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Seeing the World from Both Oculars-- a Bananaslug's Journal

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World Fantasy Convention
It's not a fan con. It's a business con. You go to WFC, if you write or edit SF and fantasy, because that's where many of the best writers and all the good editors, and many of the good agents go.

It isn't the programming (which this year was crummier than most WFCs) that attracts attendees-- and the price ($150) keeps out the riff raff.

It's the chance to give your elevator speech to the likes of David Hartwell, Tom Doherty, et al.

"Hi, David, I'm Harry Author. I'm sure you don't remember me, but we've chatted before at WFC, Worldcon, (or wherever). I was wondering if you have a few minutes during the con in which I could tell you about my new complete novel, _Wookie and the Cookie_ because I think it would be a really good fit with what you've been publishing this year. When would it be convenient to sit down for ten minutes?"

You can learn more about the business of writing at WFC than almost anyplace else.

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... being held in Saratoga in 2007, right? So, like Worldcon, I'll get to attend it once.

$150? Whoo. Stiff admission. Well, it's worth it for once.

That's the one...I'm going to have a hell of a time justifying a weekend in Saratoga, so I might not be there for once. In 2008, though it is in Calgary, and I can expense it from my day job.

Well worth you going, Rykk.

See ya there.

I learned a great deal. I also had a reasonable amount of fun, and you're right on all counts.

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