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IL2006 Day 1: Grabbing Attention: Keeping Pace with Readers & Technology



Keynote speaker – J. A. Jance, an author of mystery books!

  • She talked about her life and why she started writing books
  • She’s terribly bitter about her first husband…
  • Her first PC was a dual-floppy Eagle…
  • She gets immediate feedback from her readers because of the web
  • In her book, The Edge of Evil, the main character starts a blog
  • Talked about a nasty email she received – she actually used it in her book as a blog comment… that other people discussed…
  • Oh my goodness… she is singing to us!

Interesting… this is a normal author talk. I think the idea was that she’d talk more about getting into blogging, why her character started a blog, etc… but no – this was a normal author talk.

I didn’t like this keynote – she shared alot about her nasty ex-husband (did I mention she’s bitter?), she sang a song, and told us where her ideas for writing come from.

Then again, she received a standing ovation, so maybe it was just me.

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  • http://scarreredlibrarian.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    It was not just you. I think it was one of those uncomfortable situations where the speaker had bared their soul SO much that it required a big response out of sheer politeness.

    I thought she was decent for what she was (motivational heart-tugger ‘men are pigs’ speaker), but not neccessarily the right pick for Internet Librarian. Of course that may be because I’m still trying to get Janis freakin’ Ian out of my head… :-)

  • http://scarreredlibrarian.blogspot.com Sarah

    It was not just you. I think it was one of those uncomfortable situations where the speaker had bared their soul SO much that it required a big response out of sheer politeness.

    I thought she was decent for what she was (motivational heart-tugger ‘men are pigs’ speaker), but not neccessarily the right pick for Internet Librarian. Of course that may be because I’m still trying to get Janis freakin’ Ian out of my head… :-)