I attended ConCarolinas yesterday with my daughter. It has become somewhat of a tradition for us to attend cons. We shoot for the smaller local cons because they are typically more intimate than some of the bigger ones. We started years ago with MarsCon out of Williamsburg, VA; tried out RavenCon in Richmond, VA; StellarCon in Greensboro, NC; and now have zoned in on ConCarolinas in Charlotte, NC. Now that we live in Charlotte, ConCarolinas is definitely the most convenient to attend.
My daughter likes to cosplay at times and likes to talk to people at the convention, where I am the proverbial stick in the mud. Yes, I’m the author. Yes, I’m supposed to mingle, and meet other authors, and promote my books. Yes, I suck at it.
I always make the rounds and talk to the authors hawking their wares. I typically buy a handful of books from said authors, not the bookstores in the dealer room. I hope they will do the same for me, in the future—next year.
I will be releasing the third book in my trilogy this winter (in time for Christmas), and next year will be the big marketing push to promote the series. I plan to attend as many conventions as possible in 2018. I’ll be the one sitting behind the table watching people walk by and hoping they’ll stop and talk. I won’t lie—I’m a bit apprehensive about it, but excited at the same time.
Stop by and say hi. It won’t matter if you buy a book, I’ll be happy to see you.