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Guest Blog by Author JACQUELINE SEEWALD!

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Today's guest blog is by Barnes & Noble Mystery Forum regular JACQUELINE SEEWALD!

 

Scroll down to read Jacqueline's bio and to see her complete booklist. Her guest blog is at the end of this thread.

 

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Multiple award-winning author Jacqueline Seewald has taught creative, expository and technical writing at the university level as well as high school English. She also worked as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist.

 

Eleven of her books of fiction have been published. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications. Her latest romantic mystery thriller entitled Death Legacy has recently been published by Five Star/Gale. It’s available from B&N online and can be requested at libraries.

 

From: Booklist Online

 

 “Seewald (The Drowning Pool, 2009; The Truth Sleuth, 2011) has written a tale of international intrigue sure to please fans of thrillers and romantic suspense.”

 

From: Long and Short Reviews

 

This author immediately throws her main female character into action in the first few pages and keeps you glued to the story from there on out.”

 

From: The Gumshoe Review

 

“The plot is twisty as a thriller should be. The romance between Michelle and Daniel is heated...This is a good action thriller with a bit of romance and well developed plot…If you enjoy international thrillers with a bit of intrigue and romance, give Death Legacy a try.”

 

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Here's an interview with Jacqueline from last year:

 

 

June 30, 2011

Made It Moment: Jacqueline Seewald

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The Truth Sleuth

As soon as I saw the cover of Jacqueline Seewald’s latest book, I knew I had to write and tell her how lovely it was. Encounter led to encounter and soon I’d asked Jacquie to contribute a Made It Moment. How funny when I read it and found that a much earlier cover both figured into her ideas about making it–and one of the inevitable disappointments that often lie along this making it path. Many writers have said here in this forum that they haven’t fully “made it”–and some don’t even want to. To paraphrase one recent author, What would I do once I had? But Jacqueline Seewald has a slight different take–one I think many readers may relate to. I know I did. Please read on.

Jacquelyn Seewald

Never too early, Never too late

You never forget your first experience as a published author. What can I say? It’s definitely a “made it moment.”  When my gothic novel was accepted, I was thrilled. I recall bursting into tears of joy. I was finally an author. I had been recognized. I had arrived!

I had stopped working as an English teacher several years before and was spending my time as a full-time house frau, mother of two toddlers, and part-time writer. My dream had always been to write a spectacular bestseller. The fact is, I started writing way back in elementary school, winning several school essay contests. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write. And I thought this was the start of making that dream become a career reality.

I was delighted when my book came out in paperback. It even had a tasteful, beautiful cover.  Unfortunately, my “advance” of $500 as promised in the contract was never paid.  Worse still, I soon discovered that the publisher had gone into bankruptcy.

My husband and I visited the publisher’s office in Manhattan. The editor-in-chief met with us and offered 50 copies of my novel.  We loved the cover art and he promised the original copy would be included as payment as well—but no money.

I did receive the copies of the novel, just not the painting of the cover.  The experience turned out to be a disappointing one overall.  But I never lost my enthusiasm for communicating the written word, never gave up on writing, or trying to get my work published. There is great satisfaction in seeing one’s words and ideas in print.  It’s a unique and special experience.

Over the years, I’ve enjoyed experimenting with many forms of written communications: essays, articles, novels, plays, short stories and poetry.  The creation of each work is much like giving birth to a child.  There is pain but also pleasure not to mention pride.

It is not possible to get everything one writes published—nor should writers consider all their work worthy of publication. I for one am not on that kind of ego trip. I’m still trying to write something outstanding, still attempting to produce that best-selling novel, still hoping to be “discovered”.  Truthfully, it will probably be my last thought on my deathbed.  But I have no regrets. I could no more stop writing than I could stop breathing. I write because I can’t not write. It’s simply what I do and who I am.

I’ve had a great deal of work published since that first experience. Every time something is accepted, published and paid for, I feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment and elation.

One of the benefits of retirement is that I can now indulge myself. I have time to write professionally which I was denied when I was working full time as an English teacher and later on as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist while raising a family.

When my husband convinced me to take an early retirement so that I could start writing full time and also spend more time with him, since he was already retired, I insisted on only one thing.  The condition for me leaving my job was that we immediately buy a new computer with internet capability for our home. My retirement has given me the opportunity to do what I always wanted to do, namely become a dedicated, professional freelance writer.

