I will be in attendance at GameHole Con, coming up in just a couple of weeks. You’ll be able to find me in the Dealer Hall when it’s open at table L (enter the Dealer Hall and turn right, walk to the end of the row, turn left, and it’s the third table on the right).
Sadly, I was not able to have Summer of Crows completed in time for the convention (editing and revision a 160,000+ word novel takes a long time), but I will have copies of all my other World of Calliome and Zack Jackson novels for sale. I’ll also be taking pre-orders for Summer of Crows. $20 gets you a signed copy mailed direct to your address of choice as soon as it’s printed (before Christmas is my best estimate on this).
In addition, I’ll be taking part in the Family Trick or Treat on Oct. 31! Trick or Treaters who stop by my table between 4pm and 6pm on Halloween will not only get some delicious candy (and anyone who knows me can tell you I only spring for GOOD candy), but also a free print copy of Zack Jackson & The Cult of Athos! I may even be dressed up for the occasion, if I can fit a costume in my car in addition to all the books I need to bring (as well as luggage).
Sadly, ConQuesT 47 was not as successful as I had hoped. Last minute staff shake-ups, last year’s harassment scandal, plus the close proximity of Planet ComicCon and Mid-America Con II/WorldCon resulted in a fraction of the expected attendance. There was also a noticeable breakdown in communications between the con staff and the vendors (like a surprise 2-hour extension to Dealer Hall hours while we were packing up for the night on Saturday).
I sold between 14% and 25% of what I did last year, and that’s with two new titles at the show this year. The gulf in uncertainty is due to not being able to correlate several Kindle sales with Con activity (i.e. They could be coincidental).
I had high hopes for the first con of the season for VFF Publishing. Such a massive disappointment is difficult to deal with when you invest that much time and money into something that ends up being less than was promised.
I’ll stop short of saying the convention was abysmal, however. I felt the panels I was on went well, despite the reduced attendance. I would be reluctant to return as a vendor, but I might consider returning as a program participant/panelist. I made a few good connections, as well. The Undergophers did a great job in the gaming area. If I return next year without the commitments of the Dealer Hall, I will definitely spend more time in the gaming area and maybe even run some games.