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Newsletter Dated: 5/11/2001 12:16:52 PM
Subject: SOUPS ON
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
*** Welcome Back! ***
You are receiving this newsletter 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, I’m glad you’re here. I promise not to divulge your name or give your email address to any other business or mailing list. If you are just checking this feature for the first time, I hope it meets with your approval and you will continue to read and enjoy it.
Also, feel free to send me questions, comments, or ideas for future publication. I look forward to your input and never turn down "free advice." This newsletter is a continued work-in-progress and I hope you will stay around to see new features in every bi-monthly issue.
*** My 15 Minutes ***
In the last issue I left you with a cryptic message about a trip to Los Angeles that I had scheduled. Well, the secret is over and I can tell you what transpired. "Will the real Andrea Campbell please stand up!" Yes, I was the subject of a segment for the new version of the gameshow TO TELL THE TRUTH. When producer Rob Lloyd called me last year to ask if I’d be interested, I thought, how could a party/game-lady not want to play one of the best games on TV. Then, when Producer Anne Hill called to reconfirm my interest in the middle of March, I just knew this was an experience I had to be a part of. And it was more fun than expected!
TO TELL THE TRUTH is one of the most flattering encounters ever. To meet two other Andrea Campbells—who must remain that way on studio grounds—is both funny and exhilarating. And the fact that my two counterparts were both lovely, delightful, intriguing women only made the scenario so much better.
Everyone likes to talk about their work, and I had a captive audience. The briefing meetings were like a crash course in Ziggy, and my two favorite imposters had read BRINGING UP ZIGGY and were apt learners.
If you are not familiar with the game, three people are featured who all claim to be Andrea Campbell. An affidavit is read that explains the life and experience of the real Andrea Campbell, and a panel of four celebrity guests (plus audience voters) must ferret out the truth by asking all three a variety of questions. The only catch is, the real Andrea Campbell must tell the truth. And my other "MEs" were so good at lying!! Of course, there is a small pot of money at stake—but I won’t tell you the outcome because you’ll just have to tune in. I think the segment may run for the new fall season. I will get an advance postcard of the air date, so I’ll be sure to advise you here.
(Soon to come! For more details on the television trip and photos of me and handsome host John O’Hurley, visit my web site and look for a link called "the Real Andrea.")
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***** Party On! *****
My new book has arrived: Perfect Party Games.
I just received some copies of PERFECT PARTY GAMES my second entertaining/party book for Sterling Publishers. When I saw it I shrieked! I was sent a "sample cover" earlier, and was surprised to see a brand new cover—and, guess what? It’s great! It is every bit as catchy and clever as the cover for my first book Great Games for Great Parties. And the illustrations by artist Sandy Hoffman make me laugh big-time. You see, Sandy knows I have a monkey and he incorporated a barrel of funny monks into a few of the drawings. Ziggy approves, so they must be cute.
Some of the details of PERFECT PARTY GAMES are:
• Category: Entertaining/Games/Parties
• Reading Level: Adults
• Trade Paperback
• ISBN: 0-8069-2799-2
• Size 6" X 9" 192 pages, (more than the last)
• Price $9.95
Sterling Publishing Co. Inc., New York
Available from all booksellers either online or brick & mortar.
To order from Amazon.com, cut-and-paste this link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0806927992/qid=988818893/sr=1-3/ref=sc_b_4/102-3316163-7748924
********And please write a book review--it really helps sales!*********
To celebrate the arrival of PERFECT PARTY GAMES here is a sample game:
Name of the Game: Dollar Shakedown
# of players: Any, fairly large group
Type: Defroster and get-acquainted
Supplies: Silver dollars, helpers
Formation: Circulating guests
Object of the game: To earn some cash and meet some new people
Play action: A few confederates receive three silver dollars each. Choose one confederate for every five to ten guests. The host then announces that a few people in the room are holding money and a coin will be given to the lucky fifth, tenth, and fifteenth guest to shake their hand. Everyone will shake hands all around.
Hints and tips: Confederates must keep silent count and act as sly as possible. The money spent is worth it.
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*** On the Road ***
My traveling this year is heavily related to conferences. Will I meet you here?
To begin, I will be on a panel for the American Society of Journalists and Authors East Conference, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York; May 18-20, 2001. Our topic is: Using the Internet for Research and Interviews, For more info: www.asja.org For my part of the program, I will discuss a technique called "clustering" as a way to find the best words to put in those little "search word" boxes. I will also share the best search engine ever, and point writers to a couple terrific reference sites for help in finding that perfect interview subject. (Look for those research tips in the next newsletter.)
The 8th Annual Harriette Austin Writers Conference, University of Georgia, Athens, GA; July 20-21, 2001. I will be a presenter at this prestigious conference and am lucky to be able to be teaching two workshop topics: Session One: Legal Ease + Session Two: Forensic Artists; this conference is a great one!
For more info go to: www.coe.uga.edu/torrance/hawc
On my departure from Georgia, I will be going straight to Miami to participate in the International Association of Identification’s 86th Educational Conference. This IAI trip is of the working variety. After an extensive 8-hour lecture and demonstration of the latest forensic evidence techniques an equipment, I will be a part of a group working on "Intermediate Level Crime Scene Processing." The teams will be expected to document, collect and preserve items that are determined to be of evidentiary value. The physical evidence that is collected will be analyzed, and a conclusion reached as to how the crime(s) were committed. We report to the Miami Dade Police Department’s training center so I think we’re in for some heavy duty work. I’ll be there for a week, so wish me luck. More about this in future issues.
