Something I've been wanting to do with Crimespace from the beginning was to make it simple for people to find all the authors on board. Up until now there hasn't been any easy way to do this. So I decided to finally get off my butt (or on it), put my programming hat on and come up with something I hope you'll all like. But it's going to need a little work from members.
If you're a reader, there's nothing for you to do other than click on the Authors tab at the top of the page once all the authors come on board.
If you're an author (ie someone who's had your work published somewhere), click on My Settings in the top right of the screen, and then click on About Me. At the bottom, you'll find a new section labelled 'Author Profile'. Fill in the text area with an author blurb of your own design (easiest way to do this is to copy & paste the text under 'About Me' and tweak to taste).
Feel free to use some basic HTML and add links to books we can buy or stories we can read. Don't worry that it's marked private, it won't show up on your member page but it will show up in the new author section once you hit Save at the bottom.
I've done a fair amount of testing, but there may still be some kinks to iron out. Hopefully it'll all work smoothly and we'll have a nice Christmas present of an author directory on Crimespace. Speaking of which ...
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.