by Julie, enjoying stunning weather in Somerville
Last Friday night Sherry Harris and I met up in Mechanicsburg, PA. Spa weekend? Writing retreat? Research adventure?
No, none of those, dear friends. We were going to Cozy-Con on Saturday.
Cozy-Cons are put on by our publisher, Kensington in different regions around the country. Saturday’s was the first such meet-up in a couple of years, but we came out of the gate strong with eleven authors, dozens of readers, and a well planned event by publicist Larissa Ackerman.
The day was a full one! There were a dozen tables, and we took turns going from table to table to talk about our books for five minutes. The room was terrific for this, and we were able to have great conversations with readers.
Then there was trivia, and signing books. And boy, did we sign! The wonderful Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop was the bookseller for the event, and they made sure our books were there, and there were plenty of them. Which was a good thing, because the people who attended were buying a lot of books.
How excited was I to see The Plot Thickets available for sale? Very! The book officially goes on sale October 25, but happily Kensington made it available for the event.
Sherry and I always love spending time together. Sherry’s thoughts on the weekend:
The Kensington Cozy Con was so much fun. Kensington, senior communications manager Larissa Ackerman, and the Mechanicsburg Mystery Bookshop put on a fabulous event. Getting to meet readers I’ve only met online, seeing friends, and meeting so many new readers who love mysteries as much as I do was a thrill. We did two rounds of speed dating where we went from table to table and had five minutes to talk about our books. There was also a fun trivia game. Along with time to buy and sign books. The icing on the cake was getting to spend time with Julie. We drove up Friday afternoon — Mechanicsburg is in such a pretty area and the leaves were just starting to change. That meant we got to have dinner with Julie and talk for hours. There was more talking, talking, talking, Saturday morning before and after the event. I hate the goodbyes but know I get to see Julie again at Crime Bake and I can’t wait.Sherry Harris
All in all, a wonderful weekend with Sherry, her husband Bob, writer friends and meeting readers. Thank you to Larissa Ackerman and her team at Kensington–you throw a good party!
Readers, do you attend events like Cozy-Con? Do you enjoy meeting authors?