Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Virtues of Virtual Events

 By Lynn McPherson

Online events are everywhere these days. Many authors, including myself, have participated in them with great success. While we grow weary of staying home and social distancing, the online community has provided an escape from isolation and kept people connected. I wanted to highlight a few reasons to get involved, if you haven't already, and remind those who have, why they should keep attending.

1. There are events from every side of publishing. This includes authors, literary agents, publishers, writing associations--and this is just the beginning. I'll be participating in an online conference in May that I'm excited about. It's the Ontario Association of Library Technicians conference. They are doing an author spotlight and I will be joining some fabulous authors, including Diane Bator, Peter Kingsmill, Winona Kent, and the ever-popular Janet Bolin/Ginger Bolton, to talk about the art of the cozy mystery. Libraries are such a fabulous partner for authors, I'm delighted to be a part of the Library and Information Technicians (LIT) event. 

2. Virtual events have paved a way behind the scenes that has allowed greater understanding and access to authors. In particular, I've noticed more events involving literary agents who are trying to shed more light on the business of writing--an important aspect for every writer who wants to get published.

3. Events have become more accessible, no matter where you live. Interested in Thrillerfest? Malice Domestic? These events, and so many more, are remaining virtual in 2021, giving all of us the opportunity to join from the comforts of our homes. Why not take advantage of the one you've always dreamed of attending? The costs are a fraction of what they normally are and they're still boasting a killer line-up.

Are you looking forward to any virtual events in 2021? Let's hear about it!

Lynn McPherson has worked for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, ran a small business, and taught English across the globe. She has travelled the world solo where her daring spirit has led her to jump out of airplanes, dive with sharks, and learn she would never master a surfboard. She now channels her lifelong love of adventure and history into her writing, where she is free to go anywhere, anytime. Her cozy series has three books out: The Girls' Weekend Murder and The Girls Whispered Murder, and The Girls Dressed For Murder.  


  1. I totally agree, Lynn. Connecting virtually has been a lifesaver in the pandemic and will remain a vital and powerful tool for authors. One question: can non-members join the May LIT event? I'd like to!

  2. Thanks Barbara. I agree that it has been and will remain a great tool for authors. And yes! Everyone is welcome to attend the conference in May. Here is the link :)

  3. Thanks for the link, Lynn. I'm going to try to attend, also. It's not every day that I can zoom to Canada to hear you speak! Grateful for virtual meetings.

  4. Oh Saralyn, it would be so fun to have you there! I hope you can make it. I'm grateful for virtual meetings, too!

  5. Lynn, good topic. Plus online conferences are here to stay! People yearn to attend events, but online provides opportunities to connect with authors/agent/ people/events we could not possibly attend in person.