Next weekend I’m packing up with some fellow writers and we’re headed up to LibertyCon. For those that are not aware, LibertyCon is a Science Fiction convention in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They have a load of writers that appear each year that hold different panels.
This year’s literary guest of honor will be Brandon Sanderson and the 25th anniversary literary guest of honor is Timothy Zahn. If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you will know that I bring up Sanderson a lot. One of his students actually posted his creative writing course online and it is a wealth of knowledge.
Timothy Zahn, for those that don’t know, has written the best Star Wars trilogy to ever grace the bookshelves. Often called the Thrawn Trilogy, it introduces a villain–Grand Admiral Thrawn–that competes on the awesome scale with Vadar. There are times that I feel Thrawn was more effective and engaging than Vadar.
Needless to say, I’m getting my copies signed by him.
One great aspect of the con is that it is very small (this will be my first year, so this is coming from a friend who has been often). The panels are smaller and more personalized. Brandon is holding a talk on Saturday that I will definitely be there for.
What’s most important, to me, is the networking potential. My friend mentioned that one year he was invited to hang out with a well known author and his publisher. During their conversation they asked my friend what he was writing. He didn’t have anything.
Ouch. What a missed opportunity.
After hearing that story, I made a decision.
I have begun to clean up the first five chapters of my novel. I want to have something with me at the con. Right now I’m not sure how many copies I should have with me. Or if I should just have one and get emails and offer to send it after the convention. Either way, I want to be ready.
Now, I know that for first time authors they would rather your book be done–which I’m very close to being–but I can’t help but feel that showing up with nothing would be worse.
It’s an exciting time and I’m looking forward to next weekend. I’ve been putting in a lot of my extra time and effort to get short stories published and focus on my book. I don’t expect anything spectacular to happen. But I want to be ready in case something does happen.