Alice K. Boatwright

Mysteries and More


PROMOPHOBIA is finalist for the Agatha Award in non-fiction

PROMOPHOBIA, the anthology on marketing crime fiction published by Sisters in Crime in December, is a finalist for the Agatha Award in non-fiction. The winners will be announced at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland on April 28–30. The book includes a chapter by Alice on promoting books through ebook sales, as well as tips on a wide variety of marketing strategies contributed by more than 50 authors. As editor Diane Vallere describes the project: “Publishing a book can be scary. Figuring out how to promote it can be straight-up frightening. When the seas of book promo make you feel adrift in unfriendly waters, keeping your head above water can be difficult. Enter PROMOPHOBIA, a collection of essays that just might save the life of your book.” The anthology is available as a paperback or e-book from a variety of online retailers and bookstores.

Zoom with me!

Since the Zoom era began, Alice has participated in events from California to Connecticut, as well as in England, France, India, and Pakistan. It’s an any time, anywhere world now, so if your book club or other group would like to chat with her about her books, reading, or writing, please feel free to contact her at

Recent/forthcoming events

April 13: Alice will participate in a Zoom panel discussion of PROMOPHOBIA, 7-8 pm. Open to members of the Sisters in Crime Puget Sound chapter and others on request.

April 10: Sisters in Crime Night at Third Place Books – Lake Forest Park. Alice will be one of 10 authors reading brief excerpts from their mysteries. A celebration of the range of mysteries written by the Puget Sound chapter. 7 pm, free and open to the public.

April 8: Book club discussion of COLLATERAL DAMAGE at the historic Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore. Open to members of the Phi Mu Alumni Club only.

April 1: The Crime Writers Association North America chapter meeting on Zoom. Alice will chair the meeting, which will feature Martin Edwards in conversation with Art Taylor. Open to all members of The CWA; write to request Zoom details.

February 23: As part of a Goat Hill Theater Afternoon of Short Plays, Alice performed in “Roscoe and Jennifer” by Rick Ells. Brightwater Educational Center, Woodinville, WA. Free and open to the public.

February 20: Alice read her short-short story, “The First Meeting of Babyman and Mother,” as one of 12 local authors working in different genres who read at Lake Forest Park’s Third Place Books. Open to the public; free.

February 4th: Sara Paretsky was “in conversation” with Verena Rose about her life in crime at The Crime Writers Association North America chapter meeting on Zoom. As convenor, Alice chaired the meeting. Now available to all on YouTube.

Interested in having Alice Zoom to your book club or writers’ group?

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