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Newsletter Dated: 7/2/2001 12:20:23 PM
Subject: Author Andrea Campbell's "Soups On" Newsletter
*** 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. 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.
Äîáðûé äåíü (pronounced DOBriy den') Êàê ïîæèâàåøü? (pronounced Kak pazhiVAYESH?)
• • • This means "Good day" and "How are you?" in Russian. Have I flipped my lid? Not really, I’m just celebrating the fact that my first games/party book, Great Games for Great Parties, has been published in Russia!
In keeping with this theme then, I have some customs from that country:
• If you bring flowers to someone, make sure the number of flowers is uneven; even numbers of flowers are for funerals.
• Do not shake hands or kiss across the threshold of a door step; this is traditionally bad luck.
• Be prepared to accept smoking.
• Be prepared to accept all alcohol and food offered with visiting friends, and it can be quite a lot. Refusing a drink or a toast is a serious breach of etiquette. An open bottle must be finished.
• Be prepared to give toasts at dinners, etc. And be careful as the vodka can catch up with you rather quickly.
• Don’t put your thumb between your first two fingers. It is a very rude gesture.
• If you leave something behind in Russia, it means you are coming back.
Ñïàñèáî (pronounced SpaSEEBA) And that means, "Thank you. Thank you Sterling Publishers for putting me in Russia!"
*** Project Photograph—Try It Yourself ***
Since my forthcoming legal book for writers is so dense—I turned in 450+ double-spaced pages—I decided it needed some "eye relief." And the best way to accomplish that, is to have relative photographs to break up the text. To that end, I first contacted Corbis-Bettman, a professional photo broker. The archival photos I wanted were priced at $140 for a "spot"--a 2" x 2" clip. Obviously that was prohibitive.
Another professional I contacted still wanted more than I had a budget for, which was not much, so I spent a day at the local police station staging photographs! It was great fun. I got a tour of the complete facility, going through >every< door—really. Then, we manufactured generic shots that would add a little pizzazz to the book.
A good friend and reporter from our local paper, Steven Mross, met us, and Steve took pictures of me taking pictures. (Ain’t publicity fun?) The point is, even though you may not be a photographer, do not hesitate to attempt some things for yourself. Not only will I have some terrific shots for the book, but it helped to cement my relationship with the local police, and I made some connections that might otherwise have never happened.
By the way, we have a terrific new title for this writer’s reference: MAKING CRIME PAY: A Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure.
~~~ Some "Tips" for your own photo session:
• Use black and white film, publishers may balk at color because of the expense in reproducing it;
• Contact the "Public Relations" director of your local police or sheriff’s office; tell him exactly what you need in terms of shots, and make yourself available on their time frame;
• Call your local paper, they may want to help you like mine did;
• Get authorization to use an individual’s image by having them fill out a "permissions" form.
• Send thank-you letters (or copies) to all involved;
*** MORE than "15 Minutes" ***
When I went to Los Angeles to tape TO TELL THE TRUTH, I took a little "throw-away" camera. Well, I have since developed the pictures from that gadget and while they’re not terrific, they are a testimony to my singular experience. I have uploaded the photos to my web site, under the caption "The real Andrea." Visit and check out the pic of me and John O’Hurley, the actor who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld, and now host of TO TELL THE TRUTH.
I still won’t tell you the outcome of the gameshow (read this as how much money we won or lost), because you’ll just have to tune in and see the results. 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.
***Ziggy and I were recently featured on Little Rock’s Channel 11-kTHV News program for a segment about Helping Hands. Now this isn’t the first time Ziggy’s been on television of course, but it is the first time they filmed her doing fun things. She was taped taking a bath, climbing a tree, eating bubbles (she loves those blow wands), and just generally being a good girl. (Well, okay, she did try to pull Co-anchor Liz Massey into the cage!)
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***** Party On! *****
Many readers have sent in positive comments about the party interaction fun in my new book PERFECT PARTY GAMES. In the spirit of sharing then, I will post another sample game:
Name of the Game: Whose Nose?
