From Audio to Page: an Alternative Road to Publication.

Jonathan Fredrick

Great presentation by Jonathan this morning. It was interesting to hear his path to publishing, his success with Audible, and how he found his agent. You can find the recording to his presentation here: https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/QqUE86-ztopbpDDlKXR6sCe0k8nK4dg-P6en5oalHEqE8JlKKaEYL3urgJpKODtd.umknDG3xTZGUOq8z
The passcode is: 8eq0e3.$

Join us on Zoom, from 11:00 EST to Noon EST on January 20th, as Crime novelist Jonathan Fredrick discusses his unorthodox path to publication, which in his case went from writing novels exclusively for Audible, and then afterward having them published as paperbacks.

Jonathan is the author of the Cain City Series from Mysterious Press (Cash CityHum Little Birdie, and the latest installment, Bad Men Will Come), a series inspired in part by his hometown of Huntington, West Virginia.

After spending 15+ years living in Los Angeles and working as a writer, filmmaker, and actor, Jonathan now resides in Ohio with his wife and three sons.

RSVP to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com for the link to this informative session.

2023 BCW Holiday Event 12/2/23

Santa climbing out of chimney

It’s that time!  What time?  Time for the BCW Holiday Event!  An oldie that never gets moldy, except for the fact that it’s pretty much been the same the last few years (if it ain’t broke, well, you know the rest).  This year will be like last year, at the Rusty Bucket at 180 Market Street, New Albany, OH.  Time will be from noon to 2:00 p.m., and all members and accompanying spouses, friends, relatives, interested parties, college roommates from decades past, and complete strangers are invited.  Note:  everybody is paying for their own meals and the voting/story contest will be limited to BCW members only, but otherwise all are welcome.  As far as the itinerary, check it out:

Vote for 2024 Board Members:  what we do every year per our bylaws (limited to BCW members only).  We’ll, unfortunately, be saying ‘sayonara’ early next year to Andrew Welsh-Huggins, who graciously stepped in to fill the treasurer spot vacated by fellow friend and member Jim Sabin (who sadly passed from a courageous fight with cancer at the end of January).  As a result, we’ll be going from 5 board members to 4, unless there’s anyone who wants to step up, hint hint. Please contact us if you are interested.

Events for 2023:  we had 8 events in 2023 (not including Ohioana in April), which included 5 in-person.  Other presentations were online via Zoom; we also purchased electronic equipment (thanks to a grant from National SIC) that will allow more hybrid in-person/online events to be broadcast to other chapters around the country.  Look for a mix of these in 2024.

Story Contest:  it’s on again, with prizes of dubious value for the wieners.  And in BCW, everybody’s a wiener.  Note: we’ll need to limit this to actual BCW members, but accompanying guests can offer moral support.  If interested, see details below.

Book Swap:  all are welcome (even non-members), but if you wish to participate you’ll need to bring a wrapped book to be swapped with another person (via our annual Wright/Left story switcheroo).  It’s confusing, frustrating, a good form of aerobic exercise, and a whole lot of fun, but per the rules all participants will need to explain why that book was relevant for them. 

Story Contest rules: 

  • 100 words maximum.
  • Must include the following 5 words: 1) nutcracker, 2) shovel, 3) needle, 4) jolly and 5) glow.  All 5 words must be in the story, although plurals and transmogrifications are accepted (e.g., ‘glowing’ and ‘glower’).  Words may also be used as proper nouns, have more than one meaning, etc. (be creative)!
  • Participants must be BCW members and you don’t need to be present to participate, but you must attend the party to win a prize!
  • Extra points for holiday themes, but keep in mind what we write (mysteries, thrillers, suspense, etc.).  Bloody, gory, scary . . . we do it all.
  • Submit entries to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com no later than midnight, Thursday, 11/30 (please include the name of the author).  One entry per attendee, please.  Top finishers will be presented at the holiday party Saturday, 12/2, with awards to be determined. 

And there you go.  The 2023 BCW Holiday Event is now official . . . countdown starting now.  1,000,000 . . . 999,999 . . . 999,998 . . .

Active Shooter Events-An Interactive Session

Rick Hannah
Rick Hannah

Great presentation by Rick today. If you missed it, or couldn’t take notes fast enough, here is the recording: Rick Hannah. Passcode:  1NYPk$#&

On Saturday 10/14/23, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., join us for a terrific hybrid event (both in-person and online) where we’ll be inviting return guest and officer from the Columbus Police Department Rick Hannah

Rick is a detective and Community Education Officer who teaches the CRASE class, or Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.  You’ll learn some of the basics, including the Avoid/Deny/Defend strategy (sometimes referred to as Run/Hide/Fight), emergency medical procedures and what to do when emergency personnel arrive.  He’ll also talk about ways your characters can avoid trouble by being vigilant and what bad guys typically look for. 

