LONCON3

Wow!

Okay, you may need a little more than that. I went to LonCon3 at ExCeL in London, which some of you may have noticed was the WorldCon. Yes, that’s the big science fiction convention, still devoted to the