My first day at the Love is Murder conference is winding down. Murder Takes the Cake and Missing showed up in the conference bookstore about noon. Believe me I was lurking in the hallway, waiting to catch a glimpse as soon as the bookseller put them on the table.
As I was counting the toes and fingers of my newborns (Just kidding but not much. Writing a book is like giving birth), Karen Syed of Echelon Press (my publisher) walked up and asked how I liked the cover. I told her the truth, I love the cover. Echelon does great covers. Whiskey is front and center again.
I had brought posters of all three books (Murder Off the Books, Murder Takes the Cake, and Missing). I put those out on a table with bookmarks. There were multiple panels on Friday afternoon, but I only had time to attend one, what with all the hallway lurking and carting promo materials from my room to the conference area. (Note to self – wear the running shoes tomorrow no matter what they look like with your suit.)
The panel I sat in on today was Power Marketing. Morgan Mandel moderated it. She did a wonderful job covering a large number of topics. Rosemary Harris, Joanna Campbell Slan, and Jennie Spallone were featured. Lots of info on blogging, making posters, and promo items was relayed.
There was a big signing event for Missing just before the dinner sponsored by Echelon authors. At least 10 or 11 of the 17 authors who contributed to the anthology were at one long table to sign copies for people who had purchased the book today. Proceeds from Missing are being donated to the National Center for Missing and Abused Children.
After dinner Centuries and Sleuths bookseller Auggie Aleksey read an essay on Sherlock Holmes.
One of my favorite authors – Jeffery Deaver was in the audience. He, along with Steve Berry and Sharan Newman, are the conference's featured authors. Recently I read his latest, The Bodies Left Behind. Great book!
Tomorrow, I want to attend a panel at 9:00 am - The Doctor Is In – an emergency room doctor is going to offer some help with medical problems that come up in mysteries. The program mentioned "slides." Can't wait!
There's a screenwriting panel at 10:00 am. I'd like to make that one too.
At 2:30 pm I'm on a panel concerning Collaborative Writing. I plan to explain how "Evelyn David" writes and why we're able to make it work!
I've had a full day. Would love to end it with a viewing of the latest Battlestar Galactica but alas (writers can say "alas") the hotel doesn't get the Sci-Fi channel. Someone please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me what happens in tonight's episode!
I'll be coming home with a few advace copies of Murder Takes the Cake. If you want one, contact us at the email address above. First come, first served. The scheduled publish date is May 2009.