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Book Country Will Be at BoucherCon 2014!

Posted by November 11th, 2014

BoucherCon 2014 websiteI’m really looking forward to participating in BoucherCon 2014 in Long Beach, California, this week! If you are around on Thursday, come to the Book Country panel, where I’ll be showing Mystery and Thriller writers how to use Book Country to make their books better at the same time as they are finding their audience. This is a great chance to start building your author platform and online profile!

Lucy Silag photoHow Online Workshopping Gives Writers an Edge in a Crowded Market

Thursday, November 13th, 4-5pm, Hyatt Regency Conference Center, Seaview A

Book Country is Penguin Random House’s online writing and publishing community where thousands of mystery and thriller writers connect to get feedback on their books. Whether you are self-publishing or seeking a traditional book deal, your book is up against stiff competition. How can you improve your work, present it successfully to readers and the publishing industry, and grow your fan base? Please join Lucy Silag, Book Country’s Community and Engagement Manager, for a candid discussion about how online workshopping helps writers to hone their craft and improve their sales success rate once they publish. Go beyond social media to grow your online platform and achieve your writing and publishing goals.

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Bouchercon 2014 : Meet Alibi Editor Dana Edwin Isaacson

Posted by November 10th, 2014

Bouchercon 2014: Murder at the Beach kicks off November 13th in Long Beach, California. Bouchercon is one of the world’s largest crime fiction conventions. Dana Edwin Isaacson, Senior Editor at Alibi, shares what he his most looking forward to at Bouchercon.

ALIBI editor Bouchercon 2014Janet Umenta: What are you most looking forward to at Bouchercon 2014?

Dana Edwin Isaacson: During the e-publishing forum on Thursday, our Alibi authors are doing a virtual eBook signing, using our partner Autography. Interested mystery readers can meet our authors at the signings, get a personal inscription or photograph with the author, and then go and download their personalized eBook. As I’ve yet to see this incredibly cool innovation in action, I’m eager to get my own personalized eBooks!

I’m also excited to be meeting in person for the first time a few of our Alibi authors. When editing a novel, you develop an intimate relationship with the author’s viewpoint. It’s fascinating to meet in person someone whom you feel you already know.

JU:  What new trends do you see in the mystery and thriller genres?

DEI: Cozies are selling well. In online strategies, novels with a female protagonist find it easier to win readers.  Also, there seems to be an uptick of medical thrillers. Continue reading

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Literary Agent Lucy Carson Reports from Bouchercon 2013

Posted by September 24th, 2013

Lucy Carson-Jacobia Dahm_Photography-001Bouchercon 2013, the world’s leading convention for crime fiction readers and writers, was last weekend! Since we couldn’t make an appearance, we enlisted Lucy Carson, a literary agent from the Friedrich Literary Agency, to be our eyes and ears at the event. 

Here’s Lucy’s report of this year’s Bouchercon. 

You just came back from Bouchercon 2013! What’s new in the world of mystery?

Things are certainly shifting. There was a lot of not-fully-articulated genre discrimination, depending on who is bending your ear. Writers who consider themselves hard-boiled did a bit of cozy-complaining and vice versa. I was amazed at the number of writers who were self-publishing multiple books in a series and then deciding that book #3 or #4 would now be submitted to major publishing houses. Mystery writers are often folks who write quickly and in high volume, so I think there’s sometimes an impatience to publish, which shouldn’t trump strategy. The most common swag items were printed products like bookmarks and basic card stock with excerpts and cover art. A lot of folks were bemoaning the recent closures of some beloved mystery bookstores, but carrying Kindles to solicit author signatures (!). There was an overall atmosphere of excitement, and the “big shot” authors were incredibly gracious with their time in talking to each fan who approached them. It’s a supportive community full of voracious, loyal readers.

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