Conventions

That Virtual Con

A week or so ago, I mentioned I was participating in a virtual con.

Pros and cons? Mostly cons, but I think it might just be this particular con. If I’m not mistaken, this was the first con the sponsor has run, so of course, there are going to be glitches. One of those glitches–and a very annoying one–was that vendors weren’t on the list to access the site early so we could set up our booth. Our group leader somehow managed to get in because she set everything up by the time the convention started. Although we had a zoom tour of the con like a week or so before, the set-up wasn’t exactly user-friendly. I was mostly confused. But it worked in the end, and we were all in our places with bright, shiny faces on Day One.

The con’s big rule was this is a safe place, and no harassing or trash talking–people, groups of people–whatever. Anybody reported doing these things was going to kicked out of the con, no ifs ands or buts. Okay, fine.

We didn’t have a Day Two. The con was held on a platform (can’t remember the name) that when I signed in, insisted I have my webcam and mic on. Okay, fine. I’m not sure how this worked, but we found out that attendees didn’t have to have their cams and mics on, and if they didn’t, they were invisible. Completely invisible. So a few of us were in the booth,… Continue reading

Rewarding

The Moreva of Astoreth has won a book award.

Love it when that happens. Because it means I don’t suck.

I’m entering it in every contest I can–at least the ones that aren’t a scam. You’d be amazed how many there are. Maybe you wouldn’t. No matter what’s going on, there’s always going to be someone who’s going to try and get over, to part you from your wallet. I’ve learned a lot about that on this author’s journey. More than I ever cared to know.

So I’m trying something new. A virtual con dealer’s table. I’ll be selling beside 3 or 4 other authors, sharing a booth. I don’t have enough inventory to justify a booth of my own, so we do it as a group and split the cost. Since the lockdowns began, I’ve gotten fairly good at the tech stuff. Well, sorta fairly good. Good enough, is probably a better way to put it.

I miss in-person cons. Yeah, I know–I’m not a people person. But there’s something about being at a con… I don’t do people because in a crowd, I can feel my energy being sucked out. I get home, and I’m just so tired. Yet cons are the opposite. Maybe it’s because you’re with thousands of like-minded people who, like you, are weird and excited to be there. It just kind of buoys you along. Something else I’ve noticed over the years, too. I’m not depressed at cons. It’s like all that good energy… Continue reading

Baby, I’m A Star!

Well, no…not really.

I watched my 45-minute video interview. It came out pretty good. I mean, there were no “ahs”, “ums” or “uhhs.” But I did notice that I have a tendency to close my eyes when I talk. I didn’t know that. I asked a friend, who had not seen the interview, and he confirmed that it’s a tic of mine. So I need to practice keeping my eyes open when I talk. Of course, that’s assuming there will be other interviews and speaking gigs after this one. I sure hope so. I’ve made quite an investment in this venture, and I’d really like to see a return, at least of SOME sort.

So I’ve received some more nice reviews on The Moreva of Astoreth. Right now, the book is running at a solid 4-star. Not bad, I don’t think. Though I would like some more 5s, push the rating up a bit. But I can be happy with what I have. A few reviewers said the book could have benefited from more editing, and they’re probably right, since I edited it myself. Normally, I wouldn’t have done such a thing, but I’d just lost my job, and though I had the cash, I wasn’t sure I had the money. But then, other reviewers wrote that it was superbly edited. So whether its great or not is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose.

Off the subject of books and publicity, I’m driving my parents to Ohio next… Continue reading

Back From Arisia

You know what I like about cons? The energy. It fairly crackles through the air, stimulating even my lethargic butt.

Arisia IMO, is one of the more crackly ones I’ve attended,  though I can’t say I’ve attended them all. At any rate, I went to a number of great panels. In the dealer’s room, the Broads sold a lot of books on behalf of their fellow Broads (yay!) Went to a launch party for an anthology called UnCONventional, 22 short  stories about what goes on behind the scenes at a con (and it’s not about ops!)

A funny aside: I was trying to find a particular room and ended up in the Boston Convention Center which is connected to the hotel. Once I got my bearings, I left the Center with two guys, one obviously a security guard and the other I’m not sure, but when we reached the hotel, one said to the other: “This is some party–I think I’ll stay.”

So that’s all for now, will report in on The Underground later!

Arisia!

Just bought my train tickets to Boston for Arisia. I’ll only be on one panel–the Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading–but I’ll be womanning the BU table, too! So stop by, browse, chat and buy a book! 🙂

Arisia!

Back from Arisia! My reading went well, and the other women who participated in the RFR were awesome! Here’s to next year!