I have been to all but the very first New England Crime Bake. The first year, I went with my friend Regina, and was totally intimidated. At first. But then the venue ran out of toilet paper, so Kate Flora stood outside the ladies room giving people sheets. After that, and after meeting the really terrific people who ran the New England Crime Bake, I realized I had found my tribe, and I went back every year. For the last four years, I’ve been on the committee, and was co-chair of 2014 and 2015. Registration is open for the 2016 New England Crime Bake, and here’s why I think you crime writers at any stage of publication should come.
- The New England Crime Bake is intentionally kept small, and geared towards writers. It is put on by Mystery Writers of America, the New England Chapter, and Sisters in Crime New England.
- The Guest of Honor this year is William Kent Krueger. He writes the Cork O’Connor series, and is also the author of the extraordinary Ordinary Grace. Go to his website and read the story about the follow up to Ordinary Grace. Don’t you want to meet someone with that much passion and principle?
- There are Master Classes on Friday afternoon on a variety of topics, including marketing, editing, and self publishing. The classes cost extra, but are worth it.
- The Saturday and Sunday panels are interesting, and well curated to give writers something to chew on as they do their work.
- You can pitch your project to an agent or editor. Or both.
- You can get feedback on the first page of your manuscript.
- You can get a manuscript critique. Again, it costs extra, but you will get feedback on 15 pages of your work in progress from a professional writer.
- You can learn from experts on different subjects.
- You can find your people. And have fun while you do it.
The New England Crime Bake is November 11-13 in Dedham MA. We will sell out, and shortly, so don’t wait. I’d love to see you there.
Also, if you have a crime based short story, read the guidelines here and submit it to Level Best Books. Last date for submission is May 31, so get on it!
Julie Hennrikus writes the Clock Shop Mystery series as Julianne Holmes. Clock and Dagger will be released on August 2. She is in book jail this weekend, working on Book #3, tentatively titled Chimes and Punishment.