Anyone ever think of putting together a con?

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  1. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Good point, Jim: it's important to know what you're trying to get out of it. If you're looking to connect with other writers, I'd suggest seeing if you can get something going at local writing festivals. If you're looking for exposure, target the fan cons.

  2. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Tartra: It's a group of writers--a mixed group of online serial writers and indie self-publishers (ebooks, print).

    http://penandcapesociety.com

    It's most useful to members who are at the point where they're selling their books online--though I have gotten traffic from it to my serial. I've nonetheless gotten more out of it in terms of ebook sales. Previous to joining, I'd sold about $200 at most of Legion of Nothing novels. By contrast, last year I sold $800 worth of ebooks.

    I don't know if that's all Pen and Cape Society, but it's a major difference.

  3. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Dennis, did you at least get to go to Pensacon?

  4. Oniwasabi (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I don't think anyone on WFG has the resources to start a Con (I could be entirely mistaken though) but it might be feasible to get enough of the authors together to do something like a "Web Fiction Guide Serial Panel" at a pre-existing convention. Would still be a lot of organization to try and find a convention that enough of the authors are planning to attend (or able to attend in order to do something like a panel) far enough in advance to work with the Con Staff to get an actual panel scheduled.

    If anyone wants to do the legwork though I'd be happy to try and show up! ^_^

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  5. Madiha N. Santana (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Psycho:

    Nah, I haven't been able to attend any good cons sadly. I've had some opportunities but something always prevents it. Two years ago I could've gone to Megacon but I was sick as a dog and wandering the convention floor in a delusional daze seemed dangerous. Last year my ride broke down on me and I had to get into a fight over the phone with the hotel to cancel our reservations.

    I attended swampcon, which was held at my old university, but that barely counts, it was super tiny.

    This year the finances are looking way too bad to make any attempt.

    Maybe next year I'll give cons a try again.

  6. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I do like the idea of everyone meeting at a convention, even if I wouldn't be able to go. Also kind of stoked that my suggestion got this many people interested when my back was turned.

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  7. t4nky (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Oh, Boston Comic Con is coming up. I don't have any merch, but I might be able to get some by then. Also, even if I don't get a store set up, I would still be happy to work someone's booth. I could come in, assuming I can get tickets, introduce myself, then we can take turns sitting at the booth for however long I'm there.

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  8. Tartra (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Just wanna say that I was at GenCon last year. I think it was their first time having a Writer's Con inside of it, but it was a great experience. Most of the panels were full and speakers were fantastic. There were also some webcomic creators there and at Ottawa'a Comic Con (I'm thinking of Least I Could Do especially) discussing their development strategies.

    Keep in mind that that was very much a 'build the industry from within the industry' shindig rather courting readers, but there's potential to get in on that action one day.

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  9. Billy Higgins Peery (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    Turns out someone held a serial fiction panel super recently: http://www.thekindlechronicles.com/2015/03/16/serialized-fiction-panel-at-sxsw15-live-blog/

    It seems to focus on Kindle Serials, but Jukepop is mentioned, too.

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  10. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I've got some local contacts for getting into writing festivals and similar events here. I would totally be up for organising a panel or a bunch of seminars on serial fiction. However, I'm in Australia, so you guys would have to come visit. Volunteers? ;)

  11. Taulsn (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I'm in the right part of the world Kess, and I have family in Australia I've been meaning to visit. I'm not going to volunteer quite yet, but I would look at the timing if you had potential dates/locations.

  12. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    My contacts are all in Brisbane, so that would be my first port of call.

    Considerations are:
    Brisbane Writers Festival (http://bwf.org.au/), usually early in September. Looks like submissions for this year are closed, though.
    GenreCon, a writer's festival for genre writers (http://www.genrecon.com.au/), end of October. Approximately the worst timing for me, as that's the start of NaNoWriMo. This one only happens every 2 years, I believe.
    Supanova, geek/fan con, every April at the Gold Coast, and November in Brisbane. Could get a table there.

    Given timings, money, and organisation required, I'd probably look at next April's Supanova and maybe putting something together for next year's BWF.

  13. Alexander.Hollins (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    I am on the waiting list for a table for a few local cons, and should I ever get one, I wanted to start up a flyer exchange. My idea was for webcomics and writers I know to draw up a half page flyer, send it to me, maye a couple bucks to run off some prints, and I would throw up flyers on my table for other people I want to promote. When webcomics first started getting tables at cons, it was pretty popular, I think it might be good for a bunch of people to do it at cons (that and, we totally need full page flyers for WFG and TWF that people can scatter around at local cons, heh)

    also, we could always do an online con, with panels run through like, google hangout and such, so that theres an archive of the discussions available.

  14. Psycho Gecko (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    You know, if we could gather the money for it, it might be possible to at least set up a Web Fiction Guide booth at a con. For those who have published, maybe have a few physical copies of books to sell and give people an idea what they may be getting into. Otherwise, have something to show off various serials from those who raised funds to get the booth. It'd be even better if someone could somehow afford to have e-readers bolted down for people to see, but otherwise just some sorts of displays with the name, link to the story, and some sampler.

  15. Kess (Member)

    Posted 4 years ago

    That sounds like a great idea. If I get stuff together for next year's local con and sort out a table, I'll definitely open it up to web fiction bookmarks, flyers, etc. Printed excerpts would be great, so people can take away tasters.

    I love the idea of having an e-reader on the table so people can browse the serials (or WFG!). I don't know what that would mean money-wise (it might be an old laptop), but definitely something I'll keep in mind.

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