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Friday, November 11
 

2:00pm EST

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Friday November 11, 2016 2:00pm - 7:00pm EST
Lobby

3:00pm EST

Master Class 1—Setting: It's a Sexy Character
A profound sense of place is a hallmark of great fiction.  You should think of it as one of the most important and compelling characters in your story.  In this session, we’ll examine the elements of setting, and look at ways to maximize their impact in your writing.  And then we’ll give it a try.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Junior Ballroom

3:00pm EST

Master Class 2—Successful Self-Publishing for the Modern Crime Writer
Once disdained by serious writers, self-publishing is fast gaining ground as a smart, respectable way for authors to gain income and readers in a crowded market. In this workshop, we’ll talk about what it takes to self-publish a mystery or crime novel successfully, and whether that’s the right route for you. Then, we’ll move onto specifics.

You’ll get an overview of the benefits, drawbacks, and pitfalls of publishing through the major retailers–Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Draft2Digital, Kobo, and Smashwords– before we go in depth to learn:
  • How to price your book
  • How to strategically use keywords and categories to find your audience and attract more readers
  • How to get all-important online reviews, and
  • What it takes to get your self-published novel charting with the major online retailers, whether it’s just been released or your titles have been out for months – or even years.

This course does not go into the technical aspects of formatting or uploading your manuscript, but will still be beneficial for those just exploring the self-publishing process, as well as beginning and veteran independent authors. Many of the selling strategies are also helpful for traditionally published authors, so all are welcome.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Jen Blood

Jen Blood

The Erin Solomon Mysteries, Author
Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries, awarded independent publishing's prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and AI Seal of Excellence, as well as the soon-to-be-released 5-Day Fiction writing guides. In addition to her fiction career, Jen founded and currently runs... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Westwood Room

3:00pm EST

Master Class 3—Plot is a Verb
In this class we’ll use lecture, discussion and exercises to discover ways to keep your plot moving forward and your reader turning pages. Please watch the movie BIG before the class.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Author, The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
New England Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 4—Tooting Your Horn: Publicity, Events, Social Media, and More
You've got your book written, now how do you tell the world? This class will answer your questions about marketing, advertising, and publicity. Topics will include newsletters, book trailers, email, advertising, events, and social media. You'll learn how to decide whether to spend your own money, and whether you need the help of other professionals (like website developers and graphic designers). You'll also learn how to work with your publisher on marketing and publicity. Feel free to bring examples of your own marketing, or other authors' materials that you found effective. Additional payment and preregistration required. Limited to fifty attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Marshall

Nancy Marshall

NMC Communications
Over the past 30 years, Nancy Marshall has won national awards and recognition for her expertise in public relations and marketing. In 2011, she received the Edward L. Bernays Award from the Maine Public Relations Council, recognizing the top PR professional in the state of Maine... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
New England Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 5—Shine On, You Crazy Manuscript: Easy Self-Editing Tips and Techniques

Your manuscript is finally finished...now what? Whether you're a beginner trying to attract an agent or editor, or a seasoned professional wanting to make less work (and more brownie points!) for your editor and publisher, or you're preparing your work to send to an independent editor for your indie publishing project, learning to self-edit will help you go beyond Spell Check and put your best work forward. In this workshop we'll discuss: the most common grammar, syntax, and word choice mistakes authors make, and how to identify and root out overused words, phrases, and physical movements, head hops, POV issues, and passive language. We'll also talk about which rules can be bent or broken in the name of literary license. Finally we will touch on tension and pacing, story structure and plot holes, and characterization. You will come away from this workshop with the specific tools to shine up your own manuscript to a dazzling finish.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Author, A Killer Kebab, Yarned and Dangerous
Jane Haertel is the CFO (Chief Fussbudget Officer) of Crazy Diamond Editing Services, a developmental, line/copy, proofreading, and coaching service for writers in any genre, fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors at all levels, from beginners to USA Today and New York... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Westwood Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 6—The Character Web
This workshop looks at how creating characters with conflicting goals creates conflict and tension essential to any good mystery, suspense, or thriller novel. We’ll analyze the web of character in an example, then examine the participants’ works in progress through the lens of the character web.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

Author, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR
Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of ten crime novels, including You'll Never Know, Dear (William Morrow, June 2017)). She is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A revised and expanded edition of her Edgar-nominated Writing and Selling Your... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Junior Ballroom

6:00pm EST

Crime Bake 101
Is this your first time at the New England Crime Bake? Do you want to make sure you get the most out of this weekend? Join co-chairs Ray Daniel and Sharon Daynard in this welcome session. They'll explain how the weekend works and give you some inside tips. Everyone is welcome at this session.
Price included in registration
Preregistration encouraged

Speakers
avatar for Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries: TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED. In its starred reviews of CORRUPTED MEMORY and HACKED, Publisher's weekly has described Daniel's work as "compulsively... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard has crossed paths with a serial killer, testified before grand juries, and taken lie detectors tests. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in both the US and Canada. She is the current President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Junior Ballroom

6:30pm EST

Welcome Pizza Party
Join your fellow attendees for some pizza and salad and some informal get-together time.

Price included in registration
Preregistration encouraged

Friday November 11, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Grand Ballroom

7:30pm EST

Break
Friday November 11, 2016 7:30pm - 7:45pm EST
TBA

7:45pm EST

Seminar 1—Brand You: The Importance of Honing Your Brand as a Writer

Of course you’d like to think your work speaks for itself, and largely it does. But, as professional writers, it’s imperative to develop and hone your personal brand. Everything from how you present yourself, to how you tell stories, to your hobbies, to the causes you support, rolls up into the reader’s perception of the entire package–not just your latest novel. Consider whether your personal brand is aligned with the style, tone or theme of what you yourself are penning or how you’re presenting yourself to your readership.

While it may be a bit strange at first to think of yourself as a brand, the Brand You workshop is where you will get a crash course in the importance of personal brand. Christine Tieri, President at Idea Agency, will utilize her skills as a Certified Brand Strategist to take participants through the various steps to hone their personal brands and help to make you– and your books–stand out in the marketplace.

