My 2 cents on Bouchercon 2007 - an absolute must.
I have been to Anchorage before and can't wait to return. There are tons of things to do locally, and it typically isn't that cold end of September. I mean, anything can happen anywhere - Calgary can get snow in July and be at +25 in January - but that time of year in Anchorage? Fantastic.
I know people are griping about cost. If you live close to the border, you might consider flying from Canada. Just check out all your options.
Or make it a holiday combo and go up in inside passage.
Maybe I'll dig up some photos and post them over the next week, if I get ambitious. But truly, I am anxious for Alaska.
And authors, think on this. Because a lot of people aren't planning to attend, fewer authors. But I heard a lot of readers talking about making Alaska their holiday for the year and going.
Easier to get on panels, you'll still have a great audience of readers in front of you, and it's one of my favourite places out of 25 countries I've traveled to. As a debut author for 2007, there is no place it's more important for me to go.
If you've seen Northern Exposure, it was actually filmed in Washington state, but having been to both places, I can tell you it presents a fair likeness to the north. I may just fly up to Whitehorse and drive over to Anchorage... Through Kluane. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
Now, on to how to royally fuck up a panel and make a negative impression at Bouchercon...