Simon Wood

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I’m going to be at this year’s Left Coast Crime convention held the world’s biggest little city Reno!! This is my appearance schedule.

I Get a Kick Out of You: How Much Violence Is Too Much?
With Robin Burcell,  Parnell Hall,  David Putnam, Travis Richardson and with me moderating.
Friday, March 23rd, 11:30am-12:15pm

Simon Wood’s Life as a Casino Private Investigator
This is a special event open to six people only. Sign up here.
Friday, March 23rd, 12:30pm-1:30pm

I Gotta Be Me: Self, Traditional & Hybrid Publishing Options
With H.S. Clark (Moderator), Colleen Dunn Bates, Heather Haven, Sheila Simonson and me
Saturday, March 24th, 10:15am-11:00am

The Not So Secret Life of Authors 
With Lou Berney, Bill Fitzhugh, Linda Joffe Hull, Christa Faust, Catriona McPherson and with me emceeing
Saturday, March 24th, 5:15pm-6:00pm

If you’re coming, I do hope you’ll by and say hi.

 

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I’m going to be the keynote speaker at this year’s Southwest Washington Writers’ Conference in September.  I’ll be presenting a workshop on plotting and outlining too.  I’ll be posting my itinerary when it’s finalized.  If you’re interested in attending, they’re taking signups now.

This conference might be part of a mini-tour of Washington State.  I’m trying to firm up some other events.

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SAVING GRACE has been out a few weeks so I thought I would clue you in on some of the background.  The driving force behind the book is how the media can be manipulated by internal and external influencers.  Don’t worry the book isn’t a fake news rant but I was inspired by real world events over the last decade.  MYSTERY FANFARE asked me to write something for him, so please enjoy The Flexible Truth.

Please leave a comment on the blog.  And if you’ve not read the book, maybe it’s time to pick it up…

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Hey, I have a job for you.  SAVING GRACE is out and I need your help with a simple five-step assignment.

1. The first rule is Buy the Book. I know it’s a given, but if you want to keep your favorite writers in business, you have to buy a book.

2. The second rule is to borrow the book from the public library (and I bet you thought I was going with the ‘buy the book thing’ again). Library book sales are good for the writer. They provide a backbone of sales that can make or break a writer’s next contract. Even if you’ve bought the book, still go and borrow it from the library and if the library doesn’t have it, request it. This helps not only the writer, but also the libraries. Increased demand ensures libraries stay open.

3. The third rule of reader’s club is to write a review. It doesn’t have to be an in-depth critical analysis or high school book report. Just a few sentences giving a title the thumb’s up is good, then put it up on Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, etc. Share your thoughts on sites like Goodreads.com and Shelfari. Goodreads lets you recommend your favorite books to your fellow readers. Public opinion really carries weight and the information on these sites get used by other sites.

4. The fourth rule is to tell a friend. Word of mouth is gold. If you like the book, tell someone about it. It’s not a national secret.

5. The fifth and final rule is to buy another book. Don’t be one those people who say “yeah, I read a book once.” It won’t hurt to do it again and writers will thank you for it.

In all seriousness, I don’t I think readers don’t know the power they wield and how it can help their favorite writers. Here are five simple things readers can do to help me and any writer you love.  We all need our stories and without storytellers, we can’t have our stories. And don’t forget, if you’re going to start with someone, start with me.  🙂

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My frustrated DJ self emerges yet again for a playlist for my new thriller SAVING GRACE.  The playlist reflects the various themes and plotlines from the book.  If you’ve read the book, these songs will make a lot of sense and if you haven’t, it should give you an inkling as to what to expect.  Either way, the songs should result in a shake of the head…or a groan.   🙂

So here’s what’s on the playlist:

“Let her go.” – Passenger

“I’m the man.” –  Joe Jackson

“Desperado”  –  Rhianna

“Sunday Papers” –  Joe Jackson

“Protection” –  Massive Attack

“Money” –  Pink Floyd

“Regret” –  New Order

“Running up that hill” –  Kate Bush

“There’s a guy works down the chip shop swears he’s Elvis” –  Kirsty MacColl

The Jaffa Cake Munchkin song

Now just hit play to listen.  Enjoy!!

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