Jane here, delighted by so much good news among the Lady Killers. Books out, terrific reviews, wonderful trips, and Rhys’s Sue Feder Award – congratulations to you all! I’m chuffed to bask in all this reflected glory.
Those of us lurking in Stay-at-home Corner have something to get excited about too: the Poisoned Pen Press Web convention is on all day next Saturday. Yes, I know I’ve mentioned it before, and so has fellow Lady Killer Ann, but it’s such a brilliant idea that I’m going to blow the trumpet one more time, and hope that all the Lady Killers and their friends will take part. Because when you do, you’ll not only get plenty of entertainment and information, but you’ll be part of something that deserves the much-used description ground-breaking.
You “attend” from your own computer, and you can dip in and out of all the cyber-events for as long or short a time as you like. From the look of the schedules at www.ppwebcon.com October 24th will be a long day, because of the many time zones involved. Good value for the 25 dollar registration fee, which also gets you an electronic “goody bag” and 20 dollars of book vouchers. (There’s a short story of mine in the goody collection; several from other authors, a novel, and miscellaneous treats including even recipes.)
And – which is the clincher of course – unless you register, you’ll miss my panel, being broadcast on BlogTalk Radio at 7 p.m. BST (late morning to afternoon in the USA and Canada – you can check time zone information on the WebCon site.) The subject is “How Much Action is Needed, How Much Sex?” I jumped at this when asked, and then realised that, given the conference’s subject, we’ll be discussing mysteries rather than real life…oh well, can’t win ‘em all! Anyone can listen in to BlogTalk Radio on www.blogtalkradio.com, and if you’ve registered you can hone in and join the discussion if we say anything too outrageous, or not outrageous enough.
I’ve also been involved in preparing two “text panels” for you to download: collections of thoughts in a question-and-answer format, one on “How much history in a mystery is enough?” and the other “What is a Cozy (and why do I write them?)” The contributions from the different authors are as varied as you’ll find on any Bouchercon panel.
Then there are guest authors in audio and video, a (text-based) chat room for saying hello to other mystery lovers, essays, trailers, and…well, go and check out the website, if you haven’t already; or even if you have, because it keeps improving. www.ppwebcon.com, right?
That’s all till next Saturday – I hope to find lots of you there.