Anyone ever think of putting together a con?

2 years ago | t4nky (Member)

I was just thinking: one of the best ways to interact with an audience is to throw together a convention. If there are a small group in the same region (for example, I'm in Massachusetts, which, for those of you who don't know is in the United States) we could just see if a local library would let us meet up together and talk shop. Once we meet face-to-face, we could then see about going further. Maybe WebFicCon 2025 would be in the cards?

I don't know, this might just be a crazy idea. But it would still be an awesome thing to happen even if I end up never being able to make it.

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  1. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    What would your goal be, exactly? Cons are expensive and a nightmare to organize. Also, I don't think people would show up to a convention featuring something or someone they don't know. Cons probably work best for people with already existing large fanbases, and even then the benefit is questionable, imho.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  2. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Eh, just any kind of gathering of us irl would be cool. Maybe what I really want is some kind of writer's group.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
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  3. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    The chances of any of us living anywhere near you are probably pretty small. You might have better luck asking around in your area or doing some research online. Or try Reddit (r/writing), it has like 146'000 active users as opposed to WFG's... 20-30?

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  4. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I *wondered* why there were so few posts here. I guess this means give Reddit a try, even though it scares me.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
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  5. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    That'd be pretty darn difficult. I mean, Wildbow's one of the ones with a lot of draw, and he's in Canada. He's not the only one of us outside the U.S., and it'd be hard enough flying everyone to one spot just from the U.S.

    I mean, we don't really have the star power or anything to draw any sort of general audience, greatly limiting potential attendees, and we're known for providing stuff for free, so I don't know what we'd do for vendors. Most importantly, you know writers would be ducking out to get updates done.

  6. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Psycho Gecko I guess. I just want to get out of the house. Still, if it could work, it would be really cool.

    "An uneducated man may rob a rail car. An educated man can steal the railway."
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  7. alex5927 (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Good idea in theory, but we would just end up with another ball pit. #neverforget

  8. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    Everyone's in Canada. Come to Canada! Join us!

    Seriously though, I'm all for building a bigger community of serial writers. We've got a good foundation here, but it's not as active as Reddit (which I am all freaking over :D) or Scribophile or KBoards... It is, however, the most (only?) serial focused community I've heard of.

    Let's sort ourselves out first. Let's try to ramp up participation here. I like you guys, and I know of you, but I don't know any of you to any actual detail. I'd very much like to change that, learning what makes all of you tick and getting better acquainted with your works.

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.
  9. Taulsn (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    It might be possible for a group of us to meet at an established Con of some kind. As others have been saying to have our own we would need a much larger community first. If anyone does want to do a meet up at a Con I would be interested, provided enough of us could make it.

  10. Chrysalis (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I highly suspect most of us couldn't afford the money / time investment. But if we could strengthen the online community feeling, I'd be all for it.

    Anathema, a web serial about the effect superpowers would have on our world. http://anathemaserial.wordpress.com/
  11. Dennis N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I live in the middle of the woods in Florida. My only ball pit is an alligator pit. Instead of shame, it brings pain...

    You could try to organize an "online con" with webinar events and such, but I don't know how much that would appeal to anyone.

  12. Kess (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    As a suggestion, a lot of cons have writer tables. I'm thinking the geeky cons (Comic Con, etc, and its smaller cousins). A purely webfic con would be hard to pull off, but a webfic table at a bigger con? Completely do-able. Club together with other writers to share the table and its costs, and expose yourselves* to a big audience.

    If you get in touch with the con organisers, particularly for smaller cons, you might even be able to put together a panel discussion about webfic writing.

    Also worth considering writing or reading festivals for the same things.

    * Your writing. Expose your writing. Most cons have rules against exposing yourself.

  13. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 2 years ago

    I think you might want to think about what your goals are here:

    1. To meet people face to face.

    vs.

    2. To promote your work to an audience and actually have a chance of interacting with them. Plus promoting web fiction as a format for fiction.

    They're two different things that overlap. With regards to the first, it sounds fun, but I know I have a limited travel budget, and I'm more likely to use it to take my kids camping. Mind you, I still want to meet people, but given how far flung we all are, it's not really workable.

    Now, with regards to the second possibility, I'd like to echo Kess. A web fiction con won't happen any time soon (though who knows? Wildbow might be able to swing a "Worm" con.). That said, if people were going to rent a booth at a con and sell books/merchandise/promote web fiction, it would be worth sending promotional items along. Printing bookmarks through Vistaprint is pretty cheap, for example.

    Pen and Cape Society has done that a couple times. We're hoping to do it more.

    The funny thing is teaming up to rent a booth with someone relatively nearby would almost certainly help satisfy a bit of the urge to meet people IRL.

  14. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 2 years ago

    @Jim - So what's the Pen and Cape Society? I've heard the name a bunch of times, but I figured it was another serial you working on (like L.o.N).

    The Other Kind of Roommate — Like Fight Club meets X-Men meets The Matrix meets Superbad.

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