Elizabeth writes the Southern Quilting mysteries and Memphis Barbeque mysteries for Penguin Random House and the Myrtle Clover series for Midnight Ink and independently. She blogs at ElizabethSpannCraig.com/blog , named by Writer’s Digest as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com. Elizabeth makes her home in Matthews, North Carolina, with her husband and two teenage children.
Becoming an author, the writing life, mystery reading and writing, self-publishing, setting and reaching goals, productivity, transitioning from traditional publishing to self-publishing, marketing your self-published book, visibility through metadata and SEO (and other topics, by request).
Book clubs, civic organizations, Toastmasters (Elizabeth is a member), writer’s conferences, library events, schools, women’s retreats, and church groups.
Past events include:
Wattpad: What it is, Why We Need to be There. Why Wattpad is vital for discoverability, myths about the platform, and best practices for writers.
21st Century Cozies: Keeping the Charm While Making Them Profitable. Writing for today’s cozy readers, tips for discoverability and building readership, and strategies for stronger sales.
Self-E Indie Author Day: Spoke on a panel on best practices for writing and promo for authors wanting to make a living from writing.
Cleveland High: Powerpoint to high school students on the basics of writing your first book: developing a writing habit, tips for starting out, problem areas for new writers, and tips, information, and resources for feedback and publishing.
Later returned for a mini writing workshop on the Blake Snyder ‘Save the Cat’ beat sheet.
Kenmure Country Club in Flat Rock, NC: Book Club luncheon: Spoke generally on mysteries and mystery writing, explained my writing schedule when I had small children and how it’s changed now, how I write differently for the different series I write, and advantages and disadvantages to writing for a living.
Cherry Blossom Festival, Macon, Georgia: Spoke on being a Southern writer and how the South provides character and plot inspiration and how Southern culture creeps into my stories.
Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC: Spoke on my experience as a former English major and parlaying that into becoming a novelist. Covered the current publishing climate, finding an agent/publisher, and the rise of self-publishing.
Anderson County Library, SC: Spoke on mystery reading and writing, the nuts and bolts of writing mysteries, and how I came to become a published author.
Kiwanis Matthews: Spoke on my background in writing, how I got my publishers, my writing process, writing when I can (even in the carpool line outside my kids’ schools), and character creation.
Triad Chapter of SinC in High Point, NC: Spoke about my experience mystery writing and changes in the publishing world.
Elloree, SC book clubs: Spoke about the writing life and my writing process.
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