You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet*

Today’s technology and efficient communication means that we hear about a lot more books than ever before. Don’t believe me? Check your wish list and TBR. On the one hand, that’s a very good thing. It means a lot of books are out there, so people have a lot of choice when it comes to what they want to read.

The sheer number of books, though, has its consequences. For readers, it’s all but impossible to keep up with the many new books and debut authors out there. Even authors who’ve been writing for a while might not appear on a reader’s ‘radar’ because there’s so much available. And that’s to say nothing of ‘rediscovered’ authors from long ago. I know a lot of readers who have that ‘I am never going to catch up!’ feeling. I do, myself. It’s not always easy to keep up with one’s top two or three authors, let alone any others.

For authors, especially authors who aren’t ‘household words,’ the sheer number of books out there means it’s hard to get noticed. Trust me. There are many highly talented authors out there who are just one ‘notice’ from being beloved best-sellers.

One way to find out about less well-known authors is to go to a book conference or festival, such as Bouchercon or CrimeFest. And those can be great experiences. But they can be difficult to attend due to distance, finances, and so on. That’s why smaller conferences and even mini-conferences are such an appealing alternative. Especially if they’re online. I’d like to share just one of them with you.

The Maple Leaf Mystery Ottawa Virtual Mini-Conference will take place on Saturday, 3 December, 9 AM – 5 PM Eastern Time. Vicki Delany and Rick Mofina will be headlining the one-day conference, and there’ll be several panels on different sub-genres and topics (e.g., police procedurals, suspense, short stories, and light mysteries). It’s a chance to hear from some ‘names’ in crime fiction, but also to hear from authors whose names you might not know, but whose work you may find you like. It’s all virtual, too, so being a part of it is easy.

This is also a chance for those who are starting their crime writing journey to learn from authors who are already in the field. There’ll be several sessions where panelists share their expertise. And mystery writers can meet each other, too, virtually, and share their experiences.

But don’t take my word for it. Go visit the conference website and see for yourself! You get the chance to hear from some great authors (and learn about some new books), the price is right (from CAD$15.00), and you don’t have to fight traffic or deal with airlines. Also you don’t have to worry about your wardrobe. What’s not to like?


*NOTE: The title of this post is the title of a Bachman-Turner Overdrive song.



11 thoughts on “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet*

  1. You are spot on Margot, this is why I feature debut and mid-stream authors on Murder in Common. So much great writing with little to no recognition factor. Meantime, nice to see you featuring a great Canadian rock band in your broad repertoire 🙂


    1. That’s the thing, June. There really are a lot of talented writers out there who don’t have the name recognition they deserve. I love it that you have them a place to be seen! And BTO is legendary – glad you enjoyed the reminder of that song! 😀


  2. Some useful info there, Margot. I totally agree that it’s impossible to keep up with all the new releases – there are more books coming out than ever, and I have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I’ll never read all that I want to!


    1. Thanks, KBR. I think you’re wise to simply know you’ll never get to the end of the wish list. I think it’s easy to get anxious about what we’ve (not) been able to read, and that (at least to me) takes away from the pleasure of reading. No point in that, as I see it!

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  3. There’s not much to thank Covid for, but pushing book festivals to consider online versions is one of them! There are many readers who’d be interested but who’re not able for one reason or another to go to book festivals in person, so it opens them up to a whole new audience. Thanks for highlighting this one. 🙂


    1. I couldn’t agree more, FictionFan! Book festivals can reach so many more people when they’re online, or at least hybrid. And it allows lots more authors to get a chance to shine, so to speak. There’s a lot to like with this sort of setup! 😀

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