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Welcome to Masked Murder, New England Crime Bake 2020!

Let’s face it: 2020 has been a killer year. Even more reason to celebrate the dark and deadly art of crime writing as best we can—safely but surely! Our annual mystery love fest is going virtual, but our mission remains the same: Provide the opportunities you need to expand your knowledge of craft and commerce and to enjoy the special camaraderie that has distinguished our conference for nearly 20 years.

No matter what sub-genre you prefer—cozy, traditional, thriller, suspense, YA, historical, crimes of the heart, and true crime—or where you find yourself on your writer’s journey, there is something here for you. At our Writing During the Pandemic Panel, we’ll ask a stellar group of writers to share their secrets and solutions to keeping the words flowing during good times and bad. And the book biz pros on our The Publishing Landscape: 2020 and Beyond will discuss the state of the business and debate the best emerging challenges and strategies targeted to carve out successes in a tough marketplace.

We’ll have all your usual favorite events, announcing the year’s Debut Authors as well as the winners of the Al Blanchard Award Short Story Contest and the Flashwords! honorees. Plus: For a modest fee, you can sign up to have an agent or acquisitions editor review your query letter and/or the first page of your manuscript or have a crime author critique your first 20 pages.

Take notice, all you lovers of reading and crime—writers, librarians, booksellers, agents, editors, publishers, and fans—and hang with us on November 7, starting at 7 pm EST, for this one-of-a-kind evening dedicated to our beloved genre. Sure, it’s online, but it’s still our very own Crime Bake.

Registration for the reviews and critiques is open now. Space is limited, so don’t delay. Information on attending the virtual November 7 event and panels is coming soon. Be sure to check back here for details.

Come on down for a little Masked Murder. The best part? You don’t even have to wear a mask.

Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Connie Hambley, Co-Chair

Paula Munier, Co-Chair

New England Crime Bake Committee