Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Meeting October 8, 2017: Birthday Party!

Our mission is to promote
the ongoing advancement, recognition,
and professional development of women crime writers.
                                             ~ Sisters in Crime Mission Statement

October 8, 2017 Program: Celebrate Sisters in Crime’s 30th Birthday!

The Word on Our Members
Computer Keys for Four Hands: Teaming Up to Write
An Afternoon with Helen Ginger
Call for Submissions
Call to Action: Review!

Selected Sites
Nolo Contendere

October 8, 2017 Program 









2:15 – 4:00 P.M.


603 N. LAMAR



Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter meets monthly on the second Sunday of the month at 2:15 p.m. at Book People, 603 North Lamar, Austin, phone 512-472-5050.  Take the elevator to the third floor.

For information about the Heart of Texas Chapter, contact Joyce Arquette, Publicity (512) 266-6543, and check out our website at


Sara Paretsky at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapol...
Sara Paretsky at Bouchercon 2009 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) By Mark Coggins from San Francisco (Sara Paretsky Uploaded by tripsspace) [CC BY 2.0 ] via Wikimedia Commons

It gestated at the first-ever conference on Women in the Mystery,
put together by BJ Rahn at Hunter College in March 1986.
Sara Paretsky spoke on the growing use of graphic sadism
against women in mysteries.
“Remarks I made at the conference set off a firestorm around the mystery world,”

founding mother Sara recalls.
“Women began calling me from all over the country
with their personal histories of treatment/mistreatment.”



The Word on Our Members

 Meredith Lee celebrated the launch of her first book, SHROUDED, at the Writing Barn on September 9, 2017. She will speak and sign copies of SHROUDED at BookPeople on November 10. (Meredith Lee is the pen name of HOTXSINC members Sue Meredith Cleveland and Dixie Lee Wyatt.)


“I remember being scared at the start,” Nancy Pickard says.
“Our very first organizing meeting, I remember Sara at the front of the room,
how brave she was, and how smart.




SINC’s Ongoing Pursuit of Reviews for Women Writers: 2016 Report

and HOTxSINC’s Invitation

Mission Statement of the national organization Sisters in Crime (SINC): “Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.” Since 1986 SINC has pursued its goal of raising women writers’ share of reviews and recognition through its Monitoring Project, monitoring the share of reviews for women crime writers.  For the first 20 years of the Monitoring Project, SINC noted a long-term upward trend. But the 2016 results are stagnant in the digital category and show only statistically insignificant changes in national and local newspapers, pre-publication sources, and genre-focused magazine categories. Here are the numbers for 2007-2016:

Type of Publication     Reviews of Books    Reviews of Books    Reviews of Books

by Women 2007         by Women 2015         by Women 2016


National  newspapers               31%                                 42%                                41%


Local newspapers                      37%                                46%                                 47%


Pre-publication sources           45%                                45%                                 46%


Genre-focused magazines        40%                               50%                                 52%


Born Digital Review Sources     n/a                               52%                                 52%

SINC notes that the national newspaper category continues to be the most resistant to reviewing women writers—significant because these papers (New York Times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal) carry prestige and readership. In pre-publication review sources, Booklist (43%) and Publishers Weekly (46%) continued to favor male over female writers, but both improved by one point from 2015. Since 2011, the majority of Library Journal’s reviews have been for women (but the percentage dropped from 60% in 2015 to 56% in 2016.

SINC estimates the percentage of mysteries by women by counting Edgar Award submissions (best novel, best first novel, best paperback or e-original, and submissions for the Mary Higgins Clark award). Women authors accounted for 49% of books submitted in 2016 (51% in 2015). Men continued to dominate Best Novel (57% in 2016); women dominated Best Paperback or E-Original (56% in 2016) but lost ground in Best First Novel (dropping from 52% in 2015, to 48% in 2016).

The Heart of Texas chapter of SINC, HOTXSINC, shares SINC’s goal of improving women’s share of reviews of crime writers by showcasing members’ work, encouraging professional development and advancement, and cheering each other on. We use our website, emails, meetings, and newsletter to do so. Come join us in this effort! Encouragement…strategies…new ideas…our pursuit of excellence…that’s what we’re about.


