Monday, July 25, 2011
More Tales from the Road: Comic-Con
For me, Comic-con was another opportunity to realize how incredibly lucky I am as a debut author. Did I meet other debut authors there? No. I met some very talented and hardworking authors who earned their way by producing several great books for their publishers. It is really humbling. And my publisher, Gallery Books, and in particularly editor Ed Schlesinger, gave me another wonderful day, getting me on a panel and hosting an in-booth signing.
So it was a great opportunity to learn the business by watching the pros, including Scott Westerfeld, a featured guest at Comic-con, whom I got to see when he dropped by the booth. He has this complete ease about him that most of us can only hope to achieve some day.
My only regret is that I was sick going in: I had a bout of vertigo which is disconcerting, especially in crowds or where there's lots of movement. Which Comic-con has in spades, along with food & drink that was as pricey as it is in Europe ($4 bottle of water! $3 cookies!) But I wouldn't have missed this for anything.
Next stop: Squaw Valley Conference of Writers in August.