Sunday, August 1, 2010

Why we love publishers.....

I know, I know. Bouchercon is a fan convention. I get it, really I do. I'm a fan, and I'm grateful for our convention's consistent focus on ensuring that readers will have a good time.

But. Were it not for the agents, editors, writers, and publishers (all of whom, by the way are fans just like us) we'd have no mystery books to read, and no reason to have a convention.

In particular, publishers are the people who bring together writers, agents, editors, copy editors, book sellers, distributors, and wood by-product to produce items like this.....






...and this....





Which result in fabulousness like this....





and this.....





And publishers are great Friends of Bouchercon. They send us books for your book bags, they make sure their writers get here (and feed their writers drinks and snacks. One thing I've learned: a well-fed writer is a happy writer ;-)

So I'm very pleased that some of our Publisher friends are going to be exhibiting in our Book Room, and sponsoring parts of our program.


In other news......





Why, you ask, have I posted a clip of Joe Montana and the San Francisco 49ers? Well, first, it's dangerous to give me a blog ;-) But second, as you're making your Bouchercon travel plans, you should know that the 49ers are playing at home on Sunday afternoon the 17th. Not only are they playing at home, they're playing these guys....





Which means that Sunday afternoon traffic is...well, it's gonna suck.





We strongly recommend that you consider taking BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from the Hyatt Regency to the airport. It takes about 35 - 40 minutes to get from the Hyatt (Embarcadero Station) to SFO, and about 25 - 30 minutes to get from the Hyatt to the Oakland Airport station (after which you take a shuttle to the terminal, so give yourself extra time). It's reliable, inexpensive, and will help you avoid these folks....





And, finally, speaking of travel plans....





Have a great week, everyone!

9 Comments:

Blogger Janine said...

Traffic....another great reason to wait until Monday to go home!

Janine

August 1, 2010 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

You betcha - and there just might be a couple of signings on Sunday evening. The nice people at City Lights won't confirm, but I'm hoping....

;-)

August 1, 2010 at 4:50 PM  
Blogger Robin McCormack said...

Eek! Thanks for the heads up. Now I know what I'll be facing on the drive home. Unless I leave early and miss the awards. Or just relax, enjoy and leave really late. :)

August 4, 2010 at 1:20 PM  
Blogger Jamie Freveletti said...

Thanks for the heads up, Rae! Great blog-you have a real knack for making them interesting. I'm looking forward to SF!

:) Jamie

August 4, 2010 at 3:13 PM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi Robin and Jamie,

Yeah, driving will be a challenge that afternoon, but as you say, it's a good excuse for hanging out a bit longer...

Look forward to seeing you both here ;-)

August 4, 2010 at 3:24 PM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Does anyone know if any British booksellers plan to be present in the bookroom?

Thanks.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

August 5, 2010 at 9:59 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Hi there,

I just checked our list, and can't see any British booksellers on it.

By the way, we'll be publishing the list of booksellers in just a few days.

;-)

August 5, 2010 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Rae Helmsworth said...

Should've said "publishing the list of booksellers on our website".

Undercaffeinated ;-)

August 5, 2010 at 11:31 AM  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Thanks; I'll consult the site in a couple of days.

I asked because Maxim Jakubowski's Following the Detectives essay collection, about fictional detectives and their settings, is to be released in the UK just before Bouchercon. The convention would be a great opportunity to get the word out about the book and, if possible, to get copies into people's hands.

Perhaps I am especially eager to do so because I contributed two essays to the book.
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Detectives Beyond Borders
"Because Murder Is More Fun Away From Home"
http://www.detectivesbeyondborders.blogspot.com/

August 5, 2010 at 2:25 PM  

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