We’re Invited: CR-RWA

The Capital Region chapter of Romance Writers of America has invited us to attend their next meeting at the East Greenbush Public Library:

August 8, 2015 – Writing and Technology 1:30-3:30pm

Sick of Microsoft Word? Looking for a program that is more writer friendly? In this workshop, writers will learn about various software programs for writers including Scapple, Inspiration, OneNote, Scrivener and WriteWay. We will preview each piece hands on. Please bring your laptops!  This workshop will be an overview rather than an in-depth class.

Thanks to Christine Dreidel, CR-RWA President, for the invitation. We hope you’ll take advantage of this networking opportunity.

Daffodils and Death

The Daffodil Brunch at Gardner Earl Memorial ChapelJune Kosier will be serving more than her mystery, Daffodils and Death, at the Daffodil Brunch at Oakwood Cemetery on Sunday April 13. For reservations call 1-800-556-6273.

Call for Submissions: Untreed Reads

The Killer Wore Cranberry edited by J. Alan HartmanBetsy Bitner forwards this call:
Untreed Reads is pleased to announce a call for submissions.
Moon Shot: Murder and Mayhem on the Edge of Space will be a short story anthology showcasing mystery and crime stories that combine the genres of science fiction and mystery/crime/suspense. We’re looking for great stories that take these genres into new territory, whether on our planet or another.
Please note that we have already accepted a story that takes place on the International Space Station, therefore we are not looking for any other stories that do (it was the inspiration for this call).
This is an open call and may be reposted anywhere and everywhere. This anthology is expected to be published in August of 2013.
This anthology will be edited by J. Alan Hartman, Editor-in-Chief of Untreed Reads and the editor of the bestselling anthologies The Killer Wore Cranberry, The Killer Wore Cranberry: A Second Helping and Year’s End.
1. All stories must be between 1500-5000 words.
2. Deadline for submission for consideration is May 30, 2013. This is a firm date; no submissions after this date will be considered.
3. All submissions should be sent to Jay Hartman at jhartman@untreedreads.com with the words MOON SHOT in the subject line.
4. Stories may take place in the past, present or future of our galaxy, but may not introduce aliens or undiscovered planets. Stories may take place on Earth, but must be somehow related to the space program if they are.
5. Stories should lean more towards mystery/suspense/thriller than the science fiction side.
6. Submissions must be in DOC, RTF or ODT format.
7. We will not be publishing the stories individually. Only the anthology will be available.
8. Authors will receive royalty, but not upfront payment. Authors will each receive a share of royalties of 50% of net (net = cover price – vendor commission) based on the number of authors in the final anthology.
9. Characters appearing in other Untreed Reads series or other series not published by us are strongly encouraged. Please check your contract with your publisher to make sure you may legally do so.
10. Stories not used for the anthology may be resubmitted for future calls.
11. Previously published works are fine providing that electronic rights have reverted to the author.
12. Stories currently published through a self-publishing venue (i.e.: Smashwords, Amazon KDP, etc.). will not be accepted.
13. There are no restrictions whatsoever on age, race, sex, sexual orientation, etc in the work.. Just tell us a great story!
Jay Hartman
Untreed Reads Publishing

Mavens in the News

Image via Fotalia.com

Donna Liquori, who writes the monthly Biblio Files column in the Times Union, attended our September meeting at Tailored Tea and wrote a nice piece about our chapter.

The ladies came for tea and scones. They left with some working knowledge of identifying a killer through a DNA sample.

Just another Saturday morning for the Mavens of Mayhem…

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At the moment, Facebook is the site that, in my experience, comes closest to fulfilling the promise of social media. In so doing, it raises some bigger questions about how we’re going to be using the Web in the future and whether some of the received wisdom about the Internet—that we’re headed inexorably toward a digital universe of chaotic, endlessly shifting interactivity—is true.

The catchall term social media encompasses Web applications that allow individuals to create their own pages—filled with postings, photos, video, and portable applications generally called “widgets”—and interact with other users. The theory is that these networks will create a virtual environment in which like-minded people can find one another.

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