This is my fourth Thrillerfest.
And this is my fourth time seeing the welcoming projection under that massive head. It's comforting for those that regularly attend, to know what fun awaits.
I arrive on Thursday because getting away work is difficult, so I miss the Craftfest, but Pitchfest is a must. This year, my pitching didn't go that well. First off, the agents are supposed to give you three minutes, but many go beyond that. That's great for the writer in the chair, but those in line begin to feel as if they may miss some agents they intended to pitch. I got in a few of these snail paced lines and only saw 2/3 of my targets.
Some agents and editors that I've gotten to know through these four years were there and we chatted. That's the best part about attending conferences, getting to know the names and faces of the agents, editors and successful authors.
I decided to volunteer this year, to see what that's about. It's a good way to see how things work and to meet the people responsible for the conference. And there's a great chance to talk with industry professionals. Here I am at the audio table, where you can buy the sessions if you miss any.
Yes, I'm having fun!
Oh, look, here's Lee Child and Jon Land!
There are loads of author panels to attend and learn from those that have been traditionally published. Heather Graham, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Karen Slaughter, David Morrell, C.J. Box and many more....
There's my good friend Lynn Constantine dead center!
I've caught up with many friends I see every year, too. Unfortunately, taking pictures of each other wasn't a big priority, but I did get a few. Great friend and all around cool chick, Editor at The Writer Magazine, Nikki Porter.
Here's to next year!!