Thursday, August 20, 2009

And a Grand Time Was Had by All!

OK, except for the dead guy in the boiler room.

Another Killer Nashville has come and gone; too short, too soon.

Up first, thanks to all who attended. The variety and quality of the writers who attend are what makes KN so much fun, and so important for mystery writers.

Second, but first in my heart, a huge well done and thanks to the staff and all of the volunteers. It went like clockwork.
(As any good crime should, right?) :)

An amazingly long list of attendees got the chance to get some excellent advice from, and pitch their books to, three extraordinary publishing reps.

My thanks, and all of KillerNashville's thanks, for their endless patience, good humor, professionalism and openness, to:

Jill Marr, Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency
Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency, and
Maryglenn McCombs, Oceanview Publishing

The downside of being an attendee is that you miss some awesome presentations. (I had to leave the "Mind of a Psychopath" session halfway through. Now I'll never know if Dr. Benning was talking about me.)

To all of the presenters, from everyone at KillerNashville, our thanks for sharing your expertise and advice.

All of that and more is true of our very lovely and special guest, J. A. Jance. She was wonderful, heartwarming and enlightening. She even gave us a song. It was an excellent and memorable session.

This wouldn't be complete without a thank you to the dead guy in the boiler room, and to the guys from TBI- Tennessee Bureau of Investigations, who put him there. The crime scene this year was a scream.

Congratulations to all of this years winners and awardees:

  • Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award: Chester D. Campbell, for The Surest Poison
  • Killer Nashville Claymore Dagger Award: Linda Black for The Death of Noble Dancer
  • SEMWA Magnolia Award: Elizabeth (Beth) Terrell
  • Wolfmont doorprize basket: Kristin Lemons

There are a few dozen more people that we need to thank, and as we pull some pictures together (I hope), we'll follow up and thank them proper in later posts.

For now though, let me leave you with a bit of hope --

The last session this year ended just about 2:30 Sunday.
The planning session for next year started at 3:00.

See YOU in 2010.

Butch Wilson
and very proud to say
I was at KillerNashville, 2009.


  1. Love it! Wonderful wrap up, sir. Glad I'm not the only one counting the days.

  2. I'm counting the days too. What a great overview of the conference!

  3. Beth,
    You are not only a highly organized person, you are also a very considerate one. Picking me up at the airport was way above the call of duty! Thanks also to Mike and Tracey for taking me back there when I had to leave, sadly.
    I am sure your husband will be glad to see you a bit more often.
    And as for my lost ring! More than one person said to me, "Well, this is a conference of mystery writers; surely one of them should be able to find it." Of course, one did--Tony Burton.
    I think I'll plan to drive next time because I didn't get to see any of the wonderful historic sights in Nashville; however, I knew the sights within the Marriott very well! Only the great people at the conference and the very nice employees of the Marriott kept me from a severe case of "cabin fever."
    I was most inspired and informed, so upon my return, I sat down at my computer immediately to keep revising my book.
    Thank you again,
    Kathie Carpenter

  4. Kathy, Mike and Tracy were awesome. They (and Barbara) worked tirelessly all weekend.

    I'm so glad you found your ring. I told Tony he was a hero:)

    Congratulations on diving into your revisions! I came home and started on mine as well.

  5. What about pictures? Are we getting any of those?

  6. There were some taken. I'll see if I can get my hands on them.

  7. This was my first mystery conference and it was a FABULOUS introduction! The people, the content, the mystery! It was all inspiring and I anxiously look forward to next year. To anyone looking for a first conference: TRY KILLER NASHVILLE!! It is the perfect size with the right touch of eccentricity and southern hospitality. Thanks to all who made it happen (especially Beth) and to all who befriended me and welcomed me into the industry. See you around!

  8. Michele, I'm so glad you had a good time! We're gearing up for 2010 now. Suggestions for panels and programs are welcome.

    Look for a post tomorrow about our guest of honor!


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