Friday, February 25, 2011

Have You Paid Your Dues?

Your membership in Sisters in Crime helps the organization to fulfill its mission to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

Please take a moment this weekend to make sure that you’ve paid your Sisters in Crime dues for 2011.

A two-tier dues structure is now in place; members may register in either the Professional or Active membership category.

A Professional member may be one of the following: an author pursuing a career in mystery writing, a bookseller, a publisher, a librarian, an editor or any individual with a business interest in promoting the goals and purposes of Sisters in Crime, Inc. The annual dues for Professional members: $40.

An Active member may be a fan, a reader or any member who does not have a business interest in promoting the goals and purposes of Sisters in Crime, Inc. The annual dues for Active members: $35.

Both membership categories have access to a range of membership benefits, such as:

  • Local and Internet-based chapters (including an Internet chapter for members of all interests and a chapter that provides support and critique group options for unpublished members)
  • A national members-only listserv that offers an ongoing online conversation – and special guests for “Ask the Experts” sessions on “Mentor Mondays”
  • SinCLinks, a monthly digest of industry news from a range of sources
  • The inSinC Quarterly, the Sisters in Crime news bulletin
  • Access to the annual SinC Publishers’ Summit Reports
  • An author-finder listing at www.sistersincrime.org
  • Access to the SinC book club database
  • Reports from the on-going SinC review monitoring project that watches media coverage to quantify the coverage of authors by gender
  • Advance members-only access to SinC-published books on writing and other professional development topics, including Breaking and Entering: The Road to Success and Shameless Promotion for Brazen Hussies.
  • Grants for special events
  • Special conference programs/member discounts
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities -- and fun
To pay your dues, go to SistersinCrime.org, look under the “Quick Links” menu on the right hand side of the Home page, select “Renew” and follow the prompts to renew your membership. You may also click here to renew.

We hope you’ll continue your journey in the world of mystery and crime fiction as a member of Sisters in Crime.

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