ApolloCon is just a heartbeat away! From June 19-21, I’ll be appearing on several panels, doing book signings and will have a booth in the Dealer’s Room to sell my wares and a few surprises.
This was a bit of a challenge, as I’m feeling all conventions are going to be. I remember AggieCon being a bit of a struggle, but I chalked that off to college kids in brand new Con roles running what for them was probably their first Con. I hoped it would be a little smoother with ApolloCon, but alas that was not to be. The problem I had with getting on the list for panels had to do with a personnel change, so the guest chairman who had held the role disappeared due to personal reasons and didn’t pass on all the emails agreeing that I’d be part of the program. I connected with the new guest liaison and got some push back since they had already submitted the program, but they got program changes and managed to squeeze me onto several panels amidst the changes. Very satisfying to have someone a bit flexible after I thought I’d already taken care of things! It also took the Dealer Room chairman a while to get me the payment information, but he never wavered on whether or not I had a table, so I was certain I’d always have that.
Given that rough start, you’d think I wouldn’t be on many panels. I’m actually on six! I also have a reading the first day. I’m more than thrilled that my suddenly last minute inclusion on the panels was handled so well. When I heard my information hadn’t been passed on, my heart sunk. Luckily, I skated in just under the wire to get in before the final program had truly been completed. I’m pretty pumped to be appearing with fellow authors who I used to watch at panels discussing writing topics. I’m even more excited to be sharing thoughts and ideas with a (hopefully) large audience at the panels! I’ve gotten a lot of interest from individual readers in my books after many panels and that’s part of the drive to be on one, but I get so much enjoyment just sharing knowledge and answering questions for curious would-be writers and fans. I always learn something knew myself at these panels, not only from my fellow panel members but also from audience members.
There will be two book signings at ApolloCon. I probably have enough books to satisfy the attendees, but I’m disappointed I wasn’t able to get book two, Reztap and the Quest for the Insane Moth out the door in time for this convention. I also suffered what others writers probably do coming to conventions frequently – a cash flow problem leading to inventory supply problems. I’ve probably compounded this by inserting activities for a cross-country move into my agenda. The timing is unfortunate and I had to hold money in reserve to pay for things I wouldn’t have had to withhold otherwise.. In all honesty, I’ll be tickled to sell out of my inventory, but I don’t necessarily see that happening. I will probably have a good supply left over to pass on to Triscelle Publishing to sell for me at their next upcoming event – Space City Comic Con. I hope to attend Space City Comic Con myself, but now the travel costs from Seattle, WA (where I’ll be relocating to next week) will probably be prohibitive to attend. I tried contacting the guest liaison about appearing at the con, but got no response. I may still do it if I can get a good head of pre-marketing steam on book two and get it out the door in time. In other words, I’m still on the fence about it.
What you should see when you pop by at ApolloCon this weekend is not only the Reztap books on sale (Mishaps and Mayhem & The Adventures of Reztap), but a few more books as well. I hope to have Triscelle Publishing bringing their books (The Morrigan’s Brood series) and a few other authors books as well. I’m hoping a little diversity at the booth will bring in more customers. Most important at the booth – my lovely missus will be there as well, handling sales while I’m on those six panels, my reading and at the signing table. So come on by and check out my lovely wife!
Moving preparations have delayed this post significantly. I’d be a little more verbose, but this sucker has to get published or it will be old news before it hits the internet. Hope to see you all out at ApolloCon!