Sisters in Crime, also known as SinC, was born thirty years ago when a small group of female mystery writers saw inequities between how men and women crime writers were treated in the mystery writing community and wanted to do something about it.
In the ensuing three decades, membership has risen to over 3600, not the least of which is due to our authors learning from each other in our culture of sharing. Just like the need to monitor parity in the early days, new programs aimed to challenge the status quo and increase professionalism have started. We have an active Speaker’s Bureau, support Libraries with monthly $1000 lotteries, bookstores with $500 lotteries, and extend discounts to our members on industry publications and educational opportunities. Our recently launched listserv dedicated to the needs of our self-published authors has prompted some of the best discussions of what it means to be a professional indie author that I’ve seen.