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Amendment to Active Status Membership Guidelines

The MWA National Board of Directors is pleased to announce that starting January 1, 2017 self-published authors can apply for Active Membership Status. You can qualify by fulfilling either of the following criteria:

You have been paid for your work by a print, e-book, print-on-demand, periodical or e-zine/webzine publisher that is on the MWA list of approved publishers and meets all of the criteria for inclusion.

or

You have been self-published and have earned a minimum of $5,000 in a single calendar year from approved mystery works* (novels, novellas, short stories), or suitable non-fiction titles, i.e., true crime; biographies of mystery authors; critical works about mysteries, their creators and characters; forensic works; or other nonfiction that is mystery or crime-related), either in print, electronically, or by way of an audio recording.

* A “mystery work” is defined as a story where a crime is the central element.

This earning requirement is a one-time event, meaning there is no need to generate a specified income each year to maintain one’s level of membership. The proof of earnings shall be either a US tax return (with all information not pertaining to publishing activity redacted) or an IRS Form 1099. These new criteria became effective January 1, 2017. However, MWA has agreed to accept proof of earnings for any calendar year beginning with 2014.

If your work is a contribution to a periodical, you must provide a hard copy. For an e-zine/webzine, you must provide a hard copy and proof of its online/electronic availability, even if the work is no longer available. A work must be available for a minimum of thirty days to be considered published.

Not eligible: Works offered through predatory i.e. subsidy publishing companies shall not qualify.

A predatory publisher is a company who assigns your book an ISBN number that subsequently belongs to them, i.e., they become the publisher of record that entitles them to receive an additional royalty whenever a book sells. They also set the book’s retail price.

See all the guidelines here:  http://mysterywriters.org/how-to-become-a-member-of-mwa/membership-active-status/

2017 Edgar Week Activities

2017 Edgar Week Activities Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Come celebrate the 2017 Edgar Awards at the Mysterious Bookshop, Tuesday, April 25th at 6:00pm.  Join us for a thrilling evening featuring members of Mystery Writers of America, the 2017 Edgar Award nominees, bestselling authors, and publisher representatives.  This is a wonderful opportunity to meet some ofContinue Reading

New Books by MWA Members – February 2017

Here are the February 2017 books by some of our members. They may all be found at your local Independent Bookstore.  Visit this link to find a store near you:http://www.indiebound.org/  Books Kelley Armstrong, A Darkness Absolute, Minotaur Stephanie Barron, Jane and the Waterloo Map, Soho Crime Susan Alice Bickford, A Short Time to Die, KensingtonContinue Reading

2017 Edgar Week Information

You may now make your reservations and purchase tickets for 2017 Edgar Awards banquet.  We will have the information about the Edgar symposium in mid/late February – it will be held on Wednesday, April 26 and will begin at approximately 9:00 a.m. Hotel Information:   We have been able to negotiate an excellent rate atContinue Reading

MWA Announces the 2017 Edgar Nominations

January 19, 2017, New York, NY – Mystery Writers of America is proud to announce, as we celebrate the 208th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2017 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2016. The Edgar® Awards willContinue Reading

Jeffery Deaver Named 2017 President of MWA

Via Jeffery Deaver: I am delighted to announce that I will be serving as president of the Mystery Writers of America in 2017. MWA was formed in 1945 to promote that genre of books that we so love—murder mysteries—and to support new and established authors working in that field. It’s grown into one of theContinue Reading

Meet MWA’s New Board of Directors

Join MWA’s National Board of Directors for our annual party at Mysterious Bookshop on Friday, January 13th – 6 to 8 pm. In attendance will be: Donna Andrews, Frankie Y. Bailey, Laura K. Curtis, Jeffery Deaver, Hannah Dennison, Laura Durham, Lyndsay Faye, Daniel Hale, Thomas Hopp, Harry Hunsicker, Laurie R. King, Allison Leotta, Larry Light, Elizabeth Little,Continue Reading

New Books by MWA Members – January 2017

Here are the January 2017 books by some of our members. They may all be found at your local Independent Bookstore.  Visit this link to find a store near you:http://www.indiebound.org/  Books Kristi Abbott, Pop Goes the Murder, Berkley Publishing Ann Aptaker, Genuine Gold, Bold Strokes Books Brunonia Barry, The Fifth Petal, Crown Alex Berenson, TheContinue Reading

Happy Holidays from Mystery Writers of America

New Books by MWA Members – December 2016

Get a head start on your holiday gift buying.  Here are the December books by some of our members. They may all be found at your local Independent Bookstore.  Visit this link to find a store near you:http://www.indiebound.org/  Books Lawrence Block, Resume Speed, Subterranean Laura Childs, Egg Drop Dead, Berkley Publishing Matt Coyle, Dark Fissures,Continue Reading