Thursday, January 21, 2010

Mystery Writers' Websites

By Beth Terrell

I'm always on the lookout for good websites, books, and other resources for writers--especially mystery writers. Today, in lieu of a long involved post, I'd just like to share some sites you might find helpful--or at least, interesting.

Crimespace at This is a social networking site, much like Facebook or MySpace, but specifically geared toward readers and writers of crime fiction. Each member gets a page, a Crimespace email, and access to the discussion forums. It's not an extremely busy site yet, but I always learn something new there.

Mystery Ink, at This site has author interviews, book reviews, and a list of other crime fiction websites.

Mystery Writers' Forum at The forums include discussions on publishing, agents, crime fiction sub-genres, mystery writing contests, and much, much more. The site also provides a list of resource links for mystery writers, including topics like police, forensics, firearms, private detectives, and poisons.

Agent Nathan Bransford's website at Nathan's blog is not mystery-specific, but it's one of the most comprehensive agent sites, complete with a blog and discussion forums. His regular Friday post on "the week in publishing" is a must-read for anyone who wants to keep up with the latest news from the publishing world.

Absolute Write at Again, this is not a mystery-specific site, but the "water cooler" forums have a wealth of information relevant to writers of any genre.

Happy surfing.


Mark W. Danielson said...

All good information, Beth. Thanks for sharing.

Beth Terrell said...

Thanks, Mark. I've been enjoying the Mystery Writers' Forums and the Absolute Write Forums at break time today.

Jean Henry Mead said...

All good sites. Thanks, Beth!

Bill Kirton said...

Thanks Beth - it's great that you've done this research on our behalf.

Beth Terrell said...

You're welcome. There are so many great sites out there. I'll keep you posted as I discover more.