This week — June 9 to be exact — Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes celebrates its three-year anniversary as a blog by a couple of PIs who also write. We’ve had fun writing these blogs. As we stated from the beginning, our primary reason for starting this blog was to help fiction writers better understand the tools and tasks of contemporary private investigators for their stories. But we’ve also written for our peers in the profession, from new investigative techniques and products to issues affecting the professional private investigations industry.
Shoutouts to Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes
Along the way, we’ve garnered some recognition:
- Noted in Bill Crider‘s column in August 2010 Ellery Queen Magazine as being one of the top three true crime blogs.
- Ranked by PINow.com as being #8 in the top 44 private investigator blogs throughout the U.S. in 2012
- Chosen this past week by the American Library Association‘s Booklist Online to be “Web Crush of the Week” during its Mystery Month.
We’re Giving Away Books!
What’s a celebration without some free stuff? To celebrate our anniversary, we’re giving away 3 free copies of our nonfiction books on private investigations: How Do Private Eyes Do That? and How to Write a Dick: A Guide to Writing Fictional Sleuths from a Couple of Real-Life Sleuths. They come in two flavors: Kindle and Nook, and if you don’t have one of these ereader devices, you can still download a copy to your browser for reading. We call that a win-win.
How to Win a Free Book
Post a comment to this blog. Yeah, it’s as easy as that. We’ll write the winners back at their email addresses.
Deadline for Entering
June 15, midnight. We’ll contact the winners the following day, June 16.
Readers’ Favorite Articles on Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes
We’ve written nearly 250 articles since we launched Guns, Gams, and Gumshoes. Below are 10 of our readers’ favorites. To read an article, click the link.
Have a great week, Writing PIs
- Booklist Online’s “Web Crush of the Week”: Guns, Gams and Gumshoes (writingpis.wordpress.com)
- Story Foibles in Private Eye Fiction (writingpis.wordpress.com)