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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 throughout the day by masters of the craft, including forensics, pitching techniques, and more!

How much is it?

The cost is $85 for MWA members and non-members alike. You may register for it on the conference registration form. Registrants may attend whichever workshop(s) you prefer – no additional registration required.

Do I have to pre-register for the Thursday workshops, or can I register that day?

It’s preferable to register in advance so that our Programming Chair and teachers 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. The contact for such a session will be listed on the schedule. Otherwise you may always observe. You may, however, register for 3rd Degree Thursday upon arrival.



What is it?

Whether you’re a wallflower or social butterfly, the SleuthFest 101 dinner on Thursday night is a great way for both newcomers and prior years’ SleuthFest attendees to kick off the conference experience. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with other SleuthFest attendees, and learn what’s in store over the next three days. Seating is limited so sign up early! The 101 Dinner is one of two events you may bring a guest to. Guests are $60.00 for the dinner, and you can register your guest by going into your original registration and adding them

What does it include?

The SleuthFest 101 Dinner includes dinner and gratuities. Sign up and select meal choices on the registration form.There will be a cash bar in the room.



How do I get selected for a panel/session?

First, you must be a published author by an MWA-approved publisher. There is a box on the registration form asking if you’d like to participate on a panel. Be sure to check it. The SleuthFest Programming Chair will make every effort to accommodate each session request but cannot make any guarantees. If you are placed on a panel, you will be notified before the conference of your assignment and of the names of the others on the panel with you. Keep in mind that the sessions assignments do fill up fast, so register early.

If I am selected for a panel/session, how does my picture and bio get into the conference program booklet?

Once you’ve registered, paid, and requested to be an instructor/panelist, please email your bio (not to exceed 99 words) and picture to pjparish@aol.com. You do NOT need to wait to hear whether you’ve been placed on a panel.

How are Moderators selected?

The Moderator Coodinator solicits moderators and then matches them to the panels. You need not be published to moderate. Feel free to volunteer once you’re registered and paid. Our Moderator coordinator will notify you if you have been chosen. Her email is AnnMeier2@Yahoo.com.


AGENT AND EDITOR APPOINTMENTS – Strategy and/or Pitching

What is this?
Each year, agents and editors attend SleuthFest as invited guests. They accept ‘cold pitches’, discuss manuscript issues, participate in a Roundtable panel, host tables at the luncheons, and attend the social events.

What is a Strategy Appointment? – You may request an appointment with an editor to discuss any issues you’re having with your writing/WIP – plotting, pacing, dialogue, how to begin, how to end it, etc.  Unlike the Pitch appointments, you are not required to have a finished manuscript for this type of appointment.

What is a Pitch Appointment? – You MUST have a finished manuscript to pitch to an agent.

Is there a charge for these appointments? – Yes, they are $10.00 each for a ten-minute appointment.

May I have more than one? – Through the registration site, you may buy a pitch and/or a strategy session in advance.  If you want an additional appointment, you must go to the Agents & Editors Appointment registration on Friday afternoon and request one.  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.

Do I choose the agent or editor for my appointment? – When SleuthFest draws nearer, you will be contacted by our A & E Chairman to submit your 1st, 2nd, & 3rd choices.  We do our best to get you your first choice, but we don’t guarantee it.  Do your part to be ready when contacted.  Go to the Agent and Editors bios/websites and know which of them might best match with your writing.

When will I know whom I’m meeting? – When you arrive at SleuthFest and pick up your hanging wallet/badge, the appointment card(s) will be inside.

What if I’ve never pitched before? – Check the program sessions schedule for the Pitch Practice Workshop.  It will help you understand how to pitch and you’ll be able to practice as well.


What Is The Flamingo Pitch Tank?

This is a way to pitch your book to every agent and editor at the conference.

How Does It Work?

The Flamingo Pitch Tank is an optional event on Sunday morning.  Our agents and editors will be seated in the front row of the room.  Participants will face them in the front of the room and have three minutes to pitch their book to the agents and editors.

Who Will Be Able To Participate?

Time is limited, so numbers will be issued to each interested person when they enter the room.  The order of who goes first, second, etc., will be determined by when their number is drawn.  Depending on the number of people wanting to participate, no one is guaranteed a chance to pitch.  Pitching an unfinished manuscript is not allowed.

Will The Agents & Editors Or Audience Members Give A Critique Of My Pitch?

No.  Time is limited. This is not a workshop or critique session.  Agents and editors will be instructed to withhold any comments.  This applies to audience members as well.  If they are interested in your book, they will request your contact information at the end of the session.  So stick around so they can find you afterward.



Guests are spouses or significant others of 3-Day attendees.  Due to available dining seating space, guests may only attend the 101 Dinner on Thursday evening for $60.00 or the Agents & Editors Cocktail Party on Saturday night for $50.00.  To add a guest, go into your registration.  You’ll find the link on the last page, ‘Add another person.’  If your spouse or SO would like to attend more during the 3-day conference, they must register as a 3-day attendee.



What is this?

Invited agents and/or editors agree to critique ten (10) pages of a manuscript. You do not need to have a completed manuscript for this.

How much does it cost?


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 ten-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 by a professional. You will be contacted in late December or early January with more information and where to submit your pages.

When does it take place? 

