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Cathy C
03-25-2010, 07:33 PM
Who's going to be where this summer? Would love to hook up with one or more of you!

I'll be at:

Romantic Times (http://www.romantictimes.com), Columbus, OH - 4/28-5/2
On tour (!) for Blood Song, various places in southern and western states - 6/4-6/25 More later when we know stuff.
RomCon (http://www.romconinc.com), Denver, CO - 7/9-7/12
Dragon*Con (http://www.dragoncon.org), Atlanta, GA - Labor Day weekend, 9/3-9/6

Wayne K
03-25-2010, 07:45 PM
I'd like to do Atlanta, money willing

Irysangel
03-25-2010, 07:47 PM
I'm skipping cons this year and paying down some credit cards. It makes me sad, but it must be done. Sigh.

Ambri
03-25-2010, 08:59 PM
Wow, I didn't know there WAS one in the Denver area. That's where I live. That would be really cool, if I could work it into my budget. So . . . dumb question . . . I'm not published yet (I have one WIP at about 85-90% done). I'm going to try to submit it by May, but I presume that I would still be considered unpublished by July . . . so, I would sign up as a "reader/ aspiring author"? The rules and regs on the RomCon website said I wouldn't be able to "promote" or "sell" with as a "reader," though. So . . . would I still be able to "network" with agents and editors and stuff? Sorry for all the noob questions . . . I've never attended a convention before.

Cathy C
03-25-2010, 09:15 PM
Yes. You'd be a reader/aspiring. But oh, sure! You can network to your heart's content! That's part of the beauty of cons--meeting and greeting the editors, agents, authors and booksellers. This one is sponsored by Borders, so if you plan to sell to one of the majors that sell in their stores, meeting them now will be HUGELY useful to eventual sales. :D

Denver's my old stomping grounds so I'm really looking forward to it! I'll be renting a car on Monday to wander around and visit some old friends.

One of the big reasons I signed up for this con (other than the obvious wanting to visit) is that the cover artist of the book below, Rachel Davis, will be there. She's not only the photographer, but the model. She does self-portraits that she digitally manipulates. How cool is that?! :D

Ambri
03-25-2010, 09:41 PM
Wow, thanks for the quick response, Cathy! I am SO going to this! SQUEEE!

You don't, by any chance, know of any articles or books on "attending a convention 101", do you?

Cathy C
03-25-2010, 10:36 PM
Funny you should mention that...

Question on Conferences (http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20000&highlight=comfortable)

:D

Satori1977
03-26-2010, 01:25 AM
I would absolutely love to go to RomCon in Denver since it is so close (I live in Ft Collins) and I have never been to one. But no way can I afford it.

Ambri
03-26-2010, 01:25 AM
Thanks, Cathy! That link was Exactly what I was looking for. I'm going to email it to myself, so I can find it again and print it or memorize it or what-have-you. Even though the Denver one is more geared toward romance readers, rather than authors, will there still be a time/ place where it's not a faux pas to "pitch" any editors/ agents I encounter? I'm so socially clueless . . .

Brindle Chase
03-26-2010, 02:01 AM
I'm still waiting for one to come my way. Can't afford flight and hotel. *lol* If anyone hears of a con near Portland, OR... give me a holler!

MaryMumsy
03-26-2010, 02:03 AM
If 'the west' includes AZ, be sure and let us know.

MM

CheekyWench
03-26-2010, 02:10 AM
What is there to do at D*Con for writers? I know there are a few biggies going to be there to sign, (Charlaine Harris is one off the top of my head,) but honestly, I've only ever gone there because of the gaming, comics, and general debauchery.
So, what's on the writer's menu?

Cathy C
03-26-2010, 02:19 AM
Y'know, I honestly don't know! This will be my first D*Con because everybody said we simply HAD to do it with our first UF hitting the shelf in June. But people I've talked to say it's loads of fun for writers. More when I know it. :D

But no way can I afford it.

The admission or the hotel? 'Cause you can drive back and forth. It's just at DIA. Most cons let out pretty early so people can make dinner plans.

If 'the west' includes AZ, be sure and let us know.


