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Newsletter Dated: 5/1/2002 9:12:33 AM

Subject: Author Andrea Campbell

Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter

May/June 2002

*** Greetings! ***
This newsletter is being sent to you because you are a writer, family member, professional friend of Andrea’s, or a fan and reader of her books. If you are new to the list, welcome. There are a ton of newsletters and e-zines out there to read, thanks for requesting and reading mine. I am excited about this venue because it gives me the opportunity to reach larger numbers of people in a much shorter time. It will also contain more personal content and address things I don’t discuss on my web site.

In addition, I promise not to divulge your name or give your email address to any other business or mailing list. If you are receiving this letter for the first time, I hope it meets with your approval and you will continue to read and enjoy it.

Have questions, comments, or ideas for future publication? I look forward to your input and never turn down "helpful hints." This newsletter is a continued work-in-progress and I hope you will stay around to see new features in every bi-monthly issue.

*** Travel Tips For Authors ***

Since I have just returned from a promotional-slash-conference trip, I feel well qualified to offer fresh advice about traveling for authors.

1. Even though my book bag was a hassle to carry, I’m glad I hauled my published to Hartford, CT, to tape the cable TV show "The Book Authority" with Brian Jud. Through the course of the interview, Mr. Jud held up each volume as it was being discussed. (And if a producer asks if she can post your web site on-screen, say "YES!")

2. Take the train when possible. I checked airline fares for flying from Little Rock (LIT) to Hartford (BDL), Hartford (BDL) to New York’s Laguardia (LGA), and finally, Laguardia (LGA) back home (LIT)--a multi-city trip all on different days. The fare posted ran from $1,018.48 to as high as $1.384.48.

I decided to take a train from Westbury, CT right into Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, the Metro North, and it cost $10.50. My flights from Little Rock to Hartford, and Laguardia back to Little Rock, cost $310 including tax. The absence of a flight between Hartford and New York City is called an "open jaw."

3. Carry bookmarks. Before I left I printed 150 bookmarks and handed out nearly all of them throughout my trip. In conversation when people ask, "What have you written?" I find it easier just to hand them a bookmark and let it stand as both an introduction and a reminder. Make sure your web site URL and email address are printed on there too.

4. Don’t buy yogurt in St. Louis (long story…) .

*** TA DA ***
So happy to announce the recent arrival of—

MAKING CRIME PAY: The Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure Published by Allworth Press

o Writers Reference/Criminal Law
o Trade Paperback
o Available NOW
o Price $19.95 list

A landmark book—the definitive reference—for researching
your next crime-related work.

Finally! criminal law’s complicated ideas & principles are explained in everyday language, allowing the reader a clear definition regardless of their educational background. Whether you are a writer of mysteries, crime novels, or screenplays this book is for you.

o Presents an overview of the criminal justice system, beginning to end
o Includes "Writer’s tips," "FYI’s," and "Writer jumpstarts" to aid creativity
o Explains the historical background & evolution of law
o Uses actual case stories to illustrate important ideas.

"Rather than spending years in a law library to give their stories the ring of truth, writers would be well served by reading this fascinating round-up of everything there is to know about law, its history, and its present-day practice. Full of tips for writers and unexpected details—who knew that hearsay applies to written statements?—this is a one-of-a-kind compendium, breezily written yet solid and trustworthy. Should be on every writer's reference shelf."
—Susan K. Perry, Ph.D., social psychologist and author of the bestseller
Writing in Flow.

"Andrea Campbell's new book, Making Crime Pay: A Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure, is the perfect reference for law students, attorneys, anyone involved in law enforcement, and mystery writers. It would have made my research a lot easier if I'd had a copy when I wrote my first mystery. Campbell covers everything you need to know in a comprehensive guide that's well-written, easy to access, and thorough. I highly recommend the book to anyone interested in criminal law."
—Penny Warner, Author of Blind Side: A Connor Westphal Mystery

"Excellent! Absorbing! The most comprehensive and easy-to-understand guide to criminal law I've seen. A must-have resource for writers of mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and non-fiction."
—Carmel Thomaston, author and owner of Painted Rock Writers & Reader's Colony.

