Bett Norris


More P Town, More Bywater Books

It is not often that authors from a publishing house get together. Women’s Week in Provincetown each year makes that possible for the writers at Bywater Books, as we join together for joint book signings and panel discussions. This was my first time, and I had so much fun, and it was so energizing to get to talk and eat and play with the other writers, all of whom impress me. It’s a good group, and we learned about upcoming releases, and shilled each other’s works, and the camaraderie was worth a host of seminars.

Cynn Chadwick's next book

Cynn Chadwick's next book

I had breakfast with editor and publisher Kelly Smith, and she couldn’t stop talking about Cynn Chadwick’s next book. And coming out very soon, like the first week of November, is Jill Malone’s new book. Field Guide to Deception

Then, there is Mari SanGiovanni’s next book, which promises to be as hilarious as her first. Liddy-Jean, Marketing QueenI also got to eavesdrop as Marcia Finical discussed her next book with publisher Marianne K. Martin, and with Kelly Smith, the FG.

I was so excited about all this news, that I barely thought about my own next book, What’s Best for Jane. The editing process will begin soon, and I’m not nervous about it at all.


Much. A little. I have complete confidence that What’s Best for Jane is brilliant.

Marianne Martin is working on her next book, a sequel of sorts to the wonderful Under the Witness Tree. It focuses on the character of Nessie Tinker.

A lot of big, important books are on the way. Bywater is establishing its reputation as a company that seeks out great new writers, and they have found some through their annual fiction contest. They are finding and publishing quality fiction. I am happy to be a part of that group, even if I am a tiny bit intimidated by all of my fellow Bywater authors. Not much. A little.

The plans are to have four of these major events each year for Bywater authors, with the new releases scheduled around them. If we have as much fun at all of them as we did in P Town, you can count me in.

4 responses to “More P Town, More Bywater Books

  1. Cynn Chadwick October 23, 2009 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the plug, Bett….


  2. Marianne Martin October 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Bett, you are one of Bywater’s treasured finds. I am impatiently waiting to read What’s Best For Jane, and I am so glad that you had a great time. We do have fun.


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