We attended the International Thriller Writers’ Association ThrillerFest in New York City again this year (11 to 14 July 2012). The organization continues to grow at a rather amazing pace. ThrillerFest is the annual meeting of ITW. It is designed to address the full spectrum of those interested in thrillers, including avid fans, aspiring writers, bloggers, and world famous bestselling authors.
Author Sandra Brown
The program is divided into three parts: (i) CraftFest (intended to teach the craft of thriller writing); (ii) AgentFest (intended to bring together agents or publisher editors in search of new clients or manuscripts); and (iii) ThrillerFest (intended to address the current range of issues for thriller writers, including interviews with our famous members and presentation of awards at the Saturday night banquet.
Sat. night awards
This was my fourth time to attend the program. It was plainly the most beneficial for me. I believe this to be attributable to the fact that I have completed a manuscript that seems to have potential and am working with an excellent editor recommended by successful authors. We are about 20% done with the manuscript, following the 26 single-spaced pages of initial comments from the editor. She said “the more comments I send, the better I liked the manuscript and its potential. I guess she liked this one.
In the various breakout sessions, conducted by panels of acclaimed thriller writers (all the names you know and love) I listened carefully, typically sitting in the front row to make sure I was focused. Many comments resonated with me in terms of issues that I am experiencing in working with my editor. I will summarize this learning in a future comment.
Authors in line to pitch to agents @Agentfest
I will then review my experience in AgentFest, and finally the other elements of ThrillerFest. Stay tuned & get ready for Wednesday's book review party!