17 January 2015 Meeting

Thanks for the photo, Debbie!
Photo by Debbie Rickes

Coming up at our January meeting (3rd Saturday, Bethlehem Library, 10:30 am):

Author Promotion: Ten Tips & The One Folder You Need On Your Desktop

Don’t be fooled, there isn’t a secret formula to becoming “a bestselling author”. There are principles that make the process easier, however. Discover the marketing and promotion guideposts that have helped make Bold Strokes Books the world’s largest and most successful publisher of LGBT genre fiction.

Presenter Joel Gomez-Dossi came to journalism by way of theater, television, and digital media production. He was a stage manager for several theaters in the Mid and Southwest; a producer for television projects; and a production manager for the Emmy Award-winning PBS science series, Newton’s Apple. He has written about film and theater for many regional publications across the country, and penned an entertainment column for the queer press that ran in twelve states. His third novel, Lethal Elements, published by Bold Strokes Books, will be available this August.

Don’t forget! Upcoming events:

Mavens will be appearing at the Nassau Library, Monday 26 Jan at 6pm: confirmed so far Frankie Y. Bailey and K. A. Laity

The big event: Panel Discussion & Book Signing at East Greenbush Library on Saturday 31 Jan at noon. Join our Facebook event to get the latest information! Download & print the flyer here.

It’s Summer, and Time to Press the Flesh

 

Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, "Deadly Cult".
Here I am (looking kind of dorky) reading from my novel, “Deadly Cult”.

I remember the lazy summers of my youth. Road trips with my family. Playing Freeze Tag. Barbeques and just having fun. Those days are gone. As a writer, my summers have become a time to meet and connect with my readers and fans.

Last weekend, I had the joy of attending the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival in New Orleans. For four days each spring, the festival features panel discussions and master classes for authors, editors and publishers of LGBT literature. I was lucky enough to participate on the panel: RETURN ENGAGEMENT: THE ART OF THE SEQUEL, which delved into the art of writing a series.

On a special side note, I’d like to mention that my editor and fellow Sister-in-Crime member Greg Herren was inducted into this year’s Saints and Sinners Hall of Fame.

But the summer fun doesn’t end there. On June 21 and 22 I’ll be shaking hands at the Denver Pride Festival. My publisher, Bold Strokes Books, is sponsoring a booth with lots of swag. Pride officials are estimating over 350,000 people will be attending, so I’m sure my arm will get tired!

And on Saturday, July 12 from 1:00 pm – 1:50 pm, I’ll be at Thriller Fest, participating on the panel “HOW DO YOU CREATE VISUAL NOVELS? Secrets Borrowed From Film” with Panel Master Lorenzo Carcaterra. I’ll also be signing books that afternoon from 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm.

I’m sure more activities will pop up throughout the summer, especially with such an active Sisters-In-Crime membership! Be sure to log into our page frequently for the latest information!

YJoel is currently working on his third novel for Bold Strokes Books. His first two novels, also published by Bold Strokes Books, are Pursued and Deadly Cult. You can visit Joel on the web, or  on Facebook.

Mavens of Mayhem Author Appearances

Two Sisters In Crime – Mavens of Mayhem authors will be making appearances across New York state in the next few weeks.

jgdOn Saturday August 29, Joel Gomez-Dossi will be reading from Deadly Cult at the longest running LBGT book fair in the country, The Rainbow Book Fair, in New York City. Noon–6pm at the Holiday Inn Midtown, 440 W. 57th Street, NYC 10019.

 

 

frankie_bailey_27112_0On April 9 at 10:30 am, Frankie Bailey will be coming to the Cohoes Public Library. Frankie is a Professor of Criminal Justice at SUNYA, a published author of both fiction (Lizzie Stuart series and the new Red Queen Dies) and nonfiction (Wicked Albany; Crimes and Trials of the Century and many others ). This is free, and open to everyone.

November Meeting

The Mavens of Mayhem (the Upper Hudson Chapter of Sisters in Crime) will be hosting an author recognition event at their next meeting on Saturday, November 16th at 10:30 am at the Bethlehem Public Library (451 Delaware Ave., Delmar). Mavens members who have published in the last year will be reading selections from their latest work. Authors include Betsy Bitner, Suzanne Cifarelli, Joel Gomez-Dossi, Robert Knightly, June Kosier, Donna Lagone, Kate Laity, and Susan Sundwall.  The meeting is free and open to the public.

February Member News

Joel Gomez-Dossi’s first novel, Pursued, was published by Bold Stroke Books in December.

Susan Sundwall will sign copies of her book, The Red Shoelace Killer, at the Barnes & Noble at Colonie Center on Saturday, February 9th from 12-2 pm.

Julia Pomeroy’s novel, No Safe Ground, is scheduled to be released by Five Star on March 18th.

Kate Laity’s novel, Lush Situation, the second in her Chastity Flame series, will be released on March 28th.