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Summer Writing Conferences – by Deborah J Ledford

Okay, six full months have passed in this new year…have you kept your promise to focus and finish that manuscript you’ve been working on for far too long? If you need a little nudge, here are a few conferences certain to motivate.

The Book Passage Mystery Conference is a highly respected, small and intense conference July 19-22, 2012 – Corte Madera, CA. Two of my favorite authors will be featured during this four-day event: Cara Black, author of the Paris-based Aimee Leduc mystery series, and my all time favorite female thriller author, Karin Slaughter.  Also stoked that my critique group colleague, Arthur Kerns, will be appearing on the Law Enforcement panel where he’ll discuss his time as an FBI Special Agent and a CIA agent.

The Taos Summer Writer’s Conference, July 15-22, 2012 looks to be an intriguing conference. Touted as one of the top 10 writer’s conferences in the US by USA Today, is held in stunning northern New   Mexico. Taos is one of my favorite areas in the nation, which is why I selected the Taos Pueblo Indian Reservation for one of the main locations of my latest thriller, SNARE, book two of the Steven Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. If anyone out there has attended this conference, please leave us a comment about your experience.

As current President of the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter, I would be remiss not to mention our annual mystery writers conference, “Criminal Minds: Investigating Today’s Writing Scene” August 11, 2012 at the Millennium Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona. We have a fantastic lineup this year, including licensed psychotherapist and author Dennis Palumbo, publicity guru Dana Kaye, multi-award-winning author Sean Chercover, and an FBI Special Agent. In addition, acquisitions editor for the East Coast-based Five Star Publishing (an imprint of the internationally renowned Gale Publishing), Denise Dietz, will be accepting 15-minute pitches.

I’m most excited about learning more about marketing and PR from Dana Kaye, owner of Kaye Publicity. She has created innovative media campaigns for award-winning, bestselling authors such as Jaime Freveletti, Jesse Kellerman and one of my all-time favorite thriller authors, Gregg Hurwitz—methods that have proven successful.

I’d love to see you if you’ll be in the Phoenix, AZ area in August. Please visit the Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths Chapter website for complete conference and registration details.

Wishing you a fantastic summer of writing!

Deborah J Ledford’s latest suspense novel SNARE, The Hillerman Sky Award Finalist, is book two of her Deputy Hawk/Inola Walela thriller series. STACCATO, book one of the serial, is also available. Both novels are published by Second Wind Publishing. To find out more about Deborah, receive a Free Download of the first chapters of her novels, and to read a few previously published short stories, she invites you to visit her homepage at the Second Wind Publishing website and her personal website.


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We’re Going to Disney World!

By now I’m sure most of you are aware of the devastating floods in Nashville. It’s really a tragedy, and my heart goes out to all those whose lives have been affected by the devastation.

Romance Writers of America was to hold their annual conference at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel this summer, but unfortunately, the Gaylord has had to cancel everything for at least 90 days, which includes our conference. I had so been looking forward to spending a few days at this hotel-it looked absolutely incredible-and it saddens me that we won’t be able to now.

However, the board of RWA worked incredibly hard at securing a new spot for us in what I would consider record time (especially considering they typically book the sites 8 years in advance!!) And honestly, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the new site…

We’re goin’ to Disney World!!!

As soon as we heard the news, my husband and I started plotting our trip. We’re scheduled to visit friends and family in Atlanta first for a week, and then we’ll be heading to Orlando for the conference, the parks, and a little fun in the sun! Not to mention, the hubby’s mom is in Orlando, so we get to kill two birds with the one stone!

The Swan and Dolphin Resort happens to sit on the property of our all-time favorite Disney Park, Epcot. And that park is tame enough that we can stroll the baby around with us as we drink our way around the world :)

But the most exciting part is that we’ve been talking for a couple of years about how we were going to get to the new Harry Potter World at Universal once it opened. Well, now we know! We’ll be leaving The Princess with Grandma or a babysitting service for the day and heading over to Universal to explore the Wizarding World! We can’t wait!

I know I probably shouldn’t be so excited in the midst of such devastation…and I know, too, that many people won’t be able to attend now, which is very sad. But for me, there is a bright side…I hope there are others who will benefit from the change!


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Left Coast Crime Conference Experience

Earlier this month I joined nearly 500 published authors, as-of-yet unpublished writers and readers for the Left Coast Crime conference. This year the conference was held in downtown Los Angeles, California. The Omni hotel was great and we pretty much had the facility to ourselves where we all but took over the entire second floor.

I had the opportunity to feature my debut thriller STACCATO in The Mystery Bookstore set up for the conference, as well as at the Rue Morgue table. Exposure was excellent for the debut authors where we took the spotlight during one morning’s breakfast to present our titles to all those in attendance.

Kris Neri, author of the recently released Revenge for Old Times’ Sake, and High Crimes on the Magical Plane (nominated for The Lefty Award at the conference) was kind enough to introduce me to a slew of published authors.

I met Eric Beetner, co-author with K.B. Khol of One Too Many Blows to the Head, also released by Second Wind Publishing. Eric did an excellent job on his two panels, one about noir fiction, the other featuring newly published authors.

Biggest honor was appearing on the panel “The Art of the Short Story” with venerable award-winning authors Gar Anthony Haywood and Toni L.P. Kelner who co-edits anthologies with Charlaine Harris (famous for her Sookie Stackhouse True Blood series).

I’m currently reading Gar’s literary crime fiction novel Cemetery Road and must say, this is an incredible novel. One word description: Magic.

I hope and intend to keep in touch with the authors I had the pleasure and honor to meet. I look forward to seeing my new “friends” at the Bouchercon conference in April.

Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel STACCATO, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon, Kindle, and independent bookstores.


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