Welcome to SleuthFest 2019

March 14-17, 2019 – A Premier Conference for Writers of All Levels
Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of Mystery Writers of America 

Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton
661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

* Sessions on the craft of writing, marketing, and promoting your work
* A forensic track with current forensic techniques & hands-on workshops
* Social events to mingle with agents, editors and your favorite authors
* An auction to purchase great writing stuff from bestselling authors and editors
* 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

A writer since childhood, Alexia Gordon put literary endeavors on hold to finish medical school and Family Medicine residency training. Medical career established, she returned to writing fiction and completed SMU’s Writer’s Path program in Dallas, Texas.
Henery Press published her first novel, Murder in G Major in 2016. It won the Lefty Award for Best Debut Novel, was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best New Novel and was selected one of Suspense Magazine’s Best Debuts. She has two more in her highly praised Gethsemane Brown mystery series Death in D Minor & Killing in C Sharp.
She listens to classical music, drinks whiskey, and blogs at www.missdemeanors.com, voted one of Writers’ Digest magazine’s 101 best websites for writers, and femmesfatales.typepad.com/my_weblog

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 with his wife and son.

Tom Straw is an Emmy and Writer’s Guild of America-nominated writer-producer, New York Times best-selling author, and former board member of the Mystery Writers of America, New York Chapter. Under the pseudonym Richard Castle, he authored seven crime novels, all of which became New York Times Bestsellers, including a Number-1. His latest murder mystery, Buzz Killer, was published under his own name. Tom’s TV credits include Night Court, for which he received an Emmy nomination for “Best Comedy Series” plus two WGA nominations as “Best Comedy Writer.” He was also executive producer of Dave’s World, Grace Under Fire, Cosby, Whoopi, and wrote for CBS’s Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Most recently he was head writer and an executive producer of Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, starring Edie Falco.

Elaine Viets has 30 bestselling mysteries in four series: hardboiled Francesca Vierling, traditional Dead-End Job, cozy Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper, and Angela Richman, Death Investigator. Elaine, a St. Louis native, took the Medicolegal Death Investigator Training Course for forensic professionals at St. Louis University. She’s won the Agatha, Anthony and Lefty Awards. Elaine returns to her hardboiled roots with her Angela Richman death investigator series. Ice Blonde is the latest in the series, following Fire and Ashes and Brain Storm. New York Times bestselling author Charlaine Harris calls Brain Storm “a complex novel of crime, punishment, and medical malfeasance.”

SleuthFest Editor in Residence: Neil S. Nyren
is the retired Executive VP, Associate Publisher and Editor in Chief of G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Random House. He worked at Putnam for over 32 years, and before that, at E.P. Dutton, Little Brown, Random House, Arbor House, and Atheneum. He is honored to be the recipient of the Ellery Queen Award from Mystery Writers of America. Among his authors of crime and suspense are Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, C.J. Box, John Sandford, Robert Crais, Jack Higgins, W.E.B. Griffin, Frederick Forsyth, Randy Wayne White, Alex Berenson, Ace Atkins, Alex Grecian, Carol O’Connell, Owen Laukkanen, Michael Sears, and Todd Moss. He also edited nonfiction.

Anna Michels is a Senior Editor at Sourcebooks. Over the course of more than seven years with the company, she has worked on a wide variety of projects, most recently focusing on acquiring adult fiction and nonfiction.
Anna is looking for a wide variety of books under the mystery/suspense/thriller umbrella, including psychological suspense, cozy mysteries, and contemporary crime fiction in the vein of Two Days Gone by Randall Silvis; book club fiction that hits the sweet spot between commercial and literary; and memoir by writers who connect the events of their lives to readers through incredible storytelling, as well as a wide variety of prescriptive and narrative nonfiction on both historical and contemporary topics.

Cari Lamba is an Associate Literary Agent at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency actively seeking to represent fiction and non-fiction picture books, middle-grade commercial fiction, as well as adult commercial fiction and mysteries. She has a special interest in cozy mysteries and mysteries with complex, original plots. Prior to joining the team of agents, Cari interned for the agency for eight years. Cari graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. She has experience as a bookseller, and in content writing for online publications. Cari has been published in Writer’s Digest Magazine and has taught webinars for Writer’s Digest as well.

Nicole Resciniti, president of The Seymour Agency, has been listed by Publisher’s Marketplace as a top dealmaker in the country and named ACFW’s 2012 Agent of the Year. She loves discovering new talent and helping established authors to take their career to the next level. Do you have the next project to feed her book addiction? A smart, tight read she won’t be able to put down? A signature voice she’ll fight to represent? Mainstream suspense, thrillers, mysteries, YA and inspirational novels are welcome. A consummate science geek and card-carrying Mensa member, Nicole would love to find the next great science fiction/fantasy novel or action/adventure masterpiece. Currently on her wish list: high concept middle grade, any kind of romance, and really fresh voices in YA. Nicole is a member of AAR, ACFW, and RWA. She holds degrees in biology, psychology, and behavioral neuroscience. Nicole taught in the public school system and has worn many hats before heeding her calling to become a literary agent–for which she will forever be indebted to Mary Sue Seymour.
I have the best job in the world. I read for a living and make author’s dreams come true.
Michelle Richter is an Agent at Fuse Literary. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Boston with a BA in Economics and a minor in Russian, and worked for several years in banking and finance. She got her start in publishing at St. Martin’s Press, after earning her Master’s in Publishing from Pace University in 2005, where she’s now an adjunct professor. Crime fiction is her true love, especially if a tough woman is the one tracking the killer. She’s rarely found a British or Scandinavian crime show she couldn’t get wrapped up in. Favorite authors include Laura Lippman, Tana French, Sara Blaedel, Mary Kubica, and Ruth Ware. Her clients include Kellye Garrett, who won the Agatha Award and Lefty Award for her debut, Hollywood Homicide.

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