Crime Bake FAQs

  • How much does the in-person conference cost?
    • For MWA members, as well as librarians, early bird pricing until August 15, 2022 for this 3-day conference is $209. Starting August 16, 2022, the price increases to $239.

      For the general public, early bird pricing is $239 until August 15, and $269 after.

      Optional add-ons (with fees) include: Agents & Editors package ($100 for the track), Friday master classes ($75 each), and Manuscript Critiques ($75 per MS) and Saturday night’s Award Banquet ($95 per person). See the full schedule on the Crime Bake website for details.

      Registration includes an incredible line-up of seminars and/or panels each day, as well as buffet dinner Friday, Saturday breakfast & lunch, Sunday breakfast, and coffee breaks.
  • I’m worried about taking my mask off during meals. What should I do?
    • We understand meals may provide a challenge. At all meals, containers will be provided so you may eat in your room.
  • Do you have an anti-harassment policy?
  • How do I change my registration?
    • You can add or drop options on your registration, subject to availability. Follow the link on your confirmation email. Add or drop options as desired. If you have added to your total price, you will need to make additional payment at that time.
  • If I cancel, can I get a refund?
    • Until September 7, 2022, we will refund your registration fee minus applicable processing fees. There will be no refunds after September 7.
  • What if the in-person event is canceled due to Covid?
    • All registrants will have access to Crime Bake’s online programs.
  • What is Crime Bake’s policy on Covid-related safety precautions?
    • We will revisit our Covid guidelines as we approach November’s dates and will keep the following policies in place: For the safety of speakers, volunteers, and attendees, mask-wearing will be required at all Crime Bake events. In addition, all speakers, volunteers, and attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test within 48-hours prior to admittance. Also, the Dedham Hilton is open to the public. The hotel is following the current Covid protocols outlined by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as found here:
  • Do you have a wait list?
    • Historically, Crime Bake has sold out within days of opening registration. If you try to register once the registration cap of 250 for the in-person event is reached, you will be automatically placed on a wait list and contacted if a space opens up on a first on/first off basis.
  • I’m only able to attend one day of the conference. Do I still have to pay the full conference price?
    • Yes.
  • I am an author who is not on a panel. Will the conference bookstore sell my book?
    • The conference bookstore only sells books by presenters and panelists. However, we will have a table available if you would like to bring promotional items such as bookmarks, postcards, etc.
  • My spouse/friend/SO is coming to the conference with me. Are any sessions open to visitors?
    • No, everything is for registrants only.
  • If I volunteer, is any part of the conference comped?
    • No.

Agents & Editors

Crime Bake gives you several terrific opportunities to connect with respected agents and editors in our newly redesigned Agents & Editors Program. Crime Bake attendees who register for the A&E Program get to participate in four great sessions that will help them on the path to publication: Practice Your Pitch, Query Feedback, First-Page Feedback, and One-on-One Pitches.Please refer to the Crime Bake website for complete details.

  • What if I only want to go to the One-on-One Pitches (or any other subset of the four sessions)?
    • That’s entirely up to you. There’s no prorating. But you might reconsider skipping any of the sessions. Past attendees have reported that they learned a ton even if they weren’t the one getting feedback.
  • What should I bring with me?
    • For participants in the A&E track, bring a copy of your current query letter, logline, and the first page of your manuscript. The query letter shouldn’t be very long. If it’s more than a page, you might want to trim it down. For the first page critique, standard double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman on a single sheet of paper. For the logline, please come with your title, subgenre, and logline again on a single sheet of paper. You also probably want to bring a pen and some paper for taking notes. There will be lot of helpful information at these sessions, even when it’s not your submission being discussed.
  • What if I disagree with some of the feedback from the agent or editor or the published author?
    • Writing is a very subjective field. The feedback you receive may be just that person’s first impression. Don’t take it personally and don’t argue about it. Just take it as that person’s opinion and learn what you can from it. Because of time constraints, you won’t be able discuss your work (or the work of other writers) during the program.
  • What’s a logline?
    • It’s a very short—usually only a sentence—description of your book that gives the listener an idea of what it’s about while piquing his or her curiosity to find out more. There’s a good article about writing loglines here.
  • Where can I find information about the agents and editors attending the conference?
    • The bios for the agents and editors will be posted as they are confirmed through the summer.

Manuscript Critiques

  • Can I request a particular author to critique my manuscript?
    • No. Your manuscript will be assigned by the coordinator on a first come, first served basis to the best available author to critique it.
  • My manuscript won’t be ready by the October 1st deadline. Can I request an extension?
    • Yes. A $10 late fee will be assessed for manuscripts received October 2-14. Manuscripts will not be accepted after October 14th.
  • Where can I learn more?