Workshop: Book Trailers as Marketing Tools with LS Hawker

Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:30 am
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S Wilcox Street

Video gets the most clicks online, and if you’re promoting a book, you want to get as many clicks as possible. Book trailers can be an attention-getting promotional tool if you do them right. Her book trailer got almost 30,000 views in a month. This workshop will give you resources for royalty-free stock footage, music, and graphics to make an arresting video piece that will drive traffic to your website and, more importantly, your order page. You’ll learn how to get low-cost help from college and art school film programs. We’ll discuss the dos and don’ts, view effective trailers and tacky trailers, and brainstorm ideas for your very own video baby.

Lisa Hawker headshotLS Hawker is the author of the thrillers THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, published by HarperCollins Witness Impulse, with one more title to be released in 2017. She has won many awards, and THE DROWNING GAME is a USA Today bestseller and finalist in the ITW Thriller Awards in the Best First Novel category. Visit LSHawker.com to view book trailers for THE DROWNING GAME and BODY AND BONE, listen to her podcast with daughter Chloe, The Lively Grind Cafe, and read about her adventures as a cocktail waitress, traveling Kmart portrait photographer, and witness to basement exorcisms.

Lisa will have books available for purchase.
Please bring your own lunch.
RSVP here.

Event: Denny Moses

Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11:30 am
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S. Wilcox Street

Denny Moses of Rocky Mountain Security, Consulting, and Investigations will be speaking to SinC-Colorado members at our next Chapter Meeting/Event.

Firearms: Function, Fact, and Fiction
What Crime Writers Should Know

Mr. Moses will address the overall Function of firearms likely to appear in crime fiction: Handguns, Rifles, and Shotguns. He will also discuss the following terms and concepts in addition to Fact and Fiction relating to those terms and concepts: Point Blank Range, Silencers, Fire Power, Tactical, Knockdown Power, Red Dot Sights, Stopping Power, Iron sights, Semi Automatic, Telescopic sights, Fully Automatic, Night vision sights, Recoil, Inferred (IR) sights, Magazines, Cartridge, Trajectory, Shell case, Energy, Bullet, Caliber, Primer, Lands and Groves, Powder, Suppressor, Vests/Trauma Plates.

If you would like to submit specific questions prior to the presentation, Mr. Moses will ensure those questions are addressed during the presentation: scidenny@comcast.net.

SIC PhotoMr. Moses retired from Northrup Grumman/TRW in 2008 after over 25 years working in the security field supporting classified contracts primarily in the intelligence arena. Prior to that time he served for nine years in law enforcement as a patrol officer and District Attorney’s Investigator. He was also Licensed Private Investigator in California for 5 years and is the Past President, Professional Private Investigator’s Association of Colorado, PPIAC.

Mr. Moses has earned a Bachelors of Science, Criminal Justice, Cal State L.A. and Master’s in Business Administration, University of Redlands. His professional training and certifications include: NRA Basic Pistol Instructor (Current), NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home Instructor (Current), Armed Security Officer, Transportation Security Agency (Current), Advanced POST Certificate (Previous), California PI License (Previous), Colorado PI License (In process).

Mr. Moses has been happily married to his wife Sheila since 1970. He enjoys photography and restoring/modifying antique autos. He is actively involved with his and Sheila’s alma mater, the University of Redlands where he has served as a Trustee. Mr. Moses has been a credentialed volunteer with the Parker Police Department since 2008 where he performs various functions including Range Safety Officer. Mr. Moses has successfully competed in various firearm competitions during his 50 plus years of involvement in shooting sports, and keeps abreast of changes and current trends in firearms the industry.

An avid reader, Mr. Moses reads all of the Michael Connelly, John Sandford, James Patterson (Cross Series) novels. Other authors he enjoys are Somerset Maugham, P.D. James, Harlan Coben, Robert B. Parker, Stephen Hunter, Nelson DeMille, Jack Higgins, and Ken Follett. He rates A Higher Call by Adam Makos as his favorite work of non-fiction, and Jackdaws by Ken Follet as his favorite novel.

Please bring your lunch.
RSVP here.

This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. For more information, please contact sinc.colorado@gmail.com.

Workshop: Networking with Donnell Ann Bell

Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm
Castle Rock Library ~ 100 S Wilcox Street

Join Sisters in Crime-Colorado member Donnell Ann Bell in an interactive class about Networking — what it is, what it isn’t, and why even the shyest person can and should do it. Learn why your networking platform is different from social media. Oh, and you extroverts should show up too. Be prepared to talk, have fun, and more importantly, think outside the box to establish networking avenues that benefit your writing.

PublisheDonnell Author Photod with Bell Bridge Books, Donnell is the author of four bestselling romantic suspense novels and is currently working on book one in her Killer Comeback series. She’s a multi-award winning author, a two-time Golden Heart finalist, the co-owner of CrimeSceneWriters, and a former volunteer victim’s advocate. Before turning to fiction, Donnell worked as an editor and writer for newspapers and magazines. Most of all, she’s a huge proponent of networking. For more information, please visit DonnellAnnBell.com.

Donnell will have books available for purchase.
Please bring your own lunch.
RSVP here.

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Appearance: Malice Domestic Conference

The following Sisters in Crime-Colorado members will be appearing at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, MD on  April 28-May 1, 2016. (Panel title follows the name below–please check the program for additional information.)

Laura DiSilverio, “Private Eyes and Thrillers, Oh My!”

Cynthia Kuhn, “A Study of Murder: University, Museum, Library” and “Mystery Scene New Author Breakfast”

Ann Myers, “Murder on the Menu: Food and Mysteries” and “Mystery Scene New Author Breakfast”

For more information, visit the Malice Domestic website.