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Self-Publishing Preview For 2016

Posted on: January 18th, 2016 by Steven Womack No Comments


I’ve been a little quiet on the blog lately, but mostly because I’ve started a Twitter account and am really devoting time to making my FB page worth reading. I’m constantly finding new industry articles and news that I think you’ll find interesting, so check it all out.


In the meantime, Publishers Weekly has just published a really good article on the indie press publishing prospects for 2016. It remains an exciting new world out there, one with great potential and great challenges.


Well worth reading…



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The New Publishing Paradigm

Posted on: June 1st, 2015 by Steven Womack No Comments


It seems authors everywhere are feeling the squeeze. Even the Authors Guild has gotten in on the fracas, as evidenced by their “Fair Contract Initiative,” which they’ve just launched at BEA.


Here’s a link to their first manifesto. It’s fascinating reading:


MWA Panel At The Southern Festival Of Books A Great Success

Posted on: October 14th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


Here I am completely outnumbered at the Mystery Writers of America panel at the Southern Festival of Books this past weekend. It was a lively, fun panel with Sallie Bisell , J.T. Ellison, Stacy Allen, and me, along with a great capacity crowd!


I think the crowds may have been a little down this year due to the incredible downpour (two days later and it’s still raining like crazy here), but it was still a wonderful weekend. If you’ve never made it to the SFB in October, you really should. Mark it down in your calendar for October, 2015.

Photo By Shalynn Ford Womack

Photo By Shalynn Ford Womack

Bringing Down The Devil at the Southern Festival of Books

Posted on: October 11th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


Despite the downpour, we had a great panel today at the 2014 Southern Festival of Books. Nashville native/L.A. transplant Don Winston, Texan Ron Davis, and I did a panel called “Bringing Down The Devil: Three Thrillers. We had a near capacity crowd, a lively dialogue that made the ninety minutes go by like five, and lots of good Q&A.


All in all, it was a great day! More tomorrow!

Steve Womack, Don Winston, Rod Davis

Southern Festival of Books 2014 Is Here!

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


For book lovers everywhere, one of the most exciting weekends of the year is upon us! The 2014 Southern Festival of Book starts this Friday, October 10th. For a complete schedule of programs, panels, and authors, here’s the link:


And for you fans of Resurrection Bay, I’ll be doing two panels. Here they are:


Bringing Down The Devil: Three Thrillers

with Ron Davis and Don Winston

Friday, October 10th, 1:30-3 pm in Room 3, Legislative Plaza


Mystery Writers of America Presents: Changing The World, One Mystery At A Time

with Stacy Allen, Sallie Bissell and J.T. Ellison

Saturday, October 11th, 3-4:30 in Room 31 Legislative Plaza


This is always one of the most fun weekends of the year. See you there!

On Publishing & The Music Biz

Posted on: September 10th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


I’ve been observing and studying the publishing industry for a long time and I’ve watched first-hand some of the changes that have occurred in this business since I got into it. I’ve also thought for the longest time that the publishing industry is just a few years behind the music industry in the evolution and difficulties it’s encountered.

There’s a fascinating article on the Digital Music News website called The Music Industry Has 99 Problems. And They Are…


If you want to see where publishing is headed, check this article out at:



The Crazy World of Publishing Defined…

Posted on: September 9th, 2014 by Steven Womack 1 Comment


For all you aspiring writers out there, here’s a handy guide to literary and publishing terms by author Greg Levin. It’s not only hilarious, it’s largely dead-on in this day and age:


Robert Hansen In The News Again…

Posted on: September 6th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


This whole bizarre story about the death of Robert Hansen, the Alaskan serial killer, just keeps getting stranger and stranger. My collaborator on RESURRECTION BAY and the guy who came up with the story to begin with, Wayne McDaniel, sent me this the other day:


Robert Hansen’s in the news more now that he’s dead than when he was alive. Does this make him the Elvis of serial killers?


WSMV-TV Interview On The Death of Robert Hansen

Posted on: September 4th, 2014 by Steven Womack No Comments


Dennis Ferrier, one of the lead reporters of our local NBC affiliate, WSMV-TV, came to my home office and interviewed me on September 1st about the death of Alaskan serial killer Robert Hansen. This whole creepy coincidence–where Robert Hansen died in a hospital prison ward the same day Wayne McDaniel and I met for the first time–is continuing to resonate with readers all over.


Yesterday, I was interviewed by a Kim Vangkilde, a reporter from the Danish newspaper Ekstra Badet. It seems Hansen is of Danish descent, and readers there are fascinated by this whole weird story…


If you’d like to see the interview with Dennis, you can find it at:


On The Death Of A Serial Killer…

Posted on: August 25th, 2014 by Steven Womack 3 Comments

Or, I’ve got your minimum daily adult requirement of weirdness right here…


Three years ago, as I’ve written in this blog before, Wayne McDaniel and I formed a partnership to write the novel Resurrection Bay. We’ve been completely upfront about the fact that the novel is based on and inspired by the life and crimes of Robert Hansen, Alaska’s most famous serial killer. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women and raping at least 30 over a 12-year-period.


During the three years that Wayne and I worked on Resurrection Bay, we worked entirely by email and phone. We never met each other, never Skyped.


Didn’t even know what each other looked like…


Finally, last Thursday, August 22nd, Wayne and I finally got to meet face-to-face when he came to Nashville for the KillerNashvillle mystery conference.


That afternoon, Robert Hansen died


With Wayne McDaniel and RESURRECTION BAY

With Wayne McDaniel and RESURRECTION BAY