Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! is for Publish

[Links are scattered throughout this post. If you slide your pointer across the screen, you’ll see where to click. In the meantime, I’ll choose a theme that makes finding links easier.]

In yesterday’s abbreviated post, I promised an announcement to end all announcements.

Confession: Kaye George was quicker than I. She made the announcement on another blog, whose title and URL I will display later in this post. I’d hate for  readers to click on that link and forget to come back here.

The Announcement: “Murder on Wheels,” an anthology of eleven short stories written by members of Austin Mystery Writers critique group and two of its friends, has been accepted for publication by Wildside Press.

It’s occurred to me that we might be sending out this news prematurely, that we should wait for the book to appear. But yesterday the contract, and self-restraint, went the way of the dial telephone.

I doubt we’d have had the energy keep the secret anyway. We’ve been on the verge of dancing in the streets ever since receiving word that Wildside would publish. When one AMW member heard the good news, she broke into song. Thanks to the miracle of modern technology and a husband who knows how to make an .MP3 file from a voice mail, I have a recording. I would share it, but I value my life.

The next question, of course, is WHEN? 

We don’t know. There’s a lot to do between now and the launch date. Before Wildside’s final acceptance come edits. The others have informed me it’s gauche to tell a publisher that your stories are already perfect. So I imagine compliance with the editor’s requests won’t be an issue.

I promised I would display the address of Kaye George’s official announcement. An Agatha-nominated author, Kaye has published a number of mystery stories and novels. Although she’s no longer around attend AMW’s meetings, she’s still our leader and our guide through this new territory. She writes about how the idea for “Murder on Wheels” came about. Her account of this Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! experience is more detailed and more interesting than mine.

Read Kaye’s version of the story at Judy’s Stew.




Kaye George blogs at Travels with Kaye.

Read more about Kaye and her books at

 Find other AMW members’ blogs at–

 VP Chandler

 Elizabeth Buhmann

 Gale Albright (Crime Ladies)

 Scott Montgomery

 Laura Oles (Austin Mystery Writers)


Find other contributors to “Murder on Wheels” here:

Reavis Z. Wortham

Earl Staggs


Fish Tales

The poor, half-eaten fish to the left graces the cover of Fish Tales: The Guppy Anthology.

Guppies is a chapter of Sisters in Crime, an organization dedicated to the promotion of mysteries written by women.

Guppies is short for The Great Unpublished.

The title is misleading: a number of Guppies are very published, but they remain in the chapter to school the rest of us.

Fish Tales, a collection of twenty-two stories written by Guppies, was recently released as an ebook. A hard copy will soon be available.

I don’t have a story in the anthology, but one of my critique partners, Kaye George, does. It’s titled, “The Truck Contest.”

Kaye’s first book, Choke, will be published by Mainly Murder Press this May. Its protagonist, Imogene Duckworthy of Saltlick, Texas, aspires to be a private investigator.

Immy has written two articles for Hotshots!, the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter newsletter. The article in the November 2010 issue explains how to qualify as a private investigator. In the February issue, Immy discusses advice she will give if her three-year-old daughter, Nancy Drew Duckworthy, ever stops playing with Barbie dolls and asks how to be a PI. The November article is informative, but if you really want to know how Immy approaches her cases (she isn’t a private eye yet, but she still manages to have cases), read the one in the February issue. It’s Immy in a nutshell.

But back to Fish Tales. The ebook is available from several major vendors. I’m getting ready to purchase one to read on my computer. I’d like to wait for the print version, but I’m in a bit of a rush. There’s a slim possibility that “The Truck Contest” might be about Immy. I’m becoming addicted to her. She’s a hoot.