Welcome to Sisters in Crime Los Angeles

Sisters in Crime Los Angeles is a chapter of the international organization Sisters in Crime. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We welcome mystery lovers from anywhere, who share an interest in the Los Angeles mystery community.

⇒ Our next chapter meeting Sunday, November 6 ⇐

“An Introduction to Ebook Self-Publishing”

It’s easier to self-publish an eBook than you might imagine. In this jargon-free primer to eBook self-publishing, Smashwords Marketing Director, Jim Azevedo, will present an eBook publishing checklist covering everything you need to know to get started. The workshop will begin with an overview of the latest eBook market trends, then dive into the advantages of eBook self-publishing, and conclude with guidance on eBook creation, pricing, metadata, retail & library distribution, and more. Best practices from bestselling indie eBook authors will be peppered throughout the presentation as well.  You’ll leave the workshop armed with the knowledge to self-publish with greater pride, professionalism, and success.

jim azevedoJim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published eBooks serving over 120,000 independent authors, publishers, and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped authors around the world publish and distribute more than 420,000 titles to top eBook retailers, subscription services, and public libraries. Jim’s career began more than 20 years ago in the Silicon Valley high-tech world. For the past 15 years, Jim has been the drummer for Rivals, a popular San Francisco Bay Area hard rock band (woohoo!!) Jim’s forthcoming book, How to Get Your Band out of The Garage, will be published in 2017.

Patricia Smiley

Patricia Smiley

Our November Reader: Patricia Smiley

Patricia Smiley is the bestselling author of four mystery novels featuring amateur sleuth Tucker Sinclair. Pacific Homicide is the first in a new series about LAPD homicide detective Davie Richards and based on Patty’s 15 years as a volunteer for the Los Angeles Police Department, including four years working in the detective squad room. Patty’s short fiction has appeared in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and Two of the Deadliest, an anthology edited by Elizabeth George. She has taught writing at various conferences in the US and Canada. She served as Vice President for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America and as president of Sisters in Crime/Los Angeles.

NY Times Best-selling Edgar Award-Winning Author of ORDINARY GRACE and the Cork O'Connor series.

NY Times Best-selling Edgar Award-Winning Author of ORDINARY GRACE and the Cork O’Connor series.

Speaker, Writing Teacher, and NY Times Best-Selling Author of 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Finalist NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT

Speaker, Writing Teacher, and NY Times Best-Selling Author of 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Finalist NIGHT NIGHT, SLEEP TIGHT

The 2017 Writing Conference You Don’t Want to Miss!



June 10-11, 2017 


Details in the California Crime Writers Conference Section

Our November 12 Workshop:

holmesCreating Memorable Characters

Poirot, Spade, Holmes, Millhone, Wolfe, Peabody, Gamache. Great characters stick with readers long after the final chapter ends. They make us laugh, cringe, cheer, worry—believe. They make us CARE. In our upcoming character building workshop (the fictional kind, not yours), UCLA Writing Instructor and renowned author, Hannah Dennison, will present tips, tricks, and checklists to make your characters come alive!

Details in the Workshop section.

Book Release Coming?


Each month hundreds of InBoxes will sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA NEW RELEASE email. As part of our ongoing mission to add to the value of your membership, we compile information on the latest hot releases by our author members for an email to the hundreds of mystery lovers on our contact list. If you’re releasing a new mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY section and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form. We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members and can’t wait to spread the word!

UnknownThe Sisters in Crime/LA Educational Grant

We are delighted to announce three grants to be awarded to attend the 2017 California Crime Writers Conference. Complete details in the GRANTS section.




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