April 8th meeting: Private Eye; Viable Pitches

The private investigator is a darling of the mystery genre. But what kind of cases do they really cover? Join us in welcoming Shelly Cloud, a PI who works out of Cochise County, who will tell us what her job encompasses. Cloud has investigated child pornography cases, sexual abuse cases, child support cases, adoption cases, drug cases, divorce cases, domestic relations, social media investigations, asset location and recovery, missing persons cases, skip tracing, background checks and more.

We’ll have a delicious lunch, and a fun book drawing.

In our afternoon session, AMW Presiding Chair Bill Adams will talk about pitches. What makes some mystery novels salable and some others just not commercially viable? Bill recently attended a pitch conference in New York to learn how to describe a novel to an agent or editor and then get feedback on whether that idea was commercially viable. Find out what they look for and what you must be able to answer when someone asks, “What’s your book about?”

RSVP by 9:30 am, Wednesday, April 5th to save your place. $30 non-members includes lunch. $25 RSVP’d AMW (not Meetup) members. Pay at the door. RSVP by clicking the button on http://www.meetup.com/Arizona-Mystery-Writers-of-Tucson/ or email amwmembershipchair@gmail.com. See you there!

Reminder: Our prices are $25 for RSVP’d AMW members, $30 non-members.

Reminder: The annual short story contest is open! Prep your stories and send them in! This year, we also have a youth contest for ages 9-14. See details in the contest section here on our website.