Saturday, March 3, 2012

Inside inSinC: March 2012

Have you spent some time yet with your March edition of inSinC, the Sisters in Crime Quarterly?

As you no doubt already know, inSinC, edited by Molly Weston, provides a treasure trove of feature articles, columns from industry experts and useful news for SinC member writers and readers. But did you know that Molly is a recipient of a 2012 Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America? Here at Sisters in Crime, we are very proud of her accomplishments in the field of crime fiction—and we are very glad to have Molly at the helm of the inSinC Quarterly.

The March 2012 issue of inSinC features an in-depth look at the new world of publishing, courtesy of Marcia Talley and Barbara Fister, who report on Sisters in Crime’s third annual “SinC Into Great Writing” workshop. In addition to details on the information-packed day-long session, Marcia and Barbara provide links to SinC’s first-ever professional development video series, featuring free online access to more than two hours of video taped during the workshop’s presentations.

SinC board member Jim Huang launches news of Sisters in Crime’s first-ever “Booksellers Solve Mysteries Every Day, Librarians Solve Mysteries Every Day” event with an article on the celebration. Find out what he's got planned for Saturday, April 21, in libraries and bookstores nationwide.

“Promote or Perish” by Dorothy Francis provides a roadmap to an unexpected promotional opportunity for writers in art-loving communities nationwide. “SinC Loves Libraries” by Debra H. Goldstein shares the story of a magical day with Carolyn Hart and Eve Sandstrom (JoAnna Carl) at the Lawton, Okla. Library, the recipient of a $1,000 SinC We Love Libraries! grant for book purchases.

SinC Library Liaison Mary Boone offers information on author opportunities at the American Library Association annual conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 25 – 28, 2012. And SinC Review Monitoring Coordinator Barbara Fister provides an update on SinC’s review monitoring project, complete with a call for volunteer monitors.

The regular inSinC columns include Sisters in Crime president Frankie Bailey’s report on recent and upcoming SinC initiatives (including SinC Into Great Writing IV with presenter Nancy Pickard and plans related to The Writers’ Police Academy 2012), SinC administrator Beth Wasson’s update on an array of important SinC technology initiatives and meeting opportunities, “Law & Fiction: Getting Facts Straight” by attorney Leslie Budewitz and “Priming Your Brainstorm” by forensic psychology and criminal justice professor Katherine Ramsland, Ph.D.

In addition, the latest inSinC provides other news you can use, including “Chapter Highlights,” news of special events that may just offer some ideas for your own chapter activities; “Conferences and Happenings,” an updated event calendar; “The Docket,” offering the latest publishing news from your Sisters; and “Writing Contests,” a look at award-winning opportunities.

Let us know what you think about the latest edition of inSinC. We'd love to hear from you!

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