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Re: Creating a formal organization

Eliot
 

Hi, all--

This is great that so many people want to help! We will have to have someone in charge as things will tend to lag and wither without someone staying on top of things and remininding us of what needs to be done.

There is no reason that we cannot have Zoom sessions airing through Facebook Live where we talk and share our work. We can propose panels at places like Bouchercon and Left Coast Crime which will allow us a chance to share our experiences as writers and promote our books. These possibilities are really exciting!

Eliot


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Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2021 9:12 AM
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Subject: Re: [Queercrimewriters] Creating a formal organization
 
I have a full plate work working on Speed City's web/media presence, but I'd try to help in other ways if I could.

I wish for an LGBTQ critique group. I feel like I have to do education every time I share writing with trans characters with other writing groups I've been involved with. Of course critique groups are a lot of work as well, I know.

--
Media Chair - Speed City Indiana Chapter Sisters in Crime
http://www.hawthornmineart.com


Re: Creating a formal organization

Hawthorn Mineart
 

I have a full plate work working on Speed City's web/media presence, but I'd try to help in other ways if I could.

I wish for an LGBTQ critique group. I feel like I have to do education every time I share writing with trans characters with other writing groups I've been involved with. Of course critique groups are a lot of work as well, I know.

--
Media Chair - Speed City Indiana Chapter Sisters in Crime
http://www.hawthornmineart.com


Re: February Goals Check-In #Goals

Robin Stuart
 

I wrote a synopsis for a new book-length project. The story and primary characters came pouring out onto the page in one sitting. I haven't written in months so this idea must have been percolating in my subconscious.


On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 5:59 PM Bess Carnan <BCarnan@...> wrote:
Hey y'all!

It's the last Monday of February so it's time to look back and see how we did against our goals for the month.
So...how'd you do?
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Creating a formal organization

Catherine Maiorisi
 

I’ll happily pitch in.

Catherine

On Feb 27, 2021, at 9:42 AM, John Copenhaver via groups.io <johncope@...> wrote:

Of course, an organization with a central hub (website) and an active Twitter presence would be AMAZING. It would be wonderful to have a resource for up and coming LGBTQ crime writers and for organizations, bookstores, and libraries who are interested in learning more about us. It’s the next step we need to take. I’m happy to pitch in, whether it's with content or spreading the word. Although I built my websites, I’m not, by any means, an expert. 

To be honest, I have lots of irons in the fire right now, so I don’t want to overcommit, but I’m definitely here to help!

Cheers,
-John


John Copenhaver
Novelist/Columnist
johncope@...
Twitter: @johncopenhaver
Instagram: @johncope74
he/him/his

Author of the Macavity Award-winning novel DODGING AND BURNING

THE SAVAGE KIND forthcoming 10/2021

<Book covers small.jpg>

On Feb 27, 2021, at 8:56 AM, Neil Plakcy <plax1612@...> wrote:

I'm willing to help out-- but probably only from May-August because even though I'm teaching fully online at the moment the combination of teaching and writing is sucking all the air out of my life.

Neil Plakcy


A Message in Blood - January 2021
The Blood Runs Cold- Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Golden Crown Literary Society Award Finalist
A Matter of Blood - Lambda Literary Award Finalist
Taking a Chance on Love
Ready for Love
No One But You
Matters of the Heart
Readers rave: Complex characters, well-written, intelligent, page turner, clever plotting, multi-layered, intense, instantly hooks you, couldn’t put down

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Re: Creating a formal organization

Anne
 

I'm happy to help out, though I'm inexperienced at this sort of thing. I have time, though, and would love to see something like this get off the ground.

Anne Laughlin

annie3310@...

