The World Fantasy Convention this past weekend in Saratoga Springs was a smashing success. I hadn’t been in Saratoga Springs, New York since 2007, and back then I was publishing Sybil’s Garage and had just published Paper Cities, An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, edited by Ekaterina Sedia, which went on to win the World Fantasy Award the following year. I always have a fantastic time at the World Fantasy Convention, and this was the first con I’ve attended since my first novel King of Shards debuted, so the place has always had a special meaning for me. It didn’t disappoint again this year.
Some of the highlights of the con for me, in no particular order:
- Selling 18 copies of King of Shards at the con (both from my stash and from copies sold in the dealers’ room).
- Reading from King of Shards to an appreciative audience.
- Signing 8 copies of King of Shards in the mass autographing section, and someone whom I didn’t know telling me how he was reading the book and “loving it!”
- A professor at Ithaca College asking me to sign my short story “The Great Game at the End of the World” in the anthology After, and telling me she will be teaching it in her class.
- Meeting Walter Jon Williams and him asking me to inscribe King of Shards for him.
- Throwing a book release party with Rajan Khanna and chatting with all the interesting people who wandered through.
- Hanging out with all the folks from the “JJA Posse,” namely John Joseph Adams, Doug Cohen, Desirina Boskovich, & Chris Cevasco (not present at con: David Barr Kirtley and Matt & Jordan London).
- Talking with Derek Ford, an amazingly talented artist and Jeff Ford’s son.
- Meeting and speaking and hanging out with so many awesome and talented people, whose names are too numerous to list. You know who you are.