Writers, the Desert Sleuth’s WriteNow! 2012 conference “CRIMINAL MINDS: Investigating Today's Writing Scene” is open for registration, and this year’s stellar line-up features psychologist and author Dennis Palumbo; publicity guru Dana Kaye; multi-award-winning author Sean Chercover and more on Sat., Aug. 11 at the Millennium Scottsdale Resort & Villas, 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. in Scottsdale. In addition, acquisitions editor for the Maine-based Five Star Publishing, Denise Dietz, will be accepting a limited number of 15-minute pitches.
There will also be a silent auction fundraiser for the nonprofit Desert Sleuths, the Arizona Chapter of Sisters in Crime, a nationwide organization that exists “to combat discrimination against women in the mystery field, to educate publishers and the general public as to the inequalities in the treatment of female authors, and to raise the level of awareness of their contribution to the field.”
Cost, which includes continental breakfast, plated lunch and afternoon snack, for Desert Sleuth members is only $80 before July 11, and the early rate for nonmembers is $90. After that, member rate goes to $85; nonmembers, $95. There is an additional $15 charge to pitch Dietz on a first come, first served basis.
Conference checks, payable to SinC Desert Sleuths Chapter, may be sent to P.O. Box 9352, Phoenix, AZ 85068.
To register online, visit www.DesertSleuths.com
and click on conference.