From what I've heard, it may well. More as I know it. :)

If anyone hears of a con near Portland, OR

Well, "near" is sort of relative when it comes to conventions. How about this one: Emerald City Conference (http://www.gsrwa.org/) I have a lot of friends who attend and say it's awesome!

CheekyWench
03-26-2010, 02:21 AM
Y'know, I honestly don't know! This will be my first D*Con because everybody said we simply HAD to do it with our first UF hitting the shelf in June. But people I've talked to say it's loads of fun for writers. More when I know it. :D




Oh it's TONS of fun. You'll have a blast, I'm certain! I just wondered what there was to do for writers...


(ya know, so I can convince the Dh I need to go there.. for.. er.. work... yeah :D )

shameless
03-26-2010, 04:10 AM
I'll be at RWA National Convention in Nashville. Teaching a workshop. :D

Stacia Kane
03-26-2010, 04:23 AM
I'll be at RT as well, and at Dragon*Con again.


CheekyWench, there's tons of stuff for writers to do there! They have a specific Dark Fantasy track, with lots of writers; last year I ended up on, I think, five or six panels. We discussed everything from demonology to sex scenes. There were panels on specific creatures (vamps, weres, zombies) and on strong female characters, and on writing subculture characters, and all sorts of different craft aspects, too. (There's also a Writing track, which focuses more on craft/business; our own Ann Crispin does a couple of very popular workshops there every year on those subjects.) Plus they do some author-specific interview hours (generally the big names get those; them, and a moderator/interviewer, who asks them questions then takes questions from the audience) or discussions on a particular writer's books or characters or world.

(Oh, romance isn't generally part of Dragon*Con's programming, though; while a few para romance authors are accepted as guests, in general the focus is on fantasy. Just FYI. :Shrug: )

There are also readings/Q&A sessions without a moderator. I had a reading; I read the second chapter of UNHOLY GHOSTS and answered some questions after. I have video of it but the footage of me actually reading is 20 mins. long, so I need to either figure out a way to split it to load it on YouTube or find a place to host it that doesn't have such a short time limit. I do have a short video of me answering one of the questions that came up after, if you want to take a look:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHg1o4345AA

(I'm just posting the link in case you want to see what kind of set-up there is; don't feel obligated to watch it or comment on it or anything. :) )

Plus there are some editors/agents who go there to speak about different aspects of writing or submissions, or about their upcoming releases/publishing programs. Plus other writers doing signings, and of course comic writers and artists, etc. etc. to hang out with. It's a total blast.

CheekyWench
03-26-2010, 06:29 AM
cool! thanks for the info. I appreciate it :D

Synonym
03-26-2010, 06:36 AM
It's not a convention, just a writer's retreat but...is anyone going to the WRP retreat at the end of April in TX?

Cathy C
03-26-2010, 06:34 PM
I'm in Texas, but don't know the WRP. Link?

job
03-26-2010, 07:07 PM
I won't be at National or RT. (Oh rats.) But I will be at Surrey International in Vancouver in late October to do workshops and presentations and suchlike.

Satori1977
03-27-2010, 12:11 AM
The admission or the hotel? 'Cause you can drive back and forth. It's just at DIA. Most cons let out pretty early so people can make dinner plans.



I wouldn't stay at the hotel, I could definitely drive back and forth. It is the admission price that is too much for me

Brindle Chase
03-27-2010, 02:02 AM
Does anyone attend or know anything about this writers con?

http://www.willamettewriters.com/wwc/3/

mscelina
03-27-2010, 02:09 AM
I'm definitely doing RT next month and World Con (fantasy) in Columbus in October. I *may* be doing RWA since it's in Tennessee--maybe--and probably a couple of other smaller cons later in the year.

Synonym
03-27-2010, 03:22 AM
I'm in Texas, but don't know the WRP. Link?

The Wild Rose Press (http://www.thewildrosepress.com/). Saddle up and Write, writer's retreat at the Silver Spur Guest Ranch (http://www.silverspur-ranch.com/), Banderas, TX

san_remo_ave
03-27-2010, 09:10 PM
I'm definitely going to RWA --I live in the Nashville area, so too convenient to miss out on.

