Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Now to reload

Another superbowl upset and another Love is Murder (LIMCON) are history--what a great game, what at great conference!
Love is Murder (www.loveismurder.net) is the midwest's premier and Chicagoland's only conference and convention for readers, writers, and fans of mystery, romantic suspense, thrillers, suspense, horror--all the genres of dark fiction and true crime besides!
Despite a murderous snowstorm that delayed but did not stop many attendees, our 10th Love is Murder (LIMCON) was the best attended ever.
And no wonder, with headliners like Tess Geristen, Barry Eisler, Lee Child, William Kent Krueger, J.A. Konrath, and many more. We had some great publishers as guests--Bleak House Books, Echelon Press, New Leaf Books, Red Sage Publishing, and Teckno/Five Star. The agents of Browne and Miller Literary Associates and the Maria Carvainis agency took pitches as well. Sue Peterson of Brain Snacks books was our conference bookseller.
So what happened? Well, besides a fully attended Novelist's Boot Camp, there were panels, a Poe reading, master classes, demonstrations, Morgan Mandel videotaping (almost) everything, presentations, food, fun, a whiskey tasting, and many stories -- and more than a few lies -- told.
It was a chance to re-connect with some old friends and meet some new ones.
The amount of work that goes into planning, preparing, and executing a conference such as Love is Murder is monumental. Never mind that I'm on the board--the organizers still deserve kudos.
So I'll catch up on re-runs of the Superbowl commercials while I sort through the business cards and email addresses I gathered, put my notes from the panels and presentations where I can reveiw them, and think about next year's LIMCON.

1 comment:

Morgan Mandel said...

Love is Murder was the best yet!
The weather made it almost impossible to get there, but that didn't stop people from coming anyway. I don't believe any of them came away disappointed. All the hard work by the volunteers paid off.

I participated in a media promotion panel which carried over to the next room for another hour so we could answer everyone's questions. Even that time wasn't enough, so I'll be concentrating on promotion in detail for a while on my blog day.

Morgan Mandel