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
* 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 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

If you are ready to register NOW go to the Registration Tab.
The early registration discount ends Oct 15. Standard registration runs from Oct 16 to Jan 15. Late registration is available after Jan 15.

T. Jefferson Parker’s first of 24 novels, Laguna Heat (1985), was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. Parker’s following novels — all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California — were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists.  His writing has been called “potent and irresistible” (Los Angeles Times), and “resonant, literate and powerful” (Kirkus).  The New York Times wrote that “T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer.”  Writing in the Washington Post, critic Carolyn See called The Triggerman’s Dance “a masterpiece.” Parker’s Silent Joe won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 2001, as well as the coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries.  Three years later, California Girl won the Edgar for best mystery once again.  In 2008, Skinhead Central won Parker his third Edgar, this time for best short story. Parker’s last six crime novels — L.A. Outlaws, The Renegades, Iron River, The Border Lords, The Jaguar and The Famous and the Dead all feature Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Hood, and deal with dangers along the U.S./Mexico border. Parker launched his new series, based on private investigator Roland Ford, in 2017 with “The Room of White Fire.”  The series is set in north San Diego County, not far from Parker’s adopted hometown of Fallbrook. His latest Roland Ford novel, “Swift Vengeance,” was released on August 21, 2018.

E. J. Wagner is a crime historian, lecturer, teller of suspense stories for adults, and the moderator of the annual Forensic Forum at the Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York. Her work has been published in Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, The New York Times and The Lancet. Her book The Science of Sherlock Holmes won an Edgar® in 2007 for the Best Critical/Biographical book category and was short-listed for an Anthony Award.


Special Thursday Spotlight Speaker:
Brad Parks is an international bestselling author and the only writer to have won the Shamus, Nero, and Lefty Awards, three of American crime fiction’s most prestigious prizes. His novels have been translated into 15 languages and have won critical acclaim across the globe, including stars from every major pre-publication review outlet. A graduate of Dartmouth College, Parks is a former journalist with The Washington Post and The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger. He is now a full-time novelist living in Virginia with his wife and two school-aged children.
Sunday Send-Off Speaker:
Les Standiford is the author of twenty-two books, including the critically acclaimed John Deal mystery series as well as the stand-alone thrillers Black Mountain and Spill (adapted as a feature film, starring Brian Bosworth.) He has received the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award, the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is Founding Director of the Creative Writing Program at Florida International University in Miami and was appointed holder of the Peter Meinke Chair in Creative Writing at Eckerd College for the Spring of 2016.  His new book, Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago & the Rise of America’s Xanadu will be published by Grove/Atlantic in the Fall of 2019.

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 33 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.” She also has a new short story collection called Deal with the Devil and 13 Short Stories.

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.

Anna Michels is a Senior Editor at Sourcebooks and will oversee the newly acquired Poisoned Pen Press imprint and acquire some of its titles. 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.

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.

Stacey Donovan earned her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Arizona. After working as an editorial director and then a master writer at Hallmark, she became the director of Hallmark Publishing. She’s the author of Sunrise Cabin from Hallmark Publishing and several Hallmark gift books and children’s books. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three rescue dogs. You can connect with her on Twitter: Twitter.com/donovanesque.

Tess Callero has worked at Curtis Brown since 2015. She represents young adult and adult fiction authors, as well as select nonfiction projects. On the adult side, Tess is interested in commercial and upmarket women’s fiction, mysteries/thrillers/suspense, and romance. She especially enjoys a dark psychological suspense with a compelling narrator. She’s actively on the hunt for contemporary young adult mysteries as well. In addition to her role as agent, Tess is the Social Media Director at Curtis Brown. She also serves as a member on the Contracts Committee and the Digital Innovations committee of the AAR.

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.

Need more reasons to attend SleuthFest 2019? Here is a list of additional MWA authors and industry professionals attending:

JD Allen | Marty Ambrose | Tara L. Ames | J. Reuben Appelman | Angelina Assanti | Lynnette Austin Hon. Frederic Block | Steven K. Brown | Nancy J CohenElizabeth CrowensStefani DeoulLarry Enmon | Doug GiacobbeDebra H. GoldsteinJanice Hardy |  Cheryl HollonChristine A JacksonPatrick KendrickVictoria LandisRory J. McMahon | Alyssa MaxwellAlison J McMahanAnn Meier | John Nardizzi |  Vincent H O’NeilDr. Harriet Ottenheimer |  Carol J Perry | Al Pessin | Mike PettitSharon PlotkinSharon PottsCharles SalzbergJoanne SinchukDeborah Shlian | Dr. Don StrattonDiane A.S. StuckartSusan SussmanCharles Todd | Dr Lenore E Walker | Capt. (Ret) Lou Ann Williams | David Wind | Jane R. Wood |  Dirk Wyle |  Richard Wymer

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