Thursday, October 23, 2014

READY FOR NEXT YEAR

Top Row: Cindy, Austin, Sandra, Larry
Bottom  Row: Denise, Juli, Ann
not pictured Dee Lawrence
This year was such a blast that we can't wait to do it again, next year!

The committee ended up a great weekend by celebrating with a few days of rest before getting ready for next year.

We want to thank +Dee Lawrence +Larry Matthews +Ann Arbaugh +Juli Monroe +B Swangin Webster +Austin Camacho +Denise Camacho +Cynthia Lauth for all of the hard work they put into the conference.

Without all of you the conference would not have run smooth. The picture says it all and we enjoyed every minute of sharing stories with the authors, sharing tips with the presenters and sharing laughs over meals.

If you want to be at the convention next year, all you have to do is go to this link http://creaturescrimesandcreativity.com

We already have some great special guests lined up.

+Heather Graham and +F Paul Wilson will also be there!

Right now you can register for the discounted price of $245. Come on, we'd love to have you there.

Monday, October 6, 2014

FOUR DAYS AND COUNTING

We are so excited we could burst!

Four days until the 2nd annual +MdC3Con is here. On October 10; authors, fans and writers will descend upon +HuntValley Maryland to attend the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity conference.

We have worked hard to put together this conference for you. The board members have met every month and tweak, stretched and scratched our heads on how to make it a great conference for you.

You will be surprised on the number of suggestions that we took from the survey's last year to make you the conference that you wanted.

From more fan panels to more time to network; we listened and we hope that you will enjoy this conference.

We have more volunteers who will be wearing some really cool hats for you to find them more easily. We also have a scavenger hunt planned with the grand prize being a KINDLE FIRE..now how cool is THAT!

So, get your pens, paper and brains ready. We are going to have a blast and we can't wait to see you all.

If you are going to be there, spread the word about our book signing. We have not one but 3 New York Times bestselling authors signing their books on Friday AND Saturday. So grab your wallet and camera and come on down; they are waiting for you and have their smiles ready!

Friday, September 26, 2014

WHAT'S IN THE NAME?

We are gearing up for this to be the best convention/conference yet!

You may have noticed that we changed the term conference to convention and you may be wondering why.

Well in our experience, the word conference seems to indicate that you are merely there to meet for a consultation or discussion.  The word convention means covering matters in a less formal setting.

Doesn't that convey what we are doing at the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity Convention. We are meeting in a less formal setting to convey or cover the world of writing for fans, readers and authors.

In discussing the name for the convention we wanted something that was all inclusive to the writing community. We however wanted to take into account those people who are "in the process" of writing and we thought, well all authors or wanna be authors are "creative". Then we wanted to make sure to include those mystery writers and thought of "crimes", after all what is a good mystery without a little bit of crime. However crimes also cover thrillers and suspense. Then we needed something that included our paranormal, Sci-Fi and Horror writers. So of course came 'creatures". So as you can see the title that we thought of had to include a lot of different genres and we feel that with the inclusion of all of the above mentioned genres, that the 'convention' would be a great way to bring it all together.

This is the second year and it has double in size from it's first year. We are so very happy and we hope that you will leave the C3 con with a newfound love of writing and also with a kick in the seat of your pants to put your butts in the chair and finish that novel.

So, have you signed up? If you have, leave us a comment about what you hope to accomplish at the convention.

If you haven't signed up, it is not to late; you can do so right here--->Creatures, Crimes and Creativity Con

We hope to see you there on October. 10-12, 2014 in Hunt Valley, Maryland. It is going to be a blast!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

TEN MORE REASONS TO REGISTER FOR C3

Continuing the top reasons to attend the conference...Here are reasons number eleven through twenty.

Reason #11 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: writers (and aspiring writers) can sign up for pitch sessions with agents like Alec Shane from Writers House, one of the biggest New York literary agencies. Learn more about Alec on the C3 website.    

 Reason #12 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: Mystery author Brad Parks will be interviewed at Saturday’s lunch and will speak on panels. 

 At the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference- #mdc3con-Mystery author Brad Parks will be interviewed at Saturday’s lunch and will speak on panels. Register now! 

 Reason #13 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: Paranormal/urban fantasy writer C.J. Ellisson will be interviewed at Sunday breakfast and will give a master class for authors.   

 At the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con - #MdC3con-  Paranormal/urban fantasy writer C.J. Ellisson will be interviewed at Sunday breakfast and will give a master class for authors.  Register now! 

 Reason #14 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: Published authors get to spend time with their fans, and to expose new readers to their writing by presenting on panels.       

