Actually, let me start with a couple of other questions before we get to the one in the title of this particular blog.
Here’s an easy one: Am I insane?
Short answer: YES.
Hello. My name is Pari Noskin Taichert and I’m a volunteer slut. I just don’t know when to stop! Where is the twelve-step program for THAT?
You see, I’ve just agreed to chair Left Coast Crime 2011. It’s going to be in Santa Fe and will be the weekend of March 24-27-ish (Make your plans now. Start saving and register early.). Although we haven’t quite committed in writing, I can tell you that the hotel where this LCC will be held is absolutely marvelous – pure New Mexican, historic, magnificent location, utterly charming.
It’s also small – perfect but small (as are most things in Santa Fe with any true SF history) – and that means that many, many of the attendees will have to stay in other hotels close by. I can feel the headaches before we’ve even signed any agreements.
Yeah, I know.
What the hell was I thinking?
The funny thing is that I accepted because I think it’ll be a wonderful and interesting challenge to come up with a venue, program, Guest of Honor, etc. all of which will truly show off the New Mexico I know and love.
When I was first approached for this responsibility/opportunity, a close friend said to me, “Are you stark raving mad?” And after she calmed down: “Think of the PR opportunities.”
In truth that’s not why I’m doing this.
I’ve now been in the writing business long enough to have healthy skepticism about PR & networking resulting in more than PR & networking.
We writers need sales. I doubt anyone is going off to buy my books today because I’ve chosen to take on this task.
And I have to live with a certain cognitive dissonance about all of this too. Hypocrisy even. Because I’ve blathered passionately right in this blog about trying to cut out distractions in my life.
Great job, Pari. Wonderful way to bring peace and quiet to your life.
Okay. Enough about me . . .
I have a few important questions for you.
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
For people who’ve attended a mystery convention:
- Does the Guest of Honor, Toastmaster etc. really matter? (Are they deal makers or breakers when you’re deciding about conventions?)
- What kinds of panels or other programming do you adore – or abhor?
- What subjects would you most like to see explored in programming at a con?
- Would you prefer an awards dinner (if we could make it fast and fun) or a Sunday brunch?
For those of you who’ve never been to a convention:
1. What might entice you to come?
2. Do you understand the why of mystery conventions, that they’re for fans and authors to get together?
3. Do you have any questions about them right now? (Maybe some of us can offer a good perspective.)
To all of you:
. . . and wish me luck.