Monday, January 21, 2008

Sisters in Crime Makes Plans for 2008

The Sisters in Crime Board of Directors has planned many gatherings and book events for 2008. Take a minute to read the list and let me know if you have additional questions. More information is on

- Left Coast Crime 2008 - Denver, CO - March 7&8 - Roberta Isleib, Donna Andrews and Beth Wasson will be at Left Coast Crime and will be available at the Sisters in Crime Rocky Mountain Hospitality Suite. The times will be posted soon. Let me know if you would like to meet with us. Chapter members and individuals who would like to discuss Sisters in Crime are welcome.

- Public Librarians Association Annual Meeting 2008 - Minneapolis, MN - March 27-29 - if you are a SinC author who would like to set up a time to be at the SinC booth please e-mail, board member, Mary Boone @

-Malice Domestic 2008 - Washington D.C - Sisters in Crime Breakfast - Sunday April 27 @ 7:30 am - come and join your friends for breakfast and conversation. Reservations are needed. Send $20 to: Sisters in Crime, PO Box 442124, Lawrence, KS 66044 by April 16, 2008 in Lawrence, KS. Tickets will not be sent but your name will be on the reservation list at the door. Please send your e-mail address with the check so I can send you a confirmation. I hope to see many of you there.

- American Library Association 2008 - Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA, from June 26–July 2, - Mary Boone will be handling author scheduling at the event - she can be reached at

The Los Angeles Chapter will be pitching in to make this ALA a success. Last but not least - don't forget to renew your Sisters in Crime membership for 2008. The first newsletter of 2008 comes out in March and you want to be on the list. You may renew at the web site or send a check for $40 to: Sisters in Crime, PO Box 442124, Lawrence, KS 66044.

Have a great week and e-mail me if you have any questions.
Beth Wasson

Monday, January 14, 2008

A New Year for SinC

Happy New Year to all of our friends – whether you are readers, librarians, writers, agents, booksellers, editors…or a combination of any of those. We welcome you to the SinC blog, and to SinC. If you are not a member of Sisters in Crime but would like to be, please visit us at We’d love to have you join us.

This year we are trying some exciting new things for our members, with the goal of expanding our members’ knowledge of writing, the mystery business (and sometimes it truly is a mystery!), and the web of support we – and others in the community – can offer.

One of these ways, which was discussed last week, is the new Mentor Mondays program on the listserv, which brings experts of our business to the forum for questions. Margaret Maron, multiple award-winning SinC author, started us off last week with a wonderful day, in which she shared about her process, the business, and writing in general. On January 14 our visitor is Paige Wheeler, a literary agent from Folio Literary Management. If you’d like to join the listserv to participate in the active discussions there, the information is on the homepage of our web site. We’d love to have you!

Another program that began last year and will continue in 2008 is the Publishers Summit. Several members of the board visited with publishers and agents in the fall to talk with them about the writing business and find out how we can best help our members break in, promote themselves, and, yes, even make some money. The information they received is helping to expand the information section of the web site, and will be coming out in the newsletter and other forums. We plan to hold another summit this year, and gather more information for our members.

At Malice Domestic, in April, we are expanding our annual chapter presidents’ meeting to include anyone from SinC chapters who would like to attend. We will be inviting members of various chapters to share a way in which they have excelled at helping their regional members or the larger organization. These ways might include newsletters, workshops, conferences, or other creative areas. If your chapter does something you would like to share, please contact our administrative office at and let us know what special things you do!

We will continue to fill InSinC, our newsletter, with informative (and entertaining!) articles, monitor publications for reviews of books by women, and gather information for a Book Club Database. We strive to help our members in whatever way we can, and look forward to a very exciting 2008!

Happy Reading and Writing!
Judy Clemens
Vice President, SinC