# of players: Small group, no more than 20
Type: Pencil-and-paper, guessing
Supplies: Old bedsheet, non-marking masking tape; scissors; numbered sign-up sheet; pencils and paper
Formation: Split the group in half; for example, 10 and 10—some players behind the sheet, the rest guessing.
Object of the game: To figure out whose nose is whose.
Play action: Stretch a sheet across an open door. It has a small hole in it a little less than eye height. The players behind the sheet take turns pressing their noses through the hole. You keep track of them in number order. The onlookers, trying to guess whose nose it is, will number and write down their guesses.
Hints and tips: Sound easy? It’s not! Hilarious. Some couples do not even recognize each other’s noses.
• PERFECT PARTY GAMES
• Category: Entertaining/Games/Parties
• Reading Level: Adults
• Trade Paperback
• ISBN: 0-8069-2799-2
• Size 6" X 9" 192 pages, (more than the last)
• Retail 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 increases sales more than you would believe!)
*** Industry Secret-Shh! ***
Speaking of Amazon.com book reviews, a good friend and colleague of mine just did an interesting experiment. Kristen von Kreisler’s new book Beauty in the Beasts, published by Tarcher/Penguin Putnam, came out May 7th. It is about animals and their influence in our lives, and Ziggy and I have a story in it too! Anyway, the publicist asked Kristin to tell everyone who was going to buy the book to all purchase it on the same day from Amazon.com. I’m told the result of this mass-purchase-coordination helped the book jump onto their bestseller’s list. Something to think about if your pub. date is firm.
*** On the Road ***
My traveling this year is heavily related to conferences. Will I meet you here?
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 this workshop topic: Session: Forensic Art; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
New KOD Workshops for 2002
I am happy to report that I will be teaching another four workshops for the Kiss of Death chapter (they write romantic/suspense) of the Romance Writers of America. Under the Coffin label—the College of Felony and Intrigue--my MurderOne courses will be: Order in the Court; Faces From the Grave; Right to Remain Silent; and Talking Bones.
The classes 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. Join in on the education and fun!
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND WORKSHOP DETAILS CONTACT:
Nancy Horner at email@example.com or check out the Mystery Suspense Chapter's website at http://rwamysterysuspense.org.
For those of you who would like to be notified by e-mail of KOD's future COFFIN (College OF Felony and INtrigue) classes, send a note to along with your name and e-mail address. You will be added to the e-mail list, and Pauline Jones will send you the announcements as they become available. If you're a KOD member subscribing to Clues 'n' News, you'll be notified automatically in messages to that loop.
BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS IN YOUR MESSAGE!
>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:
~~~~~ Find Law.com ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
In my forthcoming book MAKING CRIME PAY, I have a chapter which helps mystery and crime writers with research. Writers always find the process difficult, so here is an example that may help. One of my students, Darlene, wanted to know how to look up a state statute for Texas—the following is a demonstration "walk-through":
• STEP 1--go to: http://www.findlaw.com
• STEP 2. Look for Laws: Cases and Codes, US Supreme Ct. US Constitution States "click on States."
• STEP 3. There will be a state list--"click on Texas"
• STEP 4. Here you will see: Primary Materials-Cases, Codes, and Regulations A law is called a code or statute, so, click on this section.
• STEP 5. You are now at Texas Statutes: There will be FAQ, Search, and Texas Constitution. Do a search, let's say on: Homicide The results will tell you there are 34 documents. "Click on #1. Penal Code--Ch. 19." It's as easy as that.
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 ***
Do you have a collection of rejection letters? (We die-hards could probably wallpaper a room with them.) Have some of your letters been insulting, confusing, or just plain stupid? Would you like to vent a little? Well, an ASJA colleague and friend of mine has a terrific site for you to try. Catherine Wald has created www.rejectioncollection.com. And since this is an area that touches every professional writer’s life—Catherine’s site may just be the place for you to share your angst with others who know how you feel. I believe this project and response will foster a book for Catherine too! Good luck with that.
*** 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.
*** Web Site Store ***
By August, you should be able to order "autographed" books directly from my web site at: http://www.andreacampbell.com. I have seven titles now available for purchase, so I hope to hear from you.
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©2001 Andrea Campbell If you wish to quote from here fine, just attribute it to me and my web site.