Heading to a SciFi Con - Advice?

Created almost 2 years ago by Rochelle Campbell with 6 comments
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Batten003 web400px Robert Batten · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
Hi @Rochelle Campbell ,
Sorry I saw this too late to offer advice. However, I’m working on an article about working conventions. I attended my first one recently as well, and have some other authors here answering questions for me. I’d love to get your input on the experience too if you are willing to share — you’ll get credit in the article and I’ll provide links to social profiles or book pages of yours. Let me know if you would be interested.


Cats were gods egypt Rochelle Campbell · Author · added almost 2 years ago
ICON32 is awesome! I am loving the vibe, the people and the cosplay costumes! So many original characters as well as ones created and put on the big & little screens.




And, I’m selling some books, too. :-)

I might be hooked...

Cats were gods egypt Rochelle Campbell · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
Thanks Jane & Luke! At ICON32 and feeling much less nervous! Here I am at the booth. Made my first sale, too!


Img 2511 Jane-Holly Meissner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 2 likes
I’ve never been to a con as a vendor (YET) but we do have a few authors here who have - @Rick Heinz@Jamison Stone ... I’m sure there are others. Hopefully they will pop in and give some advice. :D Good luck!
Img 20160806 023915 Luke Fellner · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
Best of luck at I-CON 32, one good thing to know is to always smile, even if someone says no or insults your book. Image and presentation is a big deal and as long as you look friendly people usually won’t have a hard time listening to a sell. 
Cats were gods egypt Rochelle Campbell · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 3 likes
Hi Inksharers,
I am pretty new to this platform and am bumbling about (trying not to step on toes!) while trying to learn and understand how this all works.  In the process, I’ve watched Donna Fung’s videos.  Laughed & drank along with the good trio from Drinkshares.  And, most of all, read lots of posts about crowdfunding do’s and do not’s.

Somehow in all of this, I gathered that crowdfunding a book is a lot of hard work and one needs exposure.  Without much thinking, I decided to vend at I-CON 32 happening this coming weekend in Brentwood, Long Island.

I have my sales tax ID number.  I had a banner made.  I have copies of my books to sell.  I have a few t-shirts to sell and maybe I’ll raffle off one, or two.  I have some flyers for my books and I just finished designing bookmarks for my scifi book of short stories, and Fury From Hell, my book that’s currently in funding mode.  But it feels  like I’m missing something (other than an elevator pitch for each of my books...)

I would love any advice you can share about your experiences with attending/vending at genre conventions such as this: http://blog.iconsf.org/.

Also, if you have some flyers you want me to take, let me know!  I can print some and hand out for you.  If you’re in the NYC area, I can pick up flyers from you.  Or, if you’d like me to have some of your books on the table, let me know that, too.