Founder and co-host of CrimeFest
Adrian: Due to the success of some authors with e-publishing, I am gradually beginning to be persuaded that self-publishing might be the way to go for some. There is a reason why publishers are taking on self-published writers like Tom Vowler and Kerry Wilkinson. And of course established names like Zoe Sharp are now going down the self-publishing route as well. But it is a headache for convention organisers and organisations like the Crime Writers’ Association. How are conventions and professional organisations going to determine the ‘legitimacy’ of authors? What criteria should be applied? This year, for the first time, CrimeFest is organising and moderating an Indie Voices Panel. We were fortunate that Joanna Penn, a leading voice on electronic and self-publishing, established a selection process. As for traditional publishing, I think it will continue, adapting to trends and new technology.
The annual convention was featured as one of the ‘best crime-writing festivals around the world’
in the Guardian and one of the ‘50 Best Festivals’ in the Independent.
CRIMEFEST draws top crime novelists, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world
and gives delegates the opportunity to celebrate the genre in an informal atmosphere.
Interviews with the featured Guest Authors and Toastmaster
the eDunnit, Goldsboro Last Laugh and Sounds of Crime Award presentations
In addition, there will be some fifty author panels with more than a hundred participating authors,
crime writing workshops, a pitch-an-agent strand, and much more.