by Leigh Perry
I spent this past weekend at Bouchercon in New Orleans, and it was a wonderful time! The venue was good, the panels were interesting, and the parties were fabulous. And that was just the convention itself. The rest of the time, the glories of New Orleans beckoned--food, history, music, and a lot of skeleton-themed merchandise for sale. I hung out with fellow Femmes Charlaine and Dana, chatted with Femme Elaine, and at least caught sight of Femmes Donna, Hank, Catriona, and Marcia.
As wonderful as all that was, for me the high point was an ad.
That's right. An ad. It was a cling ad, stuck on on glass door along the main drag of the second floor of the convention hotel.
You see, a while back I learned that Berkley Prime Crime would not be continuing my Family Skeleton series after the third book. Sadly, I'm far from the only Prime Crime author in this situation. The market place is shifting, and there have been corporate changes as well. And it's not my first time being cancelled--this is my third series. Still, I can't say that I wasn't pretty disappointed and unhappy. I really like writing about Sid the Skeleton, his BFF Georgia, and their family and friends. I thought about it long and hard, and discussed the possibilities with my agent, and we decided we just weren't ready to say goodbye to Sid. So we started looking for another publisher for the series.
And we found one! Diversion Books will be continuing the series, with The Skeleton Paints a Picture scheduled for next fall.
I wanted to share my glad tidings with the mystery world, and what better place to do so than Bouchercon. So with the help of the folks at Diversion and my artist daughter Maggie, we created this ad. (By we, I mean Sarah and Diversion and my daughter Maggie. I..um...supervised.)
Of course, once I found the ad in the hotel I had to admire it. And when author Sherry Harris came by, camera in hand, naturally I wanted to pose next to it.
And give Sid a high five...
The best part was that I wasn't the only one excited about more Sid books! I got so much encouragement from other writers and readers and booksellers. You can see why my grin is as big as Sid's.
I just hope the people who worked so hard at making Bouchercon so wonderful aren't offended that my high point was seeing an ad telling the world that Sid Lives!