Voter Guide


Welcome to the very important Bouchercon tradition—voting! This year, since the entire convention is virtual, all voting will be done via electronic ballot. This includes two matters that are usually voted on in-person during the General Members Meeting: bylaw and rule changes, and the election of Board Members. So if you’re not used to seeing these items on your usual Bouchercon ballot, that’s why.

If you have registered for Virtual Bouchercon 2020, you will receive an email on Tuesday, Oct. 6, with a link to your secure, anonymous ballot. You will have until Tuesday, Oct 13 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time to submit your ballot. All ballots will be submitted through Simply Voting, a secure web site that anonymizes every vote and does all tabulating.

The following items will be on the ballot:

  1. Updating Bouchercon Bylaws and Rules
  2. Choosing the 2020 Anthony Award Winners
  3. Voting for Bouchercon Board Members

Below is ballot background information for the Bouchercon Bylaws & Rules, as well as the biographies of National Board Member candidates. Nominees for the Anthony Awards can be found here:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:  [email protected].


Bylaw and Rule Changes to Take Effect at Bouchercon 2020

A.        Allows for the hiring of an Administrator and for recruitment to begin. Changes language to remove “all” from all-volunteer organization. [Section 1 & Section III.C.11]                      

B.        Creates of a non-voting, ex-officio past-president to serve a one-year term in an advisory capacity. [Section III.C.12]

C.        Language changes throughout Bylaws which refer to “event” will be changed to “convention.” [Wherever present in Bylaws]

D.        Rule change to reflect that the winner of the David Thompson Award will be announced in advance of that event year’s convention and presented during the convention. [Rules I.F]

E.         Eliminates ability allowing for nominations to be made during the General Members Meeting and provides that nominees for the Board will be identified and solicited no later than 90 days prior to the General Members Meeting and vetted by a standing Nominating Committee of the Board. The Nominating Committee will prepare a slate reflecting a majority endorsement vote of the Board, to be ratified by the membership. [Rules I.E.]

F.         Creates a new Bouchercon Standing Rule which stipulates that all contracts with a Local Organizing Committee shall require the adopted Bouchercon Code of Conduct for acceptance by members at the time of Registration. [Rules III.C]

G.        Allows that under a majority vote of the Board of Directors, if at the end of a General Members Meeting a location for an upcoming Annual Event has not been identified, the Board may step in, initiate, and secure an Annual Event location until a Local Organizing Committee can be identified. [Rules III.F]

Bylaw Changes To Take Effect at Bouchercon 2021

H.        Amends Bylaws to read new proposed Bylaw amendments, that receive a majority of member votes at the General Members Meeting, shall be approved and adopted at the General Members Meeting that year. This action would allow Bylaws to go into effect in the year of adoption. [Bylaws IX.B.2]

I.          Establishes a Bylaw to read that the Board may appoint its officers to two-year terms instead of one year. [Bylaws III.B]


David Brown has been a publicist for over 20 years. Responsibilities include staging successful publicity campaigns for high-profile authors across fiction, nonfiction, political, entertainment, and sports genres, including #1 New York Times bestsellers Vince Flynn, Brad Thor, William Kent Krueger, Jodi Picoult, and many more. Researching and writing press material, such as pitch letters, press releases, and media alerts develop pitch ideas. Monitoring the media to remain appraised of current news stories, pop culture, and industry trends. Cultivating and maintaining relationships with members of the media. Obtaining press coverage with both national and local media. Managing tour budgets and negotiate costs for services.

Susan Cella, for twenty-two years, was an Information Technology professional, specializing in data mining, analysis, and reporting. She currently works as a civilian consultant. She has served as president of the board of Fleet Works Advisory Board of Upstate New York-Capital Region and transitioned to Team Bank of America where she served as the volunteer coordinator. Her duties included directing a volunteer base of 1,200, supervising an average of 65 projects per year, assisting non-profit organizations with the creation and execution of fundraising events and projects that ranged from painting to rummage sales to fall clean-up. She was also responsible for planning and executing the annual awards ceremony for volunteers.

Larry Gandle has attended almost every Bouchercon for the last 22 years. He is the assistant editor of Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. He has reviewed mystery fiction for 25 years and his annual Mystery Writers of America—Edgar Awards column is one of the most popular in the magazine. He has also served on the Thriller Award committees for Best Novel, Best First Novel, and Best Paperback Original. He served as a judge on the Audie awards for best mystery novel for numerous years and has in the mystery community for many years.

Angie Kim is the author of the national bestseller Miracle Creek, named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time, The Washington Post, Kirkus, Library Journal, The Today Show, Amazon, and Hudson Booksellers, and a Good Morning America Hot Summer Read. Kim has written for VogueThe New York TimesThe Washington PostGlamour, Salon, and Slate. She moved from Seoul, Korea, to Baltimore as a pre-teen, and attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. A former trial lawyer, she was also a management consultant at McKinsey and co-founder of a software company with over 400 employees.

A pediatric cardiologist, Kim regularly attends Left Coast Crime and Thrillerfest. She has also attended CrimeFest (England) and Malice Domestic. She has attended Bouchercon almost every year since 1993. In 2010 she was the co-Treasurer for Bouchercon in San Francisco. She would like to serve on the board to bring the perspective of what a fan wants when they attend Bouchercon, whether it is from the panels, extracurricular events, the book room, or author signings. As a physician, she can also bring to an event her medical knowledge to help determine what response could/can be taken for an individual who becomes ill or is injured during the conference.

Kirk Shryoc has an MBA in Finance and Economics. Five years with Goldman Sachs as a broker in securities sales for high net worth individuals and medium-size institutions. Eight years as a sales representative. He has twenty-five years in sales management, including ten years as a corporate vice-president of sales. The position required creating strategies to grow sales, manage budgets, recruiting, and planning. He has a lifelong love of reading. His book collection includes several genres of which the largest is thrillers and mysteries—which he enjoys most of all.