As you read this, I’m probably on my way to the New Orleans airport to catch a flight to New York. ThrillerFest starts this Thursday, and although I’m not exactly thrilled about the event’s price and pricey location, I’m looking forward to meeting old friends, like Katherine Ramsland, who I haven’t seen in a while and meeting new folks, especially James Patterson. The reviewers can say anything they want to about the man’s books, but there’s no denying his marketing savvy. I’m sure the fact that he was once a marketing executive for a Fortune 500 company helped develop that prowess, but regardless, I plan on picking his brain at every opportunity.
Last year’s Thrillerfest was like walking through a ‘who’s who’ gallery in publishing. Soooo many New York Times Best-selling authors were there, and this year promises more of the same. I left last year totally pumped up to write the best stories ever, yet at the same time I felt depressed about the gulf that seemed to divide my puny work from these great masters. I’m sure I’ll bring back the ‘pumped-up’ again this year, but I definitely plan to leave the depression in New York.
I think no matter how many books I eventually wind up publishing I’ll always have stars in my eyes when faced with the greats. It’s just something that happens to everyone I think who’s involved in any activity with a following. Baseball fans and players are just as eager to stand in line and wait for an autograph from one of their favorite players as authors and readers are from one of the literary heroes. If you really think about it, though, what probably builds our eagerness is the desire to be close to such great talent more than it is the person. That’s how it is for me anyway because I’ve met a few literary ‘heroes’ in my day who, as people, were complete jerks.
Oh, yeah, another challenge that usually occurs at events like this, especially one with so many superstars, is the signing events. Have you ever sat at a signing table next to one of the biggies? You feel like a flea on a shaggy dog’s butt. Completely lost and hard to find. Every once in a while you’ll luck out and get some overflow from the throngs lined up to see Superstar, but only if you’re lucky enough to be sitting right beside him or her. Nevertheless, it’s an experience not to be missed!
Once Thrillerfest is done, I’ll be off to Kentucky for a two and a half-day Ghost Hunting expedition in Bardstown, Ky. That should be a hoot since they’ll be broadcasting it live over the Internet AND filming a documentary at the same time. I’ll make sure to take pics at both events and share a full report!
I’ll catch up with everyone tonight as soon as I get Internet access. Until then, though, spill the beans, gang……who’s the biggest author Superstar you’ve met to date, and who’s the one you’ve yet to meet but would LOVE to?