Mystery Writers of America Southwest Chapter



Name: Deborah LeBlanc
Location: Lafayette, LA
Travel: To any state
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Bio: Deborah LeBlanc is an award-winning author from Lafayette, Louisiana. She is also a business owner, a licensed death scene investigator, and an active member of two national paranormal investigation teams. Deborah's unique experiences, enthusiasm, and high-energy level make her a much sought after speaker at writers' conferences across the nation. She also takes her passion for literacy and a powerful ability to motivate to high schools around the country.

She is the president of the Horror Writers Association, president of the Writers' Guild of Acadiana, president of Mystery Writers of America's Southwest Chapter, and an active member of Sisters in Crime, the National Association of Women Writers, and International Thriller Writers Inc. In 2004, she created the LeBlanc Literacy Challenge, an annual, national campaign designed to encourage more people to read. Her most recent novels are: FAMILY INHERITANCE, GRAVE INTENT, A HOUSE DIVIDED, and MORBID CURIOSITY. Deborah's next release, WATER WITCH, is scheduled to be on bookstore shelves in December '08.

Possible topics: KEYNOTE ADDRESSES:
When Everyone Else Says You Can't: How to get past the roadblocks in the publishing business.
Just What Are You Selling?: Learn how to set yourself apart from every other author in the market.
It Ain't About You!: Going beyond book sales to what really matters.
Shape-shifting: Taking charge of your writing career. WORKSHOPS/SEMINARS:
The Good, the Bad, the Unforgettable: Ten Steps to Creating Memorable Characters.
Thinking Outside the Box:
This session is designed to help writers sharpen their prose, stretch their imaginations, and hone their thoughts toward publication.
In Twenty-Five Words or Less: How to create a short, oral summation of a story plot that will make people WANT to read your book.
How to Make Dialogue Ring True
Book Marketing and Promotions: What Works, What Doesn't, and Why
Writing About What You Don't Know:
How to Gain Knowledge of the Unfamiliar and the Unusual.
How to Break Through the Concrete Ceiling of Publishing!

Fees: Negotiable

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