Every year, I'm tempted to go to Killer Nashville (http://killer-nashville.com/), but I haven't yet. Maybe this year?

Deb Kinnard
03-27-2010, 11:50 PM
I'll be at ACFW in Indy Sept. 17-21 and yesterday my pub called and asked if I planned to attend BEA - apparently they'd like to have me do that. Now to go squeeze the conf. budget 'til it screams for mercy.

JoB, by the way, lovely cover on the reissue.

Kryianna
03-28-2010, 09:57 PM
I'm considering going to RT. Is it worth taking three days off of work? The sessions look awesome, but I haven't been writing much recently, so I keep second guessing myself on going.

mscelina
03-28-2010, 10:10 PM
Yes, it's worth taking three days off of work. Those workshops can do any writer nothing but good.

Same thing for Happy Hour. :D

Cathy C
03-29-2010, 12:58 AM
2nd that it's absolutely worth the time. It's energizing being around so many other writers. It makes you feel almost . . . normal. Like AW, but with bouncing, screaming people that gets the creativity flowing. :D

job
03-30-2010, 05:33 AM
JoB, by the way, lovely cover on the reissue.

Thanks so much. I do love it.
Though I rather liked the cachet of having a Nathan Kamp cover.

I'll admit I'm nervous, having a reissue. Maybe it was just a small printing. Does anyone buy reprints?

Karen Junker
03-30-2010, 08:22 AM
I buy reprints!!!

I have all your books :)

Carmilla
03-31-2010, 12:18 AM
HI Everyone-

I'm going to the BEA in New York in May, and most likely the Authors After Dark in September: http://aadromanceunlimited.com/

Hope to see some friendly faces!

Liz Strange

Cathy C
03-31-2010, 01:52 AM
I was at AAD last year. Lots of fun for those who can swing it. Sadly, I won't be able to. Just too many things this year. :(

mscelina
03-31-2010, 01:55 AM
Heh. I just want to make sure I'm not hiding in a corner by the end of the second day, hoping frantically that someone will come and talk to me.

:ROFL:

:Like that would happen. Right now the greatest horror is that I had to buy new clothes (business casual hasn't been in my vocabulary for years) and that they all fit. :( *sigh* I used to be so skinny. Darn back surgeries.

At any rate, at this point I'm just hoping I survive. I'm looking forward to the workshops but the running around? Not so much. Maybe I'll get lucky and all that expensive promo stuff will do all that I hope it does.

job
03-31-2010, 05:22 AM
I buy reprints!!!

Oh, my. Thank you. I looked on my keeper shelf and suddenly realized that I buy reprints too. I feel better.
I think.

Irysangel
03-31-2010, 07:50 PM
I'll admit I'm nervous, having a reissue. Maybe it was just a small printing. Does anyone buy reprints?

Libraries! ;)

job
03-31-2010, 10:45 PM
Libraries! ;)

I understand some writers aren't enthusiastic about library sales -- because it's fewer books sold or something.

I love the thought of being in a library. Oh wow.

Irysangel
04-01-2010, 12:20 AM
I understand some writers aren't enthusiastic about library sales -- because it's fewer books sold or something.

I love the thought of being in a library. Oh wow.

I personally love library sales, because I think of them as investments. If someone likes my book when they check it out at the library, then when the next one comes out and they see it on the shelf, they might buy it to read right away, rather than wait to get it at the library.

Plus, I think people are far more willing to try out books at a library than they are at the bookstore. :)

But maybe that is the Suzy Sunshine in me. :)

Synonym
04-01-2010, 03:15 AM
I personally love library sales, because I think of them as investments. If someone likes my book when they check it out at the library, then when the next one comes out and they see it on the shelf, they might buy it to read right away, rather than wait to get it at the library.

Plus, I think people are far more willing to try out books at a library than they are at the bookstore. :)

But maybe that is the Suzy Sunshine in me. :)

No, I think you're quite right about this. It's exactly how I found many authors I adore and I have ordered from Amazon or hit the bookstore looking for more after the library exposure. Most of the time they (library) only have some of a series, or I've stumbled on an older book so...got to get the rest, ASAP.