“Everybody in St. Mary Mead knew Miss Marple; fluffy and dithery in appearance, but inwardly as sharp and as shrewd[…]Read more
Writer in Residence
C. Michele Dorsey loves her new gig as Writer in Residence at Jules beach Stationers in TruroRead more
Always Mary Oliver. Usually Anne Lamott and William Kent Kruger. Lou Berney. These are the writers I turn to when[…]Read more
Creating Characters: No Right Way
Creating living, breathing characters that readers can love or hate and identify with is a huge part of every author’s[…]Read more
Connecting Authors & Readers (It’s Not Easy)
One of the first things impressed upon new authors is the importance of connecting with readers. Traditionally, we do that by establishing a social media presence, participating in conferences, appearing at book club events, holding book signings, starting a blog, and most importantly, compiling a list of emails for a newsletter. This all takes time, of course, and it isn’t easy or automatic. If no one knows your book exists, they won’t read it. If they don’t read it, they can’t love it and recommend it to others.
Fortunately, there are new ways of getting your book and your name out there. A new website called Shepherd.com exists to do just that.
Last week at the Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual conference my book, The Disappearance of Lindy James, won a Goldie for the[…]Read more
I spent last weekend as a workshop leader at the NY Pitch conference, listening to various editors and agents talk[…]Read more
When It’s Time to End a Series
The first thing to say is my Kate Hamilton Mystery series is not ending. But I’ve been thinking about this question lately for two reasons. First because I’ve been developing a possible new historical mystery series, which has been fun. Second, because two wonderful series written by writer friends have recently and unexpectedly ended. Why, when the series were doing so well?Read more
Stumblin’ outta bed and staggerin’ to the kitchen . . .
In In Place of Fear, we meet Helen Crowther the day before she begins her new job – her first job. She’s steeling herself, deciding what to wear, and still trying to persuade her parents that she’s not making a big mistake, biting off more than she can chew.Read more
Where do you get book recommendations?
Fellow Miss Demeanors, where do you turn for a book recommendation?Read more