2024 Events

For Desert Sleuths

An Organization for Writers, Readers, and Fans of Crime Fiction and Mystery 

Our 2024 events, below, are filled in as programming is confirmed. Select any month to move directly to that event description.

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March

“Writing Adjacent” for Fun and Profit: What & Why & How to Write Beyond Your Fiction, with Kirsche Romo, Kelly Oliver, and Sharon Short

Wednesday, March 20th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Your primary project may be to write a novel or novella or short stories. But whether you are an emerging or established writer, there are advantages to working in other genres and finding other places (in print and online) to publish your shorter pieces.

build street cred | hone your writing skills | raise professional visibility | earn extra cash

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Romo, Oliver, Short

In this panel, these three established and award-winning mystery authors— Kirsche Romo, Kelly Oliver, and Sharon Short—will discuss some of their “other writing” that is ancillary to their novel writing but adds value to their brand. Combined, these authors have written hundreds of book reviews for numerous publications, developed a newsletter with tens of thousands of subscribers, contributed a regular column in Writer’s Digest for four years running, and more.

They will discuss how they started on these “adjacent” paths. You will Learn How To:

  • find places that will welcome your writing,
  • pitch your writing,
  • balance “adjacent” writing with your primary project, and
  • where they find their ideas, as well as
  • some “do’s and don’ts” for pursuing these other avenues.

This will be a panel discussion with 15 minutes for Q&A at the end.

Bio: Kirsche Romo (K.L. Romo) writes about life on the fringe. She is passionate about women’s issues, loves noisy clocks and fuzzy blankets, but HATES the word normal. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, for which she directs the QueryFest program at ThrillerFest, and is Assistant Editor of their entertainment website, The Big Thrill. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram.

Bio: Kelly Oliver is the award-winning and bestselling author of three mystery series: the seven-book suspense Jessica James Mysteries; the three-book middle grade Pet Detective Mysteries; and the seven-book historical cozy Fiona Figg Mysteries (with spin-off Fiona Figg & Kitty Lane Mysteries). She is the current President of Sisters in Crime.

Bio: Sharon Short is the author of fifteen published books. Her newest, Trouble Island, is historical suspense inspired by bootlegging and family history. Sharon is a contributing editor to Writer’s Digest, for which she writes the column, “Level Up Your Writing (Life)” and teaches for Writer’s Digest University. Find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Preregistration required. Presenters are virtual unless they are already in the area. Select in-person or virtual. The Virtual Presentation is on Zoom. In-person attendance is at the Tempe Public Library. You will receive a confirmation message with the information for attending in person or to register on Zoom.

Please register on Zoom before the event.
(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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April 2024

Wednesday, April 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Craig Johnson – Topic to be announced

 

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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May 2024

Wednesday, May 15th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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June 2024

Wednesday, June 19th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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July 2024

Wednesday, July 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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August 2024

Wednesday, August 21st, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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September 2024

Friday and Saturday, September 20th and 21st

WriteNOW! 2024

Our annual conference, again virtual, will have its own page when the full schedule is ready.

 

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WriteNOW! Conference
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October 2024

Wednesday, October 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 3 hours; Central, add 2; Pacific, subtract 0)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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November 2024

Wednesday, November 20th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Chapter Meeting at 6:00 p.m.; Presentation from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Speaker and topic to be announced

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 2 hours; Central, add 1; Pacific, subtract 1)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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December 2024

In December, instead of a meeting/presentation, the chapter celebrates the close of the year with an annual holiday party. Details will be provided in October or November.

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January 2024

The Publishing Game: Myths, Legends, and Truths Revealed, with Jay A. Hartman

Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Will getting a certain number of 5-star reviews really cause Amazon to promote your book? Is ebook consumption really dying? Can piracy actually help you get sales? And what the heck is the point of metadata anyway?

