Well, I ended the con the right way. Exhausted, satisfied and wishing I’d done more. I barely got a chance to some friends and pros like Allen Wold, James Maxey, Tom Kratman and Jagi Lamplighter and KT Pinto. I was lucky enough to be on a panel with Gray Rinehart who is both fun and knowledgeable.
My Saturday night panel at 11pm was with Chuck Gannon who was waving around copies of Extremis, most of which had been signed by him and Steve White. Chris Weuve who is a writer and helps keep the magic smoke in the Navy administration joined us as did Duncan Langlois, with the audience we discussed what warfare in the future will look like. From ship to ship combat to fixed instillation and hand to hand combat, very fun panel. Andy Presby was in the audience and chipped in, after the panel several of us stayed in the room and kept yacking for an hour or so.
This morning my panel with Gray we discussed what people liked, were looking for more of, and were sick unto their sixth reincarnation of. One of the things we sidetracked into was the paramount importance of preorders for books. I will go into preordering and why its important in a post or more soon, but for now just go preorder Thistle Down and Extremis from wherever pleases you most.
My last "panel" was a Q&A where interested parties fired off questions about all the stuff an agent does. Someone asked about if it was "worth it" to have an agent. I’ve answered what an agent can and should do, and pointed out that often financially even after the agent takes their cut, many writers will still come out ahead. The survey that supports this is here. And my reasons are in older posts, some of which are highlighed in the memories of my LJ.
I honestly and unreservedly encourage fans, writers, agents, editors, artists everyone to come to Ravencon. For fans they have programming of all types and accessible pros. For beginning writers theres the workshops, for pros the con skews towards literary and not enough people from outside the area come in. Editors and agents might meet the next writer they work with, and for artists, well the art and dealers rooms always have good traffic.
I’m thinking of doing a con in the early part of the year next year (Jan- March) next year outside my local area, as long as it averages 500 or more folks, I’m willing to take suggestions.