FAQs

Please Note: Conference information is updated regularly, so please check back.

What is Third Degree Thursday?
The Thursday workshops are an optional, limited enrollment component of the conference, not included in the regular registration fee. You will have the opportunity to choose from hands-on workshops and sessions taught by masters of the craft, including forensics, pitching techniques, and more.
Cost:
$85 for MWA members and non-members
$50 for librarians, students, and educators who register online using their .EDU or .GOV email addresses.

Please try to register in advance so our Programming Chair and faculty have an idea of how many participants to expect at the various workshops. Some workshops may require signing up in advance to get the maximum benefit – for example: some workshops recommend you submit samples of your writing to be critiqued. The contact for such a session will be listed on the schedule. Otherwise, you may always observe. You may, however, register on Thursday.

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SleuthFest First Night Dinner
The First Night Dinner is SleuthFest’s opening night mingle and meet event. It is a buffet dinner with a cash bar. There will be fun and prizes. Come and meet our Author Faculty, Agents & Editors, and your fellow writers at this casual dinner. Seating is limited so sign up early. The First Night Dinner is one of two events to which you may bring a guest. The cost is $50 per ticket. To purchase a ticket for your guest, please log into your original registration and add them.

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Panels and Sessions
How do I get selected for a panel/session?
Because we are a chapter of the MWA, we require panelists to be published with an MWA-approved publisher [If you are not sure please check here] or have a unique expertise in a particular field related to writing in the Mystery genre. If you fit these criteria we would love to have you check the box on the registration form requesting to participate on panels. The SleuthFest Programming Chair will make every effort to accommodate each request. If you are placed on a panel, you will be notified before the conference, and the session moderator will contact you with further panel instructions. The session assignments are filled on a first-come first-assigned basis, so register early. Note: Individual workshops and presentations are by invitation only, but we would still like to hear your ideas for panel topics if you have them – email us at Sleuthfestinfo@gmail.com
If I am selected for a panel/session, how will my picture and bio get into the conference program?
Once you have registered, checked the “request to be a panelist” box, and paid, immediately email your bio (not to exceed 99 words) and 300 dpi picture to PJ Parish. You do NOT need to wait to hear whether you have been placed on a panel.
How are Moderators selected?
The Moderator Coordinator solicits moderators and then matches them to the panels.

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Agent and Editor Appointments – Strategy and/or Pitch Sessions
What is a Strategy Appointment? You may request an appointment with a Guest Editor or Guest Agent to discuss any issues you are having with your writing/WIP (Work In Progress) – plotting, pacing, dialogue, how to begin, or how to end.  Unlike the Pitch appointments, you are not required to have a finished manuscript for this type of appointment.
What is a Pitch Appointment? This is the opportunity to pitch your book to our Guest Editors or Guest Agents who are all currently looking for new manuscripts. You MUST have a finished manuscript to pitch.
Is there a charge for these appointments? – Yes, there is a $10.00 fee for each ten-minute appointment.
Can I have more than one? Attendees may buy a pitch and/or a strategy session in advance during registration. For additional appointments, you need to go to the Agents & Editors Appointment area on Friday afternoon to sign up.  If there are available time slots, they will be assigned on a first come/first served basis.  Additional appointments are $10.00 and payable at the A & E registration table.
How do I choose the agent or editor for my appointment? Check SleuthFest.com for a list of Guest Agents & Guest Editors attending and what they are looking for. When SleuthFest draws nearer, you will be contacted by our A & E coordinator. They will ask you to submit your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choices. We do our best to get you your first choice, but we cannot guarantee it.
When will I know whom I am meeting? When you arrive at SleuthFest and pick up your registration, your paid appointments will be in the Velcro pocket of your badge.
What if I have never pitched before? Check the program sessions schedule for the Pitch Practice Workshop.  It will help you understand how to pitch, and you will be able to practice as well. However, our Guest Editors or Guest Agents are not looking to cause you undue stress, they are professionals, it is best to relax and be yourself.

