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. Find out more about our meetings, workshops, biennial anthologies we publish, the benefits of membership, and how you can join.
IT’S RENEWAL TIME! Remember you must renew for both National and Sisters in Crime/LA to stay current – DEADLINE FEBRUARY 29TH – full details here!
JOIN US AT THE THOUSAND OAKS LIBRARY
FOR MARCH 2020!
For MARCH 2020, we will meet on MARCH 1ST at the THOUSAND OAKS LIBRARY.
Our networking time will begin at 2PM, with the main program to follow at 2:30 PM, ending about 4PM.
Thousand Oaks Library
(Grant R. Brimhall Library)
1401 East Janss Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
2:00-2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30-4:00 p.m. Program
* CHAPTER MEETINGS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC *
We’re always looking for new characters, so bring your friends!
This activity is not sponsored by the City of Thousand Oaks or the Thousand Oaks Library
ABOUT OUR GUEST SPEAKER
Audiobook: Publishing’s Biggest Bright Spot!
Jessica Kaye is the current president of the SoCal Chapter of MWA, and both a lawyer and a producer/director of audiobooks. Kaye will speak about current trends in audio publishing; how contracts are structured for audio; what you should ask yourself when considering audio for your already-written book or one you plan to write in the future; and what the future of audiobooks holds for mystery, crime, true crime, and thriller genres.
In addition to her duties as president of the local chapter of MWA, Kaye oversees a law practice that runs a gamut of intellectual property issues, from copyright and trademark to negotiating or consulting about publishing contracts and audiobooks. Apropos of that, in 2019, Writer’s Digest Books published her business book, The Guide to Publishing Audiobooks. In 2006, she founded a digital distribution company for audiobooks, the first such company. It is still going and it is called Big Happy Family, LLC (www.bighappyfamilyaudiobooks.com).
Kaye is also on the board of the Audio Publishers Association.
Q and A afterward.
ABOUT OUR FEATURED READER
Wendall Thomas teaches in the Graduate Film School at UCLA, lectures internationally on screenwriting, and has worked as an entertainment reporter, development executive, script consultant, and film and television writer. Her first Cyd Redondo novel, Lost Luggage, was nominated for the Lefty and Macavity Awards for Best Debut Mystery of 2017 and her second, Drowned Under, has been nominated for a Lefty for Best Humorous Mystery of 2019. Her short fiction appears in the crime anthologies Ladies Night (2015), Last Resort (2017), and Murder-A-Go-Go’s (2019).
When Brooklyn travel agent Cyd Redondo’s former in-laws go missing on an Australian cruise, she helicopters Down Under, only to stumble over a dead body and a desperate plot to save the world’s last Tasmanian tiger.
As we’ve previously mentioned, we will NO LONGER MEET AT THE SOUTH PASADENA LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM regularly. Also, the Pasadena Library is NOT a new permaent location; a different location will be announced for our March event.
Keep checking our MEETING DATES page as well as the homepage for a list of upcoming events and their locations, as they will move from month to month.
Our 2019 anthology FATALLY HAUNTED is available to order now!
Learn more about the authors and editors behind our 2019 anthology FATALLY HAUNTED at our Anthologies page!
We’re proud of the accomplishments of our members
and we want to spread the word!
Book Release Coming?
ANNOUNCE IT IN THE SinC/LA
WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH EMAIL!
Each month hundreds of InBoxes sizzle with the exciting new SinC/LA WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH email, highlighting all new book releases and a monthly run-down of author events, put out by our Social Media board member to inboxes everywhere. 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 a current, paid up member of the National chapter and Sisters in Crime/LA releasing a new crime fiction or mystery soon, go to the MEMBERS ONLY NEW RELEASE SUBMISSIONS section, enter your member password, and follow the instructions to fill out your submission form; the information will go to our Social Media and Public Relations board member to be handled in the next mailing.
Please note that the SinC/LA WHAT’S NEW THIS MONTH E-MAIL now goes out on THE 25TH OF EACH MONTH, so plan your submissions accordingly. Also, please note that release information will no longer appear in RANSOM NOTES as of the October 2019 issue; this will mean only submitting once and targeting a larger audience!