PSWA Confeence 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
While many people, and certainly police
officers, profess knowledge about "Criminal Profiling," very few
understand what the concept is about, or how determinations are made. 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 giving you a
factual baseline to add credibility and realism to your writing.
Join us as he presents the 'nuts and bolts' of how trained profilers look at circumstances involving a crime, or evidence from a crime scene in a completely different manner and use these observations, behavioral clues to provide insight into the personality of the offender.
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. Real life police officer and police academy instructor, RJ Beam knows how to separate fiction from fact. A published author and expert police detail editor for a publisher, RJ is ready, willing, and able to 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 author, editor, and publisher, Jo Wilkins is the Chief Executive Officer and Acquisitions Editor for Mystic Publishing. She, along with published author and marketing expert Jenni Curtis will demonstrate how these principles apply whether you are going to use the traditional publishing route or are contemplating taking 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.