Just returned from Fandom Fest in Louisville. That was a fun convention but due to organizational issues, the literary track was seriously under-attended. While there were at least ten thousand people there for the con, the organizers didn’t have a cohesive guide or schedule for any of it and the authors were somewhat shunted off away from the main thoroughfare so that there wasn’t even the possibility of lookee-loos. I mean, a Q&A panel with John Scalzi with ten attendees? Or one with Richard Kadrey with nine? Not to mention my panels.
EDITED TO ADD: I think Stephen Zimmer did a fantastic job putting together a great list of authors and exciting panels. I just think the event organizers sabotaged that through a lack of foresight and planning.
So it was an expensive trip for naught. A wash-out, really. But I met a lot of really great folks, especially Delilah Dawson, Robert A. Palmer and Jonathan Latt. The last two were my boys during the weekend and we hung pretty tight. Robert’s film, People of Earth screened there. It was by far the best film I saw that weekend. I also had the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Maurice Broaddus and Brady Allen.
So, if you didn’t already know, This Dark Earth, released on July 3rd into the wilds of booksellerdom. Feel free to visit this page and get yourself a copy from your preferred vendor. I’ve received ecstatic reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Kirkus. I hope the sales begin to match the praise.
Next week, I’m off to San Diego Comic Con for five days. Hopefully, this convention will yield more results than Fandom Fest. If you’re attending you can check out the panel I’m moderating here and find out how to get to it.
It should be quite fun.
I’m approaching the end to the second novel in my young adult trilogy, Incarcerado. As always, it’s difficult to do all the things I have to do to my characters because, of course, I love them and they’re part of me. On the other hand, I gotta put them through hell.
I’m gonna try and make bloggery more. Hopefully I’ll have some big news in the coming days. It’s possible. Everything is possible.