Highlights:

  • Understand why working on your personal brand is important
  • Work in real time during presentation on your own personal brand
  • Learn about unique attributes, understanding your audience, and writing a brand statement
  • Bounce ideas off others to see if your brand sounds unique and authentic

 

Price included in registration
Preregistration encouraged

Speakers
avatar for Chris Tieri

Chris Tieri

With a passion for problem solving and a quest for continuous improvement, Christine works with businesses, brands, communities, and individuals to help build their path to success.As the only Certified Brand Strategist in New England, Christine is driven to discover her clients... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 7:45pm - 8:50pm EST
Grand Ballroom

7:45pm EST

Seminar 2—Practice Your Pitch
This Friday evening seminar opens with a short introductory presentation on what makes a pitch work. Then participants get to work on their pitches in small groups led by a literary agent or editor. The goal is for every writer who wants to practice pitching to get that opportunity in a supportive environment. Participants benefit not just from working on their own pitches, but from listening to and participating in critiques of their fellow writers.

Price included in registration
Preregistration required

Moderators
avatar for Paula Munier

Paula Munier

Senior Agent & Content Strategist, Talcott Notch Literary
Paula has championed great content for more than twenty years at such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She’s always looking for good crime fiction, and loves a good plot, since she wrote the book on it—PLOT PERFECT: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene... Read More →

Agents & Editors
avatar for Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff

Acquiring Editor, Midnight Ink
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing over 36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Burby

Danielle Burby

HSG Agency
Danielle began working at HSG in early 2013. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writer’s House; Clarion Books; Faye Bender Literary Agency; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner; and SquareOne Publishers. She also did some freelance copy editing for John Wiley & Sons. She graduated... Read More →
avatar for Kaylee Davis

Kaylee Davis

Dee Mura Literary
Growing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee’s lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson... Read More →
avatar for LIZA DAWSON

LIZA DAWSON

Liza Dawson Associates
Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Faust

Jessica Faust

Bookends Literary Agency
Jessica Faust is open to all submissions in mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, romantic suspense, YA thrillers, and anything with a strong female protagonist. She's also looking for magical realism... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt Literary Agency
Nancy attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in English. For nearly 25 years she worked selling subsidiary rights for children’s books imprints at Viking, HarperCollins, Morrow, and Greenwillow. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent... Read More →
avatar for Brita Lundberg

Brita Lundberg

Irene Goodman Agency
Brita Lundberg began her publishing career in London and Los Angeles, at Peters Fraser & Dunlop and 2 Seas Agency respectively. She joined the Irene Goodman Agency in 2014 and is actively building her list of authors. Brita is especially drawn to character-driven literary fiction... Read More →
avatar for Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein

Literary Agent, GO Literary
Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Peter Senftleben

Peter Senftleben

Editor, Crooked Lane Books
Peter Senftleben joined Crooked Lane Books in the Fall of 2016 as editor after nearly ten years with Kensington Publishing. Often drawn to distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him skip meals (good luck with that), he is currently acquiring... Read More →
avatar for Alec Shane

Alec Shane

Writers House
Writers House is one of the largest literary agencies in the world and prides itself on providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments, as well as a full accounting and royalty staff. I... Read More →

Friday November 11, 2016 7:45pm - 8:50pm EST
Junior Ballroom

9:00pm EST

Death, Desserts, and Debutants
Come have delicious desserts, coffee, and drinks and celebrate this year's debut authors.

Sponsored by Mystery Writers of America New England and Sisters in Crime New England.

Price included in registration
Preregistration encouraged

Friday November 11, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm EST
Prefunction Area
 
Saturday, November 12
 

8:00am EST

Continental Breakfast
Preregistration encouraged
Price included in registration

Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am - 8:30am EST
Prefunction Area

8:00am EST

Check-In
Saturday November 12, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Lobby

8:30am EST

Welcoming Remarks of the Cochairs
Speakers
avatar for Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries: TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED. In its starred reviews of CORRUPTED MEMORY and HACKED, Publisher's weekly has described Daniel's work as "compulsively... Read More →
avatar for Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard has crossed paths with a serial killer, testified before grand juries, and taken lie detectors tests. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in both the US and Canada. She is the current President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 8:30am - 8:45am EST
Grand Ballroom

8:45am EST

Presentation of the Al Blanchard Award
Speakers
avatar for Leslie Wheeler

Leslie Wheeler

Author of Murder at Spouters Point
I'm an award-winning author of books about American history and biographies, who has written the Miranda Lewis "living history" mystery series, and who is working on a new series. A former contributing editor at Level Best Books, I've also published a number of short stories in the... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 8:45am - 9:00am EST
TBA

9:00am EST

Opening Panel— Our Big Guns and How They Got There
Moderators
avatar for Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard

Sharon Daynard has crossed paths with a serial killer, testified before grand juries, and taken lie detectors tests. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies in both the US and Canada. She is the current President of the New England chapter of Sisters in Crime... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder

Author, GUILTY MINDS
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including THE FIXER, SUSPICION, VANISHED, and BURIED SECRETS. Finder's international bestseller KILLER INSTINCT won the International Thriller Writers's Thriller Award for Best Novel. Other bestselling... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier

I'm currently working on my 24th Lucy Stone mystery and it's a mystery to me how it all happened. The series began back in 1990 with "Mistletoe Murder," in which Lucy was moonlighting at a country catalog store. Since then her family has grown -- and so has mine, with five grandchildren... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Author, The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 9:00am - 9:50am EST
Grand Ballroom

9:50am EST

Book Signing/Break—Opening Panel and Level Best Books Authors
Speakers
avatar for Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder

Author, GUILTY MINDS
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including THE FIXER, SUSPICION, VANISHED, and BURIED SECRETS. Finder's international bestseller KILLER INSTINCT won the International Thriller Writers's Thriller Award for Best Novel. Other bestselling... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier

