So looking at my schedule, it looks like I might be able to go to a singular convention sometime in the next six months or so. I went to the World Fantasy Convention 2009 in San Jose, California last Halloween and had a great time. Of course, I was also within driving distance of that convention. This time, I contemplating either the Mile High Convention 42 in Denver, Colorado from 22-24 October or the World Fantasy Convention 2010 in Columbus, Ohio from 28-31 October. I thought about attempting to go to the World Science Fiction Convention 2010 in Melbourne, Australia from 02-06 September, but realized that I simply did not have enough time to properly plan that.
I really enjoyed my time at the World Fantasy Convention last year. I met a lot of amazing people, sat in on some very informative panels, and learned quite a bit about marketing and publishing. There are a lot of people in the Seton Hill University’s MFA in Writing Popular Fiction that will also be there and it has the potential to be kind of like a mini-residency. It would also be a prime time for me to start pitching Accept Fire and Blood for real, because my full and completed thesis is due 27 October. That means I would have a finished novel, ready for publication in hand and waiting for the right person to swoop down and pick it up.
I also enjoy visiting Denver, even though I’ve already been there once this year. The Mile High Convention looks like it will be more like a cross between the World Fantasy Convention and the San Diego Comic Convention. There is even a costume contest, though I’m not sure how that works out. There are also a lot of local Colorado authors that I would get a chance to meet, and that could be a very rewarding experience.
There are pros and cons to both sides, of course, but at this point, I think I’m leaning more towards the World Fantasy Convention 2010, simply because I know a lot of people who will be there, I know it’s a great place to network, I could conceivably be picked up by an agent / editor / publisher, and there are tons of free books.