Posted by Guest Jun 23 2012, 11:55 pm
by KJ Howe
With two weeks to go before ThrillerFest, I’m thinking of little else. As the Executive Director, I really want the conference to be a complete success. It started me thinking–and I’d like to ask you to share your thoughts–about what you love about a writing conference. Whether you’re a reader, a bestselling author, or an aspiring writer, what are the top three things you hope to gain from attending a conference? As a past participant of ThrillerFest, I soaked up every moment of CraftFest, sessions on the craft of writing taught by NYT Bestsellers. Where else could I listen to people like Lee Child, David Morrell, Catherine Coulter, John Sandford, Ann Rule, Ken Follett, and many others on the art and science of writing?
AgentFest, a “speed-dating” styled event where you can pitch to over 50 top agents was also quite an experience. We’ve had many success stories resulting from AgentFest (if you are interested in reading about them, just visit www.thrillerfest.com and click on the AgentFest tab). Imagine connecting with your dream agent and selling at auction?
I also enjoy hearing from experts, and every year we host people who are from the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and other thrilleresque arenas. Of course, meeting some of my favorite authors ranks up there as well. But, most of all, it’s the connections with people who share a common passion for the written word. Reading and writing are both solitary pursuits, and nothing makes me happier than connecting with people who also enjoy talking about story, characters, plot–and even grammar! I’d be most interested in hearing about your conference experiences and what worked and what didn’t. If you’re in the NYC area from July 11-14, I hope you’ll consider joining us. In the meantime, thanks for sharing your thoughts!