Many folks who come to our mystery panels ask a lot of questions about how to get an agent and how to get published. This conference would be a great way to find out the answers—and it would give you a chance to rub shoulders with a lot of fine authors! I went to the "Dark and Stormy Nights" in Chicago many years ago and found it to be well-run, informative, and totally interesting.
Hotel rates are very reasonable and conference registration is staggered so you can get as much or as little as you want. Check out the website—you'll be glad you did!