You’ll have an appointment card in your hanging badge/wallet when you check in to SleuthFest.  You’ll have 20 minutes with the agent or editor who did your critique.  It works the same as requesting an Agent or Editor appointment.  You’ll give our Manuscript Coordinator your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices, and we’ll try our best to get you your first choice, but we do not guarantee that.



What is it?

The 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 be invited to participate by Dirk Wyle, the Reader’s Corner moderator. If you say yes, 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.

Any hints?

Yes. Read slowly. Be courteous to the audience and other readers by adhering to the time limits. Practice ahead of time.

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.



Are ads available in the program book?


How can I buy one?

Email Kelly at PJParish@aol.com to reserve your space. Deadline for all ad copy is January 15, 2018.

Suppose I’m iffy on designing an ad?

We offer free design services. If you would like an ad, but have no one to assist you in designing one, we will help you free of charge! If you require this service, please contact Kelly so we can schedule your space and get to work on your ad. Kelly will provide a proof for your approval as soon as it is complete.

How do I submit an ad and what sizes are available?

Pre-Designed Ads. Ads should be designed in 300 DPI, and saved in a PDF or JPEG format. Ads can be submitted in black & white or color. We prefer email but can also accept a CD or a high-quality scan on disk or paper. Please advise if you need an address for mailing the ad copy.

Ad Sizes & Prices                       Full Color                     Black & White

Full Page: 7.5” wide x 10” high      $350                                  $250

½ Page: 7.5” wide x 5” high             250                                    150

¼ Page: 3.75” wide x 5” high           175                                    125

Back Cover: Full Color Only   $750

Inside Front or Back Cover: Full Color Only  $500.

Please be sure to include the following with your payment so we can apply it properly:
Your name
Type of payment you are making (Advertising)
Size and cost of your ad
Your email address.

Make checks payable to MWA-Florida Chapter, and send to the following address: MWA Florida Chapter, 2301 South Ocean Drive Apt 2005, Hollywood, FL  33019


The Freddy Awards are presented at the Friday Night Banquet.  To find out more, please go to the FMWA website (add link here).  For questions about the Freddie Award, contact Elaine Viets, the 2017 Contest Chair at FAWE2017Chair@aol.com



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

I’m flying in for the conference. What’s the best way to get to the hotel?

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

Ground Transportation from Ft Lauderdale (FLL) and Palm Beach (PBI) Airports

A Kings Limo A King Limo (561) 662-8222 From FLL $96.00 per limo up to 4 passengers. From PBI $84. Quoted prices include fuel and gratuity. Call to reserve 48 hours in advance.

Presidential Limo (954) 428-9151 Presidential Limousine (site under construction)
FLL to Embassy Suites Boca
Sedan — $86.75 (1 to 3 passengers)
SUV — $111.75 (with 6 passengers maximum
PBI to Embassy Suites Boca
Sedan — $87.50
SUV — $112.50
Pricing reflects a discounted price for our group. Passengers must give code MWA2017 at time of booking to receive 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 TriRail station. Call 561 994 8200 for hotel shuttle.

Go Airport Shuttle (954)627-1129. Shared Shuttle $23.00 per person. Passengers may wait for shuttle to fill. Go to desk inside lower level by baggage

Super Shuttle Super Shuttle (800) 258-3826. $35 per person one way call at least one day in advance. See website for further details

Taxis from the taxi line at either airport cost at least $75.

Fares listed are valid from day of posting on website. We recommend you call the service you plan to use ahead of your planned arrival to confirm price information.

I’m driving to the conference. What’s 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.


If I have to cancel my registration, can I get a refund?

If you cancel no later than December 15, 2017, 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 16, 2017 and January 15, 2018. Due to the commitment we must make to the hotel, there are no refunds after January 15, 2018.



What is the Raffle?

Our Raffle Chairman solicits and collects donations from authors, local merchants, and others, and packages the items together into 20 baskets. Donations in the past have included signed books, paintings, gift certificates, edible treats, even a vacation package! Critiques and character-namings are always good, too! The baskets are on display in the bookstore for examination throughout the conference.

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 for that during your registration process, and our Raffle chairman will contact you – OR – you may contact her at benvenutoml@aol.com

PLEASE NOTE: All donations must be received by January 15, 2018.

We’ll try to fit in donations received after that date, but there is no guarantee.

How do I participate to win raffle items?

Raffle tickets are sold throughout the conference by our Boa Ladies and Gentlemen, volunteers who roam the conference wearing pink boas. Prices are reasonable, and you can buy as many tickets as you like to increase your odds of winning. Slotted boxes are placed with each raffle item and you put your tickets in the box for the item you would like to win. You may buy your tickets from Thursday noon until 5PM on Saturday with cash, a check, or a credit card.

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.

AUTHOR AUCTION at the Friday Night Banquet

What is this? 

Our Author Auction Chairman solicits donations from our Guests of Honor, Agents & Editors, and other famous names.  The items for auction can be 10-20 page critiques, character namings, marketing services, private one-on-one meetings with the Keynote or other Guests of Honor.  A list of what will be auctioned off will be on each banquet table, so you’ll be able to decide in advance what to go for.  It’s a lot of fun – conducted by a professional auctioneer, author Cynthia Thomason.  All items must be paid for immediately after the auction, by cash, check, or credit card.


Need a Roommate?
Contact our Roommate coordinator Becky, bdors52@yahoo.com


Additional Questions?

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


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