Friday, February 12, 2016

Talking Tiaras

A couple years ago, my good friend and conference buddy Rochelle Staab asked if I was willing to host a banquet table at the annual Left Coast Crime convention with her. I, of course, agreed (I suggest to all of you that when a marketing-savvy and all-around fun friend asks you to do something with her, you say yes.)

Some background: Left Coast Crime is the annual fan convention for crime fiction writers, readers, and fans (and librarians and booksellers and...and) that takes place on the left side of the country (not always near a coast). During each LCC, there's a banquet, at which the Lefty Awards are presented. Different people are asked to host tables, and the general LCC attendance can sign up for the table of their choice. (Note: pay attention to the idea of signups!)

So I said yes, and Rochelle and I started brainstorming. You see, part of the tradition of table hosting is providing a fun atmosphere and some little gifts for your tablemates. Often, this is a copy of the author/host's latest book or some fun swag promoting the author's series.

While I give Rochelle all credit for the hosting ideas and the brilliance of the rest of the table decorations and giveaways, I will take credit for one, fundamental idea. That's right, tiaras. Because, really...

Here we are at LCC 2014 in Monterey:

Well, the idea went over so well that the next year, we were offered a hosting gig again. The tiaras made a triumphant return in Portland!

You probably see where this is going. We're about two weeks out from the LCC 2016 Leftys Awards banquet, and yes, there will be another Tiara Table! Here's what you have to do to join us:
  1. Pick up your registration packet early. 
  2. When you get your registration packet, look for the banquet table signups.
  3. Put your name down for the Tiara Table (Tammy Kaehler and Rochelle Staab). 
  4. Come to the banquet dressed like a queen! (Then again, tiaras go with everything.)
We hope to see you there!

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