Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Bouchercon Enigma, Part II

Yesterday I posted about my dilemma concerning this year's B'con. I've been to every B'con since Las Vegas (not the streak that some have recorded but still...). I got advice from a variety of people concerning what I should do. Just to make clear, the money isn't the problem, though I can't really consider it a business expense when I don't expect to come across anyone who wants to publish my books just because of my charm or even because of the quality of the books quite frankly.

Still, I've just paid for my registration. I'll be hunting airfares and hotel space later this week. Here are some of my reasons:

1 - I like the company. I've come to know a bunch of writers, editors, reviewers and fans. It's great meeting them even if only for a few minutes in a hallway (or as has happened, a few seconds as up and down escalators cross).

2 - There are bound to be some great panels - the people who congregate at these things are very intelligent and very witty (and need I say handsome?).

3 - I will do all I can to draw attention to Russel McLean's new novel The Good Son. I'll do all in my power to make sure it is as well known a book as The Da Vinci Code*.

4 - Did I mention the company?

See you there.

* Of course, since I've never been able to shift any of my own books, this isn't much help at all, still, I'm trying. What are YOU doing to help Russel? Huh? HUH?


Blogger Bill Crider said...

Glad to hear you'll be there. I've been going to Bouchercons since before I'd sold a novel, and the reason I go is one you mentioned: the company. I've never looked at Bouchercon as a commercial opportunity.

July 09, 2008 2:11 PM  
Blogger Graham Powell said...

I think you're going for the right reasons. I just wish I could be there. Oh, well, see you in Indianapolis!

July 09, 2008 3:18 PM  
Blogger Russel said...

The company and the good panels are the best reasons. I think the company more than anything. For me its always the company that makes it.

And Steven, your power is greater than you imagine and I'm exceedingly glad to have you on my side.

Thanks for the good words. The fiver's in the post!

July 09, 2008 4:16 PM  
Blogger pattinase (abbott) said...

Maybe if I get my nerve up.

July 09, 2008 5:06 PM  
Blogger JD Rhoades said...

The main reason to do this B'con, as far as I'm concerned, is that it's being run by Jon and Ruth Jordan, who are great people, huge mystery fans, and who've been to enough of these things to know what works and what doesn't.

And, of course, the company. Patti, you better be there...

July 14, 2008 8:25 PM  
Blogger Jen Jordan said...

Thank goodness you're still coming! It wouldn't be Bouchercon with out you.


That should have had an exclamation point.



July 26, 2008 9:36 PM  

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