Puget Sound Sisters in Crime - News - April 2020
President's Message

Greetings to you all. As Mother Nature puts on her prettiest garments, our country and world is going through a real ugly patch. There’s danger ‘out there,' making it more important for folks to stay at home to protect ourselves and our loved ones. With that in mind, your executive committee has agreed to limit our monthly meetings, until further notice, to online meetings like the one in March.
Many of us wonder what we can do to make a difference in the world, to help those who need it. There are small things, like making masks for hospitals or care-givers in need or donating money to worthy causes like food banks. These things help. But I think the most important thing you can do is to finish your next book. Or publicize your last one. Or if you are a reader and not a writer—read more books!
More than anything, we all need hope. And every word you write—even if it’s about mayhem or murder—gives us a world that wouldn’t exist without you. Your stories provide a great contrast to the world we live in today. At this moment, it seems almost comforting to be able to deal with a murderer who is human and not microscopic. So, write, write, write.
Have a safe, healthy, and productive month. 

Luanne C. Brown

Thurs, May 14th, 7 pm
            We will meet on Zoom!
Panel: Marketing in the Pandemic Age

Our May program will be a panel of veteran marketers and will include a discussion of how to adapt traditional marketing techniques to these difficult times. Hosted by our Vice President, Charlotte Stuart.

Our panelists are Penny Sansevari, Alice Boatwright, and Jeffrey Briggs. 

Our first speaker, Penny Sansevieri is a book marketing guru with many books on the subject to her credit. Her latest book is “How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon.” Penny will be featured in the first 30 minutes of our meeting and will take questions.

Then we will speak to two of our own: Alice Boatwright, author of the Ellie Kent series and Jeffrey Briggs who writes the Seattle Waterfront series. Alice will talk about the mix of platform-building and marketing that she has used to promote her award-winning Ellie Kent mysteries. And Jeffrey will be discussing how he had to overcome an inherent shyness to take advantage of his network of friends and family to create selling opportunities through marketing to book clubs and independent bookstores, secure speaking engagements, and promote his debut novel in unlikely venues. 

Zoom Meeting information:
Topic: Puget Sound Chapter Sisters in Crime Monthly Meeting
Time: Apr 9, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Thanks to Sarah Rubin

We want to acknowledge the tremendous, ongoing contributions of Sarah Rubin. She is a former SinC Secretary for our chapter, an author, our website maven, and so much more! Whether busy with family responsibilities or her own writing, she is always available for questions and assistance. In short, Sarah is a real treasure!

Thanks to Alice Boatwritght

We extend a special thanks to Alice Boatwright, our past chapter President. But nothing else is really "past" with Alice since she continues to work on behalf of our chapter. We are fortunate to have Alice as a chapter member and give her a BIG thanks!

What's Your Opinion?

In a guest post entitled How Cozy Is It? A cup of tea or a mug of java? Charlotte Stuart explored some of the changes occurring in the world of cozies. (The entire post appears on Why Me? Guest Post and Giveaway) Some of the things that haven’t changed:

  • The happy ending
  • Intuitive protagonists
  • No graphic sex
  • Animals not harmed
  • Violence occurs primarily out of sight

Although the emphasis is still on solving a puzzle, the shift from china tea cups to mugs filled with dark roast coffee is occurring in at least some mysteries labeled as cozies. Some of changes you might come across include:

  • A much larger community than the traditional village (Everyone does not know everyone, but there is still a sense of six degrees of separation.)
  • Sub-genres such as the paranormal cozy or the scozy (“S” is for “sexy”)
  • Serious topics as dominant themes 
  • Minor swearing
  • Protagonists with edgy or seriously flawed personalities

Are some readers looking for a more progressive version of the cozy? Or are writers of the evolving cozy searching for ways to stand out? More importantly, is there room in the cozy genre for both tea and coffee? 

What’s your opinion? Is the evolving cozy a good or a bad trend? We will publish responses in the next newsletter.


Speakers Bureau Grants from SinC National are currently on hold. A big thank you to those of you who provided suggestions about which speakers we should bid on.


June Program: Writing Diverse Stories in the 21st Century

Our June program will feature Randa Tawil, an experienced teacher in comparative ethnic studies at Yale University. A timely and beneficial topic for our members. Read more, including Randa's overview of what she will discuss. 

Member news

We have an awesome and active membership! Check out our May Member News about recent and upcoming readings and signings, awards and recognition, and more. Read more...

Got news? Please send it to us for inclusion in the next newsletter.


You are welcome to attend meetings as a non-member, but we encourage you to support our local chapter by first becoming a member of national Sisters in Crime and then by joining or renewing your $20 annual membership with us. by sending  your check payable to:

Puget Sound Sisters in Crime
c/o Curt Colbert, Treasurer
23323 Cedar Way, Unit H-101
Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

As an active member you can participate in member-only events and programs. Membership also gives you a voice in what’s happening at the local level.
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