Oh yeah... that Crimespace thing...
It certainly seems like a good idea, a "MySpace"-like network of crimewriters banding together to offer support and comraderie in a low-key environment, more akin to a dimly lit Bouchercon bar than the toxic, flourescent glare that too many discussion groups have become.
But given how many scumball hacks are out there perpetually plugging their wares, I wonder how long before they start giving Crimespace the eye. Because, let's face it, these BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK NOW! turkeys are already on the run, wearing out their welcomes everywhere they go. They've got to be figuring CrimeSpace is a whole new frontier for them to pollute with their "Attaboys!" and incestuous little BSP circle jerks.
Head 'space cadet Daniel Hatadi has vowed he's not gonna let that happen. Certainly, my initial impression is that everyone likes the "No Hard Sell" vibe so far. But we'll see. These guys are insidious. Already some folks are using corporate logos as their page photos. How PATHETIC is that?
But anyway, check out my Crimespace page, if you want, and tell me what you think.