"The book is an excellent overview of the criminal justice system, & far more readable than a criminal justice textbook. I found the historical background, & the historic footnotes throughout to be interesting and informative. The footnotes & bibliography should allow the reader to find any additional information they would like.
The writing style is familiar, & not burdened with technical jargon. Andrea also does an excellent job of translating criminal justice terminology into plain English. Key concepts are well detailed with examples, & actual court cases are often presented as reference.
A writer looking to set a story in the criminal justice system should find plenty of ideas here."
—Daryl W. Clemens, Editor, Crime &Clues:

"A fascinating book, well written and packed with information. I highly recommend it."
—Douglas Preston, author of Jennie and co-author with Lincoln Child of Relic, Mount Dragon, Thunderhead and others

"The law is a ass—a idiot," proclaims Mr. Bumble in Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. A harsh verdict, but one readers are apt to apply directly to the author who, like Mr. Bumble, exhibits an ignorance of the law and its underpinnings. In this handy volume written especially for authors, Andrea Campbell’s sprightly prose turns what could be a dry-as-dust topic into an engaging and comprehensive look at how the legal system evolved and how it works today."
—Katie de Koster, ‘CyberCrime’ columnist for Mystery Writers of America’s national newsletter, The Third Degree.

I'm a publisher and I wanted to publish this book. I'm an author, and I've wanted this book for years. It's excellent. It's fascinating. If you're a writer, it provides the accurate details you require when your fiction involves the law and the courts. No other resource accomplishes what Campbell does in Making Crime Pay. She makes the machinations of the law understandable and accessible. Making Crime Pay is indispensable and long overdue.
—Dennis Stovall, Director of the Publishing Program, Center for Excellence in Writing, English Department, Portland State University

*** Advice Unchecked ***

Want writing advice from a high profile wild-and-crazy guy? Visit Steve Martin’s page and read his article called Writing Is Easy! My favorite tidbit of his zeroes in on a word to avoid. Steve says, "’Dadnabbit’" will never get you anywhere with the Booker Prize people. Lose it." For more humor, visit

*** Poison Tea Party 2002***

June 8th I will be a speaker/presenter at the Poison Tea 2002 Mystery Conference at the Ramada Inn on North Glenstone (Interstate 44, exit 80A) in Springfield, Missouri. My part of the program will be based on material from MAKING CRIME PAY. For more information, contact the President of Sleuth’s Ink, Stina Branson at: or Sharon Buffington at Their chapter web site can be found at:

*** Speaking More, Liking It More ***

Expert speaker and ASJA colleague Joan Detz has so much to offer if you’re interested in speaking. Being the author of How To Write & Give A Speech and Can You Say A Few Words? means that Joan is the master and gives good advice.

Here are some tips from my notes taken at a recent class—
o The speech starts before you speak--enter with enthusiasm and maintain good stature. Have water, a mint, or whatever else you need to feel comfortable hidden behind the podium.
o Begin to control the format by finding out right away:
Is anyone else speaking? Are they up to your standards?
Would you need to change the room? (For example, standing at the dais with a mirror framing your background is too dreadful to consider!)
Is there an easel for display? Perhaps you can make a poster.
What is the time frame?
ß Write your own introduction but don’t use your bio. Instead, think about answering these questions: why is this person, from this organization, talking to this group, at this particular time?
ß Use half-pages for notes, this insures against the chin-in-the-chest delivery.
For more ideas visit Joan’s web site, the URL is:

*** More Online Instruction
And Date Correction--Now Scheduled for June! ***

I received some new information about book proposal writing during my trip. To get the benefit of these tips, sign up for my next workshop How To Write a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal (JUNE) for Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colony.

How To. . . is a comprehensive, concrete and indispensable class on what it takes to create a proposal that will get the attention of agents and editors. This workshop is appropriate for writers who already have an idea for a book but would like to know how to complete this important marketing product. Get published, and HOW! (We will hold nothing back.)

