Judith K. Ivie

No matter what other work I happened to be doing, I have always been a writer. A lifelong Connecticut resident (except for my flower child period, when I lived in California), I have directed public relations for nonprofit organizations, written advertising copy for an insurance company, promoted national tradeshows for the design and construction industry, and served as executive assistant to several top executives, among my many, many day jobs. So if you, too, live in Connecticut, chances are excellent that we've met! Along the way, I also produced three nonfiction books, as well as numerous articles and essays. In 2002, I wrote my first mystery novel, set in a fictitious Hartford law firm. Response to Waiting for Armando and its trio of sassy, forty-something heroines was so enthusiastic that I tackled a sequel. Set entirely in Old Wethersfield, Connecticut, Murder on Old Main Street quickly gained an audience, and the Kate Lawrence mystery series was born. Part three, A Skeleton in the Closet, was inspired by the wonderful Silas W. Robbins House in Wethersfield. Book four, Drowning in Christmas, returns Kate and her friends to Hartford, where they investigate a mysterious disappearance at the Wadsworth Atheneum. All four titles are now available from Mainly Murder Press, LLC. They are also available at Amazon for Kindle and at Smashwords for the Barnes & Noble Nook e-reader. Whatever the genre, I strive to provide lively, entertaining reading that takes my readers away from their work and worries for a few hours, stimulates thought on a variety of contemporary issues-and gives them a laugh along the way.
 Judith K. Ivie

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Phone Call Alert! 

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Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.