Sandy Manning reached out to us to share the good news about her novel, which will be published in 2016 by Five Star Publishing. Trojan Horse is her second novel, but her first to be published.
She always wanted to write professionally, and wrote some short stories and essays before writing Trojan Horse. The manuscript received first place in the New York Mystery Writers of American mentor program, and she received agent representation. But the book didn’t sell, so she ended up shelving the manuscript for 13 years until she began working on the third book in the series.
Last year, she dusted off that manuscript, made some edits, and took both novels with her to the Killer Nashville Writers’ Conference. This is where she met Deni Dietz, senior editor at Five Star Mysteries. The connection proved to be the guidance she needed.
Manning took Dietz’s recommendations to heart and slashed the novel to get it down from 119,000 words to 85,000. And now, as they say, the rest is history. The story of a Russian-born American intelligence agent on the hunt for a terrorist will be published.
“It would not have happened without Killer Nashville,” Manning said. “I met great people, and it was the best conference I’ve attended.”