Volunteers needed for Bouchercon

It’s making the rounds, so I figured I would do what I could to spread the word:



Now is the time for all good volunteers to come to the aid of the Bouchercon.

Yes, we know it’s very late. There�s nothing we can do about that now. Jodi Dabson Bollendorf and Kate Buker have stepped in at this late date to try to match people with jobs they�d like to do. We need volunteers for the registration desk, the signing room, and in panel rooms.

People can work at the registration desk on Wednesday from 2 pm until 7 pm, and on Thursday from 8 am until 5:30 pm, and on Friday from 8 am until midafternoon. Working at the registration desk entails handing out nametags and bookbags. It’s a great way to meet a lot of people in a short time.

We need room monitors for each of the 90 panels from Thursday noon until Sunday at 11:30 am. The room monitor’s job starts shortly before the panel, making sure that there are working microphones, fresh water glasses and water, and the correct author name tents on the table. During  the panel, the room monitor alerts the moderator when there are 15, 5, and then no minutes left. Room monitors will be matched with the panels of their choice wherever possible, on a first come first served basis.

People can work in the signing room before and during signings, assisting Al Abramson in getting the author name tents to the right places, keeping signing lines sane, and helping people find their way.

If you are willing to volunteer, we need to know when you can help, and what job(s) you’d like to do  Room monitor volunteers please list the panels you want by panel title and by day and time. The panel schedule is online at http://www.bouchercon2006.com/panelsch.htm

In order to get volunteer assignments made before people actually leave home for the convention, we are on a very short deadline. Please email Jodi or Kate by the end of the day on Thursday, September 21. We plan to send placement notices back by the end of the day on Sunday, September 24, 2006.

Please [email Jodi][1] if your last name begins with A – I. Please [email Kate][2] if your last name begins with J – Z.

[1]: mailto:jodidb AT charter DOT net [2]: mailto:nkateb AT msn DOT com