One of the chief advantages of writing mysteries is that you can actually make a living at it.
Usually, mysteries are published in series. Once you have established an engaging main character and a perfect setting (according to Bowker, Americans like their mysteries set in “the misty bogs of Scotland and London’s Trafalgar Square” – but New York or Rome will do in a pinch) you are in business forever.
Because human beings are hunters at heart, there is an insatiable demand for whodunnits. Roughly 48% of those who purchased novels last year bought mysteries.
- inSinC, a quarterly 16-page newsletter
- Sisters in Crime listserv, including special guests on "Mentor Mondays"
- Regional chapters, including The Guppies, a support and critique group for unpublished writers
- Website link to titles by Sisters in Crime authors via WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections
- An institutional presence at national and regional book events, mystery conferences and festivals with opportunities for individual author participation and/or distribution of promotional materials
- An ongoing mystery review project that monitors media coverage of female and male authors
- Our blog written by board members and other distinguished SinC members
- Our monthly "SinC Links"—a digest of "news you can use" about the mystery business
- New Sisters in Crime interactive map to find SinC authors and their most recent titles
- Discounts for Members in 2013 - Gotham Writing Workshops and Writers' Police Academy
- Reports from SinC's annual publishers summit
- Networking, mentoring, and fun
6) International Thrillers Writers
The International Thriller Writers is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas.
There are two ITW membership classes, Active membership for commercially published writers, and Associate membership for industry professionals, non-commercially published writers, and others. ITW is an honorary organization that does not charge membership dues for qualified, active members. Membership is free. Instead of charging dues, ITW asks its members for their volunteer work, their effort on behalf of fellow writers, and their time and energy supporting reading and literacy.
Some benefits of membership include:
- Marketing and promoting your work to over 12,000 readers, bookstore owners, librarians, reviewers, and other thriller fans through THE BIG THRILL monthly webzine.
- The opportunity to participate in successful ITW thriller collections. Previous bestselling projects include THRILLER ANTHOLOGY and the award-winning CHOPIN MANUSCRIPT audio book. Recently published projects include THRILLER ANTHOLOGY 2, FIRST THRILLS, WATCHLIST, COPPER BRACELET, and FEAR (YA Anthology).
- Being a part of ThrillerFest, the publishing industry’s fastest growing writer’s conference along with accompanying CraftFest and PitchFest
- Opportunities to participate in exclusive strategic relationships with Amazon.com, Audible.com, and other author-oriented websites.
- Participation in the exclusive Debut Author Program helping to launch new thriller writers into the exciting world of publishing
- Opportunities to have your book reviewed by noted websites such as BookBitch.com and others
- Many opportunities for midlist authors to advance their careers through special programs, signings, events, free promotions, publicity, and advertising, networking, and participation in anthologies.
Additional sites of interest
Crimespree Magazine - a recently updated website has given Crimespree a sleek new look. Founded in 2004, Crimespree is an award-winning print magazine that covers all aspects of crime fiction, including books, movies, DVDs, comics and more.
The Criminal Element - "Murder. Mystery. Mahem. Boiled daily." Criminal Element is a community website featuring daily content for fans of the crime and mystery genres in all of their forms. The site features original short stories and excerpts from upcoming crime and mystery novels along with daily blog articles.