Virginia Beach Publisher to Speak at May Meeting

John Koehler (Courtesy photo)

John Koehler (Courtesy photo)

We are pleased to announce that John Koehler, president and publisher of Koehler Books in Virginia Beach, will speak at our May meeting, to be held Monday, May 9, from 6 – 9 p.m. at the Greenbrier Library in Chesapeake. John will answer questions and offer insight about publishing trends and author duties after publication.

In John’s own words: “I plan on coming to tell the amazing writers of Sisters in Crime the SECRET UNTOLD REASON FOR BOOK SUCCESS:

Write a great book!

Boom. That’s all folks. All done….

Oh, and then all the other stuff they want to know about marketing and promotion, distribution, when it is okay to self-publish, why are publicists so !@#@!! expensive, what exactly a publisher DOES, why you only see one shoe on the side of the road, and many more compelling subjects.”

John is the founder of Koehler Books and runs the company’s day-to-day operations. He earned a BFA in Communications Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and attended graduate studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

John’s professional career includes being senior art director of a major advertising agency and running a design studio. He is an award-winning graphics designer and the author of five books.

John lives in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and is active in his church. He has helped run a ministry dedicated to helping children with disabilities, a cause to which he is still very much dedicated. John made an international splash in 1991 by winning the Boomerang World Championship in Perth, Australia, and was a member of the Foster’s Boomerang 2000 Team, a touring troop that taught professional athletes and others the gospel of boomerangs.


Road Trip! Join us in Suffolk for the 2nd Annual Mystery Authors Festival


Mystery by the Sea will not be holding its usual meeting in August. Instead, the group will be attending the 2nd Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival on Saturday, August 22, at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts.

The event runs from 1 to 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public. The day of books and fun will include book signings, readings by the authors themselves, and workshops, including one entitled “How Do I Get Published?” that will be led by Mystery by the Sea members as they talk about what it takes to compile and publish an anthology, based on their experiences putting together Virginia is for Mysteries.

For up-to-the-minute information about the 2nd Annual Suffolk Mystery Authors Festival, click here to follow them on Facebook.

See you in Suffolk!