I’m all set up as attending as an author for RT and RAGT. I plan on selling and signing copies of the anthologies at RT (I’ll let people know My Sunny Vampire is available electronically--not that I can sign a copy) and haven’t exactly decided what I’ll do at RAGT (hopefully I’ll hear from the publicist from my publisher so I can figure out what I CAN do before the deadline to submit books has come). And while I usually attend DC for fun and writing information, this year I actually put in an application to be a Guest.
Aack! What was I thinking??
Just filling out the application unnerved me. Am I expecting them to pay my transportation there? Or my lodging? (Uhh…no, but heck, wouldn’t THAT be something?) Do I have an assistant I want to accompany me? (While my daughter would love nothing more than to brag about that, I didn’t list anyone.) They cap the Guest spots at 400. I’m sure I’ll be way down at the bottom, added only if they haven’t reached their limit. Heck, I’m not even sure WHAT I would do. I was just kind of looking to be on a panel. And maybe get a special badge! And maybe…you know…get reimbursed my membership fee.
So if I don’t get picked, no biggie. If I do…yeah, that’s when I’ll start freaking out. But hey, I gotta get used to doing the uncomfortable if I hope to have any chance at being a success at this writing thing.
So…are you attending any conventions this year? Let me tell you, I’m so glad I attended them BEFORE I became published. Sure does take some of the stress off, since I’m going in knowing what they’re like.