My latest novel, THE TRUTH SLEUTH, third in the Kim Reynolds mystery series, was published by Five Star/Gale this month and is starting to appear in libraries all over the country. Have I succeeded in making my dream come true? Well, let’s just say that it’s still a dream in progress, but I’m working on it!

Multi-award winning author Jacqueline Seewald has taught creative, expository and technical writing at the university level as well as high school English. She also worked as an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Eleven of her books of fiction have been published. Her short stories as well as poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies. Her paranormal romantic mystery novels, THE INFERNO COLLECTION and THE DROWNING POOL, have been widely acclaimed. The third romantic mystery in the Kim Reynolds series, THE TRUTH SLEUTH, is a new release. Her recent historical romance set in the Regency period TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS is available in both hardcover and large print editions. A young adult novel, STACY’S SONG, was also published to excellent reviews.

 

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Here's an article aimed at writers by Jacqueline:

 

Avoiding Writing Scams by Jacqueline Seewald


I've sold a lot of writing over the years, both fiction and nonfiction, plays, poems and book reviews, and I've been cheated occasionally by individuals who have not fulfilled their contracts. I discovered that I could still be cheated if I wasn't careful. There are some smooth operators out there. Their scams are likely not illegal, but they are still to your detriment as a freelance writer. Here are several scams that look good on the surface but aren't:

Writing Contests:

Most writing contests these days cost money to enter. Some of them ask quite a lot of money. So naturally, we're all on the look-out for free ones. Some are poetry contests that promise to put your work in an anthology. All you have to do is buy the anthology. Some of the poetry and short story contests on the web offer a prize for the best work. The catch? They reserve the right to archive your work in perpetuity regardless of whether or not you have won the contest. So you will never be able to sell that story or poem for first rights. And chances are no one will accept it even as a reprint since it's now out there for free on the Internet. This kind of contest is just a scam for a site to obtain free content—your content! So read those rules carefully before you decide to submit your work.

Articles:

When you sell articles to online publications, be aware that you need a statement as to how long the site intends to archive your work. Again, if it's in perpetuity, you are out the reprints. And reprints can be quite lucrative. Even print publications may insist on internet rights and display your work for all to see. Make certain archiving rights are limited and that you have it in writing!

Short Stories:

With so many publications out there, try to submit your work to ones that have been established for several years. So many publications come and go, often folding before you receive payment for your work.

Books:

Book contracts are really tricky. The publishers demand all sorts of rights. Try to limit what you give away. If you can afford it, have a lawyer familiar with intellectual property rights look the contract over for you. The best thing is to have a literary agent represent you, but the reputable ones are often harder to obtain than publishers. The key here is to make certain that money is coming to you, not the other way around. Never, ever pay an agent or publisher a cent! Legitimate agents take a percentage, usually 10 to 15 percent of what you will earn

I once signed a book contract that looked perfectly straightforward and legitimate. The publisher claimed to be a "traditional" publisher, promised ten free copies of my novel, offered a decent royalty, but claimed because they were a small publisher, they could not afford to offer authors an advance. When all was said and done, I had a lovely book that I hadn't invested any money in getting published. The catch? The publisher wouldn't send out any ARCs to reviewers. The publisher expected authors to purchase a large number of copies and send them out themselves. The key reviewing publications basically ignored POD. So for all intents and purposes, my novel was dead before it was born. I’ve never signed with a publisher who didn’t offer at least a small royalty since then.

My advice--when negotiating a book contract always insist on getting an advance against royalties, even if it isn't a large one. This shows good faith. If you don't get the advance, then don't accept the contract. The advance demonstrates that your book is valued and that likely the legitimate publisher will put some time, effort and money into marketing it. Always remember that money must come to you as the author and not the other way!

Another thing to check for, make certain that there is a time limit as to how long the publisher can hold the book without publishing it. After two years without publication, you want the rights to revert back to you. Also true if the book goes out of print. After seven years (the standard) you want return of your rights. If the book is remaindered, ask for return of rights at that time.

Of course a lot has changed since digital publishing has come on the scene and so many writers are self-publishing. In many ways, this can benefit writers.
The following websites provide warnings or discussion of ways in which writers may be scammed:

SFWA's Writer Beware: http://www.sfwa.org/beware/
Preditors & Editors: http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/

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Death Legacy  

 



Overview

 

This fast-paced romantic suspense mystery/thriller features Michelle Hallam who heads a unique consulting firm she inherited from her deceased uncle, a former intelligence agent. Called to the French Riviera for business under mysterious circumstances, Michelle meets Dr. Daniel Reiner, a handsome young psychiatrist. They have a strong physical attraction but Michelle remains wary of being involved with him. Daniel's friendly, warm personality and urban wit stands in contrast to Michelle's outward facade of cool cynicism.

