Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What Are Your Plans for 2010?

To be perfectly honest, I never thought I'd see the year 2010--it just seemed so far off.

But being the optimistic sort, I've made lots of plans for the coming year, most of them book related.

I've already signed up for several conferences. I'm headed to New Orleans in March for Epicon (that's the conference for electronically published authors) and my book, No Sanctuary, is a finalist in the mystery/suspense category--as are three other fine mysteries.

In May comes Mayhem in the Midlands in Omaha, one of my favorite mystery cons. And of course there is the Public Safety Writers Association's conference in Las Vegas in June. Because I'm the program chair for that one, I'm hoping we'll have a good turnout because we have some fantastic speakers--authors and experts in many fields. Our keynote speaker is Simon Wood, short story, horror, and mystery and thriller writer. In October, I'll be headed to Bouchercon in San Francisco.

Of course there are many things in between. I'm speaking to a book club in January, have several library talks coming up, and because I'll have a new book out sometime after the first of the year I'll be planning a book launch and actually have two places already lined up even though as yet I don't know when I'll actually have books.

As the year progresses, I know there will be other opportunities to speak about my books or writing or just sell my books.

Like seasoning the pot, I know there'll be many family gatherings and social events that have nothing to do with writing or books--but they don't seem to be planned as far ahead of time.

In any case, if I stay healthy and mobile, that's some of what I'll be doing in 2010.

What are your plans for 2010?



Morgan Mandel said...

You do have fun with your writing, visiting all those conferences. More power to you, Marilyn!

Morgan Mandel

Helen Ginger said...

I'm looking forward to hearing your recap of all the conferences you're going to. Are you speaking at any of them? And I hope you win at Epicon!

Straight From Hel

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Yes, I'll be giving a talk at Epicon about How to Write a Mystery. At the PSWA conference, I'll just be on a couple of panels.

Haven't heard from Mayhem or Bouchercon yet--too early.


Beth Groundwater said...

Mostly, I'll be writing and editing in 2010. My Midnight Ink editor just gave me her comments on WICKED WHITEWATER that I need to respond to. Then I'm about 2/3rds of the way through the rough draft of the sequel, which I'm calling EVIL EDDIES. It is due in the fall. I will be attending the Malice Domestic Conference and the Festival of Mystery in the spring, but no other mystery cons. And, I'll go to a couple of local Colorado writing conferences, but for the most part, I'm keeping my butt in the writing chair!
- Beth

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I've been to Malice twice, but it wasn't my favorite conference and takes way to long for me to get there from here.

I will be putting butt in writing chair a lot too.

Love your titles, Beth.


Kevin R. Tipple said...

Staying away from any computer, whether it talks or not, named "HAL." Being ever vigilant for monoliths as they tend to sneak up on you from outer space and then weird things happen.

Losing 100 pounds so that I can jog naked in public.

Losing 150 pounds so that I can jog naked in public AND run like the wind when the cops show up.

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