July 13-16, 2023 at the Orleans in Las Vegas!
Registration for 2023 is open.
2023 is right around the corner, folks, so save the dates and plan to come to our July conference. Also, we will have the return of our pre-conference workshop on July 13.
To get the group rate at the hotel click this link and use code – PSWG23C
Solo Presenters PSWA Conference 2023
The Seven Touchstones for Writing a Crime Thriller by Nick Chiarkas
Nick Chiarkas grew up in a housing project on New York City’s lower east side. Called
“hopeless” by some uncaring teachers, he went on to become a celebrated author as well as a
U.S. Army Paratrooper; a New York City Police Officer; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the
President's Commission on Organized Crime; and the Director of the Wisconsin State Public
Defender Agency. On the way, he picked up a Doctorate from Columbia University; a Law
Degree from Temple University; and was a Pickett Fellow at Harvard. He shares with us his
writing process called The Seven Touchstones for Writing a Crime Thriller.
Criminal Profiling for Mystery/True Crime Writers, by Pete Klismet
Former police officer, retired FBI agent, and college professor Pete Klismet practically wrote the
book on criminal profiling and has put together a shortened presentation of the course he once
taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Pete designed this presentation specifically for
those writers working on mysteries and true crime projects. A distinguished author himself, Pete
has been published both foreign and domestically and this presentation is guaranteed to knock
your socks off as well as give you a factual baseline to add credibility and realism to your
Modern CSI Skills and Technology by R.J.Beam
Crime Scene Investigation has come a long way from messy fingerprint powders and feather
brushes. Modern TV and movies show cops using magical gadgets to find evidence and solve
cases in an hour. Our very own RJ Beam will break down some of the latest technology in use
today at real crime scenes. During this presentation, he will also explain how some of what you
see on TV while real is not in use at the average department just yet. With luck, RJ’s boss will be
cool (and the TSA won’t pester him) so he can bring a few "toys" to Vegas for demonstrations.
Your Book From Inception to Marketing By Jo Wilkins and Jenni Curtis
The tag-team presentation by these two industry professionals from Mystic Publishing starts with the introduction of how your book idea can be spread across a marketing platform and progresses into a full-scale explanation of how such a platform might intertwine with the publishing process from beginning to end. Well-established editor and publisher Jo and published author and marketing expert Jenni will demonstrate how these principles apply whether you are going to use the traditional publishing route or take the plunge into self-publishing. Jo and Jenni will review the necessities that every author should and must consider and how to apply them to your
marketing plan up to and beyond the release of your novel.