I'm currently working on my 24th Lucy Stone mystery and it's a mystery to me how it all happened. The series began back in 1990 with "Mistletoe Murder," in which Lucy was moonlighting at a country catalog store. Since then her family has grown -- and so has mine, with five grandchildren... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Author, The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 9:50am - 10:10am EST
Prefunction Area

10:10am EST

Track 1—Researching and Writing the Historical Mystery
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Emily Arsenault

Emily Arsenault

Author, THE EVENING SPIDER
Emily Arsenault is the author of THE EVENING SPIDER, WHAT STRANGE CREATURES, MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE, IN SEARCH OF THE ROSE NOTES, and THE BROKEN TEAGLASS. Her first young adult novel, THE LEAF READER, will be released in the summer of 2017. She lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her... Read More →
avatar for Toby Ball

Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Crockett Estevao

Jessica Crockett Estevao

Author, WHISPERS BEYOND THE VEIL, A Change of Fortune Mystery
Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries. The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, will release in September 2016. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with... Read More →
avatar for Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell

Author, DELIVERING THE TRUTH, aka Maddie Day
Author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries, and the Local Foods Mysteries. A gardener, cook, world traveler, mom, and fourth-generation Californian, Edith lives north of Boston with three cats, a tall handy beau, and more ideas about murder than she'll ever... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 10:10am - 11:00am EST
Grand Ballroom

10:10am EST

Track 2—The Challenges of Writing Multiple Series
Moderators
avatar for Lucy Burdette

Lucy Burdette

Author of KILLER TAKEOUT
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 15 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, KILLER TAKEOUT (NAL/Obsidian April 2016.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Corrigan (DA Keeley)

John Corrigan (DA Keeley)

The Peyton Cote, US Border Patrol series, author of Destiny's Pawn (2016)
John R Corrigan has published nine crime novels under his own name and K.A. Delaney and D.A. Keeley. His most recent work, Destiny's Pawn, will be published in June 2016. He is English department chair at Northfield Mount Hermon School and writes a bi-weekly post for Type M for Murder... Read More →
avatar for Liz Mugavero

Liz Mugavero

Author, Pawsitively Organic Mysteries
Liz Mugavero is the author of the Agatha Award-nominated Pawsitively Organic Mysteries Kneading to Die, A Biscuit, A Casket, The Icing on the Corpse and Murder Most Finicky. Custom-Baked Murder, the fifth in the series, will be released in December 2016. As you can imagine, her canine... Read More →
avatar for Diane Vallere

Diane Vallere

Author
After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. MASKING FOR TROUBLE, her fourteenth book, came out in October 2016. Diane is the president of Sisters in Crime. She writes the Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Costume... Read More →
avatar for Lea Wait

Lea Wait

author
Lea Wait's the Maine author of the Mainely Needlepoint and Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the most recent of which are DANGLING BY A THREAD and SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE. She also writes historical fiction for ages 8 and up, the latest of which, UNCERTAIN GLORY, is set... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 10:10am - 11:00am EST
Junior Ballroom

11:00am EST

Book Signing/Break
Speakers
avatar for Emily Arsenault

Emily Arsenault

Author, THE EVENING SPIDER
Emily Arsenault is the author of THE EVENING SPIDER, WHAT STRANGE CREATURES, MISS ME WHEN I'M GONE, IN SEARCH OF THE ROSE NOTES, and THE BROKEN TEAGLASS. Her first young adult novel, THE LEAF READER, will be released in the summer of 2017. She lives in Shelburne Falls, MA, with her... Read More →
avatar for Toby Ball

Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →
avatar for Lucy Burdette

Lucy Burdette

Author of KILLER TAKEOUT
Clinical psychologist Lucy Burdette (aka Roberta Isleib) has published 15 mysteries, including the latest in the Key West food critic series, KILLER TAKEOUT (NAL/Obsidian April 2016.) Her books and stories have been short-listed for Agatha, Anthony, and Macavity awards. She's a member... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

Author, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR
Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of ten crime novels, including You'll Never Know, Dear (William Morrow, June 2017)). She is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A revised and expanded edition of her Edgar-nominated Writing and Selling Your... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Crockett Estevao

Jessica Crockett Estevao

Author, WHISPERS BEYOND THE VEIL, A Change of Fortune Mystery
Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries. The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, will release in September 2016. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with... Read More →
avatar for Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Author, A Killer Kebab, Yarned and Dangerous
Jane Haertel is the CFO (Chief Fussbudget Officer) of Crazy Diamond Editing Services, a developmental, line/copy, proofreading, and coaching service for writers in any genre, fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors at all levels, from beginners to USA Today and New York... Read More →
avatar for John Corrigan (DA Keeley)

John Corrigan (DA Keeley)

The Peyton Cote, US Border Patrol series, author of Destiny's Pawn (2016)
John R Corrigan has published nine crime novels under his own name and K.A. Delaney and D.A. Keeley. His most recent work, Destiny's Pawn, will be published in June 2016. He is English department chair at Northfield Mount Hermon School and writes a bi-weekly post for Type M for Murder... Read More →
avatar for Edith Maxwell

Edith Maxwell

Author, DELIVERING THE TRUTH, aka Maddie Day
Author of the Quaker Midwife Mysteries, the Country Store Mysteries, and the Local Foods Mysteries. A gardener, cook, world traveler, mom, and fourth-generation Californian, Edith lives north of Boston with three cats, a tall handy beau, and more ideas about murder than she'll ever... Read More →
avatar for Liz Mugavero

Liz Mugavero

Author, Pawsitively Organic Mysteries
Liz Mugavero is the author of the Agatha Award-nominated Pawsitively Organic Mysteries Kneading to Die, A Biscuit, A Casket, The Icing on the Corpse and Murder Most Finicky. Custom-Baked Murder, the fifth in the series, will be released in December 2016. As you can imagine, her canine... Read More →
avatar for Paula Munier

