Welcome to the Thrillerfest V Blog!

We hope you'll bookmark us, just as you bookmark so many of the hundreds of the International Thriller Writers that participate in our annual conference, held in New York City in July.

ITW is a youthful organization, always ready for a new way of looking at things. You'll find that dynamism here, in blog posts from authors, agents, editors and Thrillerfest attendees, past and present.

And that same excitement you feel from your favorite reads is evident in everything ITW does, and no wonder--the organization, staffing and publicity for ThrillerFest--including this new blog--is undertaken by volunteers, most of whom are ITW authors themselves.

So pull up a chair and stay awhile ... discover the latest news on what Thrillerfest V--the fifth anniversary of the conference--has to offer. Visit old friends, make new ones, ask questions, and hear about the remarkable things in store for the conference.

Whether or not you can come see us in New York--and we hope that you can!--please join us here. It's gonna be ... a thriller!

Kelli Stanley, Thrillerfest Publicity Committee Chair

Thrillerfest Publicity Committee:
Jeannie Holmes
CJ Lyons
Carla Buckley
Grant McKenzie

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wedneday's Thrill - Preparing to Prepare for ThrillerFest!

Over the next few weeks I’ll be joining the blog on Wednesdays to talk about my own ThrillerFest experiences, share some recommendations and experiences of some other ITW members and talk about how to best prepare for ThrillerFest to get the biggest return for your time, money and effort.

I spent some time with a few ITW members at a book lover’s convention in Orlando. I was lucky enough to get a few of them to find time in their busy schedules to chat with me on video! I'll be posting those on Wednesdays too starting next week.

I attended my first ThrillerFest last year and was so impressed! Very well organized, lots of opportunities for a variety of people and just plain fun. I got to meet one of my favorite authors for the first time, Douglas Clegg and hung out with my friend Barbara Vey who did these great “Drive By Videos” Here’s a video of Barbara from last year at ThrillerFest where she caught up with author David Baldacci.

She also got one of Douglas Clegg in her shower, but perhaps we should move on to something else? You can see more of Barbara’s videos from last year (including the Clegg video) at http://www.youtube.com/barbaravey

Next Wednesday I’ll have a video up of Alexandra Sokoloff, author of The Unseen which will be out this month. She talks about being a new author and the benefits of attending ThrillerFest. We will also look at establishing ThrillerFest goals and other points of interest for your ThrillerFest experience. In the meantime please do join us on MySpace, Twitter @thrillerwriters and Facebook under International Thriller Writers Organization!

Sheila English
ITW Social Networking Chair

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