Author

Newest release -- Money Creek (Sept. 2020)



--
Anne Laughlin
author of
Sometimes Quickly
Veritas
Runaway
The Acquittal 
A Date to Die


Re: Creating a formal organization

Ann Aptaker
 

This is a terrific idea. I have two book deadlines back to back over the next year, plus other freelance stuff, so my time is tight. But I'm certainly happy to lend a hand when I can, even if it's just social media postings/re-postings. I really do love this idea!
Ann


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Sent: Friday, February 26, 2021 6:04 PM
To: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io>
Subject: [Queercrimewriters] Creating a formal organization
 
Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure  there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdharmakelleher.com%2F&amp;data=04%7C01%7C%7C99a537771d124d3b014e08d8daaada13%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637499774615144565%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=9C8Rc5Wn%2BmZUPIsq3Rzomt5CC8dVNPHuq%2FDwhfGL2Y0%3D&amp;reserved=0







Re: Creating a formal organization

John Copenhaver
 

Of course, an organization with a central hub (website) and an active Twitter presence would be AMAZING. It would be wonderful to have a resource for up and coming LGBTQ crime writers and for organizations, bookstores, and libraries who are interested in learning more about us. It’s the next step we need to take. I’m happy to pitch in, whether it's with content or spreading the word. Although I built my websites, I’m not, by any means, an expert. 

To be honest, I have lots of irons in the fire right now, so I don’t want to overcommit, but I’m definitely here to help!

Cheers,
-John


John Copenhaver
Novelist/Columnist
johncope@...
Twitter: @johncopenhaver
Instagram: @johncope74
he/him/his

Author of the Macavity Award-winning novel DODGING AND BURNING

THE SAVAGE KIND forthcoming 10/2021


On Feb 27, 2021, at 8:56 AM, Neil Plakcy <plax1612@...> wrote:

I'm willing to help out-- but probably only from May-August because even though I'm teaching fully online at the moment the combination of teaching and writing is sucking all the air out of my life.

Neil Plakcy


Re: Creating a formal organization

Greg Herren
 

My time is very limited but I am willing to help however and whenever I can.

xogreg


Re: Creating a formal organization

Neil Plakcy
 

I'm willing to help out-- but probably only from May-August because even though I'm teaching fully online at the moment the combination of teaching and writing is sucking all the air out of my life.

Neil Plakcy


Re: Creating a formal organization

Eliot
 

Hi, all--

I'm interested in helping as well.

Eliot


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Sent: Friday, February 26, 2021 8:44 PM
To: main@queercrimewriters.groups.io <main@queercrimewriters.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [Queercrimewriters] Creating a formal organization
 
Great idea! I'm certainly interested in helping out.

Joe De Marco

On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:25 PM Meredith Doench <mdoench1@...> wrote:
Hi all,
These are really good ideas and I’m definitely interested in helping out.  I’ve been scheduling posts for another organization and I’m happy to start posting for this group, too.  But I’ll need your help with content.  
I will have more time to help out this summer.   


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM Kristen Lepionka <kristenlepionka@...> wrote:
Hi,
When I created this org I did so mainly because I wanted us to have a means of talking to each other but I definitely  agree that a more formal presence could be good. 

The problem is, that takes time—CWoC obviously puts a ton of time into their org. In the past I’ve asked for volunteers to do things like post on our Twitter account, add events to the calendar, or help catalogue our books, but I haven’t had a ton of luck with that.

So far, Jeff Marks is working on putting together some conference liaison guidelines so that we can help Organizations like Bouchercon not send out emails like the now-infamous “trolls” email, which is hugely valuable. 

I would love to have a Bookshop.org page for this group.

I would love to have a robust calendar of members’ events, virtual and otherwise. 

I would love to have a formal website (which I can create as I’m a graphic/web designer) and we would need content to go along with that.

I would love to see an active Twitter presence—we have a lot of followers but I don’t have time to tweet from that account. 

If we had a committee of at least 5-6 members willing to put a fair amount of time into getting things off the ground, that would be great!

Who else is interested?


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:04 PM Dharma Kelleher <dharma.kelleher@...> wrote:
Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure  there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com






--
Kristen Lepionka (she/her)
Chapter President, Mystery Writers of America - Midwest 
Shamus & Goldie Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series
ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR is available now!




