Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Shoes, clothes, bookmarks, business cards ... into the suitcase

I'm getting ready to head off to attend Mayhem in the Midlands in Omaha, Nebraska. I try to plan ahead, but always, there is the inevitable last-minute "toss into the suitcase" business. At least, this time, I've remembered to include a camera and a notebook (so I don't have to scribble random notes on random bits of paper). My plan: take some pics and some notes and post next week with "tips" gleaned from the conference.

People sometimes ask me: Why go to a conference if you don't have a new book out yet? Isn't that a waste of time and money? In my view, it's never a "waste." I always come away with more insights into the business and with more books to read (natch!) by authors new and familiar. And, most of all, I get to submerge myself into the "world of mystery books and those who love them" ... readers, librarians, authors, booksellers ... (am I missing anyone?? :-) ).

I look at it this way: Some people drop a bundle on Disneyland, and get a charge out of riding Thunder Mountain and seeing the Magic Kingdom. Me, I get a charge out of being around books and talking with/listening to the people who read/write/sell them.

If you are going to Mayhem, be sure to look me up and say hello. I'm in three (!three!) panels on Friday, covering historical mysteries, strong women protagonists, and settings.

I will be well-armed with bookmarks, LEADEN SKIES chapbooks, and chocolate, and I don't want to take ANY of it home (after all, I have to make room for the books I buy!).


Enid Wilson said...

Good on you! As I'm going to present in a romance conference in August, do you have any tips for me? How NOT to make people fall asleep?

Sexy romance by Enid Wilson

Rachel Brady said...

Yo, ho! She packs chocolate. That's my girl.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I hate missing Mayhem again this year. Maybe 2010. Have fun!


Anonymous said...

I'd definately go just for the experience and fun. You can meet people, exchange business cards, and open doors for good things to happen in the future.

Good luck to you and your book.

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

I love conferences, too! Enjoy.

Jane Kennedy Sutton

N A Sharpe said...

I love conferences - there is so much going on, new insights, networking, meeting old friends. Have a wonderful time. Looking forward to hearing all about it!


Ann Parker said...

I'm baaaack and had a GREAT time. Well, basically. Except for the lost luggage.
I'll be blogging about some of the insights I gained from the conference in the coming week...

KK Brees said...

Conferences are about connecting with other writers, meeting agents and editors, and immersing yourself in the culture of writing. They're a wonderful way of learning about the book business.