Last Wave.
6) Invited to write a story for SEEDS, online newsletter for Texas Gardener Magazine by Michael Bracken, the King of Short Stories. It will appear 1/23.
7) Kevin Tipple, an independent reviewer, chose A PATCHWORK OF STORIES as one of his BEST READS of 2011.
8) Rosa St. Clair, a reviewer for the Miami Examiner, said my writing reminds her of Dickens, one of my favorite authors. She also named CHOKE as a special recommendation at the end of her top 10 list of 2011 novels in January.
9) Asked to judge a short story contest for the anthology for the Mary Roberts Rinehart SinC chapter.
10) Featured in November issue of Suspense Magazine

Being asked and invited to do things blows me away. I’ve also been asked to blurb some mystery novels and have gotten incredible emails and reviews from people who like one book or another. Some library and book groups have invited me to speak and I’m almost over my stage fright at these events. I feel like Sally Fields sometimes, but isn’t that how all we writers feel? We’re amazed when people like our writing? Or is that just me?

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Enough about cliffs!

We went over, we didn’t go over. We’re not going to, we are going to. I feel more than a little queasy. And it’s not from my fear of heights.

OK, I have vowed not to get political in public, so, in light of the fact that the crisis is, at east temporarily, shelved, let’s get on to the more pleasant business of writing.

I’d like to recap my 2012 here, for my own sake, and kind of as a picture of what can happen to a writer, especially if she keeps at it.

My goals for 2012 were:

Publish at least 2 books and 6 short stories.
Write 2 hours a day M-F, or 5 days a week.

Here is my list of short stories:

THE TAKEOVER Kings River Life Magazine, June 9th
(A FINE KETTLE OF FISH - Second Wind, June (published on their webpage))
RATTLED America Southwest Border Noir Anthology, December NOT PUBLISHED
MY HUSBAND He Had It Coming Anthology by Gryphon's Lair, end of August
AS THE SCREW TURNS (Imogene Duckworthy story) Mysterical-E, Spring/Summer
YOU CAN DO THE MATH reprint King's River Life Aug 4 issue
COLOR ME BABY BLUE reprint King's River Life Sept 15 issue
DEVIL’S NIGHT reprint King’s River Life 10/11 issue
THE LAST WAVE in NIGHTFALLS Dark Valentine Press anthology 12/1

The second one, A FINE KETTLE OF FISH, was unfortunate. Since it appeared on their web page it is, officially published, but then it was not accepted for their anthology. I plan on trying to get a different version of the story published elsewhere.

One more story was accepted in 2012, but will be published this month.
YELLOW ROSES in Texas Gardener magazine January 23, 2013

I took back my rights from Mainly Murder Press when we parted company and was able to self-publish a second edition of CHOKE, and also the second and third Imogene Duckworthy mysteries, SMOKE and BROKE. SMOKE occurs around the Fourth of July and BROKE at Halloween, so I wanted to get them out then, and I succeeded!

My BIG accomplishment of 2012, though, was signing with an agent at BookEnds LLC, Kim Lionetti! Within a few months of our connection, she secured a three-book deal for me with Berkley Prime Crime. I was able to get about a third of the first book in that series written by the end of 2012 and feel I’m on schedule with that. (I hope!)

One more accomplishment. We bought a house in Knoxville and will move there at the end of this month. It feels like we just moved, for some reason. Oh wait--that’s because we did, 7 months ago. Luckily, we have over 90 boxes that haven’t yet been unpacked, so they won’t need repacking. Aren’t we smart? What, lazy? No, that’s smart, I’m pretty sure. Sort of sure.