It is the New Year, and New Year means this year’s round of conferences that we as writers need to attend. My first conference this year will be Love Is Murder (LIM for short). It is always the first weekend in February. Friday February 1st is registration. The Rosemont Wyndham (IL) is the place to be.

It is a relatively small conference in comparison to the mammoth Bouchercon, but it is an awesome one. Dazzling guests, great panels, a Whiskey tasting accompanied by a bag piper, (I don’t like the taste of whiskey, but love the sound of pipes) camaraderie and just plain friendly folk.

It is a fun conference, but it also is a teaching conference, a networking conference and a great way for the introverted writer (like many of us) to feel comfortable or at least to fake it.

It is an intimate get together of authors, writers, publishers, agents, librarians and the reading fans. What more could one ask.

It you were thinking or just considering attending. Please do it…you will not regret it.

Name tags are de rigueur at LIM, so if you see my name, stop by and say hello.

Till next Saturday,


Margot Justes

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A Hotel in Paris June 2008

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Comment by Margot Justes on January 14, 2008 at 8:26am
I have been on my way to Australia for many years now...but am hoping to get there in the near future. Let me know if you make it here next year.
I am staying local for this year too, except maybe a book signing in Paris, since my debut novel is set there. I hope i can pull it off.
All the best,
Comment by Hazel Edwards on January 14, 2008 at 8:18am
Thanks for the invitation Margot.Sorry I can;t make your Love is Murder conference, but since I live in Melbourne, it's a bit far this year, but may consider some US ones next year. Australian authors tend to have quite a few conference speaking commitments (which I list on my gigs) but outback Alice Springs (CLIC) in May is one of my most interesting this year.

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