Jan 21, 2023: Jessika Hazelton (Troy Book Makers) and Self Publishing

Jessika Hazelton (manager/author liaison/graphic designer) has been described as “only peaceful when she reads.” A lifelong lover of books and reading (and cats, though that’s not strictly pertinent), she received her BFA in writing and publishing from Emerson College. She hoped to someday find a job at least sort of book related; instead, she hit the jackpot: The Troy Book Makers—who are kind enough to allow her to fulfill her dreams.

The Troy Book Makers was founded over 15 years ago by two independent bookstore owners. Our aim is to produce well-designed & well-made books affordably for authors looking to self-publish. From cover to cover, The Troy Book Makers can transform a manuscript into a skillfully designed and bound book. Our services are totally a la carte, so while we love to design books, we are also happy to take someone’s already prepared files from screen to print. Whether printing a little or a lot, for friends only or a national audience, The Troy Book Makers is here to help authors let their inner book out.

The Talk: An overview of the self-publishing process including how to find an editor, pros and cons of self-publishing, and general timeline of steps an author will take along the way going from rough manuscript to polished book. Includes time for Q&A.

NOTE: MEETING AND PROGRAM ARE ON ZOOM ONLY.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
11:15 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Chapter members may join at 10:30am for business meeting, all others at 11:15am

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November 19 mtg: Jane Murphy on Book Reviews

Everyone needs them even though it is often an angst ridden process and the wait for someone to pass judgment on your work can be agonizing. Your family and friends loved it, right? They all said you write like J. K. Rowling.

They are a necessary evil.

So, first, how do you get your book reviewed?

What is a reviewer looking for when they read a book, and what are librarians looking for when they read the review media?  Does print media matter anymore?

How much does your book blurb and press release matter? What should you include, and what should you leave out?

Lots of questions to be asked and answered, hopefully with much sharing from participants who have been through the process.

Jane Murphy currently reviews crime fiction for Booklist, a journal of reviews and publishing info from the American Librarian Association and has been a mystery fan since discovering Nancy Drew in the fourth grade. She held a variety of positions over her forty year career as a librarian.

She is retired and lives in Glens Falls, NY.

This meeting will take place on Zoom and in-person in  the Boardroom at the Bethlehem Library,  451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

 

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Nov 19, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Oct 15: Terry Shames

Terry Shames grew up in Texas and has abiding affection for the small town where her grandparents lived, the model for the fictional town of Jarrett Creek. A resident of Los Angeles, California, Terry lives with her husband and a bossy Norwich Terrier. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and on the board of Mystery Writers of America. Murder at the Jubilee Rally, The ninth book in her Samuel Craddock series comes out October 4, from Severn House Publishing. Find out more about Terry and her books at www.Terryshames.com.

 

 

This meeting will take place on Zoom and in-person in  the Boardroom at the Bethlehem Library,  451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 15, 2022

10:30am for members only business meeting

Speaker (everyone invited): 11:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sep 17: Albany Book Festival

Due to the Albany Book Festival the September meeting has been canceled. We hope you will visit us at the University of Albany and meet our members on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Many of us will be there selling and signing our mysteries.

The previously scheduled speaker has been moved to January

Aug 20: Jane Cleland – Four Things I Wish I’d Known at the Start of My Writing Career

August 20 at 11.00 am EDT
A Workshop Not to be Missed with Bestselling Author Jane K. Cleland

Lessons Learned:

Four Things I Wish I’d Known at the Start of My Writing Career

Jane K. Cleland

Learn from Jane’s experience! From mastering specific craft techniques to implementing efficient promotional strategies (and skipping the rest) and from building meaningful relationships to navigating the complexities of the publishing business, this workshop discusses four crucial lessons all authors need to know, and that most only learn the hard way. There’ll be time at the end for questions!

Jane K. Cleland writes both fiction and nonfiction, including the multiple award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mysteries [St. Martin’s & Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine] and the Agatha-award winning bestsellers, Mastering Suspense, Structure & Plot and Mastering Plot Twists [Writer’s Digest Books]. Jane Austen’s Lost Letters, the 14th in her series, was published in December 2022. She is a member of the fulltime faculty at Lehman College, part of the City University of New York, a contributing editor for Writer’s Digest Magazine, and the chair of the Wolfe Pack’s Black Orchid Novella Award (BONA) in partnership with Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. She is a frequent workshop leader and guest author at writing conferences, association meetings, and MFA Residencies. Also, Jane offers free monthly virtual workshops on the craft and business of writing, and Mystery Masterminds, a series of small group virtual workshops. More details are available at www.janecleland.com
This meeting will take place on Zoom and in-person in  the Boardroom at the Bethlehem Library,  451 Delaware Ave, Delmar, NY 12054

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Aug 20, 2022

10:30am members only business meeting

Speaker (everyone invited):  11:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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July 16: Gerald Elias

Gerald Elias leads a double life as a critically acclaimed author and world-class musician.

