Jane structures all talks to fit your audience. She allows plenty of time for Q&A and most talks can include an optional PowerPoint presentation — she can even provide the equipment if you don't have it — all you need to provide is the wall or screen!
She looks forward to hearing from you.
KILLER ANTIQUES: WHAT'S IT WORTH? YOU BE THE JUDGE
Pit your antiques appraisal skills against those of the experts in fun, engaging, on-the-spot challenges. Discover how to tell if an antique is genuine—and how antiques appraisers determine value.
THE ANATOMY OF THE TRADITIONAL MYSTERY
Join Jane as she discusses the nature of the traditional mystery. The term “traditional” is code in the world of mysteries. It informs and reassures readers about what to expect of this sub-genre—it implies certain qualities relating to the structure, characters, pacing, plot, and resolution. Jane discusses the components of a “traditional” mystery including the conventions, the use of red herrings, and techniques to convey suspense. .
STAYING MOTIVATED AMIDST CHANGE
Even as your budgets shrink and your staff is reduced, you're expected to do more with less--and stay motivated in the process. In a funny, thought-provoking keynote speech, Jane suggests ways to harness creativity and improve productivity even through the uncertainty and stress of changing times.
WOMEN OF MYSTERY, ANTIQUES & LOVE—What Else Does a Woman Need?
A three-for-one keynote speech
Hank Phillipi Ryan, an Emmy award Boston-based reporter (for the NBC affiliate), speaks on love and broadcast journalism not mixing... romance can kill ya!
Rosemary Harris, a Master Gardener, speaks on murder and mayhem in the garden
AN AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO SUCCESSFUL BOOK PROMOTION:
Creating an Effective Marketing Plan
Jane puts her MBA to work! She uses tested and proven marketing strategies to develop a reader focused marketing plan. Join Jane as she compares and contrasts promotional options including:
Friends and family letter
Co-branded alliances (i.e., Sotheby’s Institute of Art)
Website, blog site(s), videos and podcasts of interviews
Specialty promotional items (Jane’s Martini glasses!)
Magazine, newspaper, and on-line advertising (i.e., Author’s Buzz, Bookbitch, et al)
Online interviews and reviews
Magazine editorial (i.e., Mystery Scene)
Participating in on-line chats (i.e., Dorothy L)
Becoming involved in the mystery community (i.e., MWA)
Media (i.e., Stamford, CT newspaper article)
FINDING STOLEN ART: A Detective Takes on the Nazis
According to Interpol and the FBI, the Nazis stole almost 20 percent of all Western art. To this day, more than 20,000 objects are still missing. This presentation traces one woman’s effort to recover her family’s art. It’s a real David vs. Goliath tale—inspirational and fun!
KILLER ANTIQUES: A Detective's Knowledge of Antiques Helps Solve Crimes
An old map. A mahogany table. A scrimshaw tooth. James McNeil Whistler’s pallet. Rare? Maybe. Fakes? Perhaps. Real? It’s possible. If these objects are genuine... how much are they worth?
With the money, status, and beauty associated with these objects, it’s no wonder crimes occur. In the Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, antiques might be:
§ Stolen—Have you ever wondered who’s buying art and antiques that can’t be
§ Faked—Artisans create and duplicate counterfeit objects that can (almost) fool
antiques experts and scientists alike.
§ Lied about—Faking association is easy. The trick is verifying provenance—much
easier said than done.
This highly-interactive, fun presentation challenges attendees to answer the questions “What information do you need to appraise it?” and “What else do want to know?” In the process the nuances of the antiques appraisal process are explained and discussed. This speech can also be accompanied by a Power Point presentation (or not).
UNDER THE WRITER’S VEIL: Mysteries Revealed and Unsolved
Synthesizing insights from interviews Jane conducted with bestselling authors Lee Child, Gayle Lynds, Charlaine Harris, and Wendy Corsi Staub, Jane discusses where successful ideas come from, how ideas evolve into plots, and which work habits lead to the highest levels of productivity.
NEWSLETTER TIPS: Five Tips to Help You Write, Edit & Design Newsletters that Get Read
This presentation highlights the major considerations for a Newsletter that gets read and meets your goals.
THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ART THEFT
Organized, systematic government-sponsored or sanctioned art theft isn’t a modern phenomenon, and one of the most diabolical tools in a government’s arsenal is its ability to create laws of convenience. This presentation examines the obstructionist behavior of governments and institutions from ancient times to the modern day—and how journalists and detectives have overcome the hurdles to recover stolen art.
Since dolls were first carved by craftsmen, they’ve both served as role models and reflected current definitions of beauty. This visual lecture discusses how dolls have evolved since the 1500s, how fashion relates to image, and how bounty from the Civil War leads to murder. By following a historical trail from Queen Anne to Sesame Street, you’ll discover how dolls have been used for smuggling—and how they represent innocence—or should.
JANE AUSTEN AND THE TRADITIONAL MYSTERY
The term “traditional” is code in the world of mysteries. It informs and reassures readers about what to expect. In this presentation, Jane discusses the anatomy of a traditional mystery and examines how Jane Austen uses clues, red herrings, and suspense in Emma.
HARNESSING YOUR CREATIVITY
The wherefores and hows of creativity have been studied—you can learn to be more creative! This presentation explains proven easy-to-use and fun processes—random selection, contradictory message, and hub & spoke analysis—to enhance your ability to come up with innovative ideas in a snap.