I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while now. For those who don’t know, there’s a big convention held each year called Worldcon. This year it’s located in Melbourne, Australia. That’s my home town! It will be held over the first weekend of September, for five days. Check out the AussieCon4 site for details.
The last time Worldcon was held in Australia was in 1999. I’d had just one short story published and was still looking for a publisher for the Black Magician Trilogy. I had such a fabulous time there, meeting people I admired, talking to other writers and readers of sf, picking up tips at a writing workshop and listening to panels and talks by famous and fascinating people, collecting names of agents, publishers and other important industry bods, getting books signed and spending up big in the dealer’s room on things I couldn’t normally find in local shops.
This time around I’m hoping to be on the other side of the panelist and signing tables, taking the opportunity to talk to readers of my books, and supporting my author friends, both the old hands and those new to the scene – on top of the above list of wonderfulness. And since I won’t have to take a train home… more partying!