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Thursday, 19 July 2017.
Welcome to the first newsletter for CRIMEFEST 2018, the year in which we celebrate its 10th anniversary! We hope to be organising some special events as part of the festivities, and weekend pass holders will receive the anniversary anthology as a gift to commemorate the occasion.
In this newsletter:
– LEE CHILD AND JEFFERY DEAVER RETURN AS ANNIVERSARY FEATURED GUESTS
– REGISTER BEFORE 1 AUGUST AND BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE
– ORIGIN TICKETS IS CRIMEFEST’S NEW TICKET SELLER
– HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE RELEASED
– ARE YOU REGISTERED?
– CRIMEFEST AWARDS WINNERS
– PITCH AN AGENT
– ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE
– INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
– 10TH ANNIVERSARY CRIMEFEST ANTHOLOGY
– GOLDSBORO BOOKS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE
LEE CHILD AND JEFFERY DEAVER RETURN AS ANNIVERSARY FEATURED GUESTS
They were there for the Bristol Left Coast Crime – CRIMEFEST’s precursor – they were there for CRIMEFEST’s 5th anniversary, and now Lee Child and Jeffery Deaver return for CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary. The two international bestselling authors need no introduction – immediately go to their websites and start reading their books if they do! – and we look forward to welcoming them back and featuring them in some special events. Lee and Jeff have also contributed new stories for CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary anthology. (See further down for more information.)
We look forward to announcing more Featured Guests soon. In the meantime, visit PARTICIPATING AUTHORS for the full line-up.
REGISTER BEFORE 1 AUGUST AND BEAT THE PRICE INCREASE
The current early bird registration fee for a Full Weekend CRIMEFEST pass is £140. However, as in previous years the rate will incrementally go up, and the first increase will occur on 1 August when the price will become £160. Tickets for the Gala Awards Dinner are currently £50, but this will increase to £55 at the end of the year. So, beat the price increases and BUY TICKETS now!
ORIGIN TICKETS IS CRIMEFEST’S NEW TICKET SELLER
Due to increasing issues with Eventbrite, CRIMEFEST’s new ticket selling platform is Origin Tickets. This new British company are pulling all the stops out to make the ticket-buying process as smooth as possible. However, no company is perfect so if you do experience any difficulties, then please feel free to contact us.
HOTEL DISCOUNT CODE RELEASED
Earlier this week we sent out an email to all registered delegates with the hotel discount codes for next year’s CRIMEFEST. (Please contact us as soon as possible if you have not yet received the hotel info email.) To ensure that the hotel rooms are only released to delegates, the discount codes are only sent on completion of registration. The rooms at the convention hotel – the Bristol Marriott Royal – (as well as the Bristol Radisson Blu – the four-star overspill hotel) tend to sell out quickly. Details of BUDGET HOTELS are listed on the website. (If you are unsure about the length of your stay next year, then we recommend you reserve a room for the full weekend as the Marriott allows you to cancel up to 48 hours prior to arrival.) So, if you wish to stay at the convention hotel, BUY TICKETS as soon as possible to receive the discount codes and reserve your room.
ARE YOU REGISTERED?
Did you register at this year’s CRIMEFEST? Then please check the website to see if you are listed and are happy that the name is shown in the way you wish it to appear on your delegate pass. If you have registered and your name does not appear, then please contact us.
CRIMEFEST AWARDS WINNERS
Once again the CRIMEFEST awards shortlists featured some fabulous names – many of which have subsequently appeared as nominees for recently announced awards! The winners of this year’s awards – who received a Bristol Blue Glass Award, a complimentary pass and panel at next year’s convention – are:
AUDIBLE SOUNDS OF CRIME AWARD
for best crime audiobook
– Clare Mackintosh for I See You, read by Rachel Atkins (Hachette Audio / Isis)
for best crime ebook
– Laura Lippman for Wilde Lake (Faber & Faber)
LAST LAUGH AWARD
for best humorous crime novel
– Mick Herron for Real Tigers (John Murray)
H.R.F. KEATING AWARD
for the best biographical or critical book related to crime fiction
– Barry Forshaw for Brit Noir (No Exit Press)
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR CHILDREN (AGES 8–12)
– Robin Stevens for Murder Most Unladylike: Mistletoe and Murder (Puffin)
BEST CRIME NOVEL FOR YOUNG ADULTS (AGES 12–16)
– Simon Mason for Kid Got Shot (David Fickling Books)
For details of all the nominees visit CRIMEFEST 2017 AWARDS.
