Welcome to SleuthFest 2020

\\ SleuthFest 2020 Canceled //
Update 28April2020
If you registered for SleuthFest 2020 you deserve your bag and official program and we are going to send them to you FREE. Please follow the link below and fill out the form with your name, mailing address, and the email you used to register for SleuthFest. We will get packages out as soon as the lockdown is over and we can get all the parts in one place. Register for your Free Bag and program here: Get Your Free Bag & Program
We are sorry but we cannot send or sell bags/programs to anyone that wasn’t registered for SleuthFest 2020.
SleuthFest 2020 refunds were requested at the end of March. The refund amount is NET of what you paid minus processing fees charged us by Brown Paper Tickets and PayPal. If you registered prior to October 3rd last year your refund will come from Brown Paper Tickets. If you have not received your refund, please contact Brown Paper Tickets directly. (Email: support@brownpapertickets.com Phone: 1-800-838-3006 US, Canada, Puerto Rico) Those who purchased manuscript critiques have received their critiques, so there is no refund for that line item.

SleuthFest will return better than ever next year March 19-20, 2021. Save the date. We thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding during this pandemic.

Michael L Joy & Raquel Reyes
Co-chairs SleuthFest

March 26-29, 2020 – A Premier Conference for Writers of All Levels
“Helping mystery writers improve their craft for over 25 years”

Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America

Doubletree by Hilton Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton
100 Fairway drive | Deerfield Beach | FL-33441
* Sessions on the craft of writing, marketing, and promoting your work
* A forensic track with current forensic techniques & hands-on workshops
* Includes Friday lunch and dinner & Saturday lunch and evening soirée with plenty of appetizers & Sunday brunch
* Social events to mingle with agents, editors and your favorite authors
* An auction to purchase great writing stuff from bestselling authors and industry pros
* Agent & Editor strategy sessions for your work in progress
* Agent & Editor Appointments to pitch your finished work – plus practice your Pitch sessions with experienced authors
* Critiques of your 25-page manuscript submission
– If you missed SleuthFest 2019 and want to know why writers keep coming back, check out the 50 great recordings at VWTapes. Start with our SleuthFest Editor in Residence Neil S. Nyren, our Agent & Editor panels, and then move to the outstanding workshops from last year’s guest faculty: Alexia Gordon, Tom Straw, and Elaine Viets.
Registration: Closed

Catriona McPherson was born in Scotland and lived there until 2010, before immigrating to California. A former academic linguist, she is now a full-time fiction writer, the multi- award-winning and best-selling author of the Dandy Gilver detective stories, set in Scotland in the 1920s. She also writes award-winning contemporary standalone novels including Edgar-finalist “The Day She Died” and Mary Higgins Clark finalists “The Child Garden” and “Quiet Neighbors.” She has won the Macavity, Agatha (2), Anthony, Bruce Alexander Memorial Lefty (4), Sue Feder Memorial Macavity Award (2), Silver Falchion, and has been a finalist or on the shortlist for every other major award in the genre. Her first Lexy Campbell mystery “Scot Freewon the 2019 Lefty award for best humorous mystery and Publishers Weekly called her follow up “Scot and Soda” “Frightfully funny.”

Catriona is a proud member of Mystery Writers of America, The Crime Writers’ Association, The Society of Authors and past national president of Sisters in Crime.

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Dr. Lawrence J. Simon is the author of the well-known books “Murder by Numbers: Perspectives on Serial Sexual Violence” and “Mortal Desire: Origins of Sexual Violence.” He has appeared on major news networks discussing his books, research endeavors and the perverse minds of serial murderers.

For over a decade, Dr. Simon has been called upon to deliver presentations for national and international audiences including almost every branch of government within law enforcement, social services, medical and forensic professionals. Before becoming a full-time highly respected law enforcement training provider, he spent over a decade employed in challenging forensic settings, interviewing, managing crisis, facilitating violent sex offender groups, treating and assessing some of the most violent and dangerous men in the country, including inmates housed on death row.
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Criminal justice professor, Frankie Y. Bailey specializes in crime history, and crime and mass media/popular culture. Recipient of the Charles Todd Service Award, she also has received the George N. Dove Award and been named an Albany Literary Legend. Nominated for Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards for nonfiction, she has won a Macavity. She has served as an EVP of MWA and a past president of SinC. Frankie was the 2019 Mystery and Crime Fiction faculty for the Yale Summer Session Writers Workshop. Her fiction features Southern crime historian Lizzie Stuart and Albany Police Detective Hannah McCabe.

Richie Narvaez is the award-winning author and has taught at Columbia University, New Jersey City University, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and the Fashion Institute of Technology — and he taught at the Mystery Writers of America University. He was elected to the board of Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter, in 2013 and served as chapter president for two years. In 2018, he was appointed Bronx Council on the Arts Artist in Residence at the Morris Park Library in the Bronx, and I recently served as a judge for the 2019 PEN Open Book Awards.

His work has appeared in Long Island Noir, Plots with Guns, Thrilling Detective, and Tiny Crimes: Very Short Tales of Mystery and Murder, among others. His debut novel, Hipster Death Rattle, was published in March 2019.

Chantelle Aimée Osman is the editor of Agora, a new diversity-focused crime imprint at Polis Books. The former Editor-in-Chief of RT Book Reviews Magazine and a freelance editor for over 10 years. She co-hosts the Crime Friction podcast, and is an instructor at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Authors at Large and LitReactor. Chantelle is the author of the seven-volume non-fiction series on writing The Quick and Dirty Guides To… and has also published numerous works of short fiction in addition to serving as editor for several anthologies. She is currently editing an episodic thriller, Serial Killer, featuring a variety of authors including Jeffery Deaver, Eoin Colfer, Jason Starr and herself. She was named a Left Coast Crime Guest of Honor in 2016, and will be keynote speaker at the 2018 Central Coast Writers Conference. Find her online at chantelleaimee.com and on Twitter @SuspenseSiren.

