The other thing I'm jazzed about is the lineup of Writers’ conferences coming up right here on the west coast in 2012. It’s a great way to meet other writers as well as agents and publishers. I always come home full of resolve and inspiration. There are four high on my list, two of which I have attended in the past.
Left Coast Crime, March 29-April 1 to be held in Sacramento at the Sheridan Grand Hotel. This big mystery conference is rarely so close to home. For info: http://http://www.leftcoastcrime.org/
Central Valley Writers Conference, April 28th will be held at the Sierra Sky Ranch near Yosemite Valley. This is a small conference with registration limited to keep it writer-friendly. A friend of mine, Flora Burlingame, met an agent from Fireship Press at this conference last spring, and now her book, Charcoal and Chalk, has been published and is available at Amazon. http://www.californiawritersconference.com/
For those most interested in police procedures and how they might be useful for your book, there’s the Public Safety Writer’s Association Conference (PSWA) held in Las Vegas in July 12-15 at the Orleans Hotel and Casino. Not as close, but not too far away either. More info: http://www.policewriter.com/
A favorite of mine is the Central Coast Writers’ Conference at Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo. The date is Sept. 21 and 22, 2012. The conference is followed on September 23 by the Central Coast Book & Author Festival at Mission Plaza in SLO. It’s a great time of year to get away from our summer heat and enjoy the coast.