 

In New York, Michelle reconnects with Dr. Reiner when she sends him a referral, her client, Nora Parker, who has asked Michelle to look into the suspicious disappearance and possible death of her husband. The complex case involves both Michelle and Daniel in espionage, international intrigue, and murder, placing their lives in jeopardy. The novel combines elements of suspense, mystery, and romance.

 

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When British security expert Michelle Hallam goes to the south of France to meet a mysterious client, no one shows up. However, a handsome psychiatrist, Daniel Reiner, gets a little too flirty, and Michelle's jab to his solar plexus does enough damage to send him to his room. She goes with him, and their chemistry is immediately apparent. But when she leaves, Daniel still doesn't know her name. Back in the U.S., Daniel dreams of Michelle, although he's given up hope of ever seeing her again. Then she refers a patient to him, a woman with a bizarre story about her maybe dead husband, a CIA agent.

 

Together, Daniel and Michelle try to solve the mystery of the possibly deceased spouse, putting their own lives in extreme danger along the way. Seewald (The Drowning Pool, 2009; The Truth Sleuth, 2011) has written a tale of international intrigue sure to please fans of thrillers and romantic suspense. 
— Shelley Mosley

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Why the Question "What Are You Reading?"

Draws Huge Responses

 

By Jacqueline Seewald

 

“What are you reading?” is the most popular question asked by a host of different blogs and readers’ sites. So I’ll ask that question here today. As a reader, what do you enjoy reading most? Are there some titles and authors that you would especially recommend to other readers? Do you prefer magazines or newspapers to books? Are you a print person or an e-book reader?

 

Good writers are readers first. You learn to write by reading. I am a reader first, a writer second. I love to read fiction but I also read nonfiction with avid interest. I enjoy poetry, short stories and plays as well as novels. I’m very into keeping up on health literature and what’s happening in the world today, current events, science, etc. I read newspapers and magazines regularly.

 

What should writers being reading? Some of everything, not just the kind of books or stories they personally prefer. I don’t expect to write a bestseller—not that I wouldn’t mind! But those of us who write fiction and aspire should certainly read bestsellers. The Hunger Games, for instance, has been devoured by a great many readers, not just teens either. It would make sense to read and analyze what the appeal of this dystopian novel would be. Robin Cook claimed that he studied bestsellers to determine their common attributes so that he could learn to write his own. Of course, Coma was a mega success!

 

I must admit that nowadays I generally read just for the pure pleasure. Nevertheless, writers can learn so much simply by reading. So readers and writers, back to my initial question: what are you reading? Hope you will share that with us in this forum. And if someone should say that they intend to read my new novel DEATH LEGACY, well I wouldn’t mind a bit!

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Welcome Jacqueline:

 

I just finished THE INFERNO COLLECTION. I have also read THE DROWNING POOL, so next I will have to read THE TRUTH SLEUTH followed by DEATH LEGACY.

 

Will there be anymore Kim Reynolds books? Is DEATH LEGACY a standalone or will there be more books with Michelle Hallam?

 

I'd like to find out more about Kim and Michael Garndner's relationship. Keep on writing!

 

Thanks for visiting with us!

 

 

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First, thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today.

 

Yes, there will be at least a fourth Kim Reynolds' mystery. The fourth novel in the series is entitled

THE RELUCTANT SLEUTH. Although each of the novels stands alone, they are interconnected.

The 4th novel will be the most exciting and satisfying yet. It hasn't been picked up by Five Star/Gale

yet though. Their rule is one novel from one writer a year. And I just sold them a new mystery written

by my son Andrew and myself which won't be published until 2013. So unless another publisher

becomes interested, the new Kim Reynolds' novel won't be out there for a while.

 

All three of the Kim Reynolds' novels are in libraries around the world. The Inferno Collection and The Drowning Pool are both available in all ebook formats which includes Nook. Reviews have been great for these novels I'm happy to say. Harlequin Worldwide Mystery recently brought out The Drowning Pool in paperback and will bring out The Inferno Collection and The Truth Sleuth in the coming year. Both The Inferno Collection and The Truth Sleuth have had large print editions as well.

