Frequently Asked Questions
P.O. Box 680759
Franklin, TN 37068-0759
Killer Nashville P.O. Box 680759 Franklin, TN 37068-0759
- A tentative schedule is put up in the fall. This is a broad-strokes schedule, with many general descriptions (like “Business Workshop 1” and “Craft of Writing Panel”). The schedule is updated as more sessions are defined, but the final schedule is not generated until a month or so before the conference, because panel assignments are dependent on the number of authors and law enforcement/forensic professionals registered. Once the program has been sent to the printer, the schedule is considered “final,” but there may still be last-minute changes announced at the conference. To view the current schedule, please click here.
- If you are a published author or a law enforcement or forensic professional who would like to be a Killer Nashville panelist or presenter, when you register, click “yes” to the question, “Would you like to be considered for a workshop, seminar, or panel?” Answer the question about what topics you would feel most comfortable discussing, and in the same box, please explain if you have any special qualifications or skills that would influence your panel placement. While we can’t guarantee anyone a slot, we do our best to find a panel placement for every published author and law enforcement/forensic professional who requests one. If you’ve requested a panel placement, you’ll receive an email with more details in late April or early May. If you would like to propose a solo presentation, please send your proposal to Beth Terrell at email@example.com. Presentation slots are in high demand.
- Most attendees who register for breakout sessions register for a Friday session, a Saturday session, and a Sunday session. If you know what general category you’re most interested in, you can sign up for the breakouts in that category when you register. Once you get to the conference, you can switch from one breakout session to another breakout session scheduled on the same day as long as the session you are interested in still has room. Alternatively, you can wait until the breakouts are finalized a month or so before the conference and add them then.
Agents / Editors / Publishers
- Each round table consists of 8-10 writers, 2 agents and/or editors, and a volunteer to read submissions. Writers provide copies for each member of the group and may choose to remain anonymous by not placing identifying information on the pages. After each manuscript is read, the agents and/or editors will give constructive feedback on the pages. Each agent and editor has been asked to keep comments instructional, helping writers see both their strengths and where they need to improve. Agents and editors may request partial or full manuscripts, if desired, or–if they thought a manuscript had promise, could suggest the writer submit once he or she had implemented the suggested changes. Since it is understood that these sessions are educational in nature, in practice, each session serves as a pitch without penalizing a writer whose work is not yet ready for representation or publication. In addition, each writer can learn from what is said to the others. You must be a 3-day conference registered attendee to sign up for a round table.
- The agent/editor round tables take the place of traditional pitch sessions. For writers who prefer a more traditional pitch, there is time built into the day for the agents and editors to mingle with registered attendees. They are there to find new clients, so they expect to be approached and engaged in conversation. During the course of the conversation, an opportunity to pitch your work will usually arise. If not, you still have a personal connection to reference in a query. The Sisters in Crime and SEMWA receptions are excellent opportunities to meet the agents and editors, and they can often be found in the Bar & Grill area between round table sessions.
- With “speed-dating-style” pitch sessions, it’s easy to get an agent or editor to say, “Sure, send me some pages.” This is partly because you’re engaging and they like you, partly because it’s hard for them to say no to a hopeful writer who is standing right in front of them, and partly because, outside of genres and subjects they know they don’t represent, it’s impossible to know if a project is right for them until they read some of it. On the surface, this sounds like a good thing, but what happens when they get that submission? Often, there are problems that result in a form rejection—problems the writer could have fixed had he or she only known they were an issue. The writer never knows why the manuscript was rejected or what could be done to make it better. With a round table, you receive feedback on those vitally important first pages. If the manuscript is professional, polished, and ready to go, you’ll either get a request for more pages or the assurance that they are ready to be submitted to the agent of your dreams. You send them out knowing you’ve already crossed the first hurdle. If your manuscript has promise but is not yet ready for submission, you have a chance to revise before you submit. In essence, the round tables give you two chances to get it right. An added perk is that the agents and editors are more relaxed. They feel good about helping emerging writers in an instructional setting. In this environment, it’s easier to connect with them on a personal level. Based on the emails and comments we received after last year’s conference, more writers signed with agents and/or publishers than ever before.
- There are two round table sessions for 3-day registered attendees each day. By the time the conference rolls around, you will have been in contact with us for several weeks and will have received a round table schedule. There will also be copies of the schedule at the registration/information desk.
