Conferences are a terrific way to network – especially when you are a new or unpublished author.
Radine’s Weblog has an interesting discussion going about why conferences are dying, possible reasons for it and how the landscape must adapt for the future.
One commenter mentioned a new virtual conference – the Poison Pen Web Conference, the first global virtual mystery convention. I am a huge proponent of online media (as you likely know already), and plan to attend this conference myself. The $25 price tag definitely fits my tight budget. (Donations go to a public library, which is a bonus.)
This conference appears to offer virtual networking opportunities in chat rooms with other authors and speakers. It would definitely be worth the look. Participants can offer their book trailers to play as part of the conference. If you miss anything, or want to take two tracks, everything will be archives for later viewing pleasure.0