By Joyce Tremel
This is our first installment of essential blogs for mystery writers covers group blogs. Note that this list only touches on a few of the many wonderful group blogs out there. We will list more in the future. I promise!
Working Stiffs—“Where Crime Writers Talk About Life, Work, and Murder.” Created by Pittsburgh SinC members, it has expanded to include writers from all over. I’m one of the founding members and the current blog administrator.
Poe’s Deadly Daughters—“A Blog For Mystery Lovers.” Posts on PDD are an interesting mix if craft and the writing life and often features visiting authors on the weekends.
Murderati—“Mysteries, Murder and Marketing.” One of the first group mystery blogs. It features a nice mix of craft, books, and personal essays.
The Lipstick Chronicles—“Just keep reading and no one gets hurt.” TLC has undergone many changes over the years but has never lost their focus of entertaining readers. Ask a long time TLCer what IOCHFTS means.
The Kill Zone—“Insider perspectives from today’s hottest thriller and mystery writers.” This is another blog that mixes posts on craft with entertaining stories of the writing life.
Criminal Minds—“A virtual panel.” This blog is a little different. Each blogger answers the same question posed to them that week.
The Cozy Chicks—“Cozy up to some killer books.” The Cozy Chicks post about the writing life. They say, “Grab a cup of coffee, pull up a chair and join the conversation.”
Jungle Red Writers—“Writing well is the best revenge.” You’ll recognize all these Sisters in Crime. They blog about writing—and everything else.
Hey, There’s a Dead Guy in the Living Room—“Mystery writing from idea to bookshelf.” Nice mix of posts from writers, booksellers, and even a slithery agent.
Killer Hobbies—These writers write about… what else? Hobbies of course!
The LadyKillers—“An unsuitable blog for a woman…” A blog for readers and writers of crime fiction.
Can you think of any other group blogs? Feel free to share them with us in the comments section.
(Fear not, we'll feature single blogs in the coming weeks.)
Don't miss tomorrow's post, when Lisa J. Jackson tells you how to organize the blogs you read!