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Article by Louise Phillips © 1 October 2015.
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Crimefest 2016
Now Autumn has arrived, the CRIMEFEST £155 Summer special only continues until 31 October when the registration for a full weekend pass goes up to £175. (The cost will incrementally go up to £195.) Check out the participating authors on the AUTHORS & DELEGATES page and register now on the TICKETS page to beat the price increases.


The successful CRIMEFEST Crime Writing Day returns with its well-rounded programme. With a mixture of presentations and exercises, authors M.R. Hall and William Ryan present a workshop focusing on character and plot. The two are eminently qualified to run the seminar, not only because of their bestselling novels, but also because of their contribution to the Guardian Masterclass ebook series.
Agents Camilla Wray and Broo Doherty, together with editors Stefanie Bierworth (Quercus) and Vicki Mellor (Headline) will discuss what services they provide, and how authors might be expected to reciprocate.
And with the industry increasingly turning to new media for fresh talent,Joanna Penn offers advice on how to self publish in ebook and print in the current publishing eco-system.
Also included, on a first-come-first-served basis, are ten one-on-one assessments (by crime writer Janet Laurence) of a manuscript.
Delegates signing up for both the Crime Writing Day and a full CRIMEFESTpass will receive a £50 discount. Go to the CRIME WRITING DAY page for more information or to BUY TICKETS to register.

For aspiring crime writers who already have completed a manuscript there is the Pitch an Agent strand. Consider it ‘speed-dating for an agent’ meets the BBC’s Dragon’s Den as participants are offered the opportunity to gain representation by pitching their work to three agents simultaneously in one private session. The companies of the participating agents represent best-selling authors such as Lee Child, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Martin Edwards, Christopher Fowler, Tana French, Paul Johnston and L.C. Tyler. For more information visit the PITCH AN AGENT page. The strand has sold out in previous years, so BUY TICKETS soon to avoid disappointment.

Another successful feature returning next year will be the Emerging Indie Voices Panel. Increasingly authors are going it alone and self-publishing their books because the financial rewards can be significantly greater than the traditional path. Also, publishing houses are now using the sales figures of self-published authors as a tool to seek out new talent. Recognising this development, CRIMEFEST is organising a panel to give four independently published authors a chance to discuss their work at next year’s convention. Helping us organise the panel is Joanna Penn, an independent author herself, writing fiction under J.F. Penn, as well as a contributor on the subject of self-(e)publishing to national publications such as The Bookseller and The Guardian. If you are a self-published crime writer and are interested in participating on this panel then visit theEMERGING INDIE VOICES page for more information or to sign up.

Can you write a crime story in 150 words? If so, then head toCRIMEFEST’s Flashbang page for more information on what you can win and how to enter.

Three of the most prestigious Crime Writers’ Association Dagger Awards are to be announced on 29 September: the Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel written in the English Language, the Steel Dagger for Best Thriller, and the Creasey Award for Debut Crime Novel. To highlight the awards and shortlisted titles the CWA has created a stylish Dagger Reads website and campaign. There is even a dedicated CWA YouTube Channel with videos introducing the nominees.

Finally there is a glossy magazine dedicated to all things crime! From Future Publishing, the company that publishes amongst other magazinesTotal Film and SFX, comes Crime Scene. Focusing on books, film and TV, the issue 1 special collector’s edition leads with the BBC’s Sherlockand features Benedict Cumberbatch on the cover. Inside there are articles on top television programmes (Columbo, CSI, Luther, Ripper Street to name but a few), pieces by and interviews with Ann Cleeves, James Ellroy and Ian Rankin, and tons of reviews on books, DVDs, etc. For more information or to subscribe visit the Crime Scene website.

This year’s World Mystery Convention — named after Anthony Boucher (rhymes with voucher), the first literary reviewer of crime (or mystery) fiction — is being held in Raleigh, North Carolina in the USA early next month. Boucercon passes are still available and we will be there to register delegates for CRIMEFEST. We plan to serve the customary Harvey’s Bristol Cream Sherry with the odd Quality Street chocolate, so to be sure to come by the registration booth and say ‘hello’ if you’re attending.

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LOUISE PHILLIPS is the author of four bestselling psychological crime thrillers. Her debut novel RED RIBBONS, and her subsequent novels, THE DOLL’S HOUSE, LAST KISS and THE GAME CHANGER, were each nominated for Best Irish Crime Novel of the Year. She won the award in 2013. Louise’s work has formed part of many literary anthologies, and she has won both the Jonathan Swift Award and the Irish Writers’ Centre Lonely Voice platform, along with being shortlisted for the Molly Keane Memorial Award, Bridport UK, and many others. In 2015, she was awarded a writing residency at Cill Rialaig Artist retreat and she was also a judge on the Irish panel for the EU Literary Award. In 2016, she was longlisted for the prestigious CWA Dagger in the Library Award, and her first two novels, RED RIBBONS and THE DOLL'S HOUSE, were published in the US. She has recently been awarded an Arts Bursary for Literature from the Arts Council of Ireland, and her latest novel, THE HIDING GAME, will be published on September 5th 2019. Louise Phillips is the crime writing mastermind behind writing.ie's Crime Scene blog.