Those of you who are going to Crime Bake this weekend already know what it’s all about. So this is for those of you who have never been to it.
Five years ago, I’d been thinking about writing a mystery novel for a long time (like 35 years), but had stalled every time I tried. I didn’t know anyone who wrote them, didn’t know anyone who had any good advice. In fact, most of the advice I was hearing was “It’s impossible to get a book published.” Or a condescending “Oh yeah, everyone thinks they’re going to write a novel.” I’d checked out some books, particularly Stephen King’s excellent “On Writing.” But I needed more.
On a whim, I signed up for Crime Bake (this was before it filled up so fast). It changed my life.
Aside from all the great advice and seminars, I was surrounded by 200-plus people who either wrote mysteries, wanted to write mysteries or loved mysteries. All the sudden, I realized I wasn’t alone.
I frequently refer to it as my favorite weekend of the year. I’m not exaggerating. If you are about to attend your first Crime Bake, you are in for a great time. If you have never thought of going, give it a try next year. You won’t be sorry.
- Some old friends seen at the newly opened Belmont Books! including @HankPRyan @SheilaConnolly @gaylelynds… twitter.com/i/web/status/8… 12 hours ago
- Where knitting together a mystery and a sweater in real life meet! twitter.com/VickiStiefel/s… 13 hours ago
- RT @edithmaxwell: Meet local authors, sip and shop, win stuff! 6/23 6-8 pm I'm at #Studio8Gallery. facebook.com/events/1059639… #mystery @SinCNE… 16 hours ago
- Heading to Bouchercon? Registration is open for the Sisters in Crime breakfast! (Members only) sistersincrime.org/event/BConBfas… @SINCnational 2 days ago
- We're asking for summer reading lists over on Facebook. Share yours! facebook.com/sincne/posts/1… 3 days ago
- RT @KathrynObooks: Kathryn Orzech at The Author's Table, Hartford Public Library, 6/21, 12-3pm. Asylum, dark #suspense saga set in... https… 3 days ago
- RT @edithmaxwell: Great @HallieEphron talk tonight, plus schmoozing w/ her, @hollyrob1, & @ConnieHambley! @SINCnational @SinCNE #topsfield… 3 days ago
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