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Newsletter Dated: 8/27/2001 10:16:50 AM
Subject: Soup's On for September/October 2001
Andrea Campbell’s Newsletter
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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.
*** Conference Reports ***
We interrupt this report for a weather bulletin . . . So the East Coast had a heat wave? Welcome to an Arkansas summer, the same kind we have every year!
"All the conferences I attended this summer are announcing rousing success. The American Society of Journalists and Authors’ East Conference in May was terrific and seemed well attended. My favorite was a workshop on negotiation. Look out future buyers, I’m well versed in krunches, nibbles and concessions. (No, this wasn’t a food class. . . )
The Harriette Austin Writer’s Conference at the University of Georgia in Athens is one of the best I’ve worked at and I can heartily suggest it to others for next year. There were about 470 attendees and all the rooms were filled with writers at all levels. Most all of my printed material disappeared—and I took a lot, as the people who totted my luggage can attest—as well as selling quite a few of my published books. The best part though, was being able to meet for the first time some of my colleagues in the Southeast Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and to interact with so many talented authors and future authors.
Right after, my IAI Conference at the Doral Country Club and Spa in Miami lasted a week. (Not to shabby of a setting for crime scene workshops either, the first thing you see upon entering is a waterfall. I highly recommend the Doral accommodations and customer savvy, just bring a big, fat wallet.) Anyway, while there, I learned, among many other things, how to collect blood evidence on swabs, take finger and palm prints, draw the crime scene locale, and triangulate crime evidence and artifacts. And, did we have the best team there? Of course! Later I’ll load photos on my web site, keep a lookout for that soon . . ."
• When you collect business cards, make sure to jot down some defining information on the back before you chuck it in your briefcase such as: physical description, what you liked about the person, and what you discussed before you exchanged identities. That way, when you look at the cards later on at home, you won’t say, "Now who the h--- was that!?
• Also, if you met someone who gave you a valuable piece of advice, was inspiring, or proved to be a great dinner companion, drop them a note by snail mail after you get settled, thanking them for their kindness. This business can be smaller then you think and everyone is connected; food for thought.
*** Up Coming Conferences—Yes, There’s More ***
I will be speaking at the Arkansas Library Association Conference at the Austin Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on Friday, September 21, 2001, at 7:00 pm. Not only do I get to meet some of my favorite people—librarians, but there will be dinner and a booksigning besides. For more information, contact Sylvia Chudy at The Arkansas School for Mathematics and Science, or email her at: email@example.com
Are you ready for the World’s Largest Writing Workshop? On October 4, 2001, 7:00 PM, Writer’s Digest Books will be hosting the second annual World’s Largest Writing Workshop at all Barnes & Noble stores across the country. Last year, thousands of writers gathered at over 500 stores to share their work, concerns, and their knowledge.
The general framework for the event is a talk given by the author on their writing area of expertise, a signing of their work, and then an open mike for the attendees. Materials will be provided to the stores for their on-site, creative exercises. I will be representing the Barnes & Noble at 11500 Financial Center Parkway, Little Rock, 72211. My presentation will be one of the following: Steps for Beginners, With an Eye Toward Publication, or Writing a Non-fiction
Book Proposal. Hard to choose, but in any event, participants will receive a lot of information. The coordinator is Carolyn J. McNutt and for more information you can call 501/954-7646. Check the local BN in your community for your own event or visit: writersdigest.com & writersmarket.com
*** Buck Up! ***
By the way, speaking of conferences, I was told that there was a lot of chatter going around about a "difficult publishing climate," and that featured authors often said "discouraging things" to those who aspire to publication.
Anything worth aspiring to is always a lot of work! Hello, you knew this.
And I am here to tell you that just like operating a computer, there are always three different ways to do things. Some writers have agents, some have good timing and some are just plain lucky. If holding your own book in your hands is something you see happening in your dreams, do not let any negativity sway you from your goal! (I’ve gone to bed with eight books myself and now they are real!)
Your life is not like any other writer’s life and getting to your goal will also not be like anyone else’s experience. Good writing will always get recognized. Hone your craft. Find your voice or your niche or your passion. Just be persistent in your marketing (I’m not talking about being annoying), and get so good that you cannot be ignored. Maybe I should set my monkey Ziggy out to give lessons on sticktoitiveness. Do you know that when she gets a shelled peanut, she cracks it open on the bar of her cage, holds a single kernel in her palm, and scratches out the pulp, eating small smidgens at a time—scratch, lick, scratch, lick, scratch, lick—until there’s nothing left but a thin wafer shell. Now that is persistence! So I guess Ziggy would tell you, "Take it one peanut at a time."
*** More Than "15 Minutes" ***
Just recently a wonderful online article and interview was posted about me and my new games/party book PERFECT PARTY GAMES. Conducted by Donna Pilato, the Entertaining Guide for About.com, Donna offers lots of suggestions for those who love a party. Donna also keeps her readers on top of the entertaining scene on a regular basis. Read the online posting at: http://entertaining.about.com/library/weekly/aa080601a.htm
• 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 think!)
*** Discount Offered ***
MAKING CRIME PAY: A Writer’s Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure
• Writers Reference/Criminal Law
• Trade Paperback
• Available March 2002
• Price $19.95
• Author: Andrea Campbell
Allworth Press is giving those who "advance order" a copy of MAKING CRIME PAY a 25% discount. For a flier with attached coupon, you can email me with your address and I will send you one: firstname.lastname@example.org
"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 & Readers Colony
"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
"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
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Interior-interests.com is a site devoted to lovers of design. A publishing enterprise sponsored by WebSeed Publishing, here, you can read the best articles about decorating, including featured interviews with the top people in the design business. Through these talks, you will get an "insiders" look into the world of design so you will be able to make your surroundings the most beautiful, budget-minded, and efficient they can be.
A new home décor article will be posted every Monday. Our goal is provide readers with an "interactive" site--check it out and become a regular. Leave behind your questions and comments, sign-up to be notified about changes and developments, help to make me grow!
*** The Other MEs ***
Would you believe there are other Andrea Campbells and we all have a strange connection? It’s true. There is one Andrea Campbell who lives in Canada and she has a cat named Ziggy. A different Andrea Campbell is an author who has written a book entitled: The Unauthorized Guide to Ziggy Collectibles, Shiffer Books for Collectors series.
*** Web Site Store ***
Yippee! You can now order "autographed" books directly from my web site at: http://www.andreacampbell.com Click on the link that says "Buy Books." With the help of PayPal, I am able to take credit card orders, check payment or online debit. The shopping cart offers a secure service and you will be able to get a customized autographed book for gifts, friends or yourself.
*** 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 )
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