Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Bouchercon Highs ... and one low
Who knew that the famous LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana is on the magnificent grounds of the Indiana Museum of Art? That was my second surprise about Indiana, the first being that it's in the eastern time zone!
I'm adding my highlights to all the cyber-reports on the great BOUCHERCON 2009 in Indianapolis.
In no particular order:
• Friends and colleagues! I always find it amazing how many close relationships can form even with communication restricted to cyber networking and a few conferences a year. I caught up with one of our Killer Hobbies foundresses, Deb Baker, for example. Looking forward to her new beekeeping series next year.
• The crafts room! Joanna's great idea was a huge hit. I had a full house for my miniature flower-making hour. My favorite part was when the attendees went off track from my instructions and come up with creations I never thought of.
• The weather! I loved being in a real season again – cool, crisp, fall, with a smattering of rain!
• Dollhouses! Thanks to a former student who drove down from Crawfordsville to spend the day with me, I took a ride to Carmel, Indiana, to visit the Museum of Miniature Houses. The museum pictured is a MINIATURE museum, not the life size building!
I had a warm welcome and a special tour from Suzanne and Marilyn, along with stories and ideas for books to come. How can anyone resist this dollhouse room that has a secret panel behind a hidden door?
• The publishing industry! It's important to keep up with news in our business. At Bouchercon we heard from agents, editors, and booksellers. I was impressed that on one end we were able to watch a documentary on independent booksellers ("Paperback Dreams"), and on the other, we heard a speaker from amazon/Kindle.
I heard that some booksellers pulled out of the conference, boycotting the amazon presentation. I can't imagine why. It seems to me that openness to all opinions and trends is necessary to keep our business vital.