Mark Troy

Mark Troy

“Persistence pays off. So does the feedback from the Claymore judges, the agents and editors at Killer Nashville, and the contacts with the other writers. I submitted my manuscript to the 2011 Claymore Award contest and attended Killer Nashville where I pitched to several agents and publishers. Among them was Deni Dietz of Five Star Mysteries. Based on their feedback, I revised my manuscript and submitted again in 2012. I was delighted whenThe Law of the Splintered Paddle was named the second runner up and even more delighted when, after another revision, Five Star Mysteries offered to publish it, albeit with a shortened title, The Splintered Paddle.” – Mark Troy