Saturday, December 8, 2007

A Holiday Lunch by Margot Justes

Today was the Sisters in Crime Holiday Lunch. It is our annual extravaganza. Always held at the Greek Islands, this year as in years past, they did not disappoint.
The food was excellent, service attentive and the ambiance was perfect.

Our guest speaker was Robert Goldsborough. I call him Chicago’s treasure; because he truly is. I asked Bob to speak at our event and he graciously consented. He even signed some books.

Bob writes about Chicago in the thirties and forties, his research is amazing and along with the well written history we get a mystery. What more could a Sister in Crime want.

This is as good a way as any to segue to the life of an author. The public appearances, the book signings, the panel discussion and anything else that one is asked to do.

That part of a writer’s life I never anticipated, but now that it is here, I am quickly learning what needs to be done to sell the book. The publisher can only do so much.

Whether it is a small traditional press or a huge New York press, unless your name is Nora Roberts or James Patterson, you need to work on name recognition. The one way to achieve it is to go through the baby steps, and as in anything in life, the steps get bigger and you grow and gain experience. You learn.

Before I sign off, thank you Mary for posting the cover of The Heat of the Moment. That anthology is very close to my heart.

Till next Saturday,
Margot Justes
A Hotel in Paris June 2008
Heat of the Moment December 2007
Echelon Press LLC

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