Note:  Rick has been with us before and is ready to get into the weeds on details, including common mistakes he sees in movies and T.V. shows, so bring questions!  If you’re planning on attending in-person, we’ll be at the Upper Arlington Library at 2800 Tremont Road, Upper Arlington (Room B).  Or you can plan on attending via Zoom (you can contact us for a link right here:  buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.

Since this is also an in-person event, those attending can feel free to join everyone afterwards for lunch at a local restaurant.  Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you!

Policing Through the Ages

Jonathon Anderson

Jonathon gave a fascinating historical perspective on policing. To see the taped version, click here. https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/HNJ7sppmd-kc3tXlNp09heBWDgpq1yrNno8rFUaUC_7UYYVyDnZzTd1rPmDVQfM.nBl24UUVq88L6NJN?startTime=1694876562000
The Passcode is: 8qYXp!Q.

Join us on Saturday, September 16th from 11 to 12:30 PM for a special Zoom presentation by Police Historian Jonathon Anderson. Jon will give an overview of how policing developed in the U.S., including the unique aspects of policing in slave-holding states vs. abolitionist states. He’ll also touch on early historical influences from the Roman Empire and England as well as policing in the Middle Ages.

Jon is a retired Lieutenant from the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office in New York and has done stints as a crime scene specialist, Internal affairs, and community relations. He’s also been the Historic Site Manager, Onondaga County Parks Dept. Office of Museums and Historic Sites as well as a Board Member of the Onondaga Historical Association.

He’s had fifty articles in publications such as Law and Order Magazine, National Sheriffs’ Magazine, and Police Magazine. In addition, Jon’s debut book, Gannentaha, was published in April this year. This true story focuses on the 1656 French Jesuit mission embassy among the Haudenosaunee-Iroquois. At its heart, it’s an intriguing historical human drama, a hallmark cultural interface event, an inspirational faith journey, and an audacious act of perseverance and courage within a larger historical saga.

“Three women, two investigators, and one cold case…”

Sara Herchenroether

Great presentation by Sara today. To view the recording, click here: Sara Herchenroether Presentation. (Passcode: 5#0zSW&^

The Night Flowers is local author Sara Herchenroether’s debut novel, which was published in early May by Tin House (small press based in Portland, OR and NYC). The Night Flowers is a May Indie Next Pick.

Sara’s book is a multi point of view literary mystery, partially based on the Bear Brook, Pennsylvania murders, though her book takes place in New Mexico.

Sara will be talking about the idea behind the book, the ethics of basing fiction off of true crime, the book’s structure, and how she writes with four kids.

Sara Herchenroether lives in Powell, Ohio with her husband and four children. Originally from Massachusetts, Sara studied English at Northwestern University and taught high school English in New York City for seven years. Sara is a breast cancer survivor.

Join us on August 19th in Meeting Room 3B at the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library Branch (96 S. Grant) from 11:00-12:30PM. If you can’t be there in person, you can get a Zoom link by sending an RSVP to us: buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.

Self Publishing Soup to Nuts

Jessika did a great job on Saturday. If you missed it, you can view the recording here. Jessika Hazelton Zoom Recording. Passcode: 7HG%xD^!

Also, here is the link to the self-publishing pamphlet she mentioned.

If you’re ready to let your inner book out join Jessika Hazelton of The Troy Book Makers to learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing process. From finding an editor, to designing a beautiful book, to selling online and in bookstores, this presentation will cover all the steps of the publishing journey. With over 15 years of working with authors of all experience levels The Troy Book Makers are in a unique position to speak on publishing in general as well as the specifics of self-publishing and the many avenues available for doing so. 

Jessika Hazelton, book lover and cat enthusiast, is the owner of The Troy Book Makers. She received her BFA in writing and publishing from Emerson College before getting her dream job at The Troy Book Makers. After over a decade as an author liaison and graphic designer, working with hundreds of authors, she still thinks she has the best job there is. 

Join us on Zoom on July 22 from 11:00 AM EST to 12:30 PM for this informative session. To get the link, RSVP to our gmail account.

From Representation to Resolution: The Work of a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Brad Barbin

Here is the video of Brad Barbin’s presentation: Passcode: u2sXvC1=

https://sistersincrime-org.zoom.us/rec/share/4P_0fbKdBpzSwXRwn4drbA7XikIEHHMznvUiF6yyZUIGsvWVr1X9LJeSvi4LEeej.qRCZoDjTGfqPtgRx Passcode: u2sXvC1=

Please join us Saturday, June 24, as veteran attorney Brad Barbin discusses the ins and outs of criminal defense work.

