Welcome to The Thrill Begins

Or, rather, welcome to the new Thrill Begins. Although this site is replacing the old one, all of that content is still available for viewing at www.thethrillbegins.com.

Our goal is to keep The Thrill Begins as a top destination site for thriller writers (particularly aspiring and debut) with a number of new features that will run Tuesdays and Thursdays:

1st Tuesday of the month – Publishing Panel. An editor and/or agent weigh in on a hot topic in publishing. On 9/15, Laurie McLean (President, Fuse Literary) and Elizabeth Lacks (Editor, St. Martin’s Press) discuss self-publishing. 

2nd Tuesday – How It Happened. A prominent writer details his or her journey to publishing. On 9/22, Owen Laukkanen, who’s been nominated for too many awards to include here, tells us what led to The Professionals getting published.

3rd Tuesday – Debut Author Spotlight. An interview with a member of the current ITW debut writers’ class. On 9/29, Wendy Tyson interviews Art Taylor about On the Road with Del and Louise, his first novel out from Henery Press.

4th Tuesday – Debut Releases. A list of the books published that month by ITW’s debut writers.

Thursdays – Murderers’ Row. One of the site’s regular contributors will write a column about craft, publishing, marketing, or anything else relevant to today’s thriller writers. Our first two contributors will be J.J. Hensley (9/17) and Shannon C. Kirk (9/24).

Interested in contributing to The Thrill Begins, either as a guest columnist or in one of the features above? Contact me at editor@thrillbegins.com.

Want to join ITW’s Debut Authors’ Program? Learn more about it here.

–  E.A. Aymar