First Crime Novel Competition

Today I submitted my novel “Executioner’s Remorse” for consideration in St. Martin’s Minotaur/ Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition.

The Competition is open to any writer who has never been the author of any Published Novel. The deadline for submission is January 12, 2018.

The prize is an agreement for publication of the winning manuscript. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties of $10,000. The winner will be recognized at the Edgar Awards Banquet in New York City in April 2018.

Wish me luck!

Mystery Writers of America

I am proud to announce that I have just been accepted to the MWA, Mystery Writers of America.

“Mystery Writers of America is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. ”



2018 Writers in Paradise – ACCEPTANCE!!!!!

Submissions were closed on 11/15/17 for the 2018 Writers in Paradise conference in St Petersburg, FL.

I submitted early and have had my fingers crossed ever since.

On or by12/1/17 all applicants were to be notified of selections.
Since there are only TWO fiction seminars, and only TWELVE may attend each, that makes my odds for getting in TWENTY-FOUR out of EVERYBODY!

I am pleased to share the below email from Writer’s in Paradise



Based on our assessment of your writing sample, we are pleased to inform you of your acceptance into the Fourteenth Annual Eckerd College Writers’ Conference: Writers in Paradise to take place at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, January 13-20, 2018.


I’d like to first congratulate you for having been selected to come work with Sterling Watson in January at the beautiful campus of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.  It has been an honor and a privilege to read your work, and I cannot wait to meet you in person.  




The search for a Content Editor begins

The final line edits are complete, and today we begin the search for a content #Editor.

Line edits, also called Copy Editing, checks line-by-line for grammer, tiepos, speeling  an d punchewation.

A copy edit looks at the entire story and finds plot holes, flow problems, and missing info.

A good copy edit might also suggest additional subplot lines to improve the story.

Today, the search begins.