Morgan talking about Love is Murder in Chicago gave me the urge to write about the Public Safety Writer Association (PSWA) conference in Las Vegas in June.
This conference is perfect for any mystery writer who writes about law enforcement, fires, investigations etc. The majority of members are active or retired law enforcement as that’s how the association began. However, they are a welcoming group of men and women who are wonderful about sharing information.
We also have several reasons for attending in the form of those coming:
1. Award winning author, Betty Webb. Not only will she be a luncheon speaker, she’ll be on several panels, and available to answer questions.
2. Forensic Expert, Steve Scarborough who works with the Las Vegas P.D. and the FBI.
3. Sara Cortez, award wining writer and editor, will tell us how to rev up our writing productivity.
4. Tim Dees, editor in chief of Law Officer.Com will be speaking on writing for the new media.
5. Sheila Lowe, court qualified forensic handwriting expert.
6. Dave Doust, retired captain Toronto Fire Department, to talk about fire fighting and arson.
7. Marilyn Olsen, editor; Billie Johnson, publisher; Becca Buckley, publisher will be on a panel telling us what they are looking for in submissions, what turns them off, and common errors made by authors.
We’re going to have panels on promotion, character building, and much, much more.
Anyone who signs up before May 1st who wants to be on a panel will get an assignment.
Remember, though, there’s a price break if you sign up before March 31.
Because this is a small conference, there is plenty of time for networking and asking the experts questions. It is also lots of fun–believe me, I’ve been to nearly everyone.
If you have a book to sell, bring copies. For every copy sold, PSWA gets 10%. There will also be a joint booksigning at Cheesecake and Crime in Henderson NV the afternoon of the last day of the conference for anyone who wants to be a part of it.
And, you might want to enter the writing contest. All the information is up on the website: http://www.publicsafetywriter.com
Hope to see some of you there.