At the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con- #MdC3con- Published authors get to spend time with their fans, and to expose new readers to their writing by presenting on panels. Register now! 

 Reason #15 to register now for #mdc3con: Registered authors’ books will be available in the on-site bookstore and there will be two giant book signings.

At the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con- #MdC3con- Registered authors’ books will be available in the on-site bookstore and there will be two giant book signings. Register now! 

 Reason #16 to register now for #mdc3con: Attending authors will be pictured in the C3 program book 

 Reason #17 to register for #mdc3con:  best-selling mystery author Brad Parks will teach a Master Class called “Where Papa Going With That Ax?” – Writing page-turning fiction that seizes a reader’s imagination and then holds it for 350 pages is damn hard. But the concepts behind it are actually quite simple. As a matter of fact, one novel we’ll study accomplishes everything you want fiction to do in just four paragraphs. We’ll also study voice, character, pacing and unveil the patented Brad Parks Formula For Suspense. No need to bring calculators.

 Reason #18 to register for #mdc3con: International bestselling romantic suspense/sci-fi/fantasy author Rebecca York will teach a Master Class: "A novel must look, sound, smell and taste real to the reader.  But it’s not reality.  It’s a world you build.  From plot and character to setting and dialogue, you make the decisions that define your fictional universe."

Reason #19 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con - #mdc3con: International best-selling thriller author John Gilstrap gives a class called "Broken Bones, Ballistics and Back drafts: Technical Stuff the Writers Get Wrong." Readers are getting more sophisticated all the time, and it's a writer's job to get the details right. John Gilstrap brings his thirty years of experience as a firefighter, EMT, safety engineer and hazardous materials specialist to the classroom in a lively, interactive session to teach the basics of projectile ballistics, fire behavior, how explosives work, and how the human body functions. What actually happens when a person gets shot or stabbed? Do silencers really work? He'll answer these and many other questions. 

Reason #20  Want dozens of writers and avid readers to know about YOUR book or service for writers.  Place an ad in the Creatures, Crimes and Creativity (C3 Con) Program book.


So, click here--->C3 Con to register for this conference. You don't want to miss it.

Monday, September 15, 2014

TOP TEN REASONS TO ATTEND THE C3 CON

Reason #1 to register the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity conference today: Enjoy 36 panels and presentations of interest to readers, fans and writers. #mdc3con

 Reason #2 Everyone at the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Con  - #MdC3con – gets the exclusive C3 Anthology-20 stories by attending authors like Brad Parks & Rebecca York. This annual collectors’ item is NOT sold in stores or on line. 

Reason #3 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference #mdc3con: 1 lucky attendee will win a new Kindle Fire in our Twitter contest.

 Reason #4 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference  -#mdc3con: 1 lucky attendee will win a $50 Amazon gift certificate in our scavenger hunt.

 Reason #5 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: International best-selling thriller author John Gilstrap will deliver a keynote address at Saturday’s dinner.  Come meet the author of the Jonathan Grave series!  

Reason #6 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: International bestselling romantic suspense/sci-fi/fantasy author Rebecca York will deliver a keynote address at Friday’s dinner.                      

 Reason #7 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference - #mdc3con: It will be a great chance to spend the weekend with fans and authors of mystery, suspense, thriller, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal fiction.      

 Reason #8 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference  - #mdc3con: The registration fee includes five meals: Friday’s dinner, 3 meals Saturday and Sunday breakfast. Readers and writers dine side-by-side! (ask those questions you’ve always wanted to ask!)  

 Reason #9 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference  - #mdc3con: Attendees are invited to contribute to the C3 blog. 


Reason #10 to register now for the Creatures, Crimes & Creativity Conference  - #mdc3con: . Collector's item. This annual anthology goes to every attendee but will never be for sale.  

Click here: ---<C3 Con and register for this amazing conference! You won't be sorry!

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOUR WEEKS AND COUNTING

Hey there!

Its been almost two months since we have chatted but a lot has happened.

The conference has been moving right along and you wont BELIEVE what we have lined up for you!

This year our keynote speaker is John Gilstrap!

Our other 'guests' are +Brad Parks +Rebecca York and +CJ Ellison

All of these people are celebrities with big personalities and great novels. Have you signed up for the conference yet. If you haven't, click right here: ----->C3 Conference

We have some fun things planned like the scavenger hunt, the twitter contest and some great gifts to give everyone in attendance.

The twitter hashtag for our conference is #MDc3con  Simple, right?

So if you haven't signed up, please do so today. Oh, did we mention that we have some great literary agents that will be looking for their next big novel. It could be you but you have to be there to sit and chat with them.

So what are you waiting for, click that link above and we hope to see you there.