Unlike most authors, I’m not an introvert. I like people, and I like interacting with them in reality, as opposed to only in my head.
My first career was in marketing. And, unlike most promotions, sales, and marketing people, I loved trade shows. I loved attending them, and I loved working them. Apparently I have Carnival Huckster in my blood, because I enjoy getting people to come over and look at and/or buy something they originally had no interest in. (This has served me remarkably well in my current career, too.)
Therefore, this should shock no one when I say that I love going to conventions. I go to all kinds — big, medium, and small.
Why to Con?
Lots of reasons, really. Exposure, though, is the number 1. My first con as a published author was San Diego Comic-Con. I was on a panel, did a signing, had my books in the bookstore. Not only was it fun, it helped me get onto the local con circuit much faster than I could have without the SDCC Bump. At cons you have an opportunity to reach tens to thousands of readers who, until this very con, didn’t know you or your bookie wookies existed. Hard to beat that kind of exposure. (more…)Read More...