Paula Munier

Senior Agent & Content Strategist, Talcott Notch Literary
Paula has championed great content for more than twenty years at such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She’s always looking for good crime fiction, and loves a good plot, since she wrote the book on it—PLOT PERFECT: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene... Read More →
avatar for Diane Vallere

Diane Vallere

Author
After two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. MASKING FOR TROUBLE, her fourteenth book, came out in October 2016. Diane is the president of Sisters in Crime. She writes the Samantha Kidd, Madison Night, Costume... Read More →
avatar for Lea Wait

Lea Wait

author
Lea Wait's the Maine author of the Mainely Needlepoint and Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the most recent of which are DANGLING BY A THREAD and SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE. She also writes historical fiction for ages 8 and up, the latest of which, UNCERTAIN GLORY, is set... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am EST
Prefunction Area

11:20am EST

Track 1—Navigating the New Waters of Publishing
Moderators
avatar for Kate Flora

Kate Flora

Author
Refusing to let herself be “branded” as someone who writes a particular type of mystery, recovering attorney Kate Clark Flora writes strong women mysteries in her Thea Kozak series, police procedurals in her Joe Burgess series, along with true crime and short stories. Her most... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jen Blood

Jen Blood

The Erin Solomon Mysteries, Author
Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries, awarded independent publishing's prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and AI Seal of Excellence, as well as the soon-to-be-released 5-Day Fiction writing guides. In addition to her fiction career, Jen founded and currently runs... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin

Author: AMONG THE SHADOWS
Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years... Read More →
avatar for Dale T. Phillips

Dale T. Phillips

Author, A Certain Slant of Light
I've published over 60 short stories, novels, story collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book. Stephen King was my writing instructor in college. I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film. I co-wrote and acted in a short political satire, and... Read More →
avatar for CAROLYN WILKINS

CAROLYN WILKINS

Author of Melody For Murder and Mojo For Murder, The Bertie Bigelow Mystery Series
ABOUT CAROLYN WILKINS Carolyn Wilkins is a Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College of Music and the author of Melody For Murder, the first in a series of murder mysteries featuring Bertie Bigelow, an African American choir director on the South Side of Chicago. Mojo For Murder... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 11:20am - 12:10pm EST
Junior Ballroom

11:20am EST

Track 2—If We Knew Then What We Know Now
Moderators
avatar for Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries: TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED. In its starred reviews of CORRUPTED MEMORY and HACKED, Publisher's weekly has described Daniel's work as "compulsively... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews is the author of 20 books in the Meg Langslow series from Minotaur, including Die Like an Eagle (August 2016). She currently serves as MWA’s Executive Vice President. When not writing, she gardens with more enthusiasm than skill, pursues her passion for digital photography... Read More →
avatar for Brendan DuBois

Brendan DuBois

Author, BLOOD FOAM
Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of twenty novels and more than 150 short stories. His latest Lewis Cole mystery, STORM CELL, will be published this November. He’s currently working on a series of works with NYT bestselling novelist James Patteson... Read More →
avatar for Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Author, SAY NO MORE
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of eight mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—now with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys... Read More →
avatar for Lea Wait

Lea Wait

author
Lea Wait's the Maine author of the Mainely Needlepoint and Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the most recent of which are DANGLING BY A THREAD and SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE. She also writes historical fiction for ages 8 and up, the latest of which, UNCERTAIN GLORY, is set... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 11:20am - 12:10pm EST
Grand Ballroom

12:10pm EST

Book Signing/Break
Moderators
avatar for Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel

Ray Daniel is an award-winning author of Boston-based crime fiction and is the author of the Tucker Mysteries: TERMINATED, CORRUPTED MEMORY, CHILD NOT FOUND, and HACKED. In its starred reviews of CORRUPTED MEMORY and HACKED, Publisher's weekly has described Daniel's work as "compulsively... Read More →
avatar for Kate Flora

Kate Flora

Author
Refusing to let herself be “branded” as someone who writes a particular type of mystery, recovering attorney Kate Clark Flora writes strong women mysteries in her Thea Kozak series, police procedurals in her Joe Burgess series, along with true crime and short stories. Her most... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews

Donna Andrews is the author of 20 books in the Meg Langslow series from Minotaur, including Die Like an Eagle (August 2016). She currently serves as MWA’s Executive Vice President. When not writing, she gardens with more enthusiasm than skill, pursues her passion for digital photography... Read More →
avatar for Jen Blood

Jen Blood

The Erin Solomon Mysteries, Author
Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries, awarded independent publishing's prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and AI Seal of Excellence, as well as the soon-to-be-released 5-Day Fiction writing guides. In addition to her fiction career, Jen founded and currently runs... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin

Author: AMONG THE SHADOWS
Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years... Read More →
avatar for Brendan DuBois

Brendan DuBois

Author, BLOOD FOAM
Brendan DuBois of New Hampshire is the award-winning author of twenty novels and more than 150 short stories. His latest Lewis Cole mystery, STORM CELL, will be published this November. He’s currently working on a series of works with NYT bestselling novelist James Patteson... Read More →
avatar for Dale T. Phillips

Dale T. Phillips

Author, A Certain Slant of Light
I've published over 60 short stories, novels, story collections, poetry, and a non-fiction career book. Stephen King was my writing instructor in college. I've appeared on stage, television, and in an independent feature film. I co-wrote and acted in a short political satire, and... Read More →
avatar for Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Author, SAY NO MORE
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of eight mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—now with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys... Read More →
avatar for Lea Wait

Lea Wait

author
Lea Wait's the Maine author of the Mainely Needlepoint and Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the most recent of which are DANGLING BY A THREAD and SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE. She also writes historical fiction for ages 8 and up, the latest of which, UNCERTAIN GLORY, is set... Read More →
avatar for CAROLYN WILKINS

CAROLYN WILKINS

Author of Melody For Murder and Mojo For Murder, The Bertie Bigelow Mystery Series
ABOUT CAROLYN WILKINS Carolyn Wilkins is a Professor of Ensembles at Berklee College of Music and the author of Melody For Murder, the first in a series of murder mysteries featuring Bertie Bigelow, an African American choir director on the South Side of Chicago. Mojo For Murder... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 12:10pm - 12:30pm EST
Prefunction Area

