(The above is a panel of police officers from all over the country who’ve were detectives, undercover, and served in many different jobs, and every one I can call my friend.)
I’d like to tell you about my favorite, the Public Safety Writers Association’s annual conference. It’s in July in Las Vegas—but because of the summer month, the hotel where the conference is held is extremely affordable. And of course, air conditioned. In fact, sometimes it’s too cool and I always tell attendees to be sure and bring a sweater.
Why is it my favorite? Because not only do you get to hear from the experts in many different fields of law enforcement and other public safety areas, ones you might not even be aware of, you have the opportunity to ask questions one-on-one.
Everyone is friendly. If you become a member, you’ll have the opportunity to be on the listserve where you also can ask questions. I’ve had some great answers, even received some ideas for plots.
The professionals welcome the expertise of the mystery writers—and if you want to be on a writing, editing, or promotion panel, you merely have to say so when you sign up.
This is a small conference with only one track, so you never miss anything–and believe me, you won’t want to miss any panel.
There’s also a writing contest for short stories, unpublished novels, published novels and articles. Any submission must have an element of public safety in it, a police officer, investigator, fire personnel, public health, EMT, etc. Doesn’t have to be a major part. The rules are on the website.
There’s also a pre-conference writing workshop for a small fee.
This is the time to get signed up, there’s an early bird registration fee which runs out on December 31. Besides the wonderful conference, the pre-conference reception and three gourmet lunches are included.
Get signed up right away for my favorite small writing/mystery conference. You won’t be sorry.
And a gift from me:
Today through November 30, my short story, Death of a Deceiver is free on Kindle.
It’s a great way to be introduced to Deputy Tempe Crabtree of my mystery series. Enjoy.