Fireside Chats

Sisters in Crime Grand Canyon Writers proudly present Fireside Chats!
Spend an evening with acclaimed, bestselling authors and learn from the masters – in the comfort of your own home.

To view previous Fireside Chats on our YouTube Channel, please scroll down toward the bottom the page.

Thursday, February 2, 2023


Helen O’Hare, highly experienced editor with the Little, Brown & Company imprint of Mulholland Books; previously held positions at Viking/Penguin, Other Press and G. P. Putnam’s Sons, where she worked with authors such as Camille Perri, Delia Owens, Jill Santopolo, and Lisa Gardner, among many other nationally-renowned writers.

Join us when Helen shares insight on:

  • Why is “voice” so important in an author’s work, and what do editors look for today?
  • Find out what all writers should know about working with an editor.
  • How do/should editors provide constructive feedback to an author?
  • What are the biggest mistakes authors make when pitching to publishers and acquisition editors in today’s publishing environment?
  • How important is it for an author to have her/his author “brand”—or at least to have initiated their author “brand”—before pitching to or signing with an agent/editor?
  • What critical steps should writers take to increase the success of any book?
  • Learn some of the challenges editors face working with authors and manuscripts.
  • How does working with an agent differ from working with an editor?
  • When an author works with a publisher, how many editors are involved in taking the initial manuscript through the publishing process until it’s on store shelves; and, what kind of editors are involved?  
  • Get the answers to questions you’ve always wanted to ask!

Don’t Miss This Incredible Evening with Editor Extraordinaire, Helen O’Hare!

February Fireside Chat
Thursday, February 2, 2023
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM – in Arizona
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM Central Standard Time
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM Mountain Standard Time
4:00 PM to 5:30 PM Pacific Standard Time


To view previously recorded Fireside Chats, please click “VIEW” in the list below.

View the Lindsey Wade, Author, Former Detective, State Attorney General Office Investigator Fireside Chat on BEYOND THE BADGE! held on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at 5 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Barbara Hinske, Nickolette Lemmon and Karen Odden Fireside Chat on INDEPENDENCE DAY FOR WRITERSTAKE CONTROL OF YOUR WRITING CAREER! held on Thursday, July 14th at 5 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Tess Gerritsen Fireside Chat on Building A Blockbuster Career, One Creative Step at a Time! held on Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 5 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Jeffrey J. Mariotte – Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day) Fireside Chat on Open New Avenues: How to Write Multiple Genres and Write 3-4 Books in a Year! held on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 5 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Catriona McPherson Fireside Chat on Deep in a Bowl of Porridge: Planting Clues that Are Just Right held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Dennis Palumbo Fireside Chat on Mastering the Craft of Riveting Novels by Writing Short Stories held on Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Barbara Hinske and Nicolette Lemmon Fireside Chat on Independence Day for Authors! How to Be Your Own Publisher and How to Maximize YOUR Books Sales—No Matter Who Publishes Them held on Thursday, July 15th at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time.

View the Sandra (SJ) Wong Fireside Chat on Mixing Genres to Create A Great Story held on Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time

View the Kellye Garrett Fireside Chat on Challenges and Opportunities on the Path to Publishing Success held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 5 PM AZ/7 PM Eastern Time.

View the Barbara Hinske Fireside Chat on From Novella to Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie held on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 6 PM Arizona/8 PM Eastern Time.  

View the Lori Rader-Day Fireside Chat on Put the Chill in Your Thriller! held on Thursday, October 29, 2020 at 6 PM Arizona/9 PM Eastern.

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