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The Future of Publishing, Part II: Anthologies ~ Donna Carrick

Advice for writers: Why participate in an anthology? I love novels. There. I said it. I love writing novels, and I love reading them. For me, there is no delight quite as satisfying as immersing myself fully in the brilliant … Continue reading

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Suddenly Sexy—the Novella Today ~ Rosemary Aubert

What do Animal Farm, The Old Man and the Sea, A Christmas Carol, The Little Prince, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Great Gatsby have in common? All of these famous books are novellas. But despite their success, the fact is … Continue reading

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The Idea Shop ~ Joan O’Callaghan

If I were to take a poll of writers to find out what question they are asked most frequently, I’m betting it would be, “Where do you get your ideas?” Author Stephen King once joked that there’s a company in … Continue reading

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The Future of Publishing – Part I: Why I love my Kindle… ~ Donna Carrick

We Carricks are a family of bibliophiles. Martha Stewart would have a “clutter-buster” field day in our home. From one room to the next, our deco-theme is consistent: a rich display of Canadian yarns — both the literary and the … Continue reading

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Write A Review Part 2: Star Wars ~ Catherine Astolfo

As a retired teacher, I suppose I am biased in my view of “ratings”. I came from the old school—literally. I never believed in scoring something unless there was a set of criteria laid out from the beginning. When I … Continue reading

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The Mesdames – Getting It All Together, by Joan O’Callaghan

The Mesdames of Mayhem will be publishing an anthology of short stories in the fall. It’s been an interesting process and for Mesdames Madeleine Harris-Callway, Donna Carrick and myself, Joan O’Callaghan, the learning curve has arced steadily upwards. The anthology … Continue reading

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Author Branding: a sometimes “Mysterious” concept for Crime Writers ~ Donna Carrick

From cryptic tales to cozies, from classic mysteries to thrillers, the scope of our beloved “Crime” genre is being magnified even as I write this entry. The growing list includes: True Crime; Antiquities; Paranormal; Gumshoe; Literary Thrillers; Classic Mystery; Cozies; … Continue reading

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ARE WRITING CLASSES GOOD FOR PUBLISHED WRITERS? ~ M.H. Callway

Just back from an intensive 5-day class, The Fiction Writers How To, taught at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario by master teacher and Best Friend of the Mesdames, Rosemary Aubert. In attendance: Mesdames M. H. Callway, Rosemary McCracken and Joan … Continue reading

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Writing Courses: Are they Useful?

Close to 800 wannabe writers, all of whom had paid several hundred dollars to take the prestigious summer writing course and rub shoulders with some of the big names in Canadian letters, crowded into the auditorium at Humber College. The … Continue reading

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WRITERS’ FESTIVAL IN BAYFIELD

In two weeks time, Mesdames Cathy Astolfo, Melodie Campbell and M. H. Callway will be meeting aspiring writers and mystery fans in Bayfield, Ontario. They’ll be joining with friends Alison Bruce, Rene Natan, J. A. Menzies and Tanis Rideout to … Continue reading

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