Sunday, March 27, 2011

Crime Concept Contest, Social Media Style

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!


  1. I used to think about whether I could make an unknown person famous by just presenting them as famous.

    I bet that could be done via social media.

    (Actually, it already has. I mean, what's a Kardashian? :-) )

    But you could easily create a mystery around that.

  2. First, I'm not entering. Didn't see how else to contact you.

    I requested info about the site on LJ. A post was written referring to one of the ladies here.

    I'm old but new to seriously writing. It seems my genre is going to be soft mysteries. I'm still reworking my first draft in an effort to make it ready to 'put out there.'

    I'm so excited about this blog I could dance (and I'm disabled-no serious dancing)! I wanted to shout THANK YOU for being here, a blog that (1)won't cost me money and (2)is about mysteries and writing them - including soft, cozy ones. So THANK YOU for being here! You have another fan.

  3. Jessica was a clothing designer on her way to show some drafts to a major store of a new line of clothes. As she was preparing to go to her meeting, she received a text message that she didn’t want to click the link on because it was a junk text. How did these fake companies get her cell phone number? The only people she had given it to were her mother and sister – but in her rush she didn’t erase the text immediately. Later, when she finally arrived at the hotel where she was supposed to be preparing for a her big meeting the next morning at oh dark thirty she tried to call her mother to tell her she arrived safely when she clicked the wrong button (it was a new phone) and somehow ended up on a Russian Dating site. She didn’t think much about it until the next day after her meeting when she had received a phone call from a woman with a strong accent asking for help. Jessica had to ask herself – who was the previous owner of her number for they were in a line of work that she just didn’t want to know more about but was being drawn into against her will.