We all know that agents and editors frequently quit reading after the first couple of manuscript pages. Many submissions get tossed aside after the first paragraph or even the opening sentence. You can keep your manuscript from this fate by attending Doing Time with Sisters in Crime: Great Beginnings.
On Thursday, August 21, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM at Killer Nashville, four (4) Sisters in Crime experts, multi-published authors with combined decades of writing, publishing and teaching experience, will analyze effective opening paragraphs from crime fiction novels to see what makes them awe inspiring and helps them snare the reader.
There are techniques you can learn and emulate!
- we’ll critique your anonymously submitted first paragraphs, offering key suggestions for making them more compelling and virtually un-put-downable
- we’ll lay out specific strategies for beginning a series that will have “legs,” that will have room to grow and expand to six, ten, or twenty-six books
- Finally, we’ll put it all on the table and discuss “Our Beginnings,” the varied ways we got our start in this biz, and answer (with complete candor!) any questions you might have
- Additionally, four names will be drawn at random during the afternoon and the winners will have their first three chapters critiqued by the instructors
The cost is only $55 for Sisters in Crime members, and $160 for non-members. (Since a year’s membership to Sisters in Crime is only $40, you might want to think about joining, if you’re not already a member, and save $65!)Register for Doing Time With Sisters in Crime: Great Beginnings Here (if you have already registered for Killer Nashville, you can register for just the Sisters in Crime Event by selecting the Add-On option in the conference registration drop drop down box.)
Sisters in Crime Panelists
Laura DiSilverio is a retired Air Force intelligence officer and currently serves as president of Sisters in Crime. She has authored twelve crime novels (including the Mall Cop Series and the Swift Investigations Series), with four more under contract, including the upcoming Readaholics Book Club mysteries (debuting in Jan 2015) and the standalone suspense novel THE RECKONING STONES (Sep 2015). She taught writing at the college level and is much in demand as a speaker and teacher at conventions and writers conferences. She plots murder and parents teens in Colorado, trying to keep the two tasks separate.
Catriona McPherson is the author of the Dandy Gilver novels (Minotaur), set in Scotland in the 1920s, and has won a Macavity, two Bruce Alexander Memorials and an Agatha for them. Last year she began a new strand of contemporary suspense with AS SHE LEFT IT (Midnight Ink), shortlisted for the Calamari at Left Coast Crime Monterey. The follow-up – THE DAY SHE DIED – came out in May and received starred reviews from Kirkus. Catriona was born in Scotland but has lived in Northern California since 2010. She is the 2014 vice-president of Sisters in Crime.
Cathy Pickens’ first novel,SOUTHERN FRIED, called an “assured debut, a cozy with some sharp edges” by Publishers’ Weekly, won St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Award for Best Traditional Mystery. In addition to writing mysteries, Cathy is a lawyer and a business professor at Queens University of Charlotte. She served on the national board of Mystery Writers of America and is president and founding member of the regional Forensic Medicine Program. She is education chair and a past-president of Sisters in Crime, the 3000-member organization of crime writers and readers
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s NBC affiliate. She’s won 30 Emmys and dozens of others honors for her ground-breaking journalism. The best-selling author of six mystery novels, Ryan has won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: two Agathas, the Anthony and the Macavity, and for THE OTHER WOMAN, the Mary Higgins Clark award. Her newest thriller,THE WRONG GIRL, is an Agatha and LCC nominee. and dubbed “Another winner!” in a Booklist starred review. TRUTH BE TOLD comes out this fall. She’s on the national board of MWA and 2013 president of national Sisters in Crime.