Guest Post: Graham Smith looks ahead to Crime and Publishment 2017.


I was fortunate enough to attend this year’s Crime & Publishment where I met some fantastic people and picked up lots of handy hints. It was a brilliant experience, one I’d recommend to anyone who fancies writing crime fiction. To be honest, much of the experience would be beneficial to writers of any genre. Graham Smith, organiser of this excellent event, is here to tell us what he’s got planned for 2017. I suggest you book now…

Vic xC&P

I’m not one for getting overly excited but the line-up I’ve managed to pull together for Crime and Publishment in 2017 has got me feeling not just excited but also quietly confident C&P will reach new heights.

Not only have I got a former chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and one of the co-founders of the Bloody Scotland crime festival as speakers, I’ve also been fortunate enough to secure the services of the UK’s Queen of Crime, Martina Cole, and one of the country’s top agents in Simon Trewin of William Morris Endeavor.

The weekend starts, as ever, on the Friday morning and the attendees will be split into two groups where they will be taught how to “Keep Readers Reading” by Tom Harper and “Using Forensics in Crime Writing” by Lin Anderson. After lunch and a brief session on “Setting Realistic Writing Goals” by Michael Malone, the two groups will swap tutors for the afternoon session.

Saturday sees crime doyenne, Martina Cole teaching attendees how to “Create Likeable Villains and Anti-heroes” while Simon Trewin lectures on “Perfecting Your Pitch” to the second group. After lunch, the groups will again swap tutors before the final session of 1-2-1 surgeries where attendees can pick the brains of the speakers on all writing-related issues and problems they’re encountering.

Sunday is when all attendees will be offered a chance to pitch their novels to Simon Trewin and hopefully add to the growing number of Crime and Publishment members who’ve managed to secure a publishing contract.

With an optional extra of “Editing made Easy” by renowned editor Morgen Bailey taking place on the Friday evening, I believe the weekend has more than enough potential to surpass the previous years’ successes.

At the time of writing, six members of the Crime and Publishing gang have signed publishing and TV contracts as well as one of our past speakers – R.C. Bridgestock – engaging an agent due to their attendance at C&P.

While I may be the host, organiser and go-to person for Crime and Publishment, I’m firmly aware that it is the friendly nature, mutual support and varied experience of attendees which has created a marvellous sense of camaraderie. I quite honestly couldn’t be any prouder of the C&P gang and take as much pleasure from their individual and collective triumphs as I do my own.

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