Sponsors

WPA Hero – $20,000 and Above

Sisters in Crime

Sisters in Crime, a major sponsor of the Writers’ Police Academy, are 3600 members in 50 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors.

We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.

Our mission? Promote the ongoing advancement, recognition and professional development of women crime writers.

Sisters in Crime offers a generous discount to their members attending the WPA for the first time. Not a member? No problem. Simply join SinC today to receive your discount.

*You must be a SinC member at the time of WPA registration to receive the discount. Click here to join SinC today!

 

 

Gold Shield – $15,000

 

Silver Star – $10,000

 

Medal of Valor – $5,000

 

 

Commissioner – $1,000

Cheryl Yeko

Cheryl Yeko, the genius behind all the gorgeous WPA raffle baskets, is a multi-published, award-winning author and Acquiring Editor with Soul Mate Publishing. She also co-writes with fellow Soul Mate Editor, Char Chaffin, under the pen-name CiCi Cordelia.

She received her Administrative Assistant Degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College, in Wisconsin, as well as a Paralegal Certification through the American Institute for Paralegal Studies. She has over twenty-five years as a Legal Assistant, involving the drafting of legal correspondence and court documents. She belongs to several writing groups, including Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Writers Association, and Wisconsin Screenwriters Forum.

Cheryl lives in Wisconsin with her husband Patrick, and loves to read, play piano, and spend time with family and friends. She enjoys novels with fast-paced action and steamy romance, protective alpha men and strong heroines.

You can find her online:

Cheryl Yeko:

Website: http://www.cherylyeko.com/ ‘Where Love Always Wins’

Amazon Author Page: http://tinyurl.com/qzsks8q

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhereLoveAlwaysWins/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cherylyeko

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/cyeko/boards/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5406425.Cheryl_Yeko

CiCi Cordelia

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/Cici-Cordelia/e/B01AJ5EM90

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeartfeltRomance

Website: https://ccromance.com/

Soul Mate Publishing:

http://www.soulmatepublishing.com/editors/

 

Ford McMurtry
Ford McMurtry is a modern day Walter Mitty. After a career spent coaching high school, college, and professional sports, he became a sports journalist, NFL and MLB player agent, and insurance executive.  He is CEO of Hitman Designs which develops brand merchandise for authors, artists, and athletes. Ford is an aspiring author who is co-writing a novel on life in the South after the Great Depression.
For assistance in creating branded products or an online store, contact: fordmcmurtry@gmail.com

 

Dr. Katherine Ramsland

Dr. Katherine Ramsland, director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University, also teaches the forensic psychology track. She has published over 1,000 articles, stories, and reviews, and 59 books, including The Mind of a Murderer, The Forensic Science of CSI, Inside the Minds of Serial KillersThe Human Predator: A Historical Chronicle of Serial Murder and Forensic Investigation, The Ivy League Killer, and The Murder Game. Her book, Psychopath, was a #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal’s list. She presents workshops to law enforcement, psychologists, coroners, judges, and attorneys, and has consulted for several television series, including CSI andBones She also writes a regular blog for Psychology Today called “Shadow-boxing” and consults for numerous crime documentary production companies. Her most recent book is with serial killer, Dennis Rader, called Confessions of a Serial Killer: The Untold Story of Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer. She will also publish The Ripper Letter, a supernatural thriller based on Jack the Ripper lore.

 

Kathy Harris

 

The Oak Ridge Boys

 

Melinda Leigh

Melinda Leigh is a fully recovered banker. A life-long lover of books, she started writing as a way to preserve her sanity while raising her kids. Over the next few years, she learned a few things about writing a book and decided the process was way more fun than analyzing financial statements. Melinda’s debut novel, SHE CAN RUN, was nominated for Best First Novel by the International Thriller Writers. Her bestselling books have twice been nominated for the Daphne du Maurier Award.

Melinda holds a 2nd degree belt in Kenpo Karate. She’s dabbled in Arnis stick fighting, studied Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and taught women’s self-defense. She lives in a messy house in the suburbs with her husband, two kids, a couple of shelter dogs and two rescue cats who clearly run the show. With such a pleasant life, she has no explanation for the sometimes dark and disturbing nature of her imagination. Find out more about Melinda by visiting melindaleighauthor.com.

Melinda is a member of Liberty States Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Kiss of Death, and International Thriller Writers. She is represented by Jill Marsal of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

 

 

 

Chief of Detectives – $500

Diana Hurwitz

Diana Hurwitz spent her childhood near Cincinnati daydreaming and writing poetry. She is often found lost in a book and dissects fiction for fun. She currently resides in central Florida with her husband and two cats.

When not writing, she indulges in reading, painting, jewelry design, travel, graphic art, and web design.

She is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Ladyscribes critique group.

She is the author of the young adult series Mythikas Island which she was inspired to write for her teen daughter who complained, “Why do YA books always have love triangles? Can’t a girl be a hero without a boyfriend?” The answer is, “Yes, yes she can.”

She writes the Story Building Blocks series and the companion blog because she loves helping other writers and as a book addict thinks life is too short for bad fiction.

She contributes to the Blood Red Pencil Blog with other fun editors and writers.

She can be found hanging out on Facebook far more often than she should be.

*Diana proudly sponsors Dr. Katherine Ramsland.

 

Melanie Atkins

Melanie Atkins a multi-published author of romantic suspense, a fan of crime dramas, and an avid reader. Writing is more than an escape for her — it’s a way of life. She grew up in the Deep South listening to tall tales and penning stories about her cats. Now she writes gripping stories of love, suspense, and mystery with the help of her furry little feline muses. You can read more about her and her books at http://www.melanieatkins.com

 

Patti Phillips

Patti Phillips is the person behind Detective Charlie Kerrian at www.kerriansnotebook.com. Her ebook, “Kerrian’s Notebook, Volume 1,” is based on the first year of the popular blog.

Ms. Phillips has experienced several of the Writers’ Police Academies. Many of her stories and non-fiction articles are based on the interviews she conducted at WPA as well as the intensive WPA sessions she attended over the years. Hundreds of Phillips’ photographs seen on her blog and around the internet attest to the fun had by all at WPA.

Her book reviews can be read at www.nightstandbookreviews.com

 

 

 

Major – $250

The DeSales University Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, offering certificates in digital and investigative forensics, is pleased to sponsor the Writers Police Academy in 2017.

 

 

 

Captain – $100

Soul Mate Publishing, LLC

Soul Mate Publishing welcomes you to romance, where two become one.  We offer high-quality romantic fiction for readers around the world.  Our novels, written by only the finest authors, will be available both electronically and in paperback.

Whether you enjoy traditional romance or are searching for stories that push the limits, you’ll find what you’re looking for.  We are NOT the same old thing!

If you are a budding author who needs a publisher to seriously look at your work, just follow the instructions under the Submissions link at the top of this page.  We WILL look over your materials and provide a personal response.

For more, click here.

 

 

 

Friends of the WPA – $50 and Below

 

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