I'm a new horror author who isn't plugged into the community, and I'm trying to change that by crawling out of my shell and interacting with other humans. While this isn't my first post here, I really haven't made any connections with anyone here yet, so hello everyone.
I'm aware of Scares that Care and StokerCon, but what exactly goes on at these conventions? Is it vendor tables, learning sessions, or more of a party atmosphere? Readers, authors, publishers? All of the above? Are there other conventions I should be aware of as a writer? Would you say attending conventions is advantageous? (define that as you please)
Given the cost and the time away from work, I guess I'm asking for some information about attending these events. Why do you go? What do you get out of it?
Conventions can be good for meeting people and networking. I used to attend several each year. You'll meet readers, writers, and editors. There are parties. There are panels. There are authors reading their work to an audience. There are dealer's rooms where you can buy books, comics, movies, t-shirts, posters, jewelry and more. There's usually an art show where you can see cool stuff (and buy originals or prints if you like). They can be a lot of fun, and it's good to have friends in the community. I recommend attending a few of them to see what you think. You'll save a fortune in travel and hotel expenses if you start with a local convention. And remember that the best conversations are usually in the bar.
Post by Jeremy Megargee on Jan 12, 2023 3:41:16 GMT
Scares that Care Authorcon is the main one I go to. For me, it feels like being around my tribe. Writers, readers, and horror fanatics that I relate to. You get to talk about mutual loves and obsessions, and you're meeting people left & right that are just as passionate about literature as you are. I made countless friends tabling there last year, and I look forward to meeting even more this year.
I'm a huge introvert, so the social marathon can be draining, but it's so worth it. You make connections, you sell books, you have fun...it's a great vibe.
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