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Strategic Plan and Mission Statement
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In June of 2013, the enthusiastic volunteer leaders and staff of Sisters in Crime met in Chicago, IL to continue the progress made from the past strategic plan conducted in 2008.

Click here to view our strategic plan (pdf)

Below you can see the changes made to our mission, vision and values statement, as well as an adjustment to our tagline. 

We'd love to hear what you think. 

Mission Statement

2008:  The mission of Sisters in Crime is to promote the professional development and advancement of women crime writers to achieve equality in the industry.

2013:  Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers. 

Vision Statement

2008:  Raising professionalism and achieving equity among crime writers.

2013:  Serve as the voice for excellence & diversity in crime writing.

Values Statement

2008:  None

2013:  Values are the guiding principles embraced by the SinC team.

  • Promote respect and embrace diversity
  • Continue our non-hierarchical tradition
  • Support members along the publishing continuum
  • Advocate for women crime writers
  • Cultivate a positive presence within the crime writing community
  • Educate and inspire
  • Foster integrity and ethics
  • Celebrate writing excellence


2008:  SinC Into a Good Mystery!

2013:  SinC Up with Great Crime Writing!


2013-2018 Strategic Goals

Goals are the areas where the volunteer leaders and staff intend to allocate resources in order to achieve the mission and best serve its client partners. Some organizations consider goals as their core competencies. After input to the facilitator and extensive first day discussions, the board set four goal areas or core competencies.

Membership Growth, Retention & Value Creation
(Goal Champion: Frankie Bailey, Karen Pullen)  Email Us!

Chapter Relations
(Goal Champion: Karen Pullen) Email Me!

The Voice of the Industry & Promotion of the Profession
(Goal Champion: Barbara Fister with Cari Dubiel)  Email Us!

Educational Excellence
(Goal Champion: Laura DiSilverio, Hank P. Ryan, Lori Roy, Catriona McPherson)  Email Us!

Our goal champions would welcome any comments or suggestions that you may have about how to achieve our goals. Before submitting your ideas, we encourage you to read the  whole of the strategic plan (pdf) which outlines specific ideas under each main goal.


Did you know...
SinC was founded in 1986 and is now 3600 members strong in 48 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors.

Did you know...
We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our passion for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries.

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