Friday, 12 June 2015

BritCrime Online Crime Fiction Festival
I'm organising BritCrime, a free online crime fiction festival, to be held 11-13 July. We have 41 British crime writers involved. The BritCrime Festival will be hosted on social media platform including Facebook and Twitter to ensure it's free and accessible to all. We will have giveaways, live Q&As, and more. I hope you will join us.

We're celebrating the launch with a Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Please sign up for our newsletter to be kept up to date: If you're a blogger or reviewer, you can apply to join our BritCrime Review Crew for a chance to get your hands on advance copies of books by bestselling British authors. This is open to readers who enjoy leaving reviews on Amazon, too.

It's a lot of fun creating a virtual world where readers from all over the world can gather to meet our authors. We're working on the programme for the live Q&A sessions and will be publishing that shortly. We will also have exclusive content going up on our site and our social media channels in the run up to the festival in July.

Take a look at the Our Authors Prepare album on Facebook. I love it so much! It has been a lot of fun putting it together. If you would like to get involved, please send us a picture for the Our Readers Prepare album. If you've read a book by one of our authors, if you're reading one now or you have spotted one out and about in an unusual place, if you're packing for your "journey" to the festival in July, please send us a picture and we will add it to the album. You can Tweet us @BritCrime using #BritCrime hashtag.

Exciting times! To be kept up to date with BritCrime Festival news, don't forget to sign up to the newsletter. We are posting lightning deals and giveaways on Twitter and Facebook, so make sure you're following us there so you don't miss out.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

#killerwomenlaunch Press Coverage
Thank you to everyone who came along to our Killer Women press launch in London last week. Here's a round-up of articles in the national and trade press, women's magazine Red and our favourite blogs, both here in the UK and around the world.

Articles in the national and trade press and women's magazine Red:
The Independent: The female crime novelists transforming how the publishing industry works
The Guardian: Crime writers strike back
The Bookseller: Women crime writers form a gang
Red Magazine: Why are women so obsessed with crime fiction?

Killer Women launch reports:
Crime Files (UK)
Crime Thriller Girl (UK)
Crimespree (US) 
Booksellerandpublisher (Australia)
CrimeZone (The Netherlands)
Liz Loves Books (UK)
Novel Heights (UK)
Shots Magazine (UK)

To celebrate the launch, we're giving away a bundle of signed books. Go here for a chance to win:

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Friday, 15 May 2015

Meet @KillerWomenOrg Today @CrimeFest #CrimeFest

I'm a founder member of Killer Women, a new collective of fifteen crime fiction writers representing many sub-genres of crime writing from psychological thrillers to procedurals, comic crime, political thrillers and more.

Individually we are: Jane Casey, Tamar Cohen, Helen Giltrow, Paula Hawkins, Alison Joseph, Erin Kelly, Anya Lipska, Colette McBeth, M J McGrath, K T Medina, Louise Millar, Kate Rhodes, Helen Smith, Louise Voss and Laura Wilson.

We launched this week with events at The Trouble Club in London and CrimeFest in Bristol and our press launch at The Collyer Bristow Gallery in London. There will be further events around the country and in the US later this year.

If you're at CrimeFest this week, you can meet some of us at 4.00 pm today (Friday) at our spotlight session.

If you can't make it to CrimeFest, please visit our website and sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with news, events and giveaways. If you're on Twitter, please join us there, too: @killerwomenorg