Saturday, April 21, 2007

How to Help Elaine Viets

As the recent outpouring of messages of concern and well-wishes for Elaine Viets have shown, Elaine has a lot of friends in the mystery community. It's no wonder -- she's not only a delightful person and beloved writer, she has given a lot of time and energy to helping others through her service in MWA, Sisters in Crime, and other groups.

She also has a new book coming out in May, MURDER WITH RESERVATIONS, and one of her biggest worries has been that due to the stroke, she won't be able to tour.

So we're offering her friends a chance to actively help her -- we're going to "tour" for her!

Here's what to do

1) Send an e-mail to

2) Let us know what part of the country (or world) you are in and if you are

a) an author
b) a bookseller
c) a fan

3) Let us would be willing to:

a) place a stack of Elaine's books on your table as you sign on your own tour

b) help set up an "Elaine Viets" party at your store or a store near you
(if you are not a store owner, PLEASE do NOT contact stores directly at this point!)

c) serve as a "stand-in" by hosting a nearby scheduled signing on Elaine's tour.

d) place an image of Murder With Reservations with a note about this effort on your Web site or blog.

PJ Nunn, Elaine's publicist, is offering to reward the kindness of Elaine's author friends with publicity help for their own books.

We will have more details for you soon!

I know this community is one that has many generous people in it, people who are willing to act on their concern for others. I look forward to hearing from you!

Please feel free to forward this message.

Jan Burke


Elizabeth Foxwell said...

I've posted my 2005 interview with
Elaine at:

Hear Elaine talk about working in a bridal shop! Hear Elaine talk about her novel featuring "dog boutiques"!

Joyce Tremel said...

Jan, this is a wonderful idea.

I also wanted to let you know that I just finished reading Bloodlines. It was one of the best books I read in a long time! I especially loved reading about O'Connor.

Elaine Viets Tour by Proxy said...

Beth, thanks! That's great.

Elaine Viets Tour by Proxy said...

Thanks, Joyce!

And thanks for the kind words about Bloodlines. That book came about because I just had to know more about him!