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Book Club Central Opportunity October
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OCTOBER THEME:  THINGS THAT GO BUMP (Submission period: September 6 - 13, 2019)

SINC's partner United for Libraries manages a new ALA initiative called Book Club Central.  Book Club Central is a new online resource for book clubs and readers featuring book reviews, author interviews, discussion questions and more. Award-winning actor, producer, and avid reader Sarah Jessica Parker is the Honorary Chair of Book Club Central and a passionate advocate for libraries and literacy.

You can check out Book Club Central here:

If your mystery fits this month's theme, then please enter our random drawing for an opportunity to have your book featured in the Book Club Central booklist.

Be sure to:

  • Please write a short teaser/summary of your book. Cover copy works well.
  • Include why is this a good pick for book club discussion? What themes are prevalent in the story?
  • have jpeg of cover attached;
  • include a link to the author's website;
  • include a link to the author's discussion questions, if such a page exists on the author's website (this field is optional, but highly desirable to the book club central audience).

Authors may send only ONE submission and this opportunity is open ONLY to members of Sisters in Crime. The random number generator will choose a set number of entries (determined by BCC) that we'll then forward on to Book Club Central.  Please remember that Book Club Central reserves the right to edit, amend, or omit selections.

Click the button below to submit your book for consideration.  (It's members-only access, so be sure that you are signed in first.)


If you have any questions, you can email our Library Liaison, Shari Randall at


Upcoming Themes in 2019

(NOTE WELL: We've given these dates out for planning purposes only. Do NOT submit out of time, as your book will not be considered. 

January: Fresh Starts

The new year is a time of resolutions and change. Does your character make a fresh start in your book? First in series will be a good fit for this theme. Submission period opens: Dec. 7, 2018. Closes Dec 14, 2018

February: Very British Mystery
If your book set in the British Isles or has a very strong British theme, please enter the random drawing.
Submission period opens: Jan. 11, 2019 Closes Jan. 18, 2019

March: Pets on the Case
Do animals play a role in your story? We're highlighting stories where pets play a major role: as a sleuth or sleuth's assistant or a pet-shop setting, for example. Submission period opens: Feb. 8 Closes Feb. 15

April: Not the Usual Suspects.
This list will highlight amateur sleuths; think professor not professional PI.
Submission period opens: March 8 Closes March 15

May: Short Story Month.
This month we'll highlight short story anthologies. Please note that every story in the anthology must be written by a SINC member. Submission period opens: April 5 Closes April 12

June: Wedded to Crime. 
Does a wedding, romance, divorce, or other romantic entanglement play a role in your thriller, mystery, or romantic suspense novel? Please submit to the random drawing. Submission period opens: May 10 Closes May 17.

July: Crime from Sea to Shining Sea. 
This month we'll highlight books that embody the spirit of their setting in one of the United States or territories. Anthologies and story collections will be considered, as long as every author is a member of SINC. Submission period opens: June 7 Closes June 14 

August: World Traveler.
This month's list will highlight books set outside of the United States. Historical is okay but be aware that we're highlighting historical fiction in September. Submission period opens: July 12 Closes July 19

September: Historical Fiction. 
The concept of "historical" is open to some debate. If your story is set before 1980, please enter. Submission period opens: August 9 Closes August 16

October: Things that Go Bump.
Our annual roundup of books with a paranormal element.
Submission period opens: Sept 6 Closes Sept 13

November: Crime in the Kitchen.
Our theme highlights books that revolve around food and those who cook it, sell it, write about it, or otherwise celebrate it. Submission period opens: Oct 11 Closes Oct 18

December: Holiday Books.
If your book is set during a winter holiday, please enter. I'll also consider anthologies with a winter holiday theme, as long as every author in the book is a member of Sisters in Crime. Submission period Opens Nov 8 Closes Nov 15




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