How I Got Published: Melodie Campbell

Billed as Canada’s “Queen of Comedy” by the Toronto Sun (Jan. 5, 2014), Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best when Library Digest compared her to Janet Evanovich.



Winner of nine awards, including the 2014 Derringer (US) and the 2014 Arthur Ellis (Canada) for The Goddaughter’s Revenge (Orca Books), Melodie has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and seven novels.

Melodie got her start writing stand-up.  In 1999, she opened the Canadian Humour Conference. These days, she is the Executive Director of Crime Writers of Canada.



The Start Short and Build method

By Melodie Campbell

I got my start writing short stuff.  Specifically, I wrote comedy (standup and a syndicated humour column.)  From there I had some short stories published in small magazines.  That led to short stories in bigger magazines that paid more (Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, and Star Magazine – yes, the supermarket tabloid!)  I had 100 comedy credits and 30 short stories published before I wrote and sold my first novel.

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