Another in the series of dispatches from Left Coast Crime. Next year it's in Colorado, at a small hotel, so if you want to go after reading about it this week, sign up soon! I'm hoping to have sold my novel and be at the debut author's breakfast next year. Wish me luck!!!!
Why go to a conference if you are a reader? Well, you can see your favorite author speaking at a panel, or hitting the booze or club soda. Our bartender was kind enough not to roll her eyes when 8 of the 10 of us ordered club sodas at the bar. Hey, Friday was a working day! I was lucky enough to be hanging with Diana Orgain, Sophie Littlefield, Juliet Blackwell, Rebecca Cantrell, Boyd Morrison, Susan Shea, Kelli Stanley, and Diana Chambers, and that was just one happy hour! You can also pick up free books, get your favorite author to sign a book, and my favorite thing, find new authors to read. I found Craig Johnson just before he went Hollywood last year, and this year I found Russell Hill.
Why go to a conference if you are a writer? Attending panels can remind you that while publishing is changing, people's thirst for the written word is not. You can catch up with your friends, who may have moved far away but are never far from your thoughts. And you can get some writing done in the morning (don't even try to write in the evening--you'll be wrung out from all the socializing/learning. I was asleep by 9PM last night!!!!)
One of my favorite things is still the chance to see some of the smartest, best writers in crime at their panels, like our own Rita Lakin, Priscilla Royal, Ann Parker, Staci McLaughlin, Margaret Lucke, Penny Warner, and Camille Minichino. By the way, Staci, whom I finally met in person, is a living doll. Keep an eye out for her book, it's going to be a keeper!
Tonight is the awards banquet, and I'm betting at least one of our own takes home a prize. I'll be cheering all of them on.
So tell me, what's your favorite thing about conferences--or the thing that keeps you from attending one?