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The Writer Writes...WorldCon Bound

In a few days, I will be hitting the road to WorldCon Lone Star Con in San Antonio, Texas.  It is my first time in San Antonio (not my first time in Texas since I have friends there and have been a guest at one con there).

It is a two day drive for me.  I will be taking the southern route through Lousiana since that is the shortest route.  I have my reservations lined up at the various hotels there and back, and I am sorta looking forward to getting out of town (though not the long drive).

I say sorta because I am going to WorldCon, and the only panel I have is my editor's panel because she wants all her attending writers to be on that panel to talk a few minutes about their work (and if you are at WorldCon and come to the panel at 11:00 am Saturday, YDP will be handing out coupons to the audience in attendance that will give them a better discount than the regular Coupons of Great Value we are always handing to people).  I have an autographing session on Sunday at 1:00 pm.  Other than that, I am volunteering some time Friday morning at the SFWA table in the dealer's room (Autographing there at 10:00 am and just telling folks about SFWA afterwards).

Why sorta, you ask?  Well, that is a long drive (nearly 17 hours, which I am dividing into a 10 hour drive and a seven hour drive), and a costly convention for me to attend without getting some paneling.

Professional credits (I have many) aside, I get the bridesmaid treatment.  In fact, I have often said that in the world of publishing, I am always the bridesmaid and never the bride.  I never get GoH even at the small cons.  I am usually an also attending, and only if the concom knows me from previous cons.  Yes, I have fans, but my fans only number in the hundreds, so I apparently don't get talked about much or promoted by word of mouth.

It can get frustrating.  I have 40 years of publishing credits to my name.  That's right.  40+ years, since I was 17 when I made my first professional sale (which means I got paid money up front).  My first fiction sale was a professional sale I made over 25 years ago.  Granted, I seemed to only make one or two sales a year, but as time passed, the numbers increased, and then in 2000, I sold my first novel, published in 2002.  I had an average of nearly a book a year ever after that.  True, mostly small press.  I like small press.  They treat you like a person first and a commodity second.

Large press tends to look at your sales numbers first.  They don't care who you are.  If you don't sell big, they toss you off like yesterday's egg salad.  I know a number of large press authors who have been either forced to take on pen names to get back in the game (which then gives their old name a bit of a boost when the new name is revealed as Old So-in-So) or they have taken matters into their own hands and started self publishing.

So in some ways, I guess it is better not to be the bride.  I sold a short story and a novella this year.  I have submitted several things, so I must be doing something right to keep making sales.

As long as I keep getting fan letters from the few hundred who like my work and want more, I guess I will keep writing.


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Aug. 26th, 2013 12:02 am (UTC)
Guest of honor? What's that?

Seriously, I relate. I have stealth programming, thanks to a new friend, and to Selina. That's it.

I hope to shock the $%^& out of them all this year with bestsellers. Positive thinking....
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