Okay, it was hot in the literary vendor’s room. Let’s get that out of the way first thing — still it was a very enjoyable show in spite of all the bumps, hiccups and Dagger of the Sun moments. The convention crew was really on top of things and the literary track, in particular, was aces!
First thing on Saturday morning, I was on a panel discussing what it takes to write a good short story. Lee Martindale moderated this panel, and I have to say that it was one of the best I’ve been a part of. It was pretty well attended, too and I think the audience got a lot out of it — I know I did.
Later in the evening, I was on a panel discussing e-publishing. This is a topic that is in major flux. I’ve been on several panels on this same subject and each new panel, there’s some new development in the field. Many thanks to Steven Saus for doing a bang-up job at moderating this one — also for some great tips on epub conversion in his book So You Want to Make an E-Book. We didn’t discuss his book directly in the panel, but I looked it over very well when I was working to get a few the Southern Indiana Writers’ anthologies on disk prior to the convention.
All-in-all, it was a great convention and a lot of fun. One of the best things was all the new folks I met. Reconnecting with other friends was just as enjoyable.
This was the first year for the literary track and I have to say it launched beautifully. Yeah, there were snags, but when aren’t there? Any time that many people gather in one place, there will be snafus, but there were remarkably few with FandomFest’s first literary outing. My hat is off to Stephen Zimmer and Nathan Day for keeping things running smoothly all weekend. I’m looking forward to next year, too!