Barbin, who has practiced in both state and federal court, will explain his role from the day he’s contacted about representing a defendant until the case is resolved either by a conviction or an acquittal. Along the way, Barbin will describe how defense attorneys interact with clients, prosecutors, and judges, and will leave plenty of time for questions.

Brad’s talk begins at 1 p.m. at the Hilltop branch of the Columbus Public Library at 511 S. Hague Ave. on the city’s west side.

Ohioana is Back

The Ohioana Book Festival is returning to the Columbus Metropolitan Main Library ( 96 S. Grant Ave. Columbus, OH 43215) on Saturday, April 22. There will be book signings from 10:30-5:00 PM as well as author panels and readings from 10:45-4:30. Our own Eileen Curley Hammond and Kandy Williams (moderator) will be part of the Cozy Mystery Panel from 2:30-3:15 PM in the Auditorium, and Andrew Welsh-Huggins will be giving a reading at 2:00 PM in room 2A. We’ll have a table there, so stop by and catch-up. For more information, click here. http://www.ohioana.org/programs/ohioana-book-festival/schedule/

Coming Soon: BCW Writing Critique

Working on that mystery novel? If your fingers are now bloody nubs after the last couple of years in solitude, you’ve probably got a good start on a rough draft or a manuscript of something promising.  So now’s the perfect time for a critique/review by your peers.  For those unfamiliar, it works like this: submit your first chapter / first few pages / opening scene (up to 10 or so pages) by Monday, 3/13 (even sooner is better) to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com.  And note:  this is a communal event so as ye submit, ye must also critique. 

  • Meeting date: 3/18/23 (Saturday), Noon – 2 p.m., Upper Arlington Main Library, 2800 Tremont Road, Meeting Room B.
  • Due date: 3/13/20 (Monday), midnight.
  • Send manuscripts to buckeyecrimewriters@gmail.com. Note: if you submit, you’ll also need to participate as a reviewer.
  • What to send: manuscripts should be 10 pages, maximum (if not starting at the beginning, try to provide a few sentences for context). Manuscripts can be from a budding novel, novella, short story, etc.. Since these are partials, please do not send your entire work.
  • Manuscripts: double-spaced, 1” margins, 12 pt. font (no fancy/cursive fonts please). For simplicity, all submissions should be in the form of Word documents (no PDFs . . . otherwise we can’t return manuscripts with comments). Also, please include your name and email address (necessary for reviewers to email back comments).
  • All reviews will be sent back to the authors so please make any changes/comments using the ‘Track Changes’ and ‘Comments’ feature in Word.
  • If you don’t want to send anything but are happy to be a reviewer, please contact us for copies of submissions.
  • After the meeting, please email your comments of each manuscript back to the author.
  • Please give constructive feedback and remember to be kind.

How do you squeeze in a short story or 12?

Andrew Welsh-Huggins
Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Thank you to Andrew for another great presentation. To view the recording, click here. The passcode is V5z2hi#n.

Also, Andrew has several links in the recorded chat but for ease of use, and some additional ones, here they are:

Short Mystery Fiction Society: https://shortmystery.blogspot.com/

Short story tracking websites: Duotrope (https://duotrope.com/) and Submission Grinder (https://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/). 

The William Shunn format, frequently required by magazine and anthology editors:

https://www.shunn.net/format/

And two blogs I didn’t mention but should have:

Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine’s Trace Evidence blog: https://trace-evidence.net/

Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine’s Something Is Going to Happen blog: https://somethingisgoingtohappen.net/category/ellery-queen-2/

Contributors to both the AHMM and the EQMM blogs provide interesting insights into their writing process, often focusing on short fiction. Once on the site, each page provides a sign-up option via a box that pops up in the bottom right-hand corner.

A New Year means new goals! If you’ve ever thought about writing short stories but didn’t know where to start, have we got a session for you. Andrew Welsh-Huggins, author of the Andy Hayes mystery series, also flexes his creative muscles by crafting short stories. A growing list of his works have appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Mystery Weekly Magazine, and Mystery Tribune. 

But how does he do it? When is there time and head space for smaller, though still-challenging, projects? Or is writing short pieces just what you need to kickstart your year and get you into a steady habit of writing? Andrew will share tips on how to pen an ideal balance between plot and characterization in a limited space. And writing for an anthology? He’s got you covered there too. If that wasn’t enough, he’ll also dive into how and where to submit your stories–including paying markets. 

Andrew’s latest short story, “The Delivery,” is featured in the newest Mickey Finn volume with the tagline: When a routine drop-off in an Illinois college town goes awry, it’s up to freelance mailman Mercury Carter to set things straight. 

Mark your calendars and join us, via Zoom, Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. when Andrew shares his insights.

Mickey Finn: 21st Century Noir, Volume 3