12:30pm EST

Lunch and Guest of Honor Talk--High Roads and Low: A Writer's Journey
Speakers
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Grand Ballroom

1:30pm EST

Book Signing/Break
Speakers
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:30pm - 1:45pm EST
Prefunction Area

1:45pm EST

Track 1—Agent & Editor Roundtables

Attendees will be assigned to a roundtable (ten to a table) staffed by an agent or editor and a published author. You’ll receive your table number when you check in for the conference. Participants will bring a single sheet of paper with their title, subgenre*, a logline ( a summary of 35 words or less), and the first page of their novel (standard double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman). The published author will read the sheet aloud (unless you prefer to read  yourself), and then the agent or editor and the published author will offer feedback. If the agent or editor is interested in seeing more, he or she can make a note and communicate with participants afterward.

*subgenre: category of crime fiction, such as traditional, hardboiled, noir, police procedural, private eye, historical, thriller, medical, legal, psychological suspense, romantic suspense, western, paranormal, military, technological, political, forensic, espionage

Limited to 100 participants
Price included in registration
Preregistration required


Moderators
avatar for Jason Walcutt

Jason Walcutt

Community Outreach Director
Jason Walcutt is a former microfinancier, chicken farmer and tarot card reader. He's searched for lost Native American tribes in the deserts of Mexico, traveled extensively in the south of Spain, worked as an aid worker in the slums of Mumbai, lived on a sinking boat in the port of... Read More →

Agents & Editors
avatar for Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff

Acquiring Editor, Midnight Ink
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing over 36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Burby

Danielle Burby

HSG Agency
Danielle began working at HSG in early 2013. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writer’s House; Clarion Books; Faye Bender Literary Agency; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner; and SquareOne Publishers. She also did some freelance copy editing for John Wiley & Sons. She graduated... Read More →
avatar for Kaylee Davis

Kaylee Davis

Dee Mura Literary
Growing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee’s lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson... Read More →
avatar for LIZA DAWSON

LIZA DAWSON

Liza Dawson Associates
Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Faust

Jessica Faust

Bookends Literary Agency
Jessica Faust is open to all submissions in mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, romantic suspense, YA thrillers, and anything with a strong female protagonist. She's also looking for magical realism... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt Literary Agency
Nancy attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in English. For nearly 25 years she worked selling subsidiary rights for children’s books imprints at Viking, HarperCollins, Morrow, and Greenwillow. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent... Read More →
avatar for Brita Lundberg

Brita Lundberg

Irene Goodman Agency
Brita Lundberg began her publishing career in London and Los Angeles, at Peters Fraser & Dunlop and 2 Seas Agency respectively. She joined the Irene Goodman Agency in 2014 and is actively building her list of authors. Brita is especially drawn to character-driven literary fiction... Read More →
avatar for Paula Munier

Paula Munier

Senior Agent & Content Strategist, Talcott Notch Literary
Paula has championed great content for more than twenty years at such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She’s always looking for good crime fiction, and loves a good plot, since she wrote the book on it—PLOT PERFECT: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene... Read More →
avatar for Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein

Literary Agent, GO Literary
Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Peter Senftleben

Peter Senftleben

Editor, Crooked Lane Books
Peter Senftleben joined Crooked Lane Books in the Fall of 2016 as editor after nearly ten years with Kensington Publishing. Often drawn to distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him skip meals (good luck with that), he is currently acquiring... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom and New England Room

1:45pm EST

Track 2—Traveling in Packs: Writers Band Together for Promotion
Moderators
avatar for Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton

Lisa Haselton writes short suspense. Her shortest published work is 55 words; her longest a few thousand. Lisa is the woman behind the scenes with Crime Bake registration; if you have questions or need help, just ask! She loves putting the names with faces once the conference arrives... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Crockett Estevao

Jessica Crockett Estevao

Author, WHISPERS BEYOND THE VEIL, A Change of Fortune Mystery
Jessica Estevao writes the Change of Fortune Mysteries. The first in the series, Whispers Beyond the Veil, will release in September 2016. She loves the beach, mysterious happenings and all things good-naturedly paranormal. While she lives for most of the year in New Hampshire with... Read More →
avatar for Kate Flora

Kate Flora

Author
Refusing to let herself be “branded” as someone who writes a particular type of mystery, recovering attorney Kate Clark Flora writes strong women mysteries in her Thea Kozak series, police procedurals in her Joe Burgess series, along with true crime and short stories. Her most... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Author, SAY NO MORE
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of eight mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—now with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Junior Ballroom

1:45pm EST

Track 3–Reading Like a Writer: Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
In this session we will all have read the same book, one that you have probably read before, Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We'll look at it from the point of view of craft--how does Christie use point of view? How does she play with the reader's expectations? Should she have been kicked out of the Detection Club? (More about that at the session.) This early Christie work is what put her firmly on the path of success. What can we learn from her?

Price included in registration


Speakers
avatar for Julie Hennrikus

Julie Hennrikus

Author of the Clock Shop Mysteries
Julianne Holmes’ Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015, with the publication of JUST KILLING TIME. CLOCK AND DAGGER came out this past August. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has published three short stories with Level Best Books. She is on the boards of SinC and SinCNE... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Westwood Room

3:00pm EST

Break
Saturday November 12, 2016 3:00pm - 3:10pm EST
TBA

3:10pm EST

Track 1—Creating Your Town
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross

Author, FOGGED INN
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out and Fogged Inn. Her latest is the holiday novella collection, Eggnog Murder, with Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis. Next up is Iced Under, coming December 27. Barbara blogs with a wonderful... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly, Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated and New York Times bestselling author, writes three mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, set in Philadelphia, rural Massachusetts, and the Wild West of Ireland. In addition, she writes the Relatively Dead paranormal romance... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier

