I owe my mystery writing career to Killer Nashville—and the conference has helped me more than once.
Several years ago, I participated in the Killer Nashville manuscript critique program. Deni Deitz, editor of Five Star Publishing, thought the first fifty pages showed promise and told me to send her the entire manuscript. As soon as I arrived back in New York, I mailed it out. She responded that it needed some revision and made concrete suggestions. She also told me she would look at it again. I made the changes and sent it back. My cozy mystery, Monkey Business, was published by Five Star in 2017.
I was elated and had just completed a second book in this series called Something Fishy. Five Star had agreed to publish this, but before they could, they dropped their mystery line. I was determined to find another publisher. I entered Something Fishy in the Claymore Awards, and it was chosen as a second runner-up. I was thrilled, but I still didn’t have a publisher. Then one of the panelists that I served with at the conference, who had also been published by Five Star, told me that Encircle Publications was taking on a few of Five Star’s mystery authors. I sent the manuscript to them. In 2019, Something Fishy was published by Encircle. My next book, Playing Possum, (my series has a wildlife theme) is scheduled for release by Encircle this December.
None of this would have happened without Killer Nashville.