mysteries Archives - Joanna Campbell Slan

A Year of Daring Greatly Starts Now!

I’ve been reading Daring Greatly by Brene Brown and as a result, I’ve decided to dedicate this year to reaching out to other people. That means putting myself in a vulnerable position, because they might “shut me down” or reject me. It involves taking a risk, doesn’t it? That’s exactly what Brown means by “daring […]

Why You Should be Reading More Thrillers by Women–and a CONTEST

I don’t often go on tilt, as my boys say, but once in awhile, I get frustrated with the book industry. Case in point: A conference I once loved posted their line up of “star authors.” There wasn’t a single woman in the bunch! When I asked why, they told me, “Oops. We couldn’t come […]

Behind That Door…

For months I’ve been driving past a sign that says, “Sunshine State Carnations.” Today I decided to drop in. The kind lady who greeted me laughed. “We don’t have carnations. Haven’t for fifteen years.” “Oh.” I was really disappointed. But I wasn’t about to give up. I’d seen the small riding tractors. The greenhouse webbing. […]

Are My Books In Your Local Bookstore?

They might be. Or they might not be. And I can’t tell you exactly why. Book distribution…well…it’s tricky, and confusing, and a big mystery. Trust me, even Sherlock Holmes could be baffled by the ins and outs of book distribution. My friend Emilie Richards does a wizard job of discussing this on her blog. So, […]

The Rising Tide of Cozies, Part 1

I just completed a four-part article about ‘craft cozies,” mysteries that center around a craft or a person involved in crafts. The first installment is now up at ForeWord Magazine, and you can read it here: http://tinyurl.com/puxwyk Why should you care? Well, maybe you’ll come up with a couple new marketing ideas or an idea […]

My Malice Auction Offering

I’m not sure how well you can see this, but…this is the customized scrapbook page I created to have auctioned off at Malice this weekend. Inside the small album is room for 8 photos (4″ x 6″ size). The cover of the album is sewn with sequins sprinkled throughout. The papers were customized and colored […]

Tweet, Tweet, Tweet–and You Could Win a Big Box of Books!

Argh. Every day I open my email and think: I don’t have time for all this. I especially don’t have time to update my website, to check all the posts on all the list-serves I belong to, visit every online community I need to, and comment on everyone’s blog as I should. But I do […]

Paper, Scissors, Death Delivered to My Door Today

The first copies of my new book came today by Fed Ex. Do you remember the scene in Back to the Future? The dad opens a box and pulls out copies of the book he’s written. Well, it’s exactly like that. The box (in this case a padded bag) arrives at your door, and you […]