The first conference is called Killer Nashville, August 18—21. If you’re not familiar with the Killer Nashville conference you can learn all about it at their website. It’s a good place to meet mystery writers and readers. Of course, I don’t have to tell you that you can learn a lot at any conference so don’t be put off by the word mystery. This year guest speakers are Janet Evanovich and Kevin O’Brien. Sound fun?
In early days, Killer Nashville was held in Nashville but this year, it’s happening in Franklin. If you’re a mystery writer—thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal, etc—and have an unpublished manuscript, there’s a contest you can enter but move fast because the deadline is the end of this month. You can enter the contest without attending the conference. Check out The Claymore.
Now, the following weekend, August 25-28, the American Christian Fiction Writers conference will be happening in Nashville.
This conference is pretty pricey but if you write Christian fiction of any kind, if you’re looking for an agent or want to connect with publishers, this is the place to be. Their Early Bird session (Aug 25th) is with Donald Maas. Their key note speaker is Ted Dekker.
If you’re interested in either of these conferences, I can highly recommend both. I’ve attended KN once and ACFW three times. Conferences are imperative when it comes to making connections in the publishing industry.
Do you attend conferences? If you have a favorite, tell us about it.