|The Illustrious MWA Board|
However, I also suddenly find myself in charge of organizing between 6-8 events this year that will appeal to both crime fiction writers and fans of their work. And let's just say that all things considered, I'm not much of a planner. Heck, I never even plot out my books.
So frankly, I'm at a bit of a loss. I spent the past few days trying to remember all the local MWA meetings that I've attended--and honestly, only a few stick out in my mind (which is probably my fault. I also have a lot of difficulty remembering my parents' birthdays, and when the cat's teeth are supposed to be brushed. Which lately has turned out to be: pretty much never. Sorry, Mr. Slippers. I'm sure that someday soon they'll invent feline dentures.)
We've also done "State of the Industry" panels, featuring an agent, librarian, editor, and bookseller. They always offer frank (and occasionally terrifying) insights into...you guessed it...the state of the publishing industry. That will be a repeat this year for sure.
|DO NOT eat here. Seriously.|
But who better to ask than the vast community of mystery readers and writers here? In the interest of that, I'm turning the matter over to you. What are the most memorable local mystery events you've attended, author appearances aside? And what kind of dream events do you wish your chapter would hold? (within reason, of course. I'm pretty sure my budget won't allow for a Bruce Springsteen performance, or anything in that range). Ideally, I want to achieve a balance, so that they're not all focused on the writing craft. I'd also like to continue avoiding food poisoning, if possible.