The Greater St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime is dedicated to helping every writer achieve the dream of publication. It is a place for men and women to find camaraderie and encouragement. Our main goal is to create an active, non-competitive atmosphere for writers, readers, and other lovers of the mystery genre.


*****Next Meeting*****


Big Book Giveaway

January 18, 2017 at 6:45 PM in the small meeting room at Thornhill Library

This is our last third Wednesday Meeting


Hi sisters and misters!  2017 is bringing a new streamlined Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime starting with our first meeting of the year and the only one on our traditional third Wednesday of the month.  Everyone is invited to come and discuss the changes of the new SinC and to take away free books and great information as we phase out our library of writer materials.

Here are descriptions of some

Appelbaum, Judith The writer's Workbook, A full and Friendly Guide to Boosting your Book Sales *

Applewhite, Thomas. Get Your (Right) Gun. Firearms Information for Authors. c2008 Includes information about and pictures of various weapons. Stapled pages

Barnett, Colleen. Mystery Women: An Encyclopedia of Leading Women Characters in Mystery Fiction. Vol. 1 (1860-1979). c1997 (2001 edition). Includes descriptions and has indices of both authors and characters

Brande, Dorothea. Becoming a Writer. c1934. General inspiration-- Harnessing the unconscious, Learning to see again, The writer's magic.

Cali, Jim, CPA, CFF, CGMA. Think Like a Thief. Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime presentation, January 15, 2014. Forensic accounting expert Cali explains how to “Follow the Money.”

*Cochran, Kelly The Independent Author SINC Workshop, June 2013. The Independent Author's Journey: Writing, Publishing, Marketing, and Social Networking

Edelstein, Scott The Indispensable Writer's Guide , How to successfully build your writing career for maximum financial reward and satisfaction.

Goldberg, Natalie Writing Down the Bones, Freeing the writer within.

Grafton, Sue, Ed. Writing Mysteries; a Handbook by the Mystery Writers of America c 2002. Chapters topics such as Outlining, Depiction of Violence, Revision, Working with an agent.

*Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime. Forensic University of St. Louis: Resources and Handouts. (Includes program with presenter bios.). c2007. 2 copies. Applied forensics: describes crime scene investigation, types of proof, history of forensic science, etc.

Greater St. Louis Sisters in Crime, ed. Whodunit? Favorite Recipes of Mystery Authors and Readers. C2001. Includes White Castle Pate from Elaine Viets along with recipes from other mystery writers such as Sara Paretsky, founder and first president of SinC.

Herman, Jeff. You Can Make It Big Writing Books. A top agent shows how to develop a million dollar bestseller

Kaminsky, Stuart. Behind the Mystery. c2005. Kaminsky interviews mystery writers Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, the Kellermans, Martin Cruz Smith, Bobert B. Parker, Lisa Scottoline, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, Ann Rule, Mickey Spillane, Michael Connelly, Ed McBain, Sara Paretsky, Joseph Wambaugh, Lawrence Block and John Jakes.

Kremer, John. 1001 Ways to Market Your Books. 6th edition. Open Horizons, Fairfield, Iowa. c2006. 700 pages. Covers basic marketing information, developing a marketing plan, advertising, publicity, distribution, rights. Much is aimed at self-publishing and non-fiction, but much is also useful to fiction writers. List of websites is worth a look, too.

Missouri Writer's Guild Storm Country. the Anthology

*National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime. VICAP (Violent Criminal Apprehension Program) Crime Analysis Report. N.D. 35 pages. VICAP Program explanation along with forms VICAP uses to delineate chain of command and key information the teams record on their quest for crimesolving.(Victim Information, Suspect Information, MO, Timeline, Event sites, Crime Scene, Weapon and Transportation Information, Holdback Information, Interviews).

Norville, Barbara. Writing the Modern Mystery. c1986. Topics include subgenres, characters, style.

Reed, Kit. Mastering Fiction Writing. Step by step instructions shows you how to draw on your own talents, emotions and memories to craft logical, believable and compelling stories

Ross-Larson, Bruce. Edit Yourself: A Manual for Everyone Who Works with Words. c1996. Thinking like an editor to build better sentences and avoid pitfalls.

Rubie, Peter. The Everything Get Published Book. c2000. Career development including researching the market, getting an agent, rights and royalties, list of publishers.

Sisters in Crime. Author Signing. c2004

Sisters in Crime. Breaking and Entering: A Guide to Finding an Agent, Selling A Manuscript, and other Mysteries of Publishing.

c2004 Sisters in Crime. Promotional Prototypes. ND. Assortment includes flyers, calendars, Book Marks, etc.

Sisters in Crime. Shameless Promotion for Brazen Hussies II. c2004

Stanek, Lou Willet. So You Want to Write a Novel. A direct, practical, stepby-step guide for the aspiring author.

Stone, Todd. Novelist's Boot Camp. c2006. Getting-started battle plan for preparation, development, drafting, editing, etc.

Swain, Dwight. Techniques of the Selling Author

Terrell, p.m. Take the Mystery Out of Promoting Your Book c2006 Practical suggestions for book promotion. 



About Meetings 

Library meetings are free and open to the public.   Meetings are in the small meeting room at Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Library. 12863 Willowyck (off Fee Fee Road in Creve Coeur.)

 Upcoming Events
Jan. 18 - Book giveaway and organizational meeting
Feb. 23
Mar. 23
Apr. 27
May  25
June 22