- How many sessions you can be in depends on how many 3-day registered attendees request sessions. We assign each person one session to begin with. Once everyone has been assigned one session, if there are slots remaining, we add a second session, beginning with those who registered earliest. Once everyone who requested a second session has been assigned, we begin assigning third sessions, beginning with those who registered earliest. This process continues until we run out of sessions or until we run out of people who want them. Since there are two publishing professionals heading each session, each round table is the equivalent of two pitches and two critiques.
- That depends. Before the conference, you’ll receive an email asking you to rank your round table preferences. We do our best to give everyone at least his or her first choice.
- A critique is an individualized session in which an editor, agent, or published author gives you feedback on your query letter or the first 10-15 pages of your manuscript. Sign up for a manuscript critique here.
- Several months (depending on when you purchase your critique) before the conference, you will receive an email asking you to choose the person to do your critique, then a second email giving you instructions for delivering the material to that person. You and the person doing your critique will arrange a time to meet at the conference and discuss your work.
- The critiques will be done by an attending agent, editor, or published author. Since the people doing the critiques change from year to year, we send you a list of critiquers to choose from once you’ve registered for a critique. The critiques are first-come, first-served, so if your first choice reaches his or her quota quickly, you will need to choose someone else.
- When you get your list of options, go to their websites and see what they write or represent. You might want to choose someone who writes or represents work similar to yours. Sometimes a writer asks us to help them choose, and we’re happy to do so. One important note: Authors tend to give more detailed critiques than publishing professionals do. If you want a quick overview of how your work looks to an agent or editor, choose a publishing professional. If you want a more detailed and craft-focused response to your work, you will probably be happier if you choose an author.
- You can book your room two ways. You can click our direct link to book your room online at the Killer Nashville rate. Or you can call the Hutton Hotel & convention center at 1-866-894-4609 and ask for the Killer Nashville group rate.
- If you are coming to Killer Nashville and would like to stay in Nashville a few days before or after the conference, we would love to have you as a visitor of Nashville. To get the Killer Nashville rate for your entire stay, please call the Hutton Hotel & convention center at 1-866-894-4609 in order to book your room.
- The crime scene site can vary from year-to-year. We will try to list directions online and in the program book for each conference. You can also stop at the registration/information desk for directions.
- At the Hutton Hotel, take the stairs located behind the horse statue in the lobby. At the top of the stairs take a left and cross the “Sky Bridge.” At the end of the “Sky Bridge” there is a set of elevators that you will need to take to the 6th floor. Once the elevator arrives on the 6th floor, you have access to all of our meeting rooms. You may also take the main hotel elevators to the 2nd floor, exit to the parking garage on the right, go across the parking garage to the opposite door, then take the elevators on the right to the 6th floor. Once the elevator arrives on the 6th floor, you have access to all of our meeting rooms.
Sponsors / Vendors
- Go to the Killer Nashville “Become a Sponsor” page and look over the various levels of sponsorship. Choose the one that best meets your needs and click “Buy Now” to add it to your shopping cart. If you’d like to discuss your particular needs before choosing a level, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-599-4032.
- The Claymore Award is bestowed upon the author of the best opening (up to the first 50 pages) of a manuscript not currently published or under contract. Ten finalists are chosen through a blind judging process and sent to a final judge at a publishing house not affiliated with Killer Nashville. This final judge will read the Top 10 and recommend the winner of the annual Claymore Award.
- The Silver Falchion Award is bestowed upon the author of the best book published for the first time in the current or previous conference year (from last day of the conference to first day of the next years conference) by a registered Killer Nashville attendee. The winner is determined by the votes of the other attendees during the conference.
- An eBook is eligible if the nominating person is able to:
- Submit a word or PDF version of the book for judging OR
- Have three (3) copies of the book printed on demand by the publisher to disseminate to the judges.
- The Magnolia Award is given to a Southeast Mystery Writers of America (SEMWA) member who has shown exemplary service to the Mystery Writers of America, Southeast Chapter. You may nominate someone for the SEMWA award by contacting the chapter president at www.semwa.com.
- There are two ways to get your book listed in the Killer Nashville Bookstore. The first option is to submit your book for the Killer Nashville “Featured Book of the Day.” The second is to request that your book be added to the Killer Nashville Bookstore. The Killer Nashville bookstore is a list of books of various genres with which we feel writers in general and genre writers specifically should be familiar because of some inherent trait within that particular title. If you feel your book should be included in this list please send us a note telling us why to email@example.com.
- If you would like your book to be considered for Killer Nashville’s Featured Book of the Day, please submit a physical copy of your book to the address below. Please note that books submitted for Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day will not be returned.
- Killer Nashville Featured Book
- P.O. Box 680759
- Franklin, TN 37068-0759