Wednesday, November 12, 2008


So, here we are - the Bouchercon 2010 website is up and running, and we have a blog. And can I just tell you – of all the things I thought I would never do, writing a blog was right near the top of the list. Of course, chairing a Bouchercon was right up there, too, and look what happened ;-)

First things first – welcome! I’m delighted that you’re visiting, and that you’re interested in what’s happening for Bouchercon by the Bay.

Second, I want to say a big THANK YOU to a number of people: Ruth and Jon Jordan, bless their sneaky little hearts. Maggie Griffin and Cornelia Read, who listened, and continue to listen. Janine Wilson and Kim Krabill, who, when they heard about Bcon 2010 said immediately, “We want to help”. Andi Shechter, who knows more about conventions than just about anyone. Madeira James, who has designed a beautiful site. You guys rock.

And, thanks to the Northern California crime fiction community: Mark Alan Miller, Louise Ure, Janet Rudolph, Bill and Toby Gottfried, Robin Burcell, all of whom have most kindly offered their support – I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

If you’re wondering why we have a blog, there are two reasons, really. One is, we want to keep you informed as the plans for Bouchercon 2010 take shape and are finalized. If you subscribe to receive new posts (the sign up place is just over to the right), you’ll be notified whenever updates are added and you’ll have the most current information about registration, hotels, programming, and special events.

The other, equally important, reason we have a blog is to ask you to contribute ideas for your convention – because Bouchercon is for you. And we want you to have a fun, memorable experience in San Francisco.

One of the comments I’ve heard most often since the decision was made for Bouchercon to come to The City by the Bay is, “can we do something new?” So OK, I’m ready to try some new kinds of programming, and I’ve already heard some interesting ideas. The challenge, I think (and feel free to tell me if you disagree), is to maintain the wonderful Bouchercon traditions, while taking a shot at a few innovations. Some of these new and different ideas will be fabulous, and some will fall into the "what were they thinking?” category. But we’re at least going to try.

So, what do you think? Do you have a suggestion or a question? Feel free to email me at, or post it in the comments section here. Let’s get this party started!


Blogger Cornelia Read said...

Hello back!

November 16, 2008 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger ruth the crimespree gal said...

Sneaky? not us.... The site looks wonderful and I've no doubt in my mind that San Francisco will be a Bouchercon for the record books. Let the blogs begin.

November 18, 2008 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Robin Burcell said...

Can't wait for 2010 !!!

November 18, 2008 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Janet Reid said...

Beautiful site (of course, that's no suprise with Madi there!)

Very much looking forward to SF Bcon 2010!

November 18, 2008 at 10:48 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hey you guys, thanks for the comments, this should be worlds of fun ;-)

November 18, 2008 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Marilyn said...

I'm so looking forward to coming back to San Francisco. Haven't been there since I attended a PTA convention 100 years ago. (Well not that long ago but back when my kids were in school and all but one are grandparents now.)


November 19, 2008 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi Marilyn,

It's great to see you here, and I'm looking forward to your reaction to all the changes in The City.

I've been here since 1978, and the skyline has changed significantly, and there are many more people, of course - but it's still quirky, mellow San Francisco. Our mayor describes it as "49 square miles surrounded by reality".


November 19, 2008 at 10:26 AM  
Blogger Kaye Barley said...

Rae - I cannot wait! Its going to be perfect.
And TOO fun!
oh boy oh boy oh boy

December 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM  
Blogger Rae said...

Hi Kaye,

Thanks for stopping by!

And yeah, it's gonna be a blast ;-)

December 2, 2008 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger Angela Zeman said...

Kaye Barley said it, OH BOY!!!

To visit SF in the company of (on paper) killers, con-artists, and thieves...

And those who love them!

March 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Vicki Lane said...

Planning to be there -- if nothing don't happen, as they say in my neck of the woods!

May 20, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger BDavy said...

Had a great time in Indianapolis, my first Bouchercon, and am looking forward to Bouchercon by the Bay in 2010!! Your Web Site looks great, very professional. Is there a way to maybe automate sending updates as Authors Register? Or does that already happen?

October 19, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

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