I'm currently working on my 24th Lucy Stone mystery and it's a mystery to me how it all happened. The series began back in 1990 with "Mistletoe Murder," in which Lucy was moonlighting at a country catalog store. Since then her family has grown -- and so has mine, with five grandchildren... Read More →
avatar for Marian McMahon Stanley

Marian McMahon Stanley

The Immaculate, Author
Author of THE IMMACULATE - a recently released Boston-based mystery about the murder of an elderly nun and the unholy alliance that did her in. This is Marian's third career, the first in international business for a Fortune 500 company and the second at a large urban university... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 3:10pm - 4:00pm EST
Junior Ballroom

3:10pm EST

Track 2—Writing Thrillers and Suspense
Moderators
avatar for Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder is the Edgar finalist author of the Conway Sax mysteries, including Purgatory Chasm, and co-owner of Flatout Motorsports, a company that builds race cars. He lives in Massachusetts.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder

Author, GUILTY MINDS
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including THE FIXER, SUSPICION, VANISHED, and BURIED SECRETS. Finder's international bestseller KILLER INSTINCT won the International Thriller Writers's Thriller Award for Best Novel. Other bestselling... Read More →
avatar for James Hayman

James Hayman

Author
James Hayman is the New York Times bestselling author of the McCabe/Savage thrillers, set in and around Portland, Maine. James is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Brown University, he spent more than 35 years as a copywriter and... Read More →
avatar for Carrie H. Johnson

Carrie H. Johnson

Author, Hot Flash, Carrie H. Johnson
Carrie H. Johnson is an author, entrepreneur and educator. Her debut novel, “Hot Flash”, with Kensington Publishing, is the first installment in the Muriel Mabley mystery series. Johnson began her writing career as a journalist and was published in several newspapers including... Read More →
avatar for Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker has published two novels with Thomas Dunne Books. Her first book, NIGHT BLINDNESS, was an IndieNext pick. Her second, NOWHERE GIRL, is a mystery thriller that Kirkus Reviews calls "Compulsively readable." Her third and fourth books are finished and she's currently working... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 3:10pm - 4:00pm EST
Grand Ballroom

4:00pm EST

Book Signing/Break
Moderators
avatar for Barbara Ross

Barbara Ross

Author, FOGGED INN
Barbara Ross is the author of the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Clammed Up, Boiled Over, Musseled Out and Fogged Inn. Her latest is the holiday novella collection, Eggnog Murder, with Leslie Meier and Lee Hollis. Next up is Iced Under, coming December 27. Barbara blogs with a wonderful... Read More →
avatar for Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder

Steve Ulfelder is the Edgar finalist author of the Conway Sax mysteries, including Purgatory Chasm, and co-owner of Flatout Motorsports, a company that builds race cars. He lives in Massachusetts.

Speakers
avatar for Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly, Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated and New York Times bestselling author, writes three mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, set in Philadelphia, rural Massachusetts, and the Wild West of Ireland. In addition, she writes the Relatively Dead paranormal romance... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Finder

Joseph Finder

Author, GUILTY MINDS
Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve previous novels, including THE FIXER, SUSPICION, VANISHED, and BURIED SECRETS. Finder's international bestseller KILLER INSTINCT won the International Thriller Writers's Thriller Award for Best Novel. Other bestselling... Read More →
avatar for James Hayman

James Hayman

Author
James Hayman is the New York Times bestselling author of the McCabe/Savage thrillers, set in and around Portland, Maine. James is a native New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Brown University, he spent more than 35 years as a copywriter and... Read More →
avatar for Carrie H. Johnson

Carrie H. Johnson

Author, Hot Flash, Carrie H. Johnson
Carrie H. Johnson is an author, entrepreneur and educator. Her debut novel, “Hot Flash”, with Kensington Publishing, is the first installment in the Muriel Mabley mystery series. Johnson began her writing career as a journalist and was published in several newspapers including... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Leslie Meier

Leslie Meier

I'm currently working on my 24th Lucy Stone mystery and it's a mystery to me how it all happened. The series began back in 1990 with "Mistletoe Murder," in which Lucy was moonlighting at a country catalog store. Since then her family has grown -- and so has mine, with five grandchildren... Read More →
avatar for Marian McMahon Stanley

Marian McMahon Stanley

The Immaculate, Author
Author of THE IMMACULATE - a recently released Boston-based mystery about the murder of an elderly nun and the unholy alliance that did her in. This is Marian's third career, the first in international business for a Fortune 500 company and the second at a large urban university... Read More →
avatar for Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker

Susan Strecker has published two novels with Thomas Dunne Books. Her first book, NIGHT BLINDNESS, was an IndieNext pick. Her second, NOWHERE GIRL, is a mystery thriller that Kirkus Reviews calls "Compulsively readable." Her third and fourth books are finished and she's currently working... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:00pm - 4:20pm EST
Prefunction Area

4:20pm EST

Track 1–One-on-One Pitch Sessions with Agents and Editors
Three-minute, one-on-one pitch sessions give you an opportunity to formally pitch your novel face-to-face to agents and editors you choose.

Participants line up (quietly, please!) for the agents and editors they want to pitch. First come, first served. Pitches will be strictly limited to three minutes. Some participants may decide to increase their number of pitches by choosing shorter lines. Others might decide to wait in a longer line for that special agent or editor. If the agent or editor is interested in reading your work, he or she will tell you how to submit it. Please don’t bring your submissions with you to the session! As the conference approaches, we will be updating the website with the bios of the agents and editors who will be receiving pitches.

