Sometimes I ask myself… Side quest much?
Yes! Whew! Two Cons in the bag and they were back-to-back. Am I tired? You better believe I am. Was it worth it? Every minute of it.
First off, I must give huge props out to WhimsyCon 2021 and Mile Hi Con 2021 for making a newcomer feel welcome. An enormous thank you to the staff and the volunteers to both Cons for a fun time! Two Cons with completely different focuses for me.
WhimsyCon was my first Con being on Author Panels and it was exciting, nerve wracking and a huge learning experience. I was very particular about the panels I chose to be on and luckily, I was put on panels with seasoned pros like Vennessa Robertson, Michael Kilman, Mike Cervantes, Lyndsie Clark and Stace Johnson and others!
Considering how nervous I was up to the point that the panel, each panel started, I think I did pretty well! I had a couple minor hiccups on the “About Me” portion of one, but smooth sailing on the rest! I’m not sure if this works for other people but focusing directly on the questions and the person asking while using my ‘outside’ voice definitely worked for me.
Mile Hi Con was my first time running an Author Table. I was all set for this back in 2020, but the world exploded and um… yeah, everything was delayed a bit. Set up was quick and easy. I thought I’d be nervous the whole time, but I wasn’t!
I got to talk to a lot of potential readers about my story, my characters and what drove me to write. I also got to speak with other authors (Jason Henry Evans, Lou J. Berger, Jim Henderson, and J.D. Jorissen, to name a few!) about the craft, swapped lessons we’d learned about the Con process and where we might come across each other again.
Oh, by the way, I had an amazing table mate, Alison Kimble, author of Strange Gods (you should check it out). She killed it at the Con panels and I can’t wait to read her book!
And now time to breathe…