Sunday, February 12, 2012
Conferences are great times
Other highlights were the FBI agent who did a great presentation on cyber crime fighting and then was in the bar for several hours talking about his life and answering many of my questions and showing me his credentials which was huge for my current work in progress. The beauty is that the FBI rules prohibit him from accepting free drinks so for cash strapped writers, it was a double bonus. Mitch Malone will be fighting cyber crime soon and his FBI femme fatale will be on another mission. Actually the conference had a whole Forensic track that was filled with experts from coroners, to accountant specializing in finding hidden assets, fingerprint specialists, former undercover police officers and much more.
Billie has mentioned how much you can get out of conferences and for me, this one is relatively close to home, rooms were less than $100 per night, and it has some great names and contacts. I will never sell enough books at the conference to pay for my expenses but what I gain in knowledge and friendships is priceless.
Marilyn Meredith is working on the speakers for the Public Safety Writers Conference in Las Vegas and I’ve attended that one for the past three years and it has some great advice and wonderful people. I’ve gotten more than my monies worth in that one as well and lots of time talking with Billie there too.
Also on my calendar for this year is Bouchercon in Cleveland. This one features thousands of people and is drivable for me, a big expense saver. My first one was three years ago and I had no idea what to expect. My first book was only just out. Luckily I ran into Mike Black (an Oak Tree author now) who I had met at the Public Safety Writers Conference. He invited me to dinner and I met some great fellow authors and from there the conference was great.