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Weekend Report

So the state of Michigan government shutdown basically lasted from midnight last night until about five am. Which means I slept in an hour or so this morning, then ended up coming in to work. It gave me a little chance to recover from Context though, which was nice.

The weekend was wonderful. On Friday I left in the morning, and I stopped at 7 or 8 bookstores on the way down to Columbus. They all allowed me to sign my books, and I think I signed a total of about 50 by the time I got to the convention. At one store, I was signing stock near the register while chatting with the woman who worked there, and we actually sold five books just in the few minutes I was standing there. Woo hoo!

I also discovered copies of Goblin Quest that appear to be from a second printing. They included a full listing of all three goblin books in the front, and Goblin War hadn't even been sold when Quest first came out. More good news, and I hadn't even started the convention yet!

The convention itself was just fun. I didn't get a chance to talk to Tom Smith, so sadly, I don't have an MP3 of The Song of Jig. But we'll try again later. And I did get to catch his concert, which was a blast. I also hung out with tons of people I either knew in person, knew from online, or didn't know before this weekend. (And I owe one of them money from lunch on Sunday, because I'm an idiot and forgot my wallet. D'oh!)

Panels were a blast, though I felt out of place on a few. I was up with some darker fantasy writers on the "How to kill a character" panel, which was interesting. I write a lot of happy stuff, so I don't kill too many characters. Others ... well, let's just say everyone writes different stuff and leave it at that. But I had a good time, and I thought the panel went well. They all did, really. I kept busy, but I enjoyed myself the whole time.

You'll notice I'm not doing the namedropping thing. I want to, because there were so many awesome people at this thing. But I'd end up with a LJ entry that's twice as long, and I know I'd leave someone out because I'm a bonehead, and then I'd feel guilty. Suffice it to say, while it wasn't a huge convention, it was packed with fun people, and I wish I'd had more time to spend with everyone.

Larry Smith, bookseller extraordinaire, had brought a good stack of goblin books which were displayed in the Dealer's Room, and all of which sold out by the end of the weekend. Score!

The hotel itself was a little annoying. Everything was up on the sixth floor, except for the readings which were down on five. So only two people made it to hear me read from The Stepsister Scheme. But that's okay ... I read for two, and we had a good chat.

I was crashing with some friends about 45 minutes outside of Columbus, which was also nice. I haven't seen them as much as I'd like, so it was a great little bonus to be able to catch up with them.

And then I came home to the news that "Sister of the Hedge" earned an honorable mention in the latest Year's Best Fantasy. Life is good.

You know the best part? According to the IRS, this weekend was work, and I can deduct it all from my taxes. Suckers!!!


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Oct. 1st, 2007 05:47 pm (UTC)
Your reading was better than mine. Only the other author showed, so I let him read since I didn't learn about it until midnight Thursday. :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry I missed yours - when was it?

Readings at conventions seem to be very hit-or-miss. Having them on a different floor, with the room number not listed in the schedule, probably didn't help matters. And I know a few of them got juggled to accomodate Tim Powers' schedule.

My first reading at Conclave was made up of my wife and the author who had just finished his reading and felt sorry for me :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:01 pm (UTC)
"Reading" was at 1pm Saturday. And I emphasize "reading" because I let the other author (that older gentleman, John Dalmas) take up the entire time. Seemed the most courteous thing to do.
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC)
Nice of you to not fight him for the audience :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:07 pm (UTC)
It was so nice meeting you. And Yay honorable mention!!!
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks, and likewise! I'm keeping my fingers crossed that DAW likes your book :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 06:41 pm (UTC)
Yeah good conventions.
Yeah third printings.
Yeah selling out of stock.
Yeah people covering the bill.
Yeah honorable mentions.
Yeah tax deductions and sleeping in!
Oct. 1st, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Seconded on all counts. :D
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Grin. Thanks to you both!
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Oct. 1st, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
You too, Heidi! And thank you! :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 08:38 pm (UTC)
Seriously? We need some cons up closer to me*. I'd actually brave the crowds if they had any decent (read: that I like) authors there. Unfortunately, everyone around here is willing to drive hundreds of miles and stay in hotels.

*Closer to me being somewhere around the Cleveland-Youngstown, OH-Erie, PA triangle. Of course, everything is always dependent on finances, but I'd bust my tail just to go if I could. Unfortunately, this does not seem likely.
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:32 pm (UTC)
This one was about 250 miles for me, which is on the outer edge of my "willing to drive" range. I remain in awe of Tom Smith, who drove from Michigan to a Texas con...

We used to have one in my town, a five-minute drive from the house. It was wonderful! So of course they moved it.
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
See, I cannot spend more than an hour, to an hour and a half in the car. I get crabby. Add in having to deal with crowds and driving just isn't for me. So, the Cleveland-Youngstown-Erie triangle is really about as far as I dare. Namely because I can never get anyone to go with me!
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:22 pm (UTC)
" I was up with some darker fantasy writers on the "How to kill a character" panel, which was interesting. I write a lot of happy stuff, so I don't kill too many characters."

Yeah, but you had the best "when you kill off a favorite character your readers get mad" story. :)
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It's always good when my messed-up college relationships can be put to good use on a panel :-)
Oct. 1st, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Hi Jim. :) Nice to meet you this weekend. I will be tracking down a copy of GQ and spreading it around the game folk where possible. Sorry that your reading was sparse -- I definitely would have gone if I'd realized you were reading, but there was a lot of parallel scheduling (which meant a lot of good stuff, which was -- good!), so I really only made it to one other actual con event (besides the Apex party) outside of the panels I was on and Gary Braunbeck's workshop. But I would have liked to hear you read.
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
Hi Erin! It was good to meet you, too. I definitely enjoyed hearing your thoughts on gaming and story and such.

And I know what you mean ... there were a lot of things I would have loved to attend if I could have cloned myself a few times.
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:19 pm (UTC)
I also discovered copies of Goblin Quest that appear to be from a second printing.

-->To know what printing a book is:

1. Go to the copyright page.
2. Look down near the bottom of the page.
3. You will see a little row of numbers.
4. The rightmost number should be the printing number. (allowing for different publishers doiing some funny things)

Not all publishers do this, but most do, because it's useful for us to know what printing we're looking at when we look something up in a shelf copy.
Oct. 1st, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
Yup -- someone taught me that trick Friday night, but it was too late for me to go back to the store and verify it.

Today I got the copies DAW shipped me to make up for some I had mailed out to reviewers and such, and these were also from the second printing. The number row confirms it.

And now is the time on LJ when we dance :-)
Oct. 2nd, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Sounds like a great weekend!
Oct. 2nd, 2007 01:43 am (UTC)
That's great news about the second printing - another vital step on the ladder o' success!
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