I picked this up from Angela Savage's blog the other day, but the credit goes to Lindy Cameron for her outstanding initiative and the creation of a very snazzy looking catalogue of genre fiction.
Lindy says that Genre Flash is: "a small, simple but elegant pdf catalogue of any genre fiction or related SinC books, that have been published by Sisters in Crime members - or their Australian women writer friends - in the past 2 years."
Not only does it give a quick review of recently published books, along with publication details and author's websites, there are also previews of some forthcoming releases too. Certainly worth checking out and printing out as you are trying to decide on some worthy summer holiday reading when stocking up the bookshelves.
In an industry that is jam-packed with contenders looking for a brief moment in the spotlight and with the window of opportunity getting seemingly smaller and smaller, authors are looking for ways to get their product out into the attention of the population of readers. Genre Flash is an enterprising idea and deserves a little fanfare, even if it's only through my blog and website.
The initial plan is to produce Genre Flash twice a year but the option to increase that will depend on the traffic it enjoys and on the number of new releases that have been published at the time. I'm pretty sure that when other authors learn of this new opportunity to showcase their work they'll be beating down Lindy's door to be included in future editions.
I reckon it's such a great idea I've put the link over on the right hand border.
Happy New Year Damien! I'd intended to send you a copyof Genre Flash but you're one step ahead of me. Thanks for the plug and for your great support for Australian crime writers. More power to you in 2008.
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