Today’s Cub Reporter is Sheila Clover English reporting from Thrillerfest. Sheila English owns Circle of Seven Productions and Reader’s Entertainment. She chairs International Thriller Writer’s Organization Social Media department and is a closet case geek girl. Her favorite book is Jane Eyre and she feels only the 2006 movie adaptation is worth owning.
Over 800 people attended ThrillerFest in New York this year and I was one of them! I had just attended the RWA conference and decided to just stay in NY over the holiday and go right into attending ThrillerFest. I had the best time in NY!
Back to Manhattan for ThrillerFest where CraftFest and AgentFest were already started. AgentFest is like speed dating and it was interesting just to watch it. I attended some workshops and started stalking…uh, I mean seeking my favorite authors. I met Diana Gabaldon for the first time and she was so charming! Oh! I did meet Ken Follet for the first time too. Love the accent! Workshops included Steve Berry’s POV, Psychic Distance and Passive Voice, D.P. Lyle MD’s Forensics in Fiction and my own lecture on Social Media Marketing for Thrillers. There were dozens of workshops on craft, marketing and the industry. The debut author’s breakfast is always a special event as it showcases the authors who books will be published in the coming year. Lots of new authors to be on the lookout for.
During the banquet where they do the awards ceremony Doug Preston and Joe Moore were getting everyone ready to start the ceremony and were thanking everyone who made ThrillerFest possible. Right before everything started they said they wanted to acknowledge someone for an outstanding achievement and as they were saying how wonderful this person is I sat there wishing I was that wonderful! As it turned out they were talking about me!! Who knew?! LOL I won a Telly Award for the ThrillerFest event video I did and they love the video so much they gave me a special little shout out. I felt like I had won the lotto!
R.L. Stine received the Thriller Master award and his speech was captivating, funny and insightful. He talked about seeing Ray Bradbury once and that he got all tongue tied and almost started crying be was so overwhelmed when Ray knew who he was. It just reminded me how we all have our heroes no matter who we are. He also said that “Family is there to keep you humble.” and he went on to tell us that he was interviewed on the Today Show which most people would be very excited about. He got home and there was a note from his wife that said, “You looked great. Now go plunge the toilet.” Yes, even R. L. Stine has to plunge the toilet from time to time.
The after party was amazing and I got to hang out with James Rollins, Joseph Finder, Heather Graham and I even got to chat with R. L. Stine. I had the the most amazing time time!
This was the best ThrillerFest I’ve ever attended. They’re all good, but this one was especially fun for me. And even though I ended my NY trip by getting into a stolen cab for my ride back to the airport, it is still one of the most fun NY trips I’ve ever had! Yes, stolen. I figured that out when I finally noticed the cab did not display the license, rules, laws and prices which are all legally supposed to be on display in the cab. Not to worry about the cab. I made it to the airport safe and sound, turned in the guy, didn’t have to pay for the ride, got my luggage and made it to the plane on time. All in all, quite the adventure!
Bottom line: New York can’t be beat for publishing parties and celebrity spotting! It was a thrill!