Tax Day and Crime = Perfect Together

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I hope that your taxes are done – or your extension is filed – and you are back to reading and writing with a wild new sense of freedom!

When I hit that send button last night, I felt a surge of relief! Yeah – another thing off that ever-growing To-Do list! But when I received the text message from the IRS confirming receipt of the return, I was downright foolish! I got up and danced around the piles of paperwork and files strewn about on the floor. Now, just to scan and archive all the receipts, etc and I’ll be truly done, but for today, I’m back to work on manuscripts and short stories!

So, since I keep hearing from folks that what they pay in taxes feels like armed robbery and in honor of that perception, I offer the following information to all the CRIME WRITERS among you all – mystery, true crime, suspense, hard-boiled PI, etc., etc.

Hope you find this helpful as you continue to write your CRIME magic!

For those writing novels by pets, this was fun –

  • Audio book rights for the last three titles in Carole Nelson Douglas’s long-running Midnight Louie feline PI mystery series (CAT IN A YELLOW SPOTLIGHT, CAT IN A ZEBRA ZOOT SUIT, AND CAT IN AN ALPHABET ENDGAME) have gone to Dreamscape Audio. No agent information available.

Ideas to increase eBook sales –

  • Selling books for e-readers through Kindle, Nook, Smashwords, etc. is easier than ever but, with some additional work, you can also sell your eBooks directly from your own website or blog. Kathleen Valentine describes how.
  • The May 16 meeting of the Ancient City Chapter of the Florida Writers Association at the Main Library in St. Augustine presents: Author Susan Kiernan-Lewis to teach all about successful e-Book sales. And, she should know. She left a successful career in commercial copy writing when her e-sales out-earned her regular paycheck.

Here are a few CRIME sales reported recently by Sisters in Crime National and Publishers Lunch. Note agent names where I had the information.

  • Mignon Ballard’s MISS DIMPLE AND THE SLIGHTLY BEWILDERED ANGEL,  to Hope Dellon at St. Martin’s. Agent: Laura Langlie.
  • Kay Kendall’s RAINY DAY WOMEN, second in the Austin Starr Mystery series, to Stacey Benson at Stairway Press.
  • Agatha Award nominee, Alan Orloff’s RUNNING FROM THE PAST came out on March 3 from Amazon’s new imprint, KINDLE PRESS. (This is not the do-it-yourself Kindle model; you can’t even submit to Press. You have to be asked…)
  • Leann Sweeney’s next two books in the CATS IN TROUBLE series, to Claire Zion at NAL. Agent: Carol Mann at the Carol Mann Agency.
  • Lynn Cahoon’s A STORY TO KILL, in the Cat Latimer series, to Esi Sogah at Kensington, in a three-book deal.
  • Kirsten Weiss’s THE PERFECTLY PROPER PARANORMAL MUSEUM, to Terri Bischoff at Midnight Ink, in a three-book deal. Agent: Jill Marsal at the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
  • Steve Berry, one of the founding authors of International Thriller Writers, has moved to Minotaur. No details available.

Last but not least, an article that is quick reading and heavy with great advice – in my opinion, anyway. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/66174-5-writing-tips-ann-packer.html

Until next week, keep reading and writing! Nancy Q.

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About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014.
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