Every month we are awarding $500 to a bookstore to use for promotion or marketing or hosting book signing events.
UPDATE (1/1/2017): The Board has approved the extension of this program through 2017 and has raised the award to $500 going forward.
Entering could hardly be easier.
To enter: simply complete the entry form. Be sure to include a photo of one or more of your staff holding three books for sale in your bookstore -- books that are written by Sisters in Crime members. You can find a list of our members who are authors by clicking here, or by navigating to our top menu drop-down menu and look under Resources --> Author Search..) There's also a scroll line of members' books on the bottom of our homepage to get you started.
What happens then? After the random drawing on the first business day of the month, the winning bookstore will be contacted. Those not successful in one month will automatically be entered for subsequent drawings. There is no cost or obligation other than allowing us to post winners' photos on our website and InSinC, the Sisters in Crime quarterly (you can see older back-issues at http://www.sistersincrime.org/?page=inSinC).
We welcome photos of bookstore staff receiving the check from a representative of a local SinC chapter and/or photos of any promotional event that may have resulted from the award. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. WINNERS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO HAVE AN EVENT FOR SISTERS IN CRIME.
Below you will find photos of our latest winners. We'd like to highlight Village Square Booksellers in VT who taped the check presentation and author panel. Click the link to view: http://fact8.com/mlplay.php?9478
Restrictions: Only bookstores located in the United States may enter the drawing. This funding must be used for promotional expenses that support authors by encouraging the sale of books. It may not be used for salaries or basic operational expenses.
If you have Sisters in Crime author mysteries on your shelves we would love for you to enter this drawing. We at Sisters in Crime LOVE bookstores and want to see them thrive.
And the Winners Are...
March 2017: Firefly Bookstore in Kutztown, PA.
February 2017: The Curious Iguana in Frederick, MD.
January 2017: Liberty Bay Books in Poulsbo, WA.
December 2016: Clues Unlimited in Tucson, AZ.
November 2016: Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore in Forest Park, IL.
October 2016: Sunriver Books in Sunriver, OR.
September 2016: 57th Street books of the Seminary Cooperative Bookstores in Chicago, IL.
August 2016: Moon Palace Books in Minneapolis, MN.
July 2016: Jane Addams Bookshop in Champaign, IL.
June 2016: Little Professor Book Center in Homewood, AL
May 2016: Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego, CA
April 2016: Open Door Bookstore in Schenectady, NY
March 2016: Squirreled Away Books in Armada, MI.
February 2016: Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, NC.
January 2016: Another Read Through in Portland, OR.
December 2015: Titcomb's Bookshop in East Sandwich, MA.
November 2015: SubText Bookstore in St. Paul, MN.
October 2015: Saturn Booksellers in Gaylord, MI
"So with your lovely gift of $250, we had a 'mug shot station' built by one of our staffers' talented husbands. The sign I'm holding will hang on the display when it's in use as a display (at each 'foot' level there is a small shelf to display books. We'll write event dates and authors on the sign for an in-store display, and we'll take a mug shot of every mystery author who comes to sign. We love it - hope you do, too! Thanks again, Jill Miner"
September 2015: The Learned Owl Bookshop in Hudson, OH
August 2015: Village Square Booksellers in Bellows Falls, VT
Press Release: Sisters in Crime Loves Village Square Booksellers (September 2015)
Video of Check Presentation and Panel Discussion "It's a Mystery to Me" Part 1: http://fact8.com/mlplay.php?9478
Authors Featured on "It's a Mystery to Me Panel": Leslie Wheeler, G.M. Malliet, Jessie Crocket, Connie Johnson Hambley, Ellen Larson
Connie Hambley, GM Malliet, Leslie Wheeler, Ellen Larson and Jessie Crockett at Village Square Booksellers.
July 2015: The Book House in St. Louis, Missouri
Check presentation with Sara Paretsky and our St. Louis Chapter of Sisters in Crime