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, June 3, 2009

Big Names, Big Thrills – Who Will You See At ThrillerFest?

It’s not too late to change your plans and join us in New York for ThrillerFest! I know, July is big for vacations and weddings, but come on! It’s David Morrell, Sandra Brown and Clive Cussler! Weddings can wait! Or better yet, have a honeymoon with an entirely different kind of thrill!

If you’ve not seen the list of authors who will be attending this year’s ThrillerFest let me do a little name dropping. Not just because I want you to know all the great authors I’m going to get to see this summer, but because these are the greats that have paved the way for other thriller writers and have sent chills up and down the spines of millions of readers. These are the celebrities of the thriller genre.

Robin Cook, Brad Meltzer, Katherine Neville, David Baldacci, R.L. Stein, M.J. Rose and so many more will be at ThrillerFest. It’s a chance to chat with them, get a book signed or ask for advice. The ThrillerFest venue is small enough to really have a chance to get to know a lot of the wonderful authors who are attending, and big enough to attract some of the biggest names in the genre.

Here we catch up with Steve Berry at BEA and hear why he thinks ThrillerFest is a great convention to attend!

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The ThrillerFest venue is small enough to really have a chance to get to know a lot of the wonderful authors who are attending, and big enough to attract some of the biggest names in the genre.

ThrillerFest is one of the best conventions I have ever attended. It is well organized, professional and offers real value to attendees. Last year I attended as a speaker and hung out with Barbara Vey who writes a blog for Publisher’s Weekly. We were both a little star-struck by all the big name authors were got to meet and chat with. The personal feel of the event makes it fun and exciting and the professional feel of the event helps assure you that you’re getting a great deal for the investment.

We caught up with Jon Land during BEA and you can feel his enthusiasm as he talks about why ThrillerFest is so great!

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No matter what your plans are for July, make a detour, make a plan just make it to ThrillerFest!

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