So here’s a hell of a thing.
Imagine you’re just getting started as a professional novelist, with your debut six months away. People seem excited about the book, and there’s been a little bit of attention paid, but seriously—you’re just getting started. Barely a blip on the crime fiction radar.
And then imagine you’re invited to join a group blog featuring some of the most admired authors in the genre.
We’re talking winners of the most prestigious honors: Diamond and Silver Daggers, Anthony’s, Agatha’s, Reader’s Choice Awards. Writers whose books the Chicago Tribune has named among the best of the year. New York Times bestselling authors.
And they’ve not only invited you to join, but you get to write the first entry.
If you’re gulping, you know how I feel.
My name is Marcus Sakey, and it is my privilege to introduce The Outfit:
- Sean Chercover, author of BIG CITY, BAD BLOOD (January 2007)
- Barbara D’Amato, author of DEATH OF A THOUSAND CUTS
- Michael Allen Dymmoch, author of WHITE TIGER
- Kevin Guilfoile, author of CAST OF SHADOWS
- Libby Fischer Hellman, author of A SHOT TO DIE FOR
- Sara Paretsky, author of FIRE SALE
- Marcus Sakey, author of THE BLADE ITSELF (January 2007)
What you’ll find here is a little different. We’re not here to share publishing tips or debate industry news. We’re not going to delve into marketing or the ins and outs of author appearances. Other people are doing those things, and doing them well. So instead, we’re going to focus on what we love most.
Stories about crime and justice and revenge. About the highs and lows of writing for a living. About Chicago, glorious and soiled city of bright marquees and dark divisions.
True stories and imaginary ones.
Barb D’Amato kicks it off this Wednesday. It’s going to be a fun ride, and we hope you’ll join us for it.
After all, what’s a story without an audience?