WriteNow! 2020 Conference Individual Sessions

Craft + Publish + Market


PitchNow!, EditNow!, and MarketNow! are optional, supplemental opportunities to the WriteNow! 2020 Conference and available for a nominal fee on a first come, first served basis. The shopping cart is at the bottom of this page.



The WriteNow! 2020 Conference is now offering virtual pitch sessions with an agent and/or editor. For just $30 you get 10 minutes of dedicated time to pitch and discuss your complete manuscript with the agent or editor of your choice. Sessions will be held via Zoom and Zoom details will be shared after purchase.

Pitch Your Book to an Agent

Chip MacGregor, MacGregor and Luedeke
Don’t miss this opportunity to “pitch” your novel directly to literary agent Chip MacGregor, founder of MacGregor and Luekdeke. Over the past several years, Chip has done more book deals than any other agent in the United States. He has been working in the publishing industry for three decades, made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years, and formerly served as a publisher with the Time-Warner Book Group. He began working as an agent sixteen years ago, and has represented hundreds of titles, including numerous award winners and bestsellers, and one book that hit #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. He is closed to unsolicited submissions right now, so this is your best chance to get your completed manuscript in front of him.

Chip represents General fiction, Mystery, Romance, Suspense/thriller, Fantasy/science fiction, and the non-fiction categories of Business/investing/finance, History, Religious, Mind/body/spirit, Health, Travel, Lifestyle, and Sports.
Note: Chip will only be available for a limited number of pitches on 9/11.

Pitch Your Book to an Editor

Terri Bischoff
Terri Bischoff

Terri Bischoff, Senior Acquisitions Editor
Editor Terri Bischoff of Crooked Lane Books returns for the WriteNow! 2020 Conference. Terri began her life in books as a bookseller at Kramerbooks in Washington, DC. After moving home to the Midwest, she worked at a feminist bookstore before purchasing and operating Booked for Murder in Madison, WI. She spent 10 years at Midnight Ink as their acquiring editor and published 36-40 books a year. Terri has a wealth of experience and knowledge in both mysteries and in bookselling, particularly as a book buyer and reviewer. She has signed multiple Sisters in Crime authors—including Desert Sleuths—to publishing contracts.

Terri’s interests lie in mainstream suspense, thrillers, quirky and humorous cozies, LGBTQIA, and diverse characters/storylines.

NOTE: Terri is requesting that everyone who schedules a pitch session also submit 5 pages of their story for her to refer to during the session. Instructions for how to submit those pages and schedule your session will be sent after you register. Terri has availability on both 9/11 and 9/12.

**We welcome last minute registrations and will do what we can to make them happen. Please email desertsleuths@gmail.com to secure a session with Terri Bischoff **



A developmental editor will review your first 5 pages and provide track changes and comments via email. Cost: $30 for a thorough review of your first 5 pages

First 5 Pages Developmental Edits

Jessica Page Morrell, Freelance Editor

Jessica Page Morrell

Jessica Page Morrell understands both sides of the editorial desk–as an editor and author. She is the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being RejectedBullies, Bastards & Bitches: How to Write the Bad Guys in FictionThe Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative LifeVoices from the StreetBetween the Lines: master the subtle elements of fiction; and Writing Out the Storm. Morrell works as a developmental editor where she has learned how to quickly size up a story’s merits, as a writing coach, and was formerly the Writing Expert at iVillage.com. She’s been writing a monthly column about topics related to writing since 1998. Morrell has contributed articles to newspapers and The Writer and Writer’s Digest magazines. She also contributes to anthologies and is the founder and coordinator of writing conferences. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers.

NOTE: Jessica will only be supplying your manuscript with feedback and track changes, she will not be doing Zoom sessions. Edits will be returned depending on receipt of pages and processing time. However, she will be doing a can’t-miss editing workshop for all WriteNow! attendees and she will answer all of your questions on the publishing panel. **SOLD OUT**



A publicity and marketing professional will review your online presence and provide feedback. Cost: $50 for 30 minutes with an evaluation of your website only; $100 for  60 minutes with an evaluation of your website and 2 social media sites and author pages (Bookbub, Amazon, and Goodreads). Sessions will be held via Zoom and Zoom details will be shared after purchase.

Online Presence Evaluations

Hailey Dezort, Kaye Publicity
Hailey Dezort is the marketing and events coordinator for Kaye Publicity. Before Kaye Publicity, she was a digital content creator for the Chicago Humanities Festival as well as several interior design companies. You can follow her at @Hailey_Dezort on Twitter or @hayhails on Instagram.

**We welcome last minute registrations and will do what we can to make them happen. Please email desertsleuths@gmail.com to secure a session with Hailey Dezort.**



Cancellations received by email at desertsleuths@gmail.com no later than September 7, 2020 will receive a partial refund; Desert Sleuths will retain $10 for processing fees.

No refunds after September 7, 2020.


Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuths and The WriteNow! Annual Conference are dedicated to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all attendees, regardless of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, body type, or veteran status. We will not tolerate any kind of discrimination or harassment and encourage anyone who believes they have experienced or witnessed discriminatory or harassing behavior to report it to a member of the WriteNow! Conference committee or a Sisters in Crime Desert Sleuth Board Member. All complaints will be handled in a discreet and confidential manner. Individuals found to have violated our policy will be asked to leave the conference.