ROBERTA: That title's a mouthful, I know. But I've reading a lot lately about social media and computer stuff figuring into crime. (And of course, Hallie's new book COME AND FIND ME features a computer hacker and Hank's book PRIME TIME started out with messages being sent through spam and Jan's book TEASER is about social media gone bad.)
In the Key West Citizen a couple of weeks ago, the crime report section featured a robber who was caught because he'd logged into his Myspace account while in the very home he was robbing! And the New York Times featured a story about criminals boasting about the crimes they'd committed on Facebook, or threatening future victims on their Facebook walls, or ranting on Twitter.
So we got the idea of sponsoring the first annual JRW Crime Concept Contest, social media style--and we have some terrific prizes! (The Everything Guide to Writing Your First Novel by Hallie Ephron, an ARC of One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming, signed copies of Teaser and Prime Time.)
Here are the rules.
1. Entries will be accepted on Friday April 1 only. (Yep, that's April Fool's Day, but we're not fooling.)
2. Entries should consist of one paragraph maximum and should be posted as a comment on the Friday blog.
3. Entries should describe the concept for a story or book you might write--the sky's the limit except social media, computers, or public electronic communication must play a major part.
4. Winners will be announced and posted on Saturday April 2, chosen at our whim of course!
AND while you're coming up with your concept this week, come back often--we have some terrific guests lined up: Mary Buckham talking about making your settings active on Tuesday, Linda O. Johnston about why read or write a cozy mystery on Wednesday, and following Monday's subject on good advice, writing veterans Leann Sweeney and Kate Collins will give their best tips for promotion and writing on Thursday. So come back soon!