Limited to 150

Price: $15

Preregistration required


Agents & Editors
avatar for Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff

Acquiring Editor, Midnight Ink
Terri Bischoff joined Midnight Ink as Acquiring Editor in October 2009. She leads all editorial directions and creates the seasonal lists. She has dramatically increased the number of titles per season, publishing over 36 titles per year, as well as expanded the type of crime fiction... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Burby

Danielle Burby

HSG Agency
Danielle began working at HSG in early 2013. Before finding her home at HSG, she interned at Writer’s House; Clarion Books; Faye Bender Literary Agency; Dunow, Carlson & Lerner; and SquareOne Publishers. She also did some freelance copy editing for John Wiley & Sons. She graduated... Read More →
avatar for Kaylee Davis

Kaylee Davis

Dee Mura Literary
Growing up in The Middle of Nowhere, Ohio, Kaylee’s lifeline to sanity was the local library where she nurtured her love of all things literary. Kaylee received a B.A. in English Literature and a B.A. in Sociology from Miami University, and she is certified in Copyediting from Emerson... Read More →
avatar for LIZA DAWSON

LIZA DAWSON

Liza Dawson Associates
Liza established Liza Dawson Associates following a successful 20-year career in book publishing, including posts as executive editor of Putnam Publishing and executive editor at William Morrow. She received her B.A. in history from Duke University and is a graduate of the Radcliffe... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Faust

Jessica Faust

Bookends Literary Agency
Jessica Faust is open to all submissions in mystery, thrillers, and suspense including, but not limited to, psychological thrillers, historical mystery, cozies, romantic suspense, YA thrillers, and anything with a strong female protagonist. She's also looking for magical realism... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt

Nancy Galt Literary Agency
Nancy attended Williams College where she received a B.A. in English. For nearly 25 years she worked selling subsidiary rights for children’s books imprints at Viking, HarperCollins, Morrow, and Greenwillow. In 2000, she founded the Nancy Gallt Literary Agency in order to represent... Read More →
avatar for Brita Lundberg

Brita Lundberg

Irene Goodman Agency
Brita Lundberg began her publishing career in London and Los Angeles, at Peters Fraser & Dunlop and 2 Seas Agency respectively. She joined the Irene Goodman Agency in 2014 and is actively building her list of authors. Brita is especially drawn to character-driven literary fiction... Read More →
avatar for Paula Munier

Paula Munier

Senior Agent & Content Strategist, Talcott Notch Literary
Paula has championed great content for more than twenty years at such media giants as WGBH, Fidelity, and Disney. She’s always looking for good crime fiction, and loves a good plot, since she wrote the book on it—PLOT PERFECT: How to Build Unforgettable Stories Scene By Scene... Read More →
avatar for Amaryah Orenstein

Amaryah Orenstein

Literary Agent, GO Literary
Amaryah Orenstein, founder and president of GO Literary, a Boston-based boutique agency, is thrilled to help writers bring their ideas to life. Aiming to give voice to a broad range of perspectives, Amaryah represents a wide array of literary and commercial fiction and narrative nonfiction... Read More →
avatar for Peter Senftleben

Peter Senftleben

Editor, Crooked Lane Books
Peter Senftleben joined Crooked Lane Books in the Fall of 2016 as editor after nearly ten years with Kensington Publishing. Often drawn to distinctive voices, stunning writing, realistic characters, and stories that will make him skip meals (good luck with that), he is currently acquiring... Read More →
avatar for Alec Shane

Alec Shane

Writers House
Writers House is one of the largest literary agencies in the world and prides itself on providing an extraordinary amount of individual client attention combined with the full service benefits of foreign and sub rights departments, as well as a full accounting and royalty staff. I... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 4:20pm - 6:00pm EST
Junior Ballroom

4:20pm EST

Track 2–Drop in and Ask the Experts
Join our experts for informal roundtables where you can learn from one another, ask questions, and get the answers you need to write the best book you can.

Speakers
avatar for Jen Blood

Jen Blood

The Erin Solomon Mysteries, Author
Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries, awarded independent publishing's prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and AI Seal of Excellence, as well as the soon-to-be-released 5-Day Fiction writing guides. In addition to her fiction career, Jen founded and currently runs... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Clark

Michelle Clark

Medicolegal Death Investigator
Michelle is a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Connecticut. She's a former CSI for Waterbury Police Department and has a master's degree in Forensic Science. She's the case manager for the unidentified deceased in CT and works with cold... Read More →
avatar for Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin

Author: AMONG THE SHADOWS
Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years... Read More →
avatar for Roger Guay

Roger Guay

Roger Guay served with the Maine Warden Service from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. He is a K9 master trainer, a certified K9 handler, and is certified in cadaver and explosives searches. In addition to decades of search and rescue experience, he has extensive experience in missing... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:20pm - 6:00pm EST
New England Room

4:20pm EST

Track 3—Recording a Podcast
Come watch, listen and learn as authors Toby Ball, Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn and Lara Bricker record an episode of their podcast Crime Writers on...

Speakers
avatar for Toby Ball

Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →
LB

Lara Bricker

Lara Bricker is a crime writer and former private detective. She has more than 15 years of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, the New Hampshire Union Leader, Woman's... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lavoie

Rebecca Lavoie

Podcast Maker, Partners in Crime Media
Rebecca Lavoie is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and has written for outlets including New Hampshire Magazine, Newsweek, and Playboy magazine. She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast "Crime Writers On..." on which she and... Read More →


Saturday November 12, 2016 4:20pm - 6:00pm EST
Westwood Room

6:00pm EST

Cocktail Party
Saturday November 12, 2016 6:00pm - 6:30pm EST
Prefunction Area

6:30pm EST

Saturday Night Dinner—Let Loose with the Moose at the Pinewood Broiler

It's all about comfort at the Pinewood Broiler: comfort food, comfort flannels, comfort frolic. Heap up your plate with grub guaranteed to warm your heart and your belly no matter how fierce the cold winds of the Northwoods blow. Show off your Sunday-best self in your Pendleton shirts and jeans and Sorel boots, with or without deer stalkers. And rhyme your way into the cold hearts of Minnesotans and mystery writers alike at the most exciting Saturday night out east of Garrison Keillor:

Door Prizes • Name the Moose Limerick Contest • Ugliest Flannel Shirt Awards 

Registration: You must register for the dinner in advance. It frequently sells out.

Pricing: $60 per person.

Guests: You may register up to 2 guests.


