Hooray for Sisters in Crime!

Today I gave a presentation to the San Joaquin Chapter of Sisters in Crime. I belong to several chapters of Sisters in Crime: Central Coast, L.A. and I'm the president of the Internet Chapter. However, I was one of the founding members of the SJ Sinc and it has a special place in my heart.

I don't get to as many meetings as I'd like, but I count the members as my friends. This was the first time anyone outside of my chapter saw copies of Kindred Spirits. Though the launch for the latest in my Deputy Tempe Crabtree book will next Wednesday in Crescent City, this was the debut.

They asked me to talk about my bumpy road of publication--easy enough--nearly 30 rejections for my first book before it was accepted, 4 agents--most of whom didn't even send my book out--two crooked publishers, one went to jail, the other skipped the country--two publishers who died--publishers who decided to find a new way to make money that didn't involve books--e-publishers before there were any e-readers.

Sounds funny when I'm telling it, but it was rather painful to experience.

Then I told the story of how I came to write Kindred Spirits and about the Tolowa Indians.

Such a supportive group--they asked great questions and purchased books and asked me to sign them.

And my husband had a great time too--he has his own fans among the sisters.

Next stop, Crescent City. I'll post about that when I return.


Morgan Mandel said…
I'm a Sisters in Crime member also, but it's too hard for me to get to the meetings.

Still, I bump into other members all over the place, especially on the Internet.

Morgan Mandel

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