My invite to the Mystery Writers of America Banquet and Awards Ceremony, plus all the details about the Edgar Symposium, came in the mail today. I am an MWA member (albeit not an active member, I have not yet met the requirements).
I finagled my way to NYC once before at Edgar time, and it was simply marvelous. Daytime events are held at Lighthouse International on 59th Street, which was a wonderful location. I was just getting started with writing mysteries, and it was a thrill to be so close to so many authors. Can you say starstruck? Plus in addition to rubbing elbows with the not-known-to-me NY agents, I had a great conversation with with a big-name agent, who was encouraging.
Several years have passed. Every year, I don’t go, but I get the lovely program book in the mail and read all the speeches and the congratulatory ads from publishers, imagining my name instead of say, Laura Lippman’s. This year: I really want to go!
Reasons as follows:
- The editors and agents cocktail party. This event is teeming with New York agents, and I have a book to pitch. It’s free to me as an MWA member, even if I don’t go to anything else!
- The symposium is a full day of useful information on topics including the inside scoop on agents, creating monsters, and more.
- Plus, symposium panels are comprised of Edgar nominees and winners. Can you say big names? Creme de la creme?
- There will be many speeches from smart people and perhaps the banquet food will be adequate.
- Finally, it’s in New. York. City. In May. Where there are nice hotels, numerous bookstores, and Broadway shows. Sigh.