I’ve been lazy about promoting myself for a few months now. The posting to FB, advertising, boosting…tweeting (which I suck at), guesting on blogs…applying for the big book advertising places… I just lost interest.
It all just overwhelmed the actual joy of writing. So…I took a break. (I do want to sell books, and get more readers…but I’m uncertain of whether the standard promotional methods work for me. Let’s face it, I don’t write anything that easily fits into normal categories.)
Now, I’ve always loved conventions. As my author bio says, I got to a lot of conventions. Sometimes, as an author, sometimes as a reader, sometimes simply as a spectator. The people at conventions, be they scifi/fantasy cons, romance cons, steampunk cons…or large events like Renaissance Faires, Pirate Festivals – are imaginative, energetic and magnetic. I love the people.
I enjoy just going, just being there. Being at conventions as an author is both scary and wonderful. Scary? Yup. Scary. The fear of being unseen, unheard… well, that can be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
I believe I did well at the Arizona Dreamin’ Convention, this last weekend. I wasn’t perfect, I missed chances to meet more readers and other writers. I let my reticence, regarding a sense of intruding, hold me back sometimes. Too many people I didn’t talk to, didn’t introduce myself to… Too many pictures I didn’t take…
But I did better than if I’d been at one of the massive conventions, like the Romantic Booklovers Convention.
I like promoting in person. Especially at cons, like this smaller con. I’d like to do more. In fact, I’d be happy to make cons my sole means of promotion. Because I’m betting better and will be better at the next. And the next…
Arizona Dreamin’ was an extremely sweet place to learn all this. I want to thank Kris Tualla and Morgan Kearns for putting together the convention. Siobhan Muir for sharing my room, (congrats on the big win!) all those who sat at the table I co-hosted with Deena Remiel…glad you liked The Admiral.
Add the delightful men who competed for the Man of Our Dreams…and all the readers I met…those you enjoyed when I babbled and asked questions…
They’re holding a writing retreat next year, and I know I can learn and benefit from something like this.. I’m not altogether sure what I can offer, but I’m going to work on coming up with something – because this is a convention I want to be part of.
Ever been to a convention? Would you consider going to one? If you do attend cons, do you look to meet authors you know, or new ones?