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When we moved to our new home, I joined a book club, and I must say, it's stretching the limits of my reading envelope. I think there was only 1 book I actually enjoyed and didn't feel like I was doing a classwork assignment. I've gotten to the point where I read what I like, which is mystery and romantic suspense--which just happens to be what I write. Hunger Games might be a best-seller, but the subject is a total turn-off, and I have better things to do with my time. But I read a LOT -- I've normally got 3 books going at once.

 

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CarterkidCO wrote:

When we moved to our new home, I joined a book club, and I must say, it's stretching the limits of my reading envelope. I think there was only 1 book I actually enjoyed and didn't feel like I was doing a classwork assignment. I've gotten to the point where I read what I like, which is mystery and romantic suspense--which just happens to be what I write. Hunger Games might be a best-seller, but the subject is a total turn-off, and I have better things to do with my time. But I read a LOT -- I've normally got 3 books going at once.

 

Terry Odell


Terry - One of the things I like best about BN.com's boards and forums, is that I've found so many fellow bookaholics. In the old days before the internet, I thought I was pretty much alone in my addiction to reading. It's a real joy to know there are so many book lovers out there! 

 

Of course, we all read different things and have our personal taste in books. I love any kind of mystery, almost any kind of romance, plus I also like paranormal, women's fiction, chick lit, poetry, and, to some extent, urban fantasy, steampunk, sci fi and "literature".

 

That's one reason I like the "what are you reading now" threads on most of the boards here. It's really interesting to see what people are reading! 

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JacquelineSeewald wrote:

First, thanks so much for inviting me to guest blog today.

 

Yes, there will be at least a fourth Kim Reynolds' mystery. The fourth novel in the series is entitled

THE RELUCTANT SLEUTH. Although each of the novels stands alone, they are interconnected.

The 4th novel will be the most exciting and satisfying yet. It hasn't been picked up by Five Star/Gale

yet though. Their rule is one novel from one writer a year. And I just sold them a new mystery written

by my son Andrew and myself which won't be published until 2013. So unless another publisher

becomes interested, the new Kim Reynolds' novel won't be out there for a while.

 

All three of the Kim Reynolds' novels are in libraries around the world. The Inferno Collection and The Drowning Pool are both available in all ebook formats which includes Nook. Reviews have been great for these novels I'm happy to say. Harlequin Worldwide Mystery recently brought out The Drowning Pool in paperback and will bring out The Inferno Collection and The Truth Sleuth in the coming year. Both The Inferno Collection and The Truth Sleuth have had large print editions as well.


Jacqueline -

 

Thanks for visiting with us today, and for blogging about such an interesting topic!

 

Becke

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Jacquie, thanks for raising this question. I'm always interested in what people are reading. I read a lot of crime fiction, of course, because that's what I write, but I read literary fiction as well. Right now I'm reading a collection of Alice Munro's short stories called The View from Castle Rock. One interesting thing about this collection is that it combines memoir with fiction. I also read non-fiction across a wide range subjects. I much prefer books to E-readers, which I read almost exclusively at the gym when I'm on the treadmill.

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Hi, Jacqueline--

 

Unfortunately, I'm not reading much of anything right now, except students' final essays and exams--and I'd better get back to them, or I'll never get my grades turned in on time. I do want to mention a wonderful book about reading, though--Francine Prose's READING LIKE A WRITER. It's an exploration of how creative writers read and what they gain from their reading, with chapters on topics such as Character, Dialogue, and Gesture. I read this book several years ago and found it wonderfully provocative and helpful. In fact, as soon as I finish with those exams and essays, I think I'll read it again!

--B.K. Stevens

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Hi, Terry,

 

Like you, I enjoy mystery and romance best. When NoveList compared Death Legacy to Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novels, I felt totally honored.

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Hi, Anita,

 

Thanks for dropping by this forum. I think it's great you read both literary and genre fiction.

Readers and writers both should read a healthy variety of fiction as well as non-fiction.

It keeps the mind sharp and healthy.

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Thanks for mentioning this book. I haven't read it, but I certainly will. And thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to drop by.

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Jacqueline (or do you prefer Jacquie?) - What are you working on now? Is your next book already completed - if so, can you give us any hints about it?

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I just finished two new novels. One is a romantic suspense Western thriller, the other a sensual romance set in the Georgian period. I will have to see about connecting with an agent. Hopefully, there will be some interest in these novels.