Join 30-year publishing industry veteran Jay Hartman (and, his cohort, Zeke the Wonder Dog) as he peels back the covers to expose the “alternate facts” and misinformation authors and publishers alike have been exposed to and sets the record straight on a number of topics to help you become a winner in the game of publishing.

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Jay Hartman

Jay A. Hartman is a 30+ year veteran of the publishing industry, with experience in both selling and producing. He started as a Waldenbooks store manager in Brunswick, Georgia, and was previously the Content Editor for KnowBetter.com, one of the Internet’s oldest sites reporting on ebooks and epublishing. Jay and his business partner at the time were hired by Random House and Simon & Schuster to provide statistical data when both publishing houses were building their ebook divisions.

In addition to his years of writing material for KnowBetter, Jay graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Literature and has worked in the retail management sector for over 30 years. Early in his career he was an on-air journalist for WVFS radio in Florida, and writer for the Florida Flambeau newspaper.

Jay would later found publishing house Untreed Reads, serving as its Editor-in-Chief for 13 years before making the decision to leave after the company was acquired by another entity. He is known as a respected innovator in the ebook industry—constantly ahead of the curve. Because of his expertise and instincts, he is a regular speaker and interviewed expert—at conferences in person and online—on ebooks and all things in the ebook industry. His newest venture, publishing house Misti Media, is now running and open for submissions. Contact info for Jay is below.

With his love of literature and his knowledge of all aspects of the ebook industry, he is an author’s best friend in this industry. Because of his background and his nature, instead of doing what most companies do and building a business on what they “think” a customer wants, he listens to the customer and gives them not only what they want now but anticipates what the customer will want 10 years from now—and gives it to them now.

jhartman@mistimedia.com

https://www.facebook.com/mistimediallc

https://www.youtube.com/@thepublishinggame

Preregistration required. Presenters are virtual (on Zoom) unless they are already in the area, but we are usually hybrid so you can always attend on Zoom. You will receive a confirmation message with the information for attending in person or to register on Zoom.

NOTE: For January, we will do Zoom only. In February, we will return to hybrid (Zoom and Tempe Public Library).

Please register on Zoom before the event.

(East Coast: add 2 hours; Central, add 1; Pacific, subtract 1)

Members, please come to the chapter member meeting at 6:00 p.m.

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February

The Joy—and Art—of Writing and Selling Short Mysteries

Wednesday, February 21st, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Mystery short stories have been around as long as there’ve been mysteries (looking at YOU, Edgar Allen Poe!) and they’re tremendously fun to read—and write. Short Mystery Fiction Society VP Kathleen Marple Kalb will talk about structuring a short story, fitting plot and characters to the format, and how you can use your novel worlds in short work. Plus, we’ll take a look at the short story market, with tips on submitting to magazines and anthologies, and good places to start. (HINT: Sisters in Crime anthologies are your best friend!) We’ll also explore new opportunities for short story writers, including podcasts. Whether you’re a regular short story writer, or curious about the form, you’ll get practical craft advice and useful market information.

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Kathleen Marple Kalb

Kathleen Marple Kalb describes herself as an Author/Anchor/Mom … not in that order. An award-winning weekend anchor at New York’s 1010 WINS Radio, she writes short stories and novels including the Ella Shane and Old Stuff series, both from Level Best Books. As Nikki Knight, she writes the Vermont Radio and Grace the Hit Mom series. Her stories, under both pen names, have been in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Black Cat Weekly, Mystery Magazine, and many anthologies, and short-listed for Derringer and Black Orchid Novella Awards. Active in writer’s groups, she’s Vice President of the Short Mystery Fiction Society and Co-VP of the New York/Tri-State Sisters in Crime Chapter. She, her husband, and son live in a Connecticut house owned by their cat.

Preregistration required. Presenters are virtual unless they are already in the area. Select in-person or virtual. In-person attendance is at the Tempe Public Library. The Virtual Presentation is on Zoom. You will receive an email message with the information for attending or to complete your Zoom registration.

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