Long before I ever considered becoming a writer of murder mysteries, my wife and I would make a trip every winter to the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It was an annual pilgrimage, a week of cross-country skiing in and around the Jackson Ski Touring Foundation. Every trip was memorable, but only one trip was… Continue reading They’re not killing guests
I was scrolling through my facebook feed this morning when I spotted a photo taken at a workshop on how to develop a series. The speaker in the photo is a talented and knowledgeable author. I will not mention her by name because you might mistakenly draw the conclusion that I am speaking ill of… Continue reading Cranky Old Man Updates His Blog
I attended a panel discussion and networking event last night, Tiger Talks in the City: Arts Entrepreneurship. The event was sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Council, the Lewis Center for the Arts and the Princeton Arts Alumni. The focus of the panel was the theater, but the discussion could have been about most any artistic… Continue reading What is your success metric?
It was early in 2010, a few months after Five Star released the hardcover edition of It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Murder. I was speaking at the Jones Creek Branch of the East Baton Rouge Public Library. There was a nice turnout. I spoke for a while, answered some questions and signed some… Continue reading The effect of fire on the forest soils in the Pine Barren region of NJ
One of the things that I love at any good con is digging through the swag bag. I'd be lying if I said I keep everything, but I do appreciate every bit of swag. And there's always one thing buried deep in the bag that seems to have been selected by the cosmos especially for… Continue reading Hero’s Lust
Why do we do in-person book events in the age of social media? To sell books, certainly, but mostly, it's about the joy of connecting face-to-face with readers, of meeting people, talking about books, about becoming part of a community of book lovers. I spent yesterday at the Harlem Book Fair along with other members… Continue reading Connecting with readers
Have you ever wondered what happens when you fail to renew your domain name? Once upon a time, I owned jeffmarkowitzmysteries.com. I didn't need it anymore, so I let it lapse. Now it points to a Japanese detective site. And if you let google translate the page, you learn the following - What is needed… Continue reading Cat naked baby survey