What a great mystery fan convention!!!
I hadn't been to one since 2009 when I attended Bouchercon in Indianapolis, so I'd almost forgotten how much fun it is to catch up with old friends and make a lot of new ones among the writers and readers of crime fiction. And this year, there was the added bonus of meeting a lot of the folks I've known online through Twitter, Facebook, or blogs but never connected with in person.
There's no way I can list everyone I met, but here are a couple:
Janet Rudolph who blogs about crime fiction and chocolate was on a panel with me and others on the topic of websites, blogs, and social media. Janet gave everyone on the panel chocolate. This is, without exception, the best way to make friends and influence people at a writers' gathering.
Eric Campbell of Down and Out Books. I had dinner with Eric and learned all about his company and the authors he's representing. We already had Joe Abramo here as a guest author, but I'm hoping to get more of Eric's authors to join us as well.
And by attending the new authors' breakfast, I discovered a whole bunch of debut crime writers with books ranging from thrillers to fun cozies. I passed out a lot of business cards when I invited authors to sign up for a guest post.
For now, I'm back and getting ready for the April A to Z Blog Challenge. Note that I have no guests scheduled for April so I can stay on track. I'm doing a totally fun themed project this year with mini-stories in an ABC of Emotions for Adults...using animal characters. The stories will be fun, and some of them a tiny bit dark.
Can't hardly wait, right?