Course Description:

A must for anyone considering writing a nonfiction book proposal. Some of the ideas we will cover are:

1. Is Your Idea a Good One?
2. The Essential Ingredients of a Killer Nonfiction Book Proposal
3. The Marketing Tone
4. Format and Overall Look
5. Necessary Hardcopy Tools
6. Selling You
7. Packaging Your Product
8. The Letter of Pursuit
9. The Business of Proposing
10. And so on…
For more information visit Painted Rock’s web site at: (If you can’t make June’s class, you have one more shot in September, 2002.)

*** New Interview ***

The Kiss of Death newsletter editor Patty Burns has an interview published with yours truly in the March/April issue. Happy to see myself on the first page, I gloated to my husband. Michael didn’t hesitate to inform me that I was also on page 5, page 7, page 9, and page 11. Thank you Patty for such a wonderful layout! Interested in joining a group of romantics--members of the Romance Writers of America--who also have a deep-seated gene for mystery and suspense? Try contacting membership chairperson Susan Montoya at and tell her Andrea Campbell sent you! I have gotten more support from them, this is one wonderful group.

*** Ziggy Update ***

I need to thank everyone who have sent cards and e-notes expressing their loving support of this needy woman, who has just lost her best dollie-friend-girl Ziggy Campbell, the capuchin monkey, and the subject of my book Bringing Up Ziggy. Ziggy will be trained to be a helper/companion to a quadriplegic. She left on a plane bound for Boston February 26th (after 13 years!)

And even though Kristen von Kreisler is more worried about Zig than big-baby me, I have this bit of news. Ziggy lives with Judi Zazula, the Helpings Hands director. She is Judi’s shadow currently, going to the office with Judi, to pick up Judi’s kids at music lessons, and she has even been to sit shiva! (Judi said when she puts the cap on the thermos, Zig is ready to go.)

Ziggy’s current joy is tormenting Judi’s dog. Apparently there was a macaroni necklace the kids had made hanging on a door knob. When the dog gained entry to the room, Ziggy grabbed the necklace and threw it like a lasso right in the dog’s face. When it finally occurred to her she might have thrown a food product, she quickly ran to the door, pushed the dog over, and grabbed it back! You go, girl.

Ziggy has met the other monkeys too--she did make a slight overture to Elvis, but would prefer to be with the smarter, larger, pink-people primates. She’s also had a hormone test and will probably have some fixing. Let’s just say she was primed for love our whole last year together, and, if you can believe this, I walked around with little Ziggy hickies all over my neck for many months! She’s such a brilliant, fun-girl-monkey, and Judi loves her very much.

*** Writer’s Inspiration ***

A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books growing up. In preparation for her career Madeleine L’Engle, the author, copied some words of inspiration into her journal while in college. They are from Chekhov’s letters and I reprint them for you here: "You must once and for all give up being worried about successes and failures. Don’t let that concern you. It’s your duty to go on working steadily day by day, quite quietly, to be prepared for mistakes, which are inevitable, and for failures."

Ms. L’Engle admits to have lost these words for a time. She says, "Alas, it did leave me, which I had attacks of false guilt because I was spending so much time at the typewriter and in no way pulling my own weight financially. But it never left me for long. Risk is essential. Every time I sit down and start the first page of a novel I am risking failure."

*** This Just In ***

This week I got the nicest email and a photo of a new baby girl. Peter was writing to tell me that some friends of his in the San Francisco area had a baby girl in January and decided to name her Ziggy--mainly, he said, "…because they thought the name sounded friendly, and also perhaps because they were thinking of a less conventional name." Well, at three months, I’m told, they call her "Zig" and also "Zigster!" Peter read my book BRINGING UP ZIGGY and presented it to his friends, so I will send them a photo as a keepsake. A Ziggy legacy! Who would have thought? Congratulations to the parents and a welcome to the world goes out to our new pink "human primate" Ziggy, we wish her a life filled with adventure and love for others, just like our own Ziggy Campbell.

*** Future Newsletters ***

In upcoming newsletters I hope to answer reader’s questions, share a new story or two, talk more about publishing, and provide additional writer’s tips. If there is any area of my life or work you would like to discuss, from autopsy to monkeys, just send me a note. Thanks for the read. : 0 )

Copyright©2002 Andrea Campbell If you wish to quote from here fine, just attribute it to me and my web site.

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