November 18, 2022

 I attended the New England Crime Bake, Nov. 11-13.

Among the ups: William Martin’s master class on your first line, first paragraph, first page, Reading the Crime Scene, Best New England Crime Stories: Deadly Nightshade, connecting with an agent, finding open submissions, the hard working  Hilton staff, the IngramSpark Tennessee reps, the buzz and excitement of talking about books.

Among the downs: taxi from Boston to Dedham by driver who kept his eyes glued to his smartphone claiming he knew the route. $74 later we arrived. Speaking of money, the Hilton charged for everything. The cuisine? Many of us didn’t pay the $35 for evening left overs, eating bar food instead.