A few weeks ago, I went to Germantown, Maryland, to meet with a couple of delightful people–authors, Austin Camacho and B. Swangin Webster. When authors get together its like meeting a long lost relative. You just click. Well, we clicked in more ways than one and this is the topic of today’s post.
Authors are advised time and again to go to book conferences. Network. Make contacts, Appear on panels. Charm fans who will be buying your books. The problem is:
One: For many of these conferences, it is difficult to get onto a panel if you’re an author published by a small press or independently published. An unknown author can feel like they are in a sea of small fish in a very large pond. For an author just starting out, it’s not even worth the investment of going to a conference where he or she isn’t seated on a panel, even he or she is given the opportunity for a book signing.
Simply, if you aren’t on a panel, you don’t get the exposure to earn back your investment for going to the conference, which leads to Number Two: It’s expensive.
I have traveled to only a few conferences. Even locally, to Washington, DC, or Baltimore, between hotel, conference fees, plus meals, can make the decision to stay home and Facebook about how you wish you could go a more cost effective option. If the conference calls for travel expenses like gas or air fare, forget it!
Well, that is not the case for the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity Conference scheduled for September 13, 14 and 15 of 2013 in the Hunt Valley Inn in Baltimore. It will present three days of panels and workshops of interest to both writers and fans. Meals are included!
The Creatures, Crimes, and Creativity conference is the brain-child of Author Austin S. Camacho, who, like me, was frustrated with the lack of conferences in our area that would provide opportunities for authors, no matter how big or small, to meet readers, and readers a chance to spend time with their favorite authors, as well as meeting new ones.
This promises to be a rip-roaring gathering of readers and writers of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy and steam punk. Any author who registers will be placed on an author panel. This will give readers a chance to meet every author.
Austin, and B. Swangin Webster, (and now me) are working to make this conference a time of discovery for any author of mystery, thrillers, suspense, fantasy, or paranormal, or any other spine tingling literary creation. A scavenger hunt is planned for the weekend, in which readers will need to meet new authors. At each meal, readers will be dining with authors. (Yes, authors, you need to mind your table manners.)
But wait, there’s more! Acorn Book Services, a sponsor for the conference, will publish an anthology exclusively for the C3 Conference. Each author who registers for this conference before January 1, can submit a short story to be included in the anthology, which will be given to every guest who attends the conference. There’s no better way to prove to the guests how good of a writer you are than to give them a sample of your writing!
So, authors, readers, follow the link in the C3 shield to their website and register now! Early Bird registration is going on now! You can’t beat $235 for a three day conference with meals included.
Come and join us–breakfast is on me!