Late last week I got the notice from ITW that the Thrillerfest Schedule has been posted here. I missed the very first Phoenix event in 2006, but have attended every one since. If you read thrillers/mysteries/suspense or write them–THIS is the conference for you!
I’d just about decided to quit writing altogether, because of changes to publishing, when ITW started making some noise. So I took a chance and invested the $$ (it’s not inexpensive!) and traveled to NYC.
July 13, 2007 I was in the audience at the Debut Author’s Breakfast and was incredibly moved and awestruck by the talented group who today are household names in the thriller lexicon. And I wondered…what would it be like, to someday sit up there on the dais as a debut thriller author? Pipe dream, right? Well you gotta dream it before it can happen!
At that first Thrillerfest in 2007, I met my future editor Jen Talty (we were strangers but became roommates!), met my future publisher Bob Mayer, met MANY of my writing heroes including James Rollins and Doug Lyle who offered this debut author incredibly generous cover endorsements.
On July 13, 2013 exactly SIX YEARS after my first Thrillerfest experience, I will be on that dais, one of nearly 30 authors in the Debut Thriller Class of 2012-2013.
This would not have happened without International Thriller Writers, Thrillerfest, my publisher Cool Gus Publishing and dozens of generous established authors (too many to mention!) as well as my “bunny slippers” debut gang who inspired me, offered insight, and mentorship along the way. And it would not have happened without YOU, the readers, who took a chance on this nonfiction writer’s dream of exploring fiction-icity through dog viewpoint.
ITW and Thrillerfest showed me the possibilities. But readers made it a reality. Because of my PAW-some readers, my debut thriller LOST AND FOUND is the beginning of a new career and adventure.
Thank you! And now–please please PLEASE take a chance and follow your OWN furry dreams!
Monday Mentions is the mash-up-day of all the neato-torpedo writer links and videos, pet schtuff and bling and writer-icity crappiocca collected over the past week. Check out the ROSES VIDEO at the bottom–a glimpse around my house (please forgive the weeds!) For new followers to the blog, welcome! and you can expect more cat and dog specific schtuff later in the week on Wednesday and Friday.
Lights! Cameras! Action! Media Training for Writers (and Others)this is the next Webinar I’m presenting June 15
Interesting Blogger Survey what bloggers want in brand relationships…do you agree?
89 Awesome Book Marketing Ideas wowzer…lots to ponder and incorporate!
Hybrid Author Sylvia Day…on Ebooks & Writing Careers this is a must-read, folks
6 Reasons Writers See No Value in Facebook …and ways to overcome the perception
10 Reasons NOT to Be A Writer dare ya NOT to laugh!
Novel Writing Master Class from former senior editor (Random House)
Poetry Contest…just sharing, I know nothing more about this *s*
What If All Cats Disappeared?
Compounded Meds for Pets AT RISK! check this out
Dog Bite Statistic Infograph some very important issues YOU need to know!
Weird Wonderful Pet Fanatics another fun info-graphic
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