Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Not More Business!

The other day someone told me that she enjoyed our blog about the business of writing. And I thought, thanks, but uh,. I don’t really want the blog to be about business, but about the joy and pleasure (and the anguish and all that other stuff) about writing. So I’ve been thinking that I need to start writing more about inspiration, ideas etc. etc.

And I’ll start that tomorrow – because today I have a couple of pieces of business.

First, a very exciting announcement. The Crime Writers of Canada (CWC), of which all of us at the blog are members, is inaugurating a new award this year. For Best Unpublished First Crime Novel. The work must be by a Canadian, or a resident of Canada, who has never been published for fiction (in any form).
Contestants should have a completed manuscript and submit the opening 8000 to 10,000 words, and a 500-word synopsis of their crime novel manuscript. "Crime novel" is defined as crime, detective, espionage, mystery, suspense, or thriller, and can be set in any time period and crime-related sub-genre. Short listed writers will then be asked to submit the entire manuscript.
If you’re interested, all the details and rules can be found here: www.crimewriterscanada.com. And good luck!

Poisoned Pen Press, which publishes Charles and me, has brought out a short story collection called A Merry Band of Murderers. The book is already proving to be a great success. Four of the contributing authors gathered at Nicholas Hoare Bookstore in Toronto this past weekend for readings and music. (The book comes with a CD of original music to match the stories). My friend, Iden Ford, husband of Maureen Jennings, was there taking pictures. He’s posted them on his blog – have a look at http://idenford.blogspot.com

Vicki… here in dreary, rainy, brown Ontario anxiously awaiting the cold and snow.

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