I'm in charge--again--of planning the Public Safety Writers Conference program.
It's a balancing act because we have both fiction writers and non-fiction writers--some of whom write for, or want to write for, trade magazines in paper and on line.
For the latter, we'll have a panel of people who have been successful at breaking into those markets and Tim Dees, who runs an online daily law enforcement news magazine.
For the fiction writers we'll have plenty on writing, an editor and publisher panel and renowned mystery author Betty Webb will be our keynote speaker, but she's also going to remind us what problems to look for in our own manuscripts.
Sunny Frazier's going to talk about using real-life in our fiction. (If you've never heard Sunny speak before, you're in for a treat.)
For those of us who are writing mysteries, we have two forensic experts: Steve Scarborough who works with the Las Vegas police and the FBI and Sheila Lowe who is an author and a forensic handwriting expert.
Sarah Cortez, award winning poet, police officer, and editor will tell us how to rev up our productivity.
We'll have a panel on promotion, another on setting, and perhaps one on writing more than one series. The panels are still being worked on--and that's where you come in. If you're coming to the conference and want to be on a panel and have expertise in a certain field be sure to let me know.
The last hour on Saturday, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for one-on-ones with any of the experts.
And last but not least, you'll get a chance to schmooze with Billie Johnson, our fearless publisher.
Marilyn a.k.a. F. M. Meredith