--
Meredith Doench, PhD
 
Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition
Dept of English, University of Dayton



Re: Creating a formal organization

Joseph de Marco
 

Great idea! I'm certainly interested in helping out.

Joe De Marco

On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:25 PM Meredith Doench <mdoench1@...> wrote:
Hi all,
These are really good ideas and I’m definitely interested in helping out.  I’ve been scheduling posts for another organization and I’m happy to start posting for this group, too.  But I’ll need your help with content.  
I will have more time to help out this summer.   


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM Kristen Lepionka <kristenlepionka@...> wrote:
Hi,
When I created this org I did so mainly because I wanted us to have a means of talking to each other but I definitely  agree that a more formal presence could be good. 

The problem is, that takes time—CWoC obviously puts a ton of time into their org. In the past I’ve asked for volunteers to do things like post on our Twitter account, add events to the calendar, or help catalogue our books, but I haven’t had a ton of luck with that.

So far, Jeff Marks is working on putting together some conference liaison guidelines so that we can help Organizations like Bouchercon not send out emails like the now-infamous “trolls” email, which is hugely valuable. 

I would love to have a Bookshop.org page for this group.

I would love to have a robust calendar of members’ events, virtual and otherwise. 

I would love to have a formal website (which I can create as I’m a graphic/web designer) and we would need content to go along with that.

I would love to see an active Twitter presence—we have a lot of followers but I don’t have time to tweet from that account. 

If we had a committee of at least 5-6 members willing to put a fair amount of time into getting things off the ground, that would be great!

Who else is interested?


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:04 PM Dharma Kelleher <dharma.kelleher@...> wrote:
Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure  there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com






--
Kristen Lepionka (she/her)
Chapter President, Mystery Writers of America - Midwest 
Shamus & Goldie Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series
ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR is available now!




--
Meredith Doench, PhD
 
Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition
Dept of English, University of Dayton



Re: Creating a formal organization

Jeffrey Marks
 

I know I'm already working on a few parts, but please count me in for this. It's such a needed cause. 

Jeff

--
Jeffrey Marks
www.jeffreymarks.com
Mystery biographer, nominated for the Edgar award, the Agatha, the Macavity, and winner of the Anthony award. 
Publisher, Crippen & Landru Publishers. 


Re: Creating a formal organization

Meredith Doench
 

Hi all,
These are really good ideas and I’m definitely interested in helping out.  I’ve been scheduling posts for another organization and I’m happy to start posting for this group, too.  But I’ll need your help with content.  
I will have more time to help out this summer.   


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:18 PM Kristen Lepionka <kristenlepionka@...> wrote:
Hi,
When I created this org I did so mainly because I wanted us to have a means of talking to each other but I definitely  agree that a more formal presence could be good. 

The problem is, that takes time—CWoC obviously puts a ton of time into their org. In the past I’ve asked for volunteers to do things like post on our Twitter account, add events to the calendar, or help catalogue our books, but I haven’t had a ton of luck with that.

So far, Jeff Marks is working on putting together some conference liaison guidelines so that we can help Organizations like Bouchercon not send out emails like the now-infamous “trolls” email, which is hugely valuable. 

I would love to have a Bookshop.org page for this group.

I would love to have a robust calendar of members’ events, virtual and otherwise. 

I would love to have a formal website (which I can create as I’m a graphic/web designer) and we would need content to go along with that.

I would love to see an active Twitter presence—we have a lot of followers but I don’t have time to tweet from that account. 

If we had a committee of at least 5-6 members willing to put a fair amount of time into getting things off the ground, that would be great!

Who else is interested?


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:04 PM Dharma Kelleher <dharma.kelleher@...> wrote:
Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure  there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com






--
Kristen Lepionka (she/her)
Chapter President, Mystery Writers of America - Midwest 
Shamus & Goldie Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series
ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR is available now!




--
Meredith Doench, PhD
 
Senior Lecturer of Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition
Dept of English, University of Dayton



Re: Creating a formal organization

Kristen Lepionka
 

Hi,
When I created this org I did so mainly because I wanted us to have a means of talking to each other but I definitely  agree that a more formal presence could be good. 

