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Promotion 

We’re here to promote you and your work. 

Check out the many ways we put you first. 

For Writers and Fans  

Get support for your writing career.

Find new great Canadian books and converse with our authors. 

Here’s more on our important benefits!  

Author promotion  

1. Cool Canadian Crime (CCC ) ~ Online Catalogue of Professional Author Members' Books 

    Your books become part of our catalogue! 

     This key source of bibliographic information about Canadian crime fiction:  

  • provides easy access for anyone visiting the Crime Writers of Canada (CWC) website to view members’ books;
  •  is available online to booksellers, librarians, and the reading public;
  •  provides four special editions published separately on the website to highlight new or recent releases during the year;
  • features Arthur Ellis member winners in a special issue;
  • notifies thousands of subscribers about the latest edition through a public newsletter with links to the CWC website where visitors can then access your bio page and your own website;
  • allows members to have their new releases on a rotating banner on the home page;
  • is searchable by author, book title, genre, region and year published;
  • Short Stories published in anthologies and recognized magazines are included in CCC and in the permanent catalogue.

  

2. Member Bio Pages

You write the information you want for your page!

List your books and awards for the public to see.   

    •  Professional Authors Members are listed by
      • Fiction Authors
      • Nonfiction Authors

  

    • Associate Members are listed by 
      •  General - Fans, Writers
      •  Editors
      •  Publisher
      •   Reviewers/Critics
      •  Booksellers/Restaurants
      •  Librarian/ Readers 

 

3. Annual Arthur Ellis Awards 

Crime Writers of Canada sponsors these prestigious Canadian Awards! 

Member winners of these awards have:  

    • their books highlighted in a special annual issue of Cool Canadian Crime sent out to over 3000 subscribers including fans, publishers, bookstores and libraries;
    • their book covers placed on a rotating banner on our website home page;
    • press releases sent out. 

4. Arthur Ellis Award Shortlist Events   

    • Arthur Ellis Award finalists in all categories are announced at events organized across Canada by members in their respective regions.
    • Finalists are highlighted on the website. 

5. The Unhanged Arthur for Best Unpublished Crime Novel

        Even if you haven’t published yet, you may become a winner!   

      • Member winners have a bio page on the CWC website

     

    6. National Crime Writing Month (NCWM) and ongoing National Crime Writing Blog

      Crime Writers of Canada puts its members in the media focus!     

        •  This month is the national initiative geared to to promote local authors.
        • National Crime Writing Month is promoted in Crime Beat, our public newsletter.
        • Libraries are encouraged to create Crime Writers of Canada displays with members’ books.
        • Regional Vice Presidents encourage local initiatives. 
        • Ongoing blog features CWC authors guest blogging on common themes.

       

      7. Regional Events 

          Enjoy regional events with your Crime Writers of Canada Regional Vice-President!

       

      8. Participation in other Regional and National Events

          CWC provides promotion opportunities for you across the country through national events, such as:   

        • Word on the Street  (Toronto, Kitchener and Vancouver)
        • Ontario Library Association Conference
        • Canadian Library Association Conference
        • Bloody Words Mystery Conference

       

      9. Crime Beat, our Public Newsletter (current circulation 3000)

          Crime Writers of Canada works to expose you to the public via a monthly subscriber-based e-newsletter highlighting:   

        • Monthly Author Events – who, what, when and where by region across Canada;
        • Cool Canadian Crime Quarterly - members’ new and upcoming books each quarter;
        • Cool Canadian Crime Annual -  a digitial catalogue of members' books for the calendar year.
        • the Arthur Ellis Shortlist Events;
        • the Arthur Ellis winners;
        • National Crime Writing Month;
        • & more. 

       

      10. Other Promotional Works 

      CWC has published eight anthologies of members’ short fiction, a directory of Canadian crime writing (five editions), and two popular cookbooks, Dishes to Die For and Dishes to Die For…Again. These publications are used to highlight and promote you and other Canadian authors — the recipes are good too. 

       

      Professional development for members  

      CRIME TIME, our On-line Newsletter for Members 

      CWC publishes an on-line newsletter strictly for members, with news of CWC activities, industry news, tips, and promotional opportunities.  

        Join us today! 

      We welcome professional and aspiring writers of any genre of crime writing,

      including children’s and nonfiction. 

      Are you a fan? We welcome readers of crime fiction too, in our Associate member category.