August 17th Speaker: R. J. Lee

Navigating Today’s New York Publishing Market

R. J. Lee will discuss the current publishing market, what agents and editors are looking for, how to attract an agent, and how to work with editors.

R. J. Lee follows in the mystery writing footsteps of his father, R. Keene Lee, who wrote fighter pilot and detective stories for Fiction House, New York publishers of WINGS and other pulp fiction periodicals in the late ’40’s and early ’50’s. Lee was born and grew up in the Mississippi River port of Natchez but also spent thirty years living in the Crescent City of New Orleans. A graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee), where he studied creative writing under ‘Sewanee Review’ editor, Andrew Lytle, Lee now resides in Oxford, Mississippi. He is also currently under contract to Kensington Books in New York for a the four-novel cozy ‘Bridge To Death Mystery’ series. The debut novel–‘Grand Slam Murders’–was released in January 2019 and is already in its second printing after receiving rave reviews from KIRKUS, BOOKLIST, PUBLISHERS’ WEEKLY, MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS, MYSTERY SCENE MAGAZINE and SUSPENSE MAGAZINE. The second novel in the series–‘Playing The Devil’–will be released in January, 2020.

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