Fill Your Bookshelves with #CCWC21 Authors

Support great mystery authors, the craft, and independent booksellers in one fell swoop: Bookshop is an online bookstore with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. We’re happy to group the latest and the best books from our authors here, so fill up your “cart” at

You can also browse even more by heading to the PANELISTS page and click on the authors’ names for links to their sites. Good reading!

#CCWC21 Countdown: A month away from a virtual mystery lovers reunion

California Crime Writers Conference authors

The California Crime Writers Conference is exactly one month away — and we are both delighted and grateful to be able to host this event with our most faithful friends and newest fans.

#CCWC21 may be downsized in scope, but our author panelists are still outsized in their influence, talent and quality — and their collective awards aren’t too shabby either. So many of them have been up to so much, including:

  • Naomi Hirahara‘s new book (with her new publisher Soho Crime) CLARK AND DIVISION coming this August.
  • Jeffery Deaver’s return of Colter Shaw in THE FINAL TWIST, fresh out this month in print and audio
  • S.A. Cosby continues to tear up the mystery world, with BLACKTOP WASTELAND taking the top mystery prize at the 2020 L.A. Times’ Book Prize. The 2020 book by the way is on its way to the big screen with MUDBOUND co-screenwriter Virgil Williams tapped to adapt the instant classic. Paramount Players already claimed bidding rights for RAZORBLADE TEARS, due for a July release.

Plus so many more, including our special presentations by author Cara Black, publishing industry expert Jane Friedman and forensics anthropologist Dr. Elizabeth Murray.

How can we pack so much goodness in a single day? Register and find out — and show up! We know that virtual events make things easy but can also get lost in the shuffle of a demanding day. Treat yourself and join a biennial community brought together by southern California chapters of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. (And of course, you can be a part of these communities year round — check out the links and join!)

Limited slots left: Reserve a manuscript critique today

Writers both seasoned and aspiring may debate what’s the hardest part: putting down that first word, agonizing over the ending, or pretty much everything in between.

When it comes to querying and pitching, however, often everything comes down to those first few pages. And if you’ve ever participated in those conference critique exercises when you read your first page aloud and a panel of agents raise their hands at the moment they would stop reading — well, let’s just say it can be mildly brutal.

That’s why this year’s California Crime Writers Conference has gathered industry pros to give people an opportunity to have experts critique their manuscript’s first impression. There are just a few slots left for a one-on-one virtual session on June 13.

Check out more details here or head straight to Eventbrite to score your seat and give your story the tough love it deserves.

Friday Night Fun

Friday night fun!

Find us for some pre-conference festivities on Friday, June 7th, at the Culver Room at the Doubletree by Hilton,  6161 W Centinela Ave, Culver City, CA 90230.

Hollywood TV Drama Panel

We are thrilled to announce the first of our four “Hooray for Hollywood” panels, “Drama Queens… and Kings.” We’ll explore writing and producing television drama series with these amazing writers and showrunners. See you there!

Sisters in Crime Education Grant Info

Are you a member of Sisters in Crime? If so, we are delighted to let you know that Sisters in Crime National offers Educational Grants to members — and the California Crime Writers Conference is one of the eligible educational opportunities.

So what does this mean? It means you can apply for a reimbursement of $150 of the cost of registration! But hop to it — the grants are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Here’s the link (SinC will ask you to log in, as this is for members only):

Good luck!

Laura and Jennifer