Luckily it's morning and the bar here at Love is Murder in Chicago is closed. In fact, the conference is coming to a close. Before our esteemed and beloved editor Terri Bischoff hops into her car and drives back home, or better yet, to her office to do a little catch up to make sure all our author type needs are met, I thought I'd pull her aside for a little Q and A.
To set the scene, our dear Terri is sprawled on the couch in my room, having nursed a few (or a lot too many) cocktails last night. She claims to remember the evening spent at the bar, so all should be well.
Q: What was your favorite cocktail this weekend?
A: I don't know what it was called. It was a Martini with cranberry and mint, served in a glass made of ice.
Q: Sounds fancy. Who paid for it?
A: I have no idea. Oh wait, Several were purchased by agent Christine Witthohn with whom I'm afraid I may have made several deals.
Q: Did you actually attend the conference?
A: Why yes I did. I participated in three panels. One, with Kathleen Ernst. I also took hours and hours of pitches.
Q: Did get interesting pitches?
A: Of course, but the proof will be in the pudding when the manuscripts appear in my inbox.
Q: What was your favorite conference moment?
Q: Do you think you will sober up enough to get to another conference this year?
A: I will be attending the Writer's Institute at UW Madison, Malice Domestic, The Rocky Mountain Fiction's Writer's May Workshop and Bouchercon in Cleveland.
Q:What is the value of a conference like this for you as an editor?
A: Taking pitches and finding potential new authors, but talking and networking with agents and other editors.
Q: Is there a downside?
A: The damage incurred to my liver. Also, I think I agreed to feed Jessie Chandler's cat while she's out of town.
Q: Thanks Terri!
A: I need another drink.