The Sisters in Crime Website

Selected Pages


Who We Are

Local Chapters

Strategic Plan

News and Press Room

Celebrating 30 Years of Sisters in Crime

The Docket

We Love Short Stories


Book Publishing Glossary

Conferences, Events, and Trade Shows


Mystery Bookstores & Websites


References for Writers by Sisters in Crime Members





Sinc Up





“Several women wanted SIC, as in ‘Let’s sic ’em!'” Margaret says, “
but I knew we were less about hostility than about working together in sync,
so I used SinC in all my correspondence and official letters.
By the end of my term, SinC had become the standard abbreviation.”


SINC Guppies Online Chapter–The Great Unpublished

“Lured by Mystery, Hooked on Writing, we are the Guppy Chapter of Sisters in Crime.

675 Members / 6 newsletters each year  / 15 classes each year / Anthologies

“We may begin as ‘the Great Unpublished,’ but we remain as colleagues, friends, and resources in the world of crime fiction.”



Elaine mentions, “Sisters in Crime was called ‘ubiquitous’
by Publishers Weekly that year [1996].
I had to look that one up and found it wasn’t a shooting offense
but ‘that we were everywhere’—
and we were—and we were being imitated.


Hill Country Authors Series

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 34st author event on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.   Austinite Meg Gardiner, whose newest thriller, “UNSUB” was published in June, 2017, will be the speaker.  Lawyer turned author, Ms. Gardiner is an Edgar Award-winning American crime writer who has written thirteen thrillers.

“UNSUB” (short for unknown subject) tells the tale of a young detective, determined to apprehend the serial murderer who destroyed her family and terrorized a city twenty years earlier.  This riveting psychological thriller has been bought by CBS Television Studios for adaptation into a TV series.

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door and will go on sale September 11th.  They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, from the WOW!mobile (the book mobile that visits many locations in the city), online at after September 11th , or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974.  A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM.  Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.

For more information contact Marcy Lowe at (512) 868-8974.


“Most of all,” Margaret Maron says, ”
I remember the excitement and pride
of being so involved with something important—
the feeling we all had that we could make a difference,
that we could make things better for our sister writers
and strengthen the field for our sister readers.”


“Sisters in Crime is committed to helping women
who write, review, buy, or sell crime fiction.

Our ultimate goal is to become a service organization
to address issues of concern

to everyone involved in the mystery field.”



Selected Sites

The Mysteries of London

From Writer Unboxed

How to Find the Right Developmental Editor for Your Book

Seriously Funny: 7 Ways to Add Humor to a Novel

The Hidden Dangers of Short-Form Publishing Deals

Historical Novels–Your Research To-Do List

Back to Bach

If You Write a Book That Nobody Reads, Are You Really a Writer

The Psychology Behind Good Book Cover Design

News You Can Use (and Some You Shouldn’t)

Say a Little Less, Mean a Little More

Indie Authors: Your Pub Date Is Not as Important as You Think

Authentic Female Characters vs. Gender Swaps


Thanks to The Passive Voice for sharing the following sites:

The 8-Step Daily Routing That’s Enabled Me to Write 100s of Articles and 3 Books

First Books: The Stories That Got Us Into Reading

I Subscribed to What? What Online Subscription-Based Marketers Need To Tell Their Consumers

The Creative Life: How We Do It (Any Way We Can)

Cover versions: why are UK and US book jackets often so different?

Authors Use Multi-tiered Strategies To Gain Max Exposure In Book Price Promotions


Author Blogging 102: a Practical Guide to Developing Your Weekly or Monthly Link Post

Another Murder on the Orient Express

7 Free Online Tools for Writers and Authors

Danielle Steel’s Desk Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Seen


Nolo Contendere

Members, please email links to your websites and/or blogs to kathywaller1 at gmail dot com so they can be listed in our blogroll. Email your news/announcements to the same address.

Member authors, please send book/story&publication titles and a headshot to kathywaller at gmail dot com. Here’s a link to the Author page so you can see how your info will be displayed:

Kathy Waller, editor
kathywaller1 at gmail dot com


Deputy U. S. Marshal Hector Gomez

HOTXSINC September 9, 2017

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