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Newsletter Dated: 3/17/2001 3:24:42 PM
Subject: Andrea Campbell's Newsletter
There are a ton of newsletters and e-zines out there to read. Thanks for reading and requesting mine. I am excited about this venue because it will give 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 donít discuss on my website. The increase in my e-mail (and I have four mailboxes) has been just extraordinary. I think itís because I write about so many different topics: criminal justice, forensics, monkeys, entertaining, and writing.
Another thing that has ratcheted up my correspondence is Pitscoís "Ask an Expert" site. I am registered as an expert in criminal law, primatology and writing, and I receive queries in all three categoriesóespecially from school children doing reports! I like receiving mail from children and teenagers though, it letís me get a peek into their dreams, ideals, and homework, (our future leaders, hm-m.)
Ziggy, our Helping Hands capuchin monkey is fine. Itís hard to believe that this coming May 14th, my wedding anniversary, she will turn twelve years old. An adult monkey is more fun to interact with because she has mellowed and her moods and behaviors are somewhat more predictable. Our time with Ziggy does have an end however, and she will be leaving us for training next year. I am trying to keep a cool head about it because we always knew the end result: that she would be a great friend and companion for a quadriplegic, someone who really needs her love. There comes a time in everyoneís life for transitions, and this one is fast approaching.
My new games party book is on its way. Here is some information about that:
Perfect Party Games
ē Entertaining/Games/Parties Author: Andrea Campbell
ē Trade Paperback www.andreacampbell.com
ē New! Available May 2001 Illust. by: Sandy Hoffman
ē Price $9.95 ISBN: 0-8069-2799-2
ē Size 6" X 9" ? pages, (more than Great Games)
Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. New York
Available from all booksellers either online or brick & mortar.
Like parties? I love them. But I really like games parties the best! Thatís why I spent a lot of time adding important details to Perfect Party Games such as, how to introduce people correctly, how to plan a party for a specific age group, and how to be the best party games leader possible.
Since the essence of a great party comes from your own personality, this unique guidebook will show you how to create an event that will allow people to "get out of themselves" based on your time allotment, your budget, and your party setting. Plus, youíll know a game is good if when reading the instructions you laugh out loud. Thatís my mission, then: to keep you laughing.
On the Road
My traveling this year is heavily related to conferences. Will I meet you at one of these places?
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 engine ever, and point writers to a couple terrific reference sites for help in finding that perfect interview subject.
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 Identificationís 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 Departmentís training center so I think weíre in for some heavy duty work. Iíll be there for a week, so wish me luck. More about this in future issues.
Writers love librarians and this group is lovable. Iíll 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
I will be leaving for Los Angeles in a couple weeks and am very excited but I cannot tell you right now what itís for or whatís up. (And I canít wait to share it!) Let me just say itís a "singular" thing to do.
Web Site News
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. A couple new ones should appear shortly, I will be speaking to Greg Spence who writes the newsletter and site, getpub.com And I also hope to be talking to Jenna Glatzer of the site www.absolutewrite.com
If this were a postcard Iíd say: "Having a grand time teaching online workshops!" If you donít know about this Writers, get in the know! The courses are a month long, by private e-mail, and are on technical subjects pertaining to either criminal law or forensics. I teach eight different online workshops for both the Romance Writers of America and Painted Rock Writers and Readers Colony.
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: Youíre Summoned to Court; Rights of the Accused, Forensic Anthropology, and Behavioral Profiling.
Hereís whatís coming up:
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 procedureómade 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.
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." óDixie 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." óLaurie 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." óChristy Lockhart
"This course not only helped me know more about criminal procedure, but will help in crafting better murderous villains." óBecky
"This is my third class with you. Put me down automatically." :-)) óMaria
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/
A colleague of mine, Catherine Wald, started up a great little web site for writers learning to deal a particular part of the business we all know and hateórejection. The site is called rejectioncollection.com Stories about it have appeared in the NY Times and other publications like office.com (they interviewed me too!)
I will also be a featured subject in two other 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. More about her new release and the title later.
Another author, Pamela S. Grout, is writing a book entitled Living Big (no, itís not about weight loss); itís about people who have overcome diversity or accepted uncertain challenges. Again, it is still in progress, more about Pamís book later.
ē Those of you who have been waiting for Legal Ease: A Writerís Guide to Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedure, there has been a little snafuómy publisher Blue Heron went belly up. But, donít despair, a new deal is in the cards. (Although this is the first time Iíve had to remedy this type of writerís dilemma, I must say.) Iíll keep you posted, I had over a thousand pre-orders for the first market analysis a year ago, so Iím anxious to have it in solid form too.
ē I will be working on my first childrenís book soon and it ought to be a challenge. It is about how science and the law catch criminals. The best part for kidís though, (ages 10 and up), is there will be puzzles to solve in between chapters. It is tentatively titled Gotcha!
Did You Know?
Did you know that I am Home Dťcor host for Bellaonline.com? If you havenít visited the site, please drop by. The URL is: www.bellaonline.com/home_and_garden/home/home_decor (copy-and-paste). Itís a fun site with weekly articles, (they are "archived" too), along with special links and ratings for interior design sites I visit a lot.
In upcoming newsletters I hope to answer readerís questions, share a photograph or two, talk more about publishing, and provide writers 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. ē