Saturday, October 28, 2006

Conferences and conventions, in general

On the World Fantasy post, someone asked what other conventions I'm going to be attending in the future. Here's a partial list:

  1. Philcon 2006 (November 17-19, 2006)
  2. San Diego State Writers Conference 2007 (January 26-28, 2007)
  3. Nebula Awards Awards Weekend 2007 (May 11-13, 2007)
  4. Book Expo America (May 30-June 3, 2007)
  5. World Fantasy Convention 2007 (November 1-4, 2007)
Notice how except for #2, there aren't any writers conferences? That's because I'm still starting out, and haven't yet gotten many invitations to participate in them. I love to travel, and I like going to conferences, so if you'd like me to attend one near you, have the conference coordinators contact me. It's fairly standard that the writers conference will pay for airfare and hotel for the agent, as this helps keep down travel costs immensely. I'd love to do any conference in the US, as well as any international ones.

13 comments:

Jenny Rappaport said...

Actually, at this point in time, Philcon looks tentative because the programming committee has not yet gotten back to me, and the Sheraton people have just informed me that the ENTIRE hotel is sold out.

David said...

World Fantasy is a wonderful convention, of course. I assume the Nebula event is fun, and I've heard good things about Philcon.

I've always wondered if agents sometimes think about going to such cons incognito, so that they can actually enjoy them just as cons, and not being seen by so many other congoers as potential agents.

Jeff Strand said...

NECON!!!!!

Jenny Rappaport said...

David, many agents do go to cons incognito, at least the bigger SF ones. On the other hand, you're wearing a name badge the entire time, so if people know your name, they're going to know who you are. I see no need to do so though, since I intend to enjoy the cons regardless. =)

Jenny Rappaport said...

Oh yes, Necon! Can't forget that one! I wonder when I have to register for it?

David said...

Jeff Strand! A name from long ago!

David said...

Jenny,

You've just added a whole new dimension to my con-going. Now I'll corner all kinds of people I don't know and say, "Are you...? Can I send you a partial?"

It'll fill in the slow parts of the con.

Jenny Rappaport said...

david, oy, being stalked at cons... =)

But seriously, I identify myself as an agent on my badge at cons... I did it at Balticon and Worldcon this year, plus at Necon (it's how I picked up Jeff; ask him, it's true =). It gets me business and starts conversations. Plus, it's fun to freak authors out with... =)

Jeff Strand said...

Hiya, David! FYI: The unit of currency in my novel HOW TO RESCUE A DEAD PRINCESS (now available in trade paperback) is still the "dvorkin."

And, yes, Jenny picked me up at NECon. Which sounds kind of sleazy...but, hey, it was NECon, so that's appropriate.

David said...

Kewl, Jeff. I'm glad you didn't change that. I need to do something with "a strand" to repay the favor.

When're you gonna get a blog?

Jeff Strand said...

Hey, I've had a blog for at least a year now! In fact, just today Ms. Rappaport posted a comment there with the horrific news that she was going to decorate her pumpkin with GLITTER!

http://jeffstrand.livejournal.com/

David said...

Jeff,

I had no idea. I've added a link to it from my own blog, http://eyeblister.blogspot.com/

Now that I know where your blog is, I can bug you over there, instead appropriating the comments here, which is, um, inappropriate.

tcastleb said...

I can vouch for the San Diego State Writer's conference, both because I went a couple years ago and I work at the hotel that's hosting it. They have a reception and lunch where writers and editors and agents are separated by genre so they can chat. Lots of little workshops and pitch sessions. It's nice and well-organized but seems more geared toward newbie writers, though, and the price tag ($350 without pitches) has kept me from going back because the SF/F cons are more relevent and the entry fee is cheaper. But welcome to San Diego and my hotel in January!