This week we’re packing our bags, boxes, and cars for MidSouthCon in Memphis. This is one of my favorite cons, and I can’t wait to get there and see everyone. Joining in the mischief will be Mistress of Sales Rachael Murasaki Ish, looking to start something in the Dealer’s Room as usual, and Editor Anna Branscome, who is smarter than I and will be flying under the radar rather than sitting on panels. We’re all looking forward to all the book-and-writers conversation for which MidSouthCon is rightly known.
Speaking of conversations, I’ve been scheduled into some great ones:
Would You Rather?– Friday, 9 PM
This is a fun one: “a game of literary dilemmas”.
Be a Better Con Guest–Friday, 10 PM
Discussion about how to get on the con circuit and the ins and outs of working with conventions. Believe me, con chairs everywhere will appreciate your making the effort.
How Books Are Born–Saturday, 3 PM
Publishers explain how sausage, er, books, are made.
What Are You Afraid Of?–Saturday, 9 PM
Horror pros talk about what scares them. I try to figure out why I am on the panel.
Pitch It–Sunday, 10:30 AM
Editors and publishers critique writers’ one-minute elevator pitches. The audience is open to anyone, but you must sign up to pitch in advance.
Editor’s Round Table–Sunday, 2 PM
Q&A with publishing industry pros.
Whether you make it to those panels or not, you can find any or all of the Mercury Retrograde crew around the convention, talking with other book lovers, all weekend long: at our booth (or our friends’ booths!) in the Dealers Room, out in the hallways, or in the Hilton’s famous lobby/bar combo. Be sure to stop by and say hello–and don’t forget to ask Anna about Writer’s Rehab.
MidSouthCon will be held March 22-24 at the Hilton Memphis. More details here. Hope to see you there!