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Flamingo Pitch Tank
The Flamingo Pitch Tank is an optional event on Sunday morning. There is no extra fee or prior sign-up required. This is a way to pitch your book to all of our Guest Agents and Guest Editors at the conference. Our Guest Agents and Guest Editors will be seated in the front row of the room. Participants will have three minutes to pitch their book to the audience of agents and editors. If our Guest Agents and Guest Editors are interested in your book, they will request your contact information at the end of the session. This is not a workshop or critique session.

 

Can I Bring a Guest? 
Guests are spouses or significant others of a 3-Day attendee.  Due to limited seating space, guests may only attend the First Night Dinner on Thursday evening for $50 or the Agents & Editors Cocktail Party on Saturday night for $50. To add a guest, you will find the link on the last page of registration, select ‘Add another person.’  If your guest would like to attend additional activities during the 3-day conference, they must register as a separate 3-day attendee at full price.

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Manuscript Critiques
What is this?
Invited agents and/or editors agree to critique twenty-five (25) pages of a manuscript. You do not need to have a completed manuscript for this. The face-to-face critique will happen at SleuthFest and run about 20 minutes long. An appointment card will be in your hanging badge/wallet when you check into SleuthFest.The cost is $100.
What should I expect?
The key word is CRITIQUE. It is not intended as a “pitch,” nor is it a query. The agent or editor is not expected to evaluate the twenty-five pages on an acceptance/rejection basis. You will receive a critique of your work. The technique may vary from person to person, but you will receive a critique from a professional. You will be contacted a few weeks before SleuthFest with more information and where to submit your pages. Our Critique Coordinator will ask for your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices. We will try our best to get you your first choice, but we do not guarantee that.

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Reader’s Corner
The Reader’s Corner is an opportunity to read a ten-minute segment of your manuscript to a group of your peers. Your reading will be evaluated, and comments returned to you.
How does it work?
Prior to the conference, registrants will volunteer to participate by sending an email to Dirk Wyle, the Reader’s Corner moderator. Dirk will include you on the list of readers. When the session starts, he will call the group together and alert the first trio of readers. Each person will be called to the podium and given ten-minutes to introduce him/herself, set up his/her reading, and read the pages. At the end of the time, the audience will complete written critique sheets which will be provided to the reader.
Who can read?
Priority will be given to unpublished authors. After all unpublished authors have been assigned, published authors are welcome to read from an unpublished work.
Anything else I should know?
The atmosphere is informal, with lots of coming and going in the audience. However, readers are expected to be present for the entire program and pay-it-forward by critiquing others. To express your interest or for additional information, email Dirk Wyle at Dirk@Dirk-Wyle.com

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Program Ads and Other Promotion Opportunities
Program ads available in the program book, in addition to many other promotion opportunities. Check your promotions page for details and prices.

 

The Freddie Awards
The Freddie Writing Contest is on hiatus this year.

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Transportation to the Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton Boca Raton, 661 NW 53rd Street, Boca Raton, Florida, 33487

I am flying in for the conference. What is the best way to get to the hotel?

Transportation from either Ft Lauderdale airport or Palm Beach airport is available by taxi or shuttle.

A Kings Limo A King Limo (561) 662-8222  Call to reserve 48 hours in advance.
Presidential Limo (954) 428-9151 Passengers must give code MWA2019 at time of booking to receive a discounted rate.
Ft Lauderdale Airport (FLL) ONLY
Tri-Rail Call 800 TriRail or go to Tri-Rail for information. Embassy Suites has a shuttle which can pick up guests at Boca Raton Tri-Rail station. Call 561 994 8200 for the hotel shuttle.
Go Airport Shuttle (954) 627-1129. Shared Shuttle. Passengers may need to wait for the shuttle to fill. Go to the desk inside lower level by baggage claim.
Super Shuttle Super Shuttle (800) 258-3826. $35 per person one way call at least one day in advance. See website for further details
A taxi from either airport cost at least $75 – call for an exact price.
We recommend you call the service you plan to use ahead of your planned arrival to confirm price information.
I am driving to the conference. What is the best way to get to the hotel?
Please click on Hotel tab at top of this page, click on “For more information about the hotel.” This will take you to the hotel website. Then click on Directions.
Will I need a car?
You should not need a car.  There are plenty of activities at the hotel to keep you busy from Thursday morning to Sunday 2 pm.  However, for those who must get out, please see the hotel concierge.

