Tuesday, March 3, 2015

What's New at Cicero's Children

Wow! What a winter it's been! We've had record snowfalls and frigid temperatures across the nation, including here in Chicago. I, for one, am more than ready for spring and warmer weather. 

Fortunately, the snow didn't affect the 16th annual Love Is Murder mystery conference. Writers, readers, and general fans of mystery gathered on the first weekend in February to celebrate the genre along with featured authors Denise Swanson, Zoe Sharp, and Robert Goldsborough.

Along with dozens of published authors, a lively group of agents and editors attended LIM 2015. From left to right, they are: Marcy Posner (Folio); Austin Camacho (Intrigue Publishing); Elizabeth Evans ((Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency); Emily Victorson (Allium Press); Denise Dietz (Five Star Mysteries); Laura Barth (Harlequin/Worldwide Mystery); Linda McFall (freelance editor previously with Viking/Penguin); Christine Witthohn (Book Cents Literary Agency); and Sandra Bowman (Intrigue Publishing).

Harlequin/Worldwide edition
Of all the editors and agents present at LIM, I especially enjoyed talking with Laura Barth again. Laura manages Harlequin's Worldwide Library Mystery and Suspense program, the branch of the company that publishes my "Rhodes to Murder" series in mass market paperback format. The soft-spoken Laura knows the publishing business inside and out; she is a pleasure to work with.

Speaking of my books, I have some news concerning the first two titles in the series. As you may know, A Merry Little Murder (originally published as A Deadly Little Christmas) and The Rune Stone Murders (originally published as Something Wicked in the Air) were re-named, re-edited, and re-released in trade paperback and Ebook format several years ago by Echelon Press Publishing after the original titles went out of print. 

Now, due to the continuing health problems of publisher Karen Syed, Echelon has closed its doors and gone offline. 

While Harlequin/Worldwide Mystery will continue to publish A Merry Little Murder and The Rune Stone Murders -- along with other books in the "Rhodes to Murder" series -- in mass market paperback format, all other rights to those first two books have reverted back to me, along with the rights to the Echelon-produced covers. I intend to self-publish both books in Ebook format within the next two months using the Echelon covers. As for a trade paperback vesion, I have a good stock of the Echelon-produced books on hand and will be happy to send one to anyone wishing to buy a trade paperback sized copy of A Merry Little Murder and/or The Rune Stone Murders. 

As the days go by, I'll be making changes to this website to reflect my ongoing writing and publishing plans. This blog will serve mainly as a monthly newsletter covering any number of subjects related to mystery novels, writing, and life in my neck of the woods. I hope you'll continue to drop by Cicero's Children whenever you have a chance.

So long for now! I do hope spring comes to your hometown SOON! :)