Early registration ends midnight, July 11. 2012 for the Desert Sleuths WriteNow! 2012 Conference, “CRIMINAL MINDS: Investigating Today’s Writing Scene” to be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., August 11, 2012 at Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 7401N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale.
The lineup this year, includes licensed psychotherapist and author Dennis Palumbo; publicity guru Dana Kaye; multi-award-winning author Sean Chercover and an FBI Special Agent. In addition, acquisitions editor for the East Coast-based Five Star Publishing, Denise Dietz, will be accepting 15-minute pitches.
Palumbo, whose Los Angeles private practice specializes in creative issues, is also a mystery writer, and his newest crime novel, Fever Dream, is now available, published by Poisoned Pen Press. He is a former screenwriter with credits that include the feature film My Favorite Year and ABC-TV’s Welcome Back, Kotter. Palumbo is also a regular contributor for Psychology Today Magazine. Palumbo will demystify the writing process and share his tips to overcoming obstacles to the creative process.
Chercover is the author of the novels Big City Bad Blood, Trigger City and The Trinity Game, as well as short stories that have appeared in a number of anthologies. His work has received the Anthony, Shamus, CWA Dagger, Dilys, Crimespree, Gumshoe and Lovey awards, and has been shortlisted for Edgar, MacAvity, Barry, ITW Thriller and Arthur Ellis. He will talk about his writing process as a successful psychological suspense author.
Writers can learn more about publicity and marketing from Dana Kaye, who received her B.A. in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago and worked as a freelance writer and book critic. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, Crimespree Magazine, Windy City Times, and on GapersBlock.com. Her publicity career includes creating innovative media campaigns for award-winning, bestselling authors such as Jaime Freveletti, Jesse Kellerman and Gregg Hurwitz.
There are also a few pitch sessions still available for Denise Dietz, senior editor for Five Star, which is an imprint of the internationally renowned Gale Publishing. Ms. Deitz will take a limited number of novel pitches from attendees for $15 on a first-come, first-served basis. You will need to register, then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a session.
Conference fees, which includes continental breakfast, plated lunch and afternoon snack, is $80 for Desert Sleuths’ members before midnight, July 11, and $85 from July 12 to Aug.11; for nonmembers, the advance price is $90, and $95 (registration fee includes Desert Sleuths membership through 2012).
For complete conference details and to register, please visit: http://desertsleuths.com/conference.
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