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Refunds
If I have to cancel my registration, can I get a refund?
If you cancel no later than December 31, 2018, you will receive a full refund less any processing costs we may have incurred.
You will only be entitled to a 50% refund, less processing costs, for cancellations between December 31, 2018 and January 31, 2019. Due to the commitment we must make to the hotel, there are no refunds after January 31, 2019.

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Raffle
What is the Raffle?
Our Raffle Coordinator solicits and collects donations from panelist, publishers, FL-MWA chapter members, local merchants, and others. Donations in the past have included signed books, paintings, gift certificates, edible treats, drinkable treats, and even a vacation package. The raffle baskets will be on display in the bookstore throughout the conference.
All proceeds of the raffle & auction are used by the Florida chapter of the MWA to host and sponsor writing and literacy programs throughout Florida.
Some examples:
The “All Write” Literary events hosted by Florida MWA, Florida Library Association Annual Conference, Word of the South Literary Festival, Southwest Florida Reading Festival, and the South Florida Book Festival.
How do I donate items for the raffle?
Thank you! Donating to the raffle is a great way to gain additional exposure. We welcome all types of donations – you are limited only by your imagination. If you have an item or items to donate, there is a box to check during registration. Our Raffle Coordinator will contact you – OR – you may contact her at benvenutoml@aol.com. We will provide the baskets.
PLEASE NOTE: All donations must be received (or confirmed) by January 31, 2019.
We will try to fit in donations received after that date, but there is no guarantee.
How to win raffle items?
Raffle tickets are sold during the conference by our Boa Ladies and Gentlemen. Look for the PINK feather boas. Prices are 10 tickets for $10 or 25 tickets for $20.  Slotted boxes are placed with each raffle basket which are displayed in the bookstore. Match the prize basket number to the slotted box number and stuff your ticket stub(s) in the box. You can put your tickets all in one box or spread them amongst the 20+ prize baskets. Tickets are available from Thursday noon until 5PM on Saturday. Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.
When is the drawing and must I be present to win?
The drawing will be held before the Saturday evening cocktail party. It is not necessary for you to be there, but your tickets must be. Winning tickets are verified at the time of the drawing and the items presented. We cannot mail winning baskets. Many people who cannot attend on Saturday evening leave their tickets with a trusted friend.

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Author Auction held at the Friday Night Banquet
Our Author Auction is a live auction conducted by auctioneer Gregg Kocenko of Auction Nirvana. Items are usually from our Guests of Honor, Agents & Editors, and publishers. They can be 10-20 page critiques, character namings, marketing services, private one-on-one meetings with the Keynote or other guests. A list of what will be auctioned off will be on each banquet table the night of the event so you will be able to decide in advance what you want to bid on. It is a lot of fun. All items must be paid for immediately after the auction, by cash, check, or credit card.All proceeds of the raffle & auction are used by the Florida chapter of the MWA to host and sponsor writing and literacy programs throughout Florida.
Some examples:
The “All Write” Literary events hosted by Florida MWA, Florida Library Association Annual Conference, Word of the South Literary Festival, Southwest Florida Reading Festival, and the South Florida Book Festival.

 

Do you need a roommate?
Contact our Roommate Coordinator, Becky.

 

Additional Questions?
Although we hope we have answered many of your questions about SleuthFest on this page and throughout the website, please email us at Sleuthfestinfo@gmail.com if you have further questions.

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