RavenCon, our local fantasy/science fiction convention, is less than two weeks away and I’m now officially in frenzy mode. This is when I start second-guessing myself. Have I ordered enough books or too many? Will they get here in time? Have I overlooked any authors? Have any signed up so recently that I don’t even know about them and may not be able to get their books in time? Do I have enough volunteers lined up to work the tables so Annie and/or I can occasionally dash to the facilities? Do I have all the supplies I need, pesky little things like sales tickets, pens, calculators, scratch paper, on and on and on? Where the heck am I going to put all these books when they come in, now that I just have a tiny office?
By the way, when I wrote about RavenCon earlier this month, I misspoke by saying this is #4. Actually, it’s #5 and that’s hard to believe.
I’m psyched to meet this year’s Author Guest of Honor, Rachel Caine. I love her books and, besides, she was one of the store’s most popular and best-selling authors. I also appreciate the fact that, except for one trade paperback omnibus, all her books are mass market. In these perilous financial times, that’s a real plus. On top of that, I’ve heard she’s really nice and enjoys her fans.
Nancy Holzner is another author I’m looking forward to meeting. In the very active urban fantasy field, her Deadtown stands out in the crowd and I just wish it had been around when the store was open—we had a bunch of customers who would have loved it, even those who don’t normally like zombies. And heroine Vicky has no tattoos—kudos to the cover artist!!
Seeing some of the other dealers from years past is another thing I’m looking forward to. It’s sort of like we have our own little community. Maybe this year I’ll get around to taking a few pictures. Yeah, uh huh, in my spare time.
And what cool costumes will we see this year? That’s one thing about these cons, people put together some pretty nifty outfits and some of them are downright amazing.
We’ve got a new hotel this year, one that I know will be much better than the last one. Our first abode, Doubletree, was excellent but we outgrew them after two years. The next stop was adequate but they really didn’t know how to handle a con. Close the restaurant at lunchtime? Are you kidding me? The Holiday Inn Koger Center is actually a conference center and I know from conventions in the past that they know what they’re doing.
So you’re coming, aren’t you?