I signed up for two conferences this year, both near the end of conference season. I went to Magna cum Murder in Indy at the end of October last year and decided to go back for their 25th anniversary. 25 years! And last year, when the hostess asked people to raise their hands who’d come from Day One, a LOT of people raised their hands. Now that’s a dedicated crowd. I’m not the type of person who makes instant friends, so I’m looking forward to seeing who’s there again this year and what they’ve done since I saw them last.
Magna cum Murder isn’t aimed for writers. There were no panels on the state of the industry, poisons, or how to market. The panels were geared for readers, but oh, were those readers prolific. They knew their stuff. I love talking shop with fellow writers, but I love talking to serious readers, too. And this conference is packed with them.
The second event I’ve signed up for is “CozyClub Mini-Con Midwest.” My publisher, Kensington, organized it. It’s on Saturday, September 7–the weekend after Labor Day– from 11 a.m. to 1:00 at Pierogi Mountain (German Village) 739 S 3rd St. in Columbus, Ohio. Okay, pierogis instantly caught my attention. But then I read the list of authors who’ve signed up for author signings, and I’m going all fan girl.
I’m sure every author is wonderful, and one might be your favorite, so I’ll list them, but a few of my favorites are going to be there. Here are the names: Alex Erickson, Amanda Flower, Anna Lee Huber, C.M. Gleason, Cheryl Hollon, Christin Brecher, Debra H. Goldstein, Ginger Bolton, J.C. Kenney, J.R. Ripley, Julie Ann Lindsay, Lynn Cahoon, Olivia Matthews, Annelise Ryan, Rose Pressey, Sherry Harris, Carlene O’Connor, Kate Dyer-Seeley, Lena Gregory, Winnie Archer, and ME. At least, that’s the line-up for now. The book seller is The Book Loft in Columbus, Ohio.
If you read my recommendations on BookBub, you’ll know that I’m hooked on Anna Lee Huber’s Lady Darby series and Lynn Cahoon’s Tourist Trap series. And J.C. Kenney has written two mysteries, and I liked them both. https://www.bookbub.com/authors/judi-lynn?list=reviews&review_step=search
I’m dragging my poor husband with me to both conferences (lucky him:), and I have an old friend who lives in Columbus that I hope to meet up with and maybe go out for supper with once the mini-con is over. And my daughter and grandson both live in Indy, so both conferences are a win/win for me. Sometimes, I do well at conferences and sound halfway intelligent. Sometimes, I get nervous and it’s dodgy. But it’s nice to leave my writing cave once in a while and see what’s out there, to meet fellow writers in the flesh instead of just reading their blogs or twitter posts.
I have writers’ club this Wednesday, and it feels like sitting down with old friends, talking plots, dialogue, pacing, and word choice. They keep me on my toes. But it will be nice to meet some new people and see what they have to say. Whether you’re locked in a little room by yourself, sitting in your gazebo or by your pool with your laptop, or meeting up with fellow writers, all the best. And happy writing!