One of Sisters In Crime's ongoing programs is the Review Monitoring Project. We have a team of dedicated SinC members who check book reviews in local and national publications all year long. They tally results in two categories, those reviews of mysteries written by men and those by women.
Since its beginning, Sisters In Crime has worked hard to accomplish its mission of raising awareness of women mystery authors. The monitoring project is one way to measure how women's books are recognized by the media in the area of print reviews.
In 2006, the averages of all publications we monitored showed about 56% of mysteries reviewed were written by men, about 44% by women. I've been expecting less of a gap this year, due to the many well-received and breakout books we've seen from female authors. But, at the moment, it looks like the gap actually widened a bit. Our numbers are almost all in for this year. As they stand now, about 58% of mystery reviews were of books by men, about 42% by women. The complete report will be in the next InSinc newsletter.
Our work isn't done. We need to keep supporting the women in our industry who write books we love! If you would like to be a volunteer for the monitoring project, please contact me at marysaums @ hotmail.com for more information.
Monitoring Project Liaison