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you never forget your first Dragon*Con (especially if you blog about it)

Miss Star Trek Universe 2011, Drexy the Tribble, wandered by while I was signing at the Pyr booth. In last year's competition, she performed a Star Trek cover of Lennon's "Imagine".

I’ve been to conventions before. My very first was a Star Trek Creation Convention during high school, and you can probably guess what that was like. In college, my best friend and roommate talked me into going to what I think was the first Xena: The Warrior Princess convention ever, where I was in the minority because I’m actually more of a fan of Hercules. Our university science fiction club and games club hosted the con suite at Lunacon for a couple of years, and since then I’ve been to Readercons (my favorite), Worldcons, World Fantasy conventions, and Wiscons. But none of them are anything like Dragon*Con.

I’m really glad my editor, Lou Anders, convinced me to skip seeing all my friends at Worldcon and attend Dragon*Con instead, as they both overlapped Labor Day weekend (along with PAX). Pyr Books had a large booth at Dragon*Con–the only science fiction and fantasy publisher in the massive, three-ballroom dealer room. It’s a decision that paid off for them, and for me, because there are a lot of enthusiastic readers at the convention who have both the desire to spend large quantities of money and a passion for discovering new books and new authors. So many times I heard someone announce, “Give me a book recommendation!” “I am looking for something new to read!” “I would like to give you cash for your books!” Music to a debut author’s ears.

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enter the Dragon*Con

Right now I’m in beautiful Wisconsin for a novel writers’ workshop/retreat, where I’m workshopping the contemporary YA novel I didn’t quite finish revising in this summer’s Clarion West Write-a-thon. I’m getting a lot of terrific feedback and suggestions from amazing writers that will make it a much better, and probably very different book.

I’m disappointed I can’t go to Worldcon with the rest of these fine folks at the end of the week, but it’s for a very good reason: I will be at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA from Friday, August 31 through Monday, September 3. If you’re in or near Atlanta, I hope we can meet up over the weekend. If you’re at the con, this is where you will find me:

Day/Time Location Event
Fri 8/31
1:00–2:00p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Whitewashing of YA
(YA Lit Track)
2:30–3:30p Hyatt Ballroom: Hyatt Regency V Panel: Pyr Rising
Sat 9/1
11:30–12:30p Marriott Atrium: Marriott A707 Panel: Under the Covers
(YA Lit Track)
1:00–3:00p Hyatt: SFWA Table Hanging out
4:00–5:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
Sun 9/2
1:00–2:00p Booth 709 (Pyr Books)
Marriott Marquis Ballroom
Signing
4:00–5:00p Larry Smith Books Booth Signing (SFWA)

There’s a good chance that whenever I am not otherwise scheduled for an event, I will be hanging out in the Pyr Booth, Booth 709 in the Marriott Marquis Ballroom, so swing by to chat or get a book signed. You can also pick up shiny Fair Coin/Quantum Coin bookmarks there for free, which will be available at Dragon*Con for the first time anywhere. I’ll be happy to sign those for you too.

In the comments below, please let me know if you’ll be at the con and where I can find you!

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