There’s a big difference between a 32,000 person anime/Japanese culture convention and a 400 person reader convention and it’s not just the number of people. Mostly, it’s the interests of the people attending. Sure there’s overlap, but for the most part, they’re completely different worlds.
At Otakon, I loved meeting fellow otaku and walking through the crowded Baltimore Convention Center people watching. I watched anime, sat in a workshop to build my very own steampunk ray gun and rocked out to a Japanese Jpop/idol concert. Aside from my panel, I was another scampering fan girl.
At my panel, I was jumping on and off stage, running through a huge audience, giving random hugs and generally being extremely hyper. But, because we only had an hour and had over 500 people, there wasn’t a lot of time for one on one chatting.
At Authors After Dark, I’m a Featured Author focused on making myself available to my readers, meeting new ones, and doing what I can to contribute to the awesome social atmosphere. It’s more intimate and relaxed. There’s a sitting room to get a quiet moment. There’s laid back luncheons. And of course, there’s relaxation time with drinks at the bar. The panels are smaller and much more open to round table discussions.
I look forward to seeing everyone there and hope you’ll say Hi to me. I promise, I don’t bite (at least, not anyone but my boyfriend) and I absolutely love to meet new people.
Even if you’re not attending the entire convention, consider coming to the open to public Book Signing event on Saturday at 2pm.
|PJ’s Schedule at Authors After Dark in New Orleans|
Sexy: “Were” to Draw the Line? 1pm
Reading: Shifters 4pm
Guess the Author by the Sex Scene 5pm
Steampunk Tea 4pm
Booksigning Event 2pm