Monday, October 8, 2012

Writer's Resources - CONVENTIONS

If you are planning on pursuing writing as a serious occupation, make sure that you utilize all the best resources available, including the precious in-person relationships that can be developed at national writers' conferences or conventions.

This is your chance to meet agents, editors, publishers, peers, and (perhaps surprisingly) even fans! The first time someone I didn't know brought a book to me to sign and said they enjoyed my work (heart be stilled!) was at a convention.

Besides the in-person networking, you may be able to pitch your projects to decision-makers, and attend (or participate) in panel discussions, workshops, and other seminars in order to hone your craft. Besides the business opportunities, Con's are also just a great time to have fun with like-minded people over the course of one-to-four days.

Here are some of the better, or larger conventions, or those that particularly interest me, my interest being: horror, genre fiction, science fiction, fantasy, and associated sub-genres; these are listed in absolutely no order at all: (Thrillerfest) - New York City, yearly (Book Expo America) - New York City, yearly (World Horror Convention) - Rotates cities in North America, yearly (World Fantasy) - Rotates cities in North America, yearly (ArmadilloCon) - Austin, TX, yearly (Necon) - Rhode Island, yearly (Anthocon) - New Hampshire, yearly (Killercon) - Las Vegas, NV, yearly (L.A. Festival of Books) - Los Angeles, yearly (Pacific Northwest Sci-Fi & Fantasy Convention) - Seattle, WA, yearly (FantasyCon) - England, yearly (Stoker Weekend) - Rotates cities in North America, yearly (Readercon) - Massachusetts, yearly (Mid Southcon) - Tennessee, yearly (Bizarro Con) - Portland, OR, yearly (HorrorFind Weekend) - Gettysburg, PA, yearly (Horror in Indiana) - Indianapolis, IN - yearly (TusCON) - Tuscon, AZ - yearly (Mile High Con) - Denver, CO - yearly

In addition, here is a link that lists another SIXTY conventions related to horror, fantasy, science fiction, film, etc. around the country.

Need more reasons to attend a Con? Read some great advice by Susan Denney at Writing-World:
Hope this helps, and keep writing!