Last month I wrote this about Sisters in Crime
For a writer’s association I recommend Sisters in Crime for their monthly SinCLinks and for their invaluable biennial Publishing Summit reports
[read the full text of “Going Independent” here]
Today in my inbox I received the June edition of inSinC, the SinC newsletter, which I shamefully neglected to include as a reason to join, as witness all the useful information contained therein. First off there is current President Leslie Budewitz’s letter on how SinC is valuable to authors published and un:
Need an ear? Call a Sister.Struggling with the decisionwhether, or when, to tell yourreaders that a series is ending?Ask others how they are resolv–ing the dilemma. Share hardinformation—another authormay have learned details that youmissed—so you’re not temptedto sink in a pool of negativespeculation. The more you knowabout the business of publishing,the better equipped you’ll be tounderstand the inevitable shiftsand make good choices.
Then there is news from various chapters, including my favorite, the Guppies (the “Great Unpublished”):
Our Fantasy Agent project,pairing an unpublished author with a published onefor an evaluation of the unpublished author’s novel, wasso successful, it will be repeated with E.B. Davis andMargaret Turkevich as coordinators.
including the announcement of the Golden Donut contest:
[Full disclosure: I’ve attended the Writers Police Academy.]
Then there is a full and informative article on SinC’s
After two-and-a-half years of discussion andplanning, SinC’s Adapting to HollywoodConference is in the can. The hard work ofnumerous volunteers and committee mem-bers, panelists, and pitchers came to fruitionApril 1–3, at the Hilton in Universal City, California.One hundred twenty-five SinC members took advan-tage of the free conference to learn how to write novelsthat might interest Hollywood, to adapt their novelsto screenplays, to learn to recognize the pitfalls in anoption deal, and to pitch their projects to producersand studio development executives.
There is news about year’s Bouchercon, where you can attend SinC’s eighth annual SinC Into Great Writing craft workshop (and also worship at the feet of Grandmaster Walter Mosley. I heard this guy read aloud from his work in Nottingham, and oh. my. lord. Not to be missed.).
There is advance notice of next year’s emphasis on short stories, how to write them and where to sell them, and then (shudder) forensic psychologist Katherine Ramsland’s truly creepy article on murder kits, those tools deemed essential by guys like Ted Bundy. (Ramsland is a must read for me in every edition of inSinC, even if I can’t sleep that night.)
Cop/novelist RJ Beam writers about the second jobs cops can and can’t take
The example always given is we cannot become a bartender: Onenight you are serving a guy’s beer, then the next nightyou arrest him for DUI.
(And yes, she said with a weary sigh, having answered this question in the affirmative for over twenty years now, Brothers are welcome to join, too.)
Author and founder of Storyknife.org.