Sunday, June 14, 2015

Printer's Row Lit Fest

by Kristi Belcamino

I spent last weekend in Chicago at the Printer's Row Literary Festival as part of the Mystery Writers of America. (Above: goofing with bestselling writer Julie Hyzy with some people who ran in the Chicago Color Run)

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?

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