May was a ridiculously busy month for me as an author, since I accidentally booked three different appearances in three different cities. All within a two week period. Luckily, all three were within my home state of Texas and relatively close to each other. It started out with attending the very big Romantic Times Book Lover’s convention in Dallas. Then I got four days of rest (still had to work at the day job) before I headed to the Austin Author Affair. I stayed the weekend there before hightailing it home to attend Comicpalooza in Houston on Memorial Day. So much fun.
Overall, I had GREAT month. I met a lot of new readers, bloggers, and authors that are now on my TBR list. I had a blast at every event, but each of them was very different from the next. Dallas was HUGE, Austin was quite small, and Houston was somewhere in the middle and of a completely different flavor all around. Which did I like the most? It really depends on exactly what we’re talking about.
RT is highly publicized and well known. This was the 32nd year for the event, so there were hundreds of people all over the large hotel. That means I almost never saw the same set of people from one day to the next as I stood in lines or even just walked around. It was a great networking opportunity but also a little overwhelming. I’m not an introvert by any means, and even I had to hide in my hotel room a couple of times just to get away from the constant noise and hubbub of that many people all in one place. As an author, my sales were meh. I sold four of the eight books I had to offer.
AAA was in its first year. All of the participating authors and the promoters worked our tails off to get the word out about it, but there’s no magazine dedicated to the event. Attendance was decent considering it was the first year, and it was storming heavily on the day of the signing. Sales again were meh, I sold three print books and one reader bought my e-book on her phone as we talked. This isn’t the first small con I’ve attended and I like them because of the more intimate setting. I was able to meet a few new people that I encountered more than once, creating a more solid connection than with those at RT who I only spoke to once then maybe saw in passing a few times.
Comicpalooza is in a class by itself. It’s a comic book convention that is attended by cosplayers, authors, actors, musicians, and fans of just about every genre you can think of. It’s a great place to people watch and take photos of complete strangers who have the time and money to put into costumes. I love it! This year I moderated a panel for the first time. It was fun and I had four great authors on my panel. Though that was my only commitment for the event, I still walked around to check things out but didn’t try to sell my books. At my first Comicpalooza I rented a table with two other authors and only sold one book. It’s a place where looks are everything and I think we really needed more to spruce up our table.
So overall, if sales are all you’re interested in then smaller conventions might be best. If networking is your goal then definitely hitter the bigger ones, and visit the bar often. For an overall good time and unique finds, got to a genre based convention like Comicpalooza. But the main thing if you’re an author is: GET OUT THERE. You might think no one knows your name, but I promise someone somewhere is dying to meet you in person.
*Make reading a guilty pleasure ...*
Missy Jane is the alter ego of a married mother of four who was born and raised in Texas. She spends most of her time lost in worlds of her own making, alternately loving and hating such creatures as vampires, shape-shifters, sexy Archangels, and gargoyles (to name a few). When not writing, she spends her time reading, taking photos of her beautiful daughters and training her husband to believe she's always right.
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