Also awarded at CRIMEFEST were:
150 word short story competition
Winner: Louise Mangos for Blind Love
for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year
Winner: Gunnar Staalesen for Where Roses Never Die
Congratulations to the winners as well as all the nominees!
PITCH AN AGENT
After another sell-out year, Pitch an Agent returns in 2018 with Pitch originator Camilla Wray (from the Darley Anderson Literary, TV & Film Agency), Broo Doherty (from the DHH Literary Agency) and Philip Patterson (from Marjacq Scripts). Some of the authors these agencies represent include Lee Child, Martina Cole, Stuart Macbride, L.C. Tyler, and Luca Veste. Consider Pitch an Agent ‘speed dating for an agent meets BBC’s Dragon’s Den’ (or Shark Tank if you are in the US). You make your pitch to all three agents simultaneously (but privately – so no viewers!) If you are looking for an agent, have not previously participated, and are not commercially published, then this is for you! (Pitch an Agent is only open to delegates with a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit PITCH AN AGENT for more information or BUY TICKETS.
ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE
Also returning is the One-on-One Manuscript Assessment Service for those who are looking for feedback on a finished (or almost completed) manuscript. Based on a submitted sample of your writing, crime novelist Janet Laurence will provide constructive feedback allowing manuscripts to be submitted in the best possible format to agents and/or editors. (Manuscript Assessment slots are only open to delegates who are not commercially published, are without an agent and who have registered for a Full, Friday or Saturday CRIMEFEST Pass.) Visit ONE-ON-ONE MANUSCRIPT ASSESSMENT SERVICE for more information or BUY TICKETS.
INDIE ALTERNATIVE PANEL
Acknowledging the increasing success of self/independently published authors, one of CRIMEFEST’s panels will feature four of them. If you are a self/independently published author and would like to appear on a panel, then please visit THE INDIE ALTERNATIVE for more details on how to sign up.
10TH ANNIVERSARY CRIMEFEST ANTHOLOGY
Thanks to devoted CRIMEFEST delegate Jane Burfield, who wished to sponsor something special to mark the CRIMEFEST’s 10th anniversary, we have been able to commission an anthology of new stories, with all the proceeds going to CRIMEFEST’s longstanding charity of choice: the reading library of the RNIB. Full Pass holders attending next year receive (on a first-registered-first-serve basis) a complimentary copy of the anthology with a foreword by Peter James and contributions from:
- Bill Beverley
- Simon Brett
- Lee Child
- Ann Cleeves
- Jeffery Deaver
- Martin Edwards (editor)
- Kate Ellis
- Peter Guttridge
- Sophie Hannah
- John Harvey
- Mick Herron
- Donna Moore
- Caro Ramsay
- Ian Rankin
- James Sallis (TBC)
- Zoë Sharp
- Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
- Maj Sjöwall (translated by Catherine Edwards)
- Michael Stanley
- Andrew Taylor
So, BUY TICKETS now to guarantee your complimentary copy.
GOLDSBORO BOOKS UNVEILS NEW WEBSITE
And finally, Goldsboro Books – the book collector’s bookseller – have unveiled their new website. Visitors to the site will find a fresh blog and news section and an expanded range, all responsive to mobile devices as well as tablets. So, if you are looking for a signed book by your favourite author, then be sure to visit Goldsboro Books!
That’s it until the next newsletter.
Myles Allfrey, Donna Moore and Adrian Muller,