Sixteen months ago, the book was a gleam in my eye. Last week, it went up on Amazon, in paperback, published by Wildside Press:
The anthology was a project of the Triangle Sisters in Crime, of which I’m currently president. Supervised by an anthology committee of Sarah Shaber, Sheila Webster Boneham, and Toni Goodyear, the no-fee submissions from SinC members who live in the Carolinas were blind-judged by submitting authors (efficiently coordinated by Britni Patterson) then turned over to me for editing.
Editing was a blast. I worked with 18 different authors (my own story was edited by Ruth Moose and Judith Stanton) at different levels of writing competency but each with a unique vision, imagination, and story to tell. Some stories required many rounds, others just a couple, as we added, deleted, re-worded, and tweaked. Responsive to suggestions, the authors polished their stories to a high shine.
Judith Stanton copy-edited, Margaret Maron wrote an introduction, and writing friends Hank Phillipi Ryan, Barb Goffman, Kaye George, and Tamra Wilson read the collection and wrote blurbs. Toni Goodyear sent out a blizzard of queries.
We had some bites but decided to go with Wildside because they are on the Mystery Writers of America list of publishers, have a big presence at the mystery conference Malice Domestic, and have published other Sisters in Crime chapter anthologies. They sent a copy that went to the 19 authors for proofing, changes went back to the publisher, and voila! Book!
Here’s a teaser trailer: