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Murder & mayhem in Madison: Six authors to appear at Mystery Writers Workshop

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Mystery-minded writers and readers:

On Saturday, April 26th, R.J. Julia will present a Mystery Writers Workshop at the Madison Winter Club featuring authors James Benn, Roberta Isleib (aka Lucy Burdette), Daniel Palmer, Spencer Quinn, M.J. Rose and Barbara Ross. Topics for discussion will include writing, editing, and marketing your mystery novel as well as an overview of the publishing industry and how to break into it.

The following is the event itinerary, taken from the R.J. Julia web site:

9:30AM- 10:00AM REGISTRATION

10:15AM WELCOME

Roxanne Coady, R.J. Julia Booksellers

10:30AM-11:30AM

PANEL 1

Writing the Traditional Mystery

Roberta Isleib

James Benn

Daniel Palmer

Moderated by John Valeri

If you’re writing for a traditional press, you’ll need a book between about 65,000 and 80,000 words. So, where do you begin? Plot, subplots, clues, characters, false leads… there’s a lot to consider! This panel will help you sort it all out and set you on the path to success.

OR

Editing: Top Ten Tips

MJ Rose

Barbara Ross

Spencer Quinn

Moderated by Amy Barry

Good editing is crucial to the success of your mystery novel. Let these writing experts walk you through the editing process, including the best methods for self-editing as well as working with an editor/publisher.

LUNCH

1:00PM-2:00PM

PANEL 2

Marketing Your Mystery

James Benn

Barbara Ross

Spencer Quinn

Moderated by Liz Bartek

Marketing your work effectively is just as important as every other step in your career as a writer. It is vitally important to the success of your novel. This panel's speakers will shed light on some of the most critical steps of a book marketing plan and share their insight based on their own publishing careers.

OR

How to Get Published

Roberta Isleib

MJ Rose

Daniel Palmer

Moderated by John Valeri

This panel will explore the Do’s and Don’t’s of the publishing process. The authors will share the inner workings of the publishing world from their perspective and provide strategies for improving your odds of getting traditionally published.

2:00PM-3:00PM

AUTHOR MEET & GREET, BOOK SIGNINGS

And here are some thoughts from the writers themselves …

M.J. Rose: “Every writer has such different methods and madness when it comes to writing - that I for one am looking forward to hearing what all my fellow writers have to say! It's bound to be a day filled with murder, mayhem and surprises!”

Daniel Palmer: “No matter what people may say there's no ‘formula’ for writing great mystery and suspense novels. There is, however, a golden rule to which I try to adhere: don't bore your audience. I for one am looking forward to hearing how my fellow mystery and suspense writers avoid this death trap and I know the day will be filled with valuable insights for all.”

James Benn: “Writers are a friendly and supportive bunch in a mostly solitary profession. If you're a beginning writer, come with your questions and desire to improve. You're certain to leave at minimum with an understanding that you're not in this alone.”

Barbara Ross: “As a debut author this year, I was trying to figure out the mystery world not that long ago. Events like the one at R.J Julia where I met fellow authors have been a tremendous part of the journey.”

Roberta Isleib: “Writing is a tough business. The friends I've made in the mystery world have taught me so much and buoyed me up along the way.”

Spencer Quinn: “Mystery writing is like a real mystery: puzzling every time. That's at the heart of what's so rewarding about it. Hope I remember to mention that at the event!”

Tickets are $50/each and include morning and afternoon sessions, lunch, and a meet & greet session with the authors. They can be purchased online or by calling the store at 203-245-3959. The Madison Winter Club is located at 251 Boston Post Rd.

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