Writers love librarians and this group is lovable. I’ll be speaking to the Arkansas Library Association, at the Austin Hotel, Hot Springs, AR; Sept. 21, 2001. for more info: contact Sylvia Chudy, E-mail: email@example.com
*** New Web Site Interview ***
I have had some terrific press lately and my Internet interviews are now posted on my web site under a button called, what else? Interviews. There are four up there now from different organizations, and I will be continually adding to that cache. They offer tips and ideas for writers. A new interview with Jenna Glazner is on her site at absolutewrite.com; the URL is: www.absolutewrite.com/novels/andrea_campbell.htm.
I am teaching a new course online this month: May 2001.
Legal Ease: A Writer's Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure
Course outline: What exactly does Miranda mean and is it still in effect? How does a prosecutor's discretion affect an ongoing case? What are the court's rules of evidence? And more importantly, how does one locate statutes and understand them? This course is an overview of the confusing intricacies with criminal law, evidence, and procedure—made simple.
Based on the book Legal Ease, author Andrea Campbell sets out to explain some basic criminal principles and conundrums within the venue of criminal law and the courtroom. Want to add verisimilitude to your stories? This is need-to-know stuff.
The courses are a month long, by private e-mail, and are on technical subjects pertaining to either criminal law or forensics. They generally work like this: I post lessons on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and take questions over the weekend. If I do not know the answer I will at least consult another expert or refer writers to someone who will know for sure. They are inexpensive and fun. I average about 60+ students per class. My courses have been on: Forensic Science, Hard Evidence, The Docket: You’re Summoned to Court; Rights of the Accused, Forensic Anthropology, and Behavioral Profiling.
I teach eight different online workshops for both the Romance Writers of America and Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colony and have already assembled a schedule of workshops for 2002. For a list, you can email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
>Some comments from students<
"...the content was most helpful. A lot of interesting information and sure got the
creative juices flowing. I love your classes. They not only make me think but are
informative also." —Dixie Schulz
"Content far exceeded my expectations. It was wonderful. Easy to read &
understand without being condescending to the layman...I'd take any course you
were teaching, and plan on taking your next one." —Laurie Wood
"Andrea, I took this class and your forensic science class...my only regret is that
you don't teach a course a month! The info is invaluable. You're a great teacher ,
and I can't wait for your next class." —Christy Lockhart
"This course not only helped me know more about criminal procedure, but will help in crafting better murderous villains." —Becky
"This is my third class with you. Put me down automatically." :-)) —Maria
For more information visit: http://www.rwamysterysuspense.org/coffin.html
Forensic Artist: The Life
Course description: Did you ever wonder how Forensic Artists do their job? Have you always wanted to include forensic art into your stories, but didn't know where to begin? In this workshop you will learn how forensic artists view the world. Come and find out all about witness memory, interviewing techniques, and courtroom testimony. Plus, uses of art materials and types of equipment will be discussed.
For more information on how to register for these classes, visit Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colony; http://www.paintedrock.com/
** Other Authors **
I will be a featured subject in two new books. One is by Kristen von Kreisler who writes about animals and their influence in our lives. Her first book, The Compassion of Animals, is a favorite of mine. The new title is called Beauty in the Beasts and is published by Tarcher/Penguin Putnam. Available May 7th.
Another author, Pamela S. Grout, is writing a book entitled Living Big (no, it’s not about weight loss); it’s about people who have overcome diversity or accepted uncertain challenges. This one is still in progress, more about Pam’s book later.
** Book Projects **
• Those of you who have been waiting for LEGAL EASE: A WRITER’S GUIDE TO CRIMINAL LAW, EVIDENCE, AND PROCEDURE there has been a little snafu—my publisher Blue Heron Publishing went belly up. Now for the good part. You know the old adage, get a lemon, make lemonade? Well, I’m here to say, it worked for me. When I found out BHP was going under, I prepared some queries straightaway, I didn’t want to believe that two years work was for naught. I’m happy to say that my new book has not only found a terrific publisher—it’s found TWO terrific publishers! Yes, you heard me right.
A writer’s commercial trade version: A Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure will be published by Allworth Press of New York (We’re still looking for a title, this is the working title.) And a second, professional version--hardback and soft--for law enforcement and the legal profession "LEGAL EASE: A Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedure" will also be published by Charles C. Thomas Publishers Ltd., an old and respected firm out of Springfield, Illinois. What can I say, except that this is a real coup and I’m very happy to be working with both these terrific firms!
** Making a Puzzle that Works **
• I am working on my first children’s book and it’s definitely a challenge. The subject is how science and the law catch criminals. The best part for kid’s though, (ages 10 and up), is there will be puzzles to solve in between chapters. It is tentatively titled "Gotcha!" If you have ideas for mysterious puzzles, give me a buzz—please. I need all the brain power I can hustle.
: ) Did You Know? : )
Thank you to all my friends who have expressed their concern over my husband’s health. Michael is in good spirits despite becoming a "Borg" and is back at work. I can’t tell you how much I relied on your email notes of support, and the care you took in helping to see me through it all. Your prayers meant and mean a lot.
I have signed on with agent Jean V. Naggar, owner of the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency, Inc., to represent my new book proposal for--THE ANIMAL EQUATION: Animal Gifts That Have Made Us Well, Cured Disease, and Changed Our Lives. Jean is a true professional with a superior reputation and I couldn’t be happier that we will be working together. Welcome Jean!
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.