Wednesday, July 12, 2017

WriteNow! 2017: Conquer the Publishing Jungle: August 11-12

WriteNow! 2017, the annual writers conference held by Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix Chapter of Sisters in Crime, will be held August 11-12 at Changing Hands Book Store and Embassy Suites, 4415 E. Paradise Valley Parkway South, in Phoenix. You won't want to miss the great workshop and conference. Read on:

Clive Cussler is the headliner. Cussler has turned out adventure-mysteries that inevitably hit best seller lists. Known primarily for his novels featuring Dirk Pitt, Mr. Cussler began with, “The Mediterranean,” published in 1973 and soon followed with such famous titles as “Raise the Titanic!,” “Sahara,” and many others.His latest work, “Nighthawk,” was released May 30, the press release stated.. Like many writers, however, his range of writing extends beyond Dirk’s manly escapades to non-fiction and children’s stories. At Writer Quest: Conquer The Publishing Jungle, the title of this year’s conference, Cussler will share his techniques, secrets and strategies for conquering the literary jungle.

The conference will also feature Lee Goldberg. Goldberg is a two-time Edgar & Shamus Award nominee and a NYT bestselling author who’s written over 40 novels and non-fiction works. He has also written and produced several TV series as well as having co-written with Janet Evanovich, the press release stated.

Also featured will be Robin Burcell. For 30 years of her life Robin Burcell served in law enforcement as a police officer, criminal investigator, and hostage negotiator before writing the Kate Gillespie police procedural series, the Sydney Fitzpatrick series, and a Streets of San Francisco novel. She now writes thrillers and works with Cussler on his latest offerings.

Dana Kaye a publicist, social media pro and brand manager, specializes in coaching clients on how to establish their personal brand. She has authored a book, and she created “Branding Outside the Box,” an online resource to help people launch their personal brand.

Also on hand will be literary agent, Jill Marr, who will take pitches, and editor, Holly Lorincz, who will do editing sessions with attendees, the press release stated.

The conference, open to the public, will be held on Aug. 11 and 12. It begins with a reception on Friday evening at the Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix, 300 W. Camelback Road. The reception will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Sisters in Crime, begun in 1987 by author Sara Paretsky, who organized a group of women mystery writers.

The day-long conference on Saturday will include the aforementioned speakers, panel discussions, editing and pitching sessions, as well as the opportunity for attendees to buy the speakers’ books. Lunch and snacks are included in the entry fee and a silent auction will be held.

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