There was a reason for my excited anticipation for the C3 conference. I had searched for the last couple of years to find the “right” conference to attend. The issues I ran into were either distance (West coast), cost, or quite frankly, not permitted to attend due to the fact my publisher wasn’t found on their “approved” list.
Then, while I was out perusing the members section of the Sisters in Crime website, I found the listing for 2013 conferences. Lo and behold, I discovered Creatures, Crime, and Creativity. As I read the description, and then further reviewed their website, I finally found a writer’s conference that fit the bill.
From the start, the communications and transactions with the powers that be (i.e. Austin Camacho, Denise Camacho, Sandra Bowman, Delia Lawrence, and Lauren Carr) were clear, concise, cordial, and patient. I’ve been in the administrative world for over 30 years and have organized my share of events, so I know the work that goes into making a conference a success, and in my estimation, that’s exactly what the C3 conference was…a success.
From the moment I arrived, I was warmly welcomed and felt as if I knew the organizers. I was given easy to understand instructions, received my nifty “gift bag” filled with a ton of goodies, and then was led to the opening ceremony promptly at noon.
Speaking of goodies, there was a unique approach at this conference. They allowed the first response authors to contribute a story of their own to the C3 Anthology, which was published by Acorn Book Services and only distributed to conference attendees. What a great way to combine talent in one book!
The first panel I sat on regarding publishing a series with Austin Camacho and Bill Rapp felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop discussing and sharing ideas and tips. I wasn’t the least bit nervous, and without a doubt, Austin clearly knew his panel and the subject matter, because the conversation flowed seamlessly.
The rest of the weekend continued in the same manner with great panel discussions, wonderful keynote speakers, and amazing fans and authors. Oh, and let’s not forget the great food that was included in the conference registration fee. They even allowed my son to attend the dinner Friday evening for just a small added cost for his meal. Everyone was so easy going.
The one thing that stood out above everything else was that I felt as if I was on the exact same level as John Gilstrap and Jeff Deaver, who were completely approachable and quite funny! There was no pretense on their part and they were so willing to share their “do’s and don’ts”.
I met some great people and did some amazing networking throughout the weekend. I believe these newfound relationships will remain bonded and I look forward to seeing them all at the 2014 C3 conference. I can’t deny I’m dying to see what “shoes” Sandra will be showcasing next year!