It’s almost WorldCon time, which takes place in San Antonio, Texas this year. I’ve had a few requests for a meet-up, so throw out some ideas for where we should go and chime in if you can make it. My only requirement is that it be a stone’s throw from the Marriott on RiverWalk. There’s a ton of places near there. And Friday night or Saturday night might be the best for me.
One thing I noticed about the panels at WorldCon, as I figure out my schedule, is a decided lack of self-publishing discussion. As this is primarily a literature event, that seems strange to me. Last year, there were a few panels on self-publishing, but they were relegated to small rooms in far-off locations. People packed in anyway. But maybe in the future a few of us should see about getting a self-publishing track added, kinda like what Liliana Hart did at RWA this year (she’s my hero). I think the response would be resounding. Maybe not next year, as WorldCon moves to London. Something to think about, though.
What am I most looking forward to this year?
- Learning from my peers. Last year, a fellow indie lit a fire under my ass to work on audiobooks. That led to a hectic schedule of transferring all of my works into ACX. The results have been incredible. Picking up tidbits like this can change everything. WorldCon is such a great place to learn about the industry changes occurring outside of our little bubbles.
- Seeing old friends again and meeting cyber friends in the flesh. I’ve got quite a few people I look forward to seeing. I won’t name-drop, because I don’t want to exhaust you with bouts of envy. But John Joseph Adams. And Ernie Cline. Oh, and . . .
- Michael Bunker’s daughter is making me cinnamon rolls. Yeah.
What I’m not looking forward to this year:
- Panels where people are trying to sell me something. Teach me! Don’t pitch to me.
- The anti-Amazon vibe. I experienced a ton of this last year. It made me feel lonely.
- Connecting flights. Yuck.
Are you coming? Chime in!