It’s here! MidsouthCon XXX has come and starting tomorrow I’ll be back in a world of people I love. I’ll be standing in the midst of nerds, geeks, misfits and dreamers.
Here are a few expected highlights:
- Literary Guest of Honor Michael Stackpole – For one, he’s written one of my favorite fantasy series, but I’m also excited to experience his “21 Days to a Novel” workshop. A timely word as I begin my first novel. I can’t just talk about it anymore. It’s time to get to work.
- Spending some time with talented friends I don’t often get to see like authors Jackie Gamber and Stephen Zimmer of Seventh Star Press. And I can’t forget seeing my brothers (& sister) of the I.B.B.L., the International Brotherhood of Beards and Leather.
- Walking a small group through the process of creating a system of magic. I’ll share a little more of this later, but it’s a repeat of a meeting I led for my writer’s group with a little more time freedom to work exercises and deepen the experience. It was so fun the first time, I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with!
- Food products I probably shouldn’t be putting in my body, but hey… it’s only one weekend!
- Conversations that would have people either scowling, rolling their eyes or scratching their heads if they were heard in most public places.
Sound like fun to you? There’s still time to join us here in Memphis for the fun. You can get the lowdown at the Con Website.
Now, as I get geared up for yet one more session of training I am cluttered with all the wonderful information available for aspiring authors looking into the world of publishing. Platform is a wonderful word that gets tossed around quite a bit these days. I was reminded by Carlos Whittaker that the best platform is one built on integrity and quality work. It’s no good to develop a great platform image that you can’t back, which in my experience happens quite a bit. I myself was headed down that road putting platform before work. That said… platform is important in marketing today!
The work is coming and I will create the best work I am able to do right now. Once it’s ready, a little bit of platform can help. So, I’m wrestling with the possibilities. It’s become my little online monster. Note that I am not the guy who loves the internet. I don’t have a Twitter account, and Facebook, Google+ and I may go weeks without seeing one another. It is, however, a valuable tool for networking and marketing that I must learn to use. Somehow I’ll have to conquer this monster and tame it to my benefit. I’m interested in your thoughts and experiences.
How are you taming your own online monster?