PS-SinC News      March 2020
President's Message
March is “Renew Your Membership” Month

Happy March! I hope all your writing projects went well for you in February. 

March is a great month to renew your membership in both our national organization, SistersinCrime and in our local Puget Sound Chapter. Renewing early in the year helps our chapter qualify for special program funding opportunities offered by National. It only takes a few minutes—and a few dollars. Won’t you do it, today? Thanks!

Coming up in March we have a panel of industry experts who are going to talk about how to get your manuscript in shape for publication. We will be gathering with our speakers at 6 p.m. at Third Place Commons for dinner. Come early and join us. The program starts at 7 p.m.

If you couldn’t attend our memorial for Waverly Fitzgerald, please read the Recap for this very-well attended event. It is a tribute to Waverly and the contribution she made to the Seattle writing and publishing community that we had such a big crowd. 


Have a productive March.

Luanne C. Brown

Thurs, March 12th, 7 pm
Panel: How to Prepare Your Manuscript for Publication

Our panel of experts will talk about:

  • how to choose an editor, proofreader or book designer

  • how to pitch your manuscript to publishers or directly to readers

  • what publishers wish you knew before submitting a manuscript.

Our panelists are Claire Allen, Beth Jusino and Jennifer McCord. Read more.

In memoriam & HARD RAIN launch

We had a large turnout at our February meeting to celebrate the life of SinC member and former treasurer Waverly Fitzgerald and the publication of her book, HARD RAIN. Curt Colbert and Waverly’s daughter, Shaw Elizaveta, read from parallel novels Curt and Waverly wrote, set in 1999.  Read more...


Upcoming Programs - Sneak Peaks
In April we will have a panel to discuss Launching Your Book. That will be followed in May by advice on Marketing Your Book. Also coming up, a presentation about how to incorporate diversity into your writing as well as an evening devoted to “A Conversation with Elizabeth George.” More details will be published on our website soon.

Speaking Opportunities for Members
For our members who are published, Chateau Retirement in Lynnwood, Bothell, and Renton are looking for authors to speak to their members about their books. Typically, authors will read from their book and answer questions. A projection system is available for authors with a PowerPoint presentation. They can also sell copies of their book. Please contact each activity director individually to arrange a presentation.

Please email the centers directly:
Member news

We have an awesome and active membership! Check out our February 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.
Tips and Insights

Audio books are one of the fastest growing segments in the industry, up 37.1% in 2019. Here are some things you should know when considering an audio book.

This month our vice-president Charlotte Stuart has been researching the ‘why’s and wherefore’s’ of Audio books. She kindly shares her findings here.  

NOTE: We would like to make this YOUR segment. Please send me any tips or insights you would like included under your name. You should also include a short comment about your background and/or interest in the topic.
What Are You Reading?
Here's What We Are Reading.

From Charlotte Stuart: 
I just finished November Road by Lou Berney. The story takes place in the 1960’s after the shooting of President Kennedy. A man who works for a mob boss discovers he has become expendable. While on the run, he meets a woman and her two children and starts to think about what might have been. It’s a page turner to the end and believable enough to make you consider the possibility that there’s a conspiracy theory out there that just might be more than a theory. 

From Luanne Brown:
These are the books that I have by my bedside. Can’t wait to dig in!
“Where the Crawdads Sing” by Deliah Owens
“Renegades” by Melissa Meyers
“The Hate We Give” by Angie Thomas
Just finished “The Merciful Crow” by Margaret Owen (a local author)

Share what you're reading

If you'd like to share what you're reading now, or what you've just finished, or are planning to read next, please send it to us and we will publish it next month along with your name.


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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