|Bottom row: Jean Longwell, Liz Mugavero, Albert Tucher. Top row: Sherry Harris, Laurie Barker, Rosemary Harris, Mo Headles|
I can’t believe that yesterday was the last day of the Crime Bake Conference. This weekend really flew by and because I have an early flight to catch, I won’t be able to stay for the whole morning. But, not to worry, I set 2 intrepid reporters on the scene to keep you all updated.
As for me, I was seated at author Rosemary Harris’ table for Breakfast with an Author and yes, the pretty red bags caught my eye when I was looking for a place to sit down. Rosemary writes mysteries with a gardening theme, so the bag included a pot, plant bulbs and beautiful stones for the little garden. I hope I don’t kill it.
Now, here’s author Pryce Jones’ take on the rest of the day: Sunday afternoon at Crime Bake ends with a bang.
After the Sunday morning break three sessions ended the Crime Bake program. Moderator Pat Remick did a great job leading the U is for Unconventional panel discussion with Jedediah Berry, Lynne Griffin, Francie Lin and Paul Tremblay. All the authors agreed that to get an unconventional book sold you need to find an agent who understands the tradition the book came from and what the author is doing in the book.
Edgar nominee, Kate Flora, moderated the P is for Persistence panel with Dana Cameron, Toni Kelner, Ruth McCarty and Dave Zeltserman which discussed various ways to develop a system to handle rejected manuscripts so writers will send those novels back out to new editors.
H is for Handguns concluded the program as Retired Sergeant James O’Shea, a ballistics expert with over 30 years experience with the Boston Police Department, reviewed firearms and ammunition. Sergeant O’Shea sprinkled his talk with examples of how police analyze shooting scenes (they examine the cartridges because the bullets are too smashed to provide good info.)
People left Crime Bake tired, but anxious to get home and start writing. I know I’m already looking forward to next year’s conference.
And author Daemon Crowe saw it this way. Published writers Dana Cameron, Toni Kelner, Ruth McCarty, Dave Zeltserman and Kate Flora (Moderator) dug into dealing with rejection and keeping on trucking. They provided inspiring stories of their own ups, downs and the eventual high of sweet success. Although Toni’s rejections provide targets for her dartboard, in the end, they are just one person’s opinion. Don’t take them personally.
Ruth (the eternal optimist) prefers to imagine rejections as returns on inventory, an opportunity to send the manuscript to someone else, who will fall in love with it. Although Dave gave up writing for years at a time, he always came back, because he’s happiest when he’s writing. Dana found encouragement in the advice of Sir Ernest Shackleton to his men trapped in Antarctic ice for a year and a half. Behave every day as though this is the day you will be rescued.
Bottom line: persistence pays off.
Now enjoy this Drive By Video of the very talented Lisa Gardner.
From Edie Ramer: Christie Craig is guest blogging at Magical Musings on Thursday, Nov. 19, and will give away an autographed copy of DIVORCED, DESPERATE AND DECEIVED to one lucky commenter.
From Stephanie Barko: The only woman in history to be executed in Louisiana’s electric chair met her demise this month 67 years ago. To mark the occasion, award-winning author Norman German is giving away a copy of his novel based on her life to readers who correctly state the name of the murderess in a comment at The Author’s Assistant. Entries must be received by Sunday, November 22, 2009.
Bottom Line: After spending a delightful weekend with all the attendees of Crime Bake, I learned that in this case…crime does pay.