by Kristi Belcamino
One of the joys of being a published author is attending events like this and meeting new readers face-to-face.
In a smaller environment, like standing in a tent and greeting people in person, a relationship is automatically established. I sold about a dozen books but I remember everybody who bought my books. In fact, I've even had email exchanges with some of them.
As a writer there are dozens of conferences you can attend and it is sometimes difficult to decide since they all cost money and time away from home.
I have to prioritize.
Bouchercon is the most important conference to me.
After that, a few local conferences are considered. If I'm on a panel, as I was at Printer's Row, that makes the local conference an easy decision.
Along with meeting readers, (which doesn't always mean selling books), my favorite part of attending a writing conference is hanging out with my people—other mystery writers.
I had a blast last weekend hanging out with people like Clare O'Donohue, Lori Rader-Day, Jamie Freveletti, Julie Hyzy, Jessie Chandler, Matthew Clemens, John Bychowski, Lynne Raimondo, Bryon Quertermous, Gunter Kaesdorf, and more.
What are your favorite conferences and why?