I got hooked on Love is Murder in Chicago mostly because it takes in almost everything you might call crime fiction (mystery, horror, thriller, romantic suspense...) AND because there were as many fans as writers. Malice Domestic near Washington DC turned out to be mostly fans. Then I found out about the big conferences that move around - Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime and some others are in a different place every year. Recently I found Deadly Ink in NJ, and NYC's Thrillerfest started up a couple years ago. Now that I know there are so many mystery cons three big questions have surfaced:
1. Is there a comprehensive list of all these great conferences someplace?
2. How do you distinguish between the fan events and those that are mostly for writers??
3. With limited dollars for travel, which are the best???