Alex Segura is the author of the Pete Fernandez Miami Mystery novels, which include Silent City, Down The Darkest Street, Dangerous Ends, and Blackout, all via Polis Books. Blackout was listed as one of the most anticipated mystery novels of 2018 by CrimeReads, MysteryPeople and Bookbub, and included in The Boston Globe’s Summer Reading List. He has also written a number of comic books, including the best-selling and critically acclaimed Archie Meets Kiss storyline, the “Occupy Riverdale” story, and the Archie Meets Ramones one-shot and The Archies ongoing series. Alex will be co-writing Lethal Lit, a new fictional crime podcast launching this fall from iHeart Media. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies including Florida Happens the 2018 Bouchercon anthology, and in publications including The Daily Beast, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Literary Hub, The Strand, Mental Floss, and LitReactor.
A Miami native, he lives in New York.
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SleuthFest Editor in Residence: Neil S. Nyren is the former executive vice president, associate publisher, and editor in chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, and the winner of the 2017 Ellery Queen Award from Mystery Writers of America. His column on publishing appears monthly in the MWA’s The Third Degree, and his pieces on ITW debut authors appear monthly on BookTrib and in The Big Thrill. He is also Editor at Large for the website CrimeReads.Among the authors of crime and suspense he has edited are Clive Cussler, John Sandford, Robert Crais, C.J. Box, Ken Follett, Frederic Forsyth, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Randy Wayne White, Carl Hiaasen, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Ed McBain, Jonathan Kellerman, and Daniel Silva.

Terri Bischoff joined Crooked Lane Books as senior acquiring editor in January 2019 after over nine years of acquiring at Midnight Ink. She began her life in books as a bookseller at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC. After moving home to the Midwest, she worked at a feminist bookstore before purchasing and operating Booked for Murder in Madison, WI. She spent 10 years at Midnight Ink as their acquiring editor and published 36-40 books a year. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, particularly as a book buyer and reviewer. Terri’s interests lie in mainstream suspense, thrillers, quirky and humorous cozies, LGBTQIA, and diverse characters/storylines.

Esi Sogah, Executive Editor, joined Kensington Publishing Corp. in 2013. She has worked with such critically acclaimed and bestselling authors as Alyssa Cole, Kate Clayborn, Mary Monroe and Dr. Jen Gunter. She works across genres of fiction and nonfiction, and is particularly looking to acquire: mysteries, book club fic, health and science, and pop history. When not editing, you can find her on twitter at: @esisogah.

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Jon Cobb began working at HG Literary in the summer of 2016 as the assistant to Josh Getzler. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, he decided to follow his dream of joining the publishing industry by moving to New York. He gained valuable experience interning at NYU Press and Writers House, while also pursuing a Master’s degree in Publishing: Digital and Print Media at NYU. Jon now represents his own clients and is actively building his list. He reads all genres of fiction but has a particular interest in mysteries and thrillers, adult science fiction and fantasy, African-American fiction, literary fiction, and contemporary middle grade and YA fiction.

Amanda Jain (BookEnds Literary) came by her love of reading honestly, inheriting it from parents who always had books close to hand. She began her career in publishing at W. W. Norton, where she spent seven years before pursuing a master’s degree in history of the decorative arts. She rejoined publishing shortly thereafter at Inklings Literary Agency and is excited every day to encounter new writers and their stories.
Amanda currently reps adult romance, mystery, women’s fiction, upmarket fiction, and science fiction & fantasy, with a special emphasis on historical fiction in all genres. She is particularly interested in books that add something important to the conversation, explore stories we haven’t yet heard, and introduce new voices to our reading experience.
You can contact Amanda at AJain@bookendsliterary.com or follow her on Twitter at @wensday95

Jill Marr is an agent at the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.

She graduated from SDSU with a BA in English with an emphasis in creative writing and a minor in history. She has over 15 years of publishing experience. She wrote features and ads for Pages, the literary magazine for people who love books, and continues to write book ads for publishing houses, magazine pieces, and promotional features for television.

Jill is interested in commercial fiction, with an emphasis on mysteries, thrillers, romantic suspense and horror, women’s commercial fiction and historical fiction. Jill is looking for non-fiction projects in the areas of science, history, narrative non-fiction, sports, politics, current events, health & nutrition, pop culture, humor, and music.

Nikki Terpilowski is the Founder and Senior Agent for Holloway Literary, a full-service agency representing writers in romance, women’s and southern fiction, mystery, thriller, historical, literary, science fiction and select young adult.

After receiving a B.A. in English, she worked in the marketing communications field for several years as a writer and editor. Deciding she wanted to align her professional career with her lifelong passion for reading and writing, she interned at the Elaine English Agency based in Washington, DC, and then moved into literary management, representing a small group of women’s fiction and romance writers, that has expanded to include a list of YA, literary, historical, southern, mystery and thriller authors. Nikki loves all types of fiction, but is particularly interested in finding fresh Southern voices and ethnically and culturally diverse fiction.

She Tweets about her favorite topics: books, wine, craft beer, history, southern culture and travel at @AWomanReading.

Sunday Send-off Keynote

Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. He graduated from Troy State University in Alabama, where his muckraking work for the student paper prompted an agitated dean to label him “the most destructive force on campus.” Since then he has covered a variety of newspaper beats and several natural disasters, including hurricanes, wildfires and the Florida Legislature. He is an award-winning environmental reporter for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times and the author of five non-fiction books, including The Scent of Scandal, which was classified as “True Crime/Gardening” and Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country, a New York Times bestseller and won a Florida Book Awards gold medal. His latest is Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther.

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