The problem is, that takes time—CWoC obviously puts a ton of time into their org. In the past I’ve asked for volunteers to do things like post on our Twitter account, add events to the calendar, or help catalogue our books, but I haven’t had a ton of luck with that.

So far, Jeff Marks is working on putting together some conference liaison guidelines so that we can help Organizations like Bouchercon not send out emails like the now-infamous “trolls” email, which is hugely valuable. 

I would love to have a Bookshop.org page for this group.

I would love to have a robust calendar of members’ events, virtual and otherwise. 

I would love to have a formal website (which I can create as I’m a graphic/web designer) and we would need content to go along with that.

I would love to see an active Twitter presence—we have a lot of followers but I don’t have time to tweet from that account. 

If we had a committee of at least 5-6 members willing to put a fair amount of time into getting things off the ground, that would be great!

Who else is interested?


On Fri, Feb 26, 2021 at 6:04 PM Dharma Kelleher <dharma.kelleher@...> wrote:
Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure  there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com






--
Kristen Lepionka (she/her)
Chapter President, Mystery Writers of America - Midwest 
Shamus & Goldie Award-winning author of the Roxane Weary mystery series
ONCE YOU GO THIS FAR is available now!





Creating a formal organization

Dharma Kelleher
 

Hi everyone!

I LOVE this group. It helps keep me focused. So thank you to all who participate.

I don’t know if this has been brought up before. And I certainly don’t want to step on any toes.

But I’ve been watching some of the things that Crime Writers of Color has been doing. And I was thinking we might follow their lead in creating a more formal organization to help promote our authors.

We have so much cool stuff going on. We have this group. Brad Shreve and Justene Adamec have their podcast. We recently had an amazing Queer Noir at the Bar event.

And I’m sure there’s more going on in our queer crime writing community that I’m not aware of.

Is it possible that we could create a formal organization (whatever that may look like) to help new, upcoming, and established authors in our community better connect to resources.

I for one am not an experienced organizer. But I am an experienced web developer. I’d be happy to volunteer my time and expertise to create something special.

Thoughts?

Peace out,
Dharma Kelleher

Gritty Crime Fiction with a Feminist Kick
https://dharmakelleher.com


February Goals Check-In #Goals

Bess Carnan
 

Hey y'all!

It's the last Monday of February so it's time to look back and see how we did against our goals for the month.
So...how'd you do?
--

Bess
she/her
writer of unconventional mysteries
www.BessCarnanBooks.com


Re: Looking for writing resources for up and coming queer crime writers

"Mia P. Manansala"
 

Hi Jeff,

Did you link to a list? I can't see anything.
--
Mia P. Manansala, Author & Book Coach (she/her)
Arsenic and Adobo (Berkley/Penguin Random House May 4, 2021)


Re: Seeking published Sisters in Crime members for help with Pride Award

Leslie Karst
 

I just volunteered, as well. Thanks so much for letting us know, Mia. And yay to SinC for setting up this new award!

Leslie

--
Lefty Award-nominated author of the Sally Solari Mystery Series

     website: lesliekarstauthor.com
     blogs at: chicksonthecase and mysteryloverskitchen


Re: Seeking published Sisters in Crime members for help with Pride Award

Tanen
 

Hi from a fellow Pitch Wars mentor! Thank you for coordinating for Sisters in Crime - what a great program. I wish I could participate, but I will definitely post about it and see if I can get more applicants. And I would definitely be interested in doing something like this in future. 


Re: Seeking published Sisters in Crime members for help with Pride Award

Jeffrey Marks
 

Mia, I just volunteered. Thanks for making this known to us. 

Jeff

--
Jeffrey Marks
www.jeffreymarks.com
Mystery biographer, nominated for the Edgar award, the Agatha, the Macavity, and winner of the Anthony award. 
Publisher, Crippen & Landru Publishers. 

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