The author directory
has been running for about a month now. For the most part it's been great, but I already see a number of bogus or disingenuous entries or entries that are a plain mistake.
Let me be clear about this: the author directory is for published crime fiction (mystery/thriller/noir/hardboiled/cozy/etc) authors only
. Not fantasy, romance or horror authors. It's not for publishers or illustrators or editors either. While Crimespace is not a true crime network specifically, a number of these books are of interest to members of this community, so I have no problem with that. Some authors may write cross-genre as well and I also have no problem with this (I'm a big fan of horror/crime concoctions myself).
The point of the directory is to help readers find new crime fiction authors. And I want to keep it that way.
Some of you have been a little confused by the 'Author Profile' section when you joined up. I've noticed this especially with readers that thought it was a section to put their favourite authors in. That's why I added the text 'for published crime fiction authors only'.
Right now, the author directory works on trust. I trust that when a member fills it out, that they are genuine. I did it this way because it was the simplest way for me to implement it.
Until I add a function for administrators to remove members from the author directory, I'm asking those of you who have read this and realise you shouldn't be on the directory, to remove yourselves from it.
To do this, go to the About Me
section in your profile and clear that text under the 'Author Profile' section. Just select it all, hit delete, then click on Save. Your profile will then be immediately removed from the directory.