His award-winning Daniel Jacobus mystery series, including Cloudy With a Chance of Murder, is set in dark corners of the classical music world. Elias has penned a chilling political thriller, a musical memoir, short stories, and essays. His first Western mystery, Roundtree Days, debuted in July 2022.

A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, Elias has conducted Salt Lake City’s Vivaldi by Candlelight concerts since 2004 and recently recorded rarely heard sonatas by the Baroque violinist-composer, Pietro Castrucci.

https://geraldeliasmanofmystery.wordpress.com/

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jul 16, 2022

Chapter Members may join at 10:30 for business meeting

Speaker (everyone invited): 11:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

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April 16: Nancy Allen

Business meeting for members only at 10.30 am Eastern

Program speaker Nancy Allen at 11.00 am Eastern.

Nancy Allen practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks, trying over thirty jury cases. She served on the faculty of Missouri State University for fifteen years, teaching law classes. She is the author of the Ozarks Mystery series starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold. With James Patterson, Nancy is co-author of New York Times Bestsellers Juror #3 (2018) and Jailhouse Lawyer (2021). Nancy is currently working with Patterson on their fourth novel. In 2022, Grand Central Publishing released the first book in her new Anonymous Justice series, entitled Renegade.

 

Mavens of Mayhem Upper Hudson Sisters in Crime is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: April Meeting
Time: Apr 16, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for members only (business meeting)

11am: Speaker (everyone welcome)

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Jun 18: Short Story Workshop Presented by Libby Cudmore


Not all mysteries need 90,000 words to solve. The short mystery can leave a reader just as satisfied in a fraction of the time! From the under-1,000 flash fiction up to the top of the short story range (6,000) Libby will teach you how to get in all the twists, turns, clues and red herrings that your reader expects — without wasting a single word.
BIO:  LIBBY CUDMORE’s debut novel, THE BIG REWIND (William Morrow 2018) received a Kirkus starred review and praise from Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and Booklist. She is the author of the Martin Wade P.I. series at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, and her short fiction has been published in Tough, The RS-500, Memoir Mixtape, The Big Click, the Stoneslide Corrective, PANK, the Barrelhouse blog, the anthologies HANZAI JAPAN, WELCOME HOME, MIXED UP and A BEAST WITHOUT A NAME, and is forthcoming from The Normal School. She is the associate editor at Rock & A Hard Place and the co-editor of the forthcoming anthology LAWYERS, GUNS & MONEY (with Art Taylor).

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Jun 18, 2022 11:00 am Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Chapter Members may join us at 10:30am for business meeting, all others at 11am

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May 21: Policing – Revolutionary War to Present Day by Lt. Jon Anderson

May 21, 2022 11am EDT
Informative talk on policing – the Revolutionary War to the Present Day.
Register below to attend via Zoom.

Special Guest: LT. JON ANDERSON, retired law enforcement officer with over 35 years of experience, author of numerous books and articles, expert on the history of policing, and collector of vintage police memorabilia. Jon will discuss the history of policing in America from the Revolutionary War era to the Present Day, including the evolution of women in the police. Attendees of this event will be able to see oil lamps police officers used while walking their beat prior to the invention of street lights, vintage handcuffs, and police badges.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: May 21, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) —

Business meeting for members only at 10.30 am Eastern — Program speaker at 11.00 am

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April 16 Mtg: Nancy Allen

Business meeting for members only at 10.30 am Eastern

Program speaker Nancy Allen at 11.00 am Eastern.

Nancy Allen practiced law for fifteen years as Assistant Missouri Attorney General and Assistant Prosecutor in her native Ozarks, trying over thirty jury cases. She served on the faculty of Missouri State University for fifteen years, teaching law classes. She is the author of the Ozarks Mystery series starring prosecutor Elsie Arnold. With James Patterson, Nancy is co-author of New York Times Bestsellers Juror #3 (2018) and Jailhouse Lawyer (2021). Nancy is currently working with Patterson on their fourth novel. In 2022, Grand Central Publishing released the first book in her new Anonymous Justice series, entitled Renegade.

Mavens of Mayhem Upper Hudson Sisters in Crime is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: April Meeting
Time: Apr 16, 2022 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) for members only (business meeting)

11am: Speaker (everyone welcome)

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