Saturday November 12, 2016 6:30pm - 9:30pm EST
Grand Ballroom
 
Sunday, November 13
 

8:00am EST

Breakfast and Flashwords
Sunday November 13, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Grand Ballroom

9:00am EST

Expert Session 1–Canine CSI

K9 trainer, handler, and retired game warden Roger Guay and his partner, Saba, will take you on a journey to show you how canines use their capabilities to find both people and evidence, including tracking fleeing suspects, locating spent shells, discarded handguns, hidden money and buried bodies. You will learn how canines are invaluable at solving both human and wildlife crimes. During his 25 years as a Maine game warden, Roger worked on hundreds of searches and recoveries utilizing canines. His agency’s canine teams became some of the best in the country at tracking, evidence recovery, and cadaver searches. Maine is heavily forested and searching for evidence or a body is often like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. That lore can readily translate to city parks, parking lots, or other crime scenes where human resources can become overwhelmed. Roger & Saba will show you the science behind the scenes, the tools, and how canines play the most important role in these daunting operations.


Speakers
avatar for Roger Guay

Roger Guay

Roger Guay served with the Maine Warden Service from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. He is a K9 master trainer, a certified K9 handler, and is certified in cadaver and explosives searches. In addition to decades of search and rescue experience, he has extensive experience in missing... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 9:00am - 10:10am EST
Grand Ballroom

10:10am EST

Break
Sunday November 13, 2016 10:10am - 10:20am EST
TBA

10:20am EST

Wheel of Why: Spin the Wheel, Create the Story!
This will be a fun session, with lots of audience participation. Teams will be created representing different genres of crime fiction, like police procedurals, thrillers, cozies. The audience will provide some building blocks for a story, and then the wheel of why will provide the motivation. Each team will use all of these elements to tell a story that fits in their genre.

Moderators
avatar for Julie Hennrikus

Julie Hennrikus

Author of the Clock Shop Mysteries
Julianne Holmes’ Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015, with the publication of JUST KILLING TIME. CLOCK AND DAGGER came out this past August. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has published three short stories with Level Best Books. She is on the boards of SinC and SinCNE... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Robert Coffin

Bruce Robert Coffin

Author: AMONG THE SHADOWS
Bruce is a retired detective sergeant with more than twenty-seven years in law enforcement. At the time of his retirement, from the Portland, Maine police department, he supervised all homicide and violent crime investigations for Maine's largest city. Bruce also spent four years... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly

Sheila Connolly, Anthony and Agatha Award–nominated and New York Times bestselling author, writes three mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime, set in Philadelphia, rural Massachusetts, and the Wild West of Ireland. In addition, she writes the Relatively Dead paranormal romance... Read More →
avatar for Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

Author, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR
Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of ten crime novels, including You'll Never Know, Dear (William Morrow, June 2017)). She is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A revised and expanded edition of her Edgar-nominated Writing and Selling Your... Read More →
avatar for Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Author, A Killer Kebab, Yarned and Dangerous
Jane Haertel is the CFO (Chief Fussbudget Officer) of Crazy Diamond Editing Services, a developmental, line/copy, proofreading, and coaching service for writers in any genre, fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors at all levels, from beginners to USA Today and New York... Read More →
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →
avatar for Hank Phillippi Ryan

Hank Phillippi Ryan

Author, SAY NO MORE
HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston's NBC affiliate, winning 33 EMMYs and dozens more journalism honors. The bestselling author of eight mysteries, Ryan's also an award-winner in her second profession—now with five Agathas, two Anthonys, two Macavitys... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 10:20am - 11:10am EST
Grand Ballroom

11:10am EST

Book Signing/Break
Speakers
avatar for Toby Ball

Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →
LB

Lara Bricker

Lara Bricker is a crime writer and former private detective. She has more than 15 years of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, the New Hampshire Union Leader, Woman's... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
avatar for Roger Guay

Roger Guay

Roger Guay served with the Maine Warden Service from 1986 until his retirement in 2010. He is a K9 master trainer, a certified K9 handler, and is certified in cadaver and explosives searches. In addition to decades of search and rescue experience, he has extensive experience in missing... Read More →
avatar for Julie Hennrikus

Julie Hennrikus

Author of the Clock Shop Mysteries
Julianne Holmes’ Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015, with the publication of JUST KILLING TIME. CLOCK AND DAGGER came out this past August. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has published three short stories with Level Best Books. She is on the boards of SinC and SinCNE... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lavoie

Rebecca Lavoie

Podcast Maker, Partners in Crime Media
Rebecca Lavoie is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and has written for outlets including New Hampshire Magazine, Newsweek, and Playboy magazine. She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast "Crime Writers On..." on which she and... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:10am - 11:30am EST
Prefunction Area

11:30am EST

Expert Session 2–Building a Platform with Podcasting

The podcast Crime Writers On... started when husband and wife true crime authors Rebecca Lavoie and Kevin Flynn got some fellow writers together discuss the blockbuster podcast Serial. That was in December of 2014 and it has since morphed into a broader conversation about true crime, journalism, and pop culture. It has also garnered a viral following of approximately 100,000 listeners per episode that includes fans in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and even Australia. In the spring of 2016, the podcast secured regular sponsorship.


Hosts Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn, Toby Ball and Lara Bricker will talk about how they’ve used the emerging field of podcast as writers to build a platform. They’ll also delve into how they chose topics for the podcast, how the show is produced and how they built their audience. They will also discuss how the hit podcast Serial has led to not only their podcast but a number of other shows.

Speakers
avatar for Toby Ball

Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →
LB

Lara Bricker

Lara Bricker is a crime writer and former private detective. She has more than 15 years of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, the New Hampshire Union Leader, Woman's... Read More →
avatar for Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Lavoie

Rebecca Lavoie

Podcast Maker, Partners in Crime Media
Rebecca Lavoie is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and has written for outlets including New Hampshire Magazine, Newsweek, and Playboy magazine. She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast "Crime Writers On..." on which she and... Read More →


Sunday November 13, 2016 11:30am - 12:40pm EST
Grand Ballroom