Conferences and Conventions

Epicon is coming. Hooray! Hooray!

I go to a lot of writing conferences and mystery conventions. In fact, I just returned from Love is Murder which is held annually in Chicago. Yes, it was cold! They had a huge snow storm which began right when we arrived. Ours was the last plane to get in that evening. After boarding the hotel shuttle, we sat back and marveled at the snow and how brave people were to drive in it.

We had a great time, met lots of new people and saw old friends from other conferences. And that more or less explains why I go to cons. It certainly isn’t to make money. I didn’t sell one book in Chicago–not that I didn’t try, but the competition was far too great with some of the biggest names in the mystery field in attendance and on many panels.

Epicon is a totally different kind of conference geared for those of us whose books are available as e-books as well as in print. And again, there are many people I’m anxious to see again who I’ve made connections with over the years. I’m also sure I’ll make new friends. I’m giving a presentation on Bringing Characters to Life and one on Promoting your Trade Paperback. I enjoy doing this, sharing what I know, and others usually contribute.

One of the outstanding events at Epicon is unique to any con I’ve ever attended and that’s the awards ceremony. Jeff Strand, the life-time emcee, is far more entertaining than any Hollywood celebrity. The Epicon awards ceremony is better that any award ceremony you may have seen on TV. My husband loves to attend the awards ceremony.

Will I sell lots of books? Probably not. Does it matter? Not really.

I’m sure each of us Mystery Turtles who attend Epicon will give a report of what happened. Frankly, I can hardly wait.



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