I finally did it. I went to my first science fiction convention, LepreCon 27, in Scottsdale, Arizona, and had a great time. (To see some pictures of LepreCon 27, go to http://www.CreativeCauldron.com/leprecon.shtml)
I found out that people at scifi conventions are different from people at any of other writer's or artist's conventions that I have attended. At writer's and artist's events, people are there mainly to learn. They treat event like a mini-school. While at a scifi con, main emphasis is on having fun. With a video room showing movies and TV shows, a gaming room for computer and board games, a Con Suite where people can meet, eat and have a good time. And don't forget closing event, Squirt Gun Fight.
Don't get me wrong, there was a lot there for writers and artists to learn, but Fun is King. The Con had many good panels, in fact, I was on three of them. It was at these panels where I learned some very interesting, and possible disturbing facts, for genre writers, and writers in general.
I gleaned this information while talking with several writers, including: · Michael Stackpole - He's written over twenty five books, including Battle Tech and Star Wars novels, plus many original works. · Jennifer Roberson - She's had over twenty published novels, thirteen of which were best-selling fantasy novels. · John Vornholt - Who has over thirty published books, two of which were Star Trek: TNG. · Emily Devenport - With over fifteen published books and numerous short stories. · Ernest Hogan - Who has numerous published short stories, some of which have been recommended for Hugo and Nebula Awards.
While talking with them I learned some valuable information. For writers in general, I found out that: · Publishing houses spend little or no money to market bulk of their authors. · About 80% of books published never make back their advance. · Advances are getting smaller.
For genre writers, you should know that: · Fantasy outsells science fiction 10 to 1.