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This week we discuss alpha, beta or any other readers before publication, and ask the questions: “Besides your agent, spouse, or both, do you allow other people to see your work? How do you select who to show your new manuscript to?”

Join ITW members James Conway, Martin Bodenham, Clea Simon, Libby Hellmann, William Todd Rose, Kellyann Zuzulo, Linda Rodriguez and Brian Andrews.


Linda Rodriguez’s EVERY LAST SECRET (Minotaur Books), winner, Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Novel Competition, launches 4/24/12. For her poetry, Rodriguez received the Midwest Voices & Visions Award, Elvira Cordero Cisneros Award, Thorpe Menn Award; finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award, KCArtsFund Inspiration Award, Ragdale and Macondo fellowships. She is a member of Latino Writers Collective, Wordcraft Circle of Native American Writers and Storytellers, Kansas City Cherokee Community, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

Linda and her novel, EVERY LAST SECRET, are featured in the April edition of TheBigThrill.

James Conway is a pseudonym for a hedge fund insider and a global creative director at a major advertising firm. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley. Follow him on Twitter at or

William Todd Rose was named by The Google+ Insider’s Guide as one of their top 32 authors to follow. He writes speculative fiction that lends itself to the dark, and often surreal, realm of the macabre. For more information, including links to free fiction, please visit his website.

William Todd Rose was featured in TheBigThrill’s April edition. Click here to learn more.

A former journalist, Kellyann Zuzulo is a published author, freelance editor, and a Curator for Daily eReads. Her most recent novel is THE GENIE IGNITES from Boroughs Publishing Group. As a curator, she identifies titles in the thriller and crime fiction genres for promotion on the Daily eReads site. Kellyann lives in Pennsylvania and is currently working on the next book in The Zubis Chronicles series.

Clea Simon is the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, Pru Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and Theda Krakow mysteries. Her latest books, out this month, are GREY EXPECTATIONS: A DULCIE SCHWARTZ FELINE MYSTERY (Severn House) and CATS CAN’T SHOOT: A PRU MARLOWE PET NOIR Grey Expectations: A Dulcie Schwartz Feline Mystery (Poisoned Pen Press).

Both of Clea’s new releases were featured in the April edition of TheBigThrill.

Libby Fischer Hellmann is the award-winning author of 9 crime fiction novels, including two series and several stand-alones. The Ellie Foreman suspense series, which Libby describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24,” includes four titles. Libby also writes the harder edged Georgia Davis PI series, (EASY INNOCENCE, DOUBLEBACK, and TOXICITY) and the stand-alone thriller SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE. All her books are available as ebooks and print. A BITTER VEIL, a literary thriller set in revolutionary Iran, will be released in April, 2012.

A BITTER VEIL was featured in April’s TheBigThrill.

From Martin Bodenham – Author of THE GENEVA CONNECTION: I am a writer of thriller novels, based around crime and the financial markets.  After university, I trained as a chartered accountant, working in the UK and USA. I have spent the last twenty-five years in private equity, working either as an investor or advisor. Today, I am the CEO of Advantage Capital, a London-based private equity firm. Along the way, I have been an investor at 3i and Close Brothers, and a corporate finance partner at both KPMG and Ernst & Young.

Read more about THE GENEVA CONNECTION in April’s TheBigThrill.

Midwest born and raised, Brian Andrews is a US Navy Veteran who served as an officer aboard a 688 class nuclear submarine in the Pacific. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University with a degree in psychology. He is a Park Leadership Fellow and holds a Masters degree from Cornell University. Brian lives in Tornado Alley with is wife and daughter. Please say hello on Facebook and read more about the CALYPSO DIRECTIVE.