Posts Tagged ‘science fiction cons’

An Introvert’s Guide to Writing #2

In installment #1, I explained a few things about us introverts. How we are not shy, not ashamed, and not clueless networkers. Or not necessarily.

Today, for the speculative fiction writers out there, I’m going to concentrate on those unusual social events known as science fiction cons. (Why not just call them conventions? I don’t know. They are cons.) How does an introvert negotiate the shoals of these horrifying events? (Of course, they are only horrifying in the hallways and networking events. If you are listening to a panel or workshop, you are home free.) Read More…

Why bother with cons?

I’m going to a science fiction convention in Vancouver. It’s VCon, October 19-21st. We call them cons in the trade, and they are unique to the book world, as far as I can tell. We’ll have panels on topics related to books, writing, science, fandom, and issues related to futurism and the changing world. There’ll be gaming, video, costuming and schmoozing in the bar.

So why go? I meet quite a few aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers who have never been to a con. Lots of beginning writers are oddly reluctant to learn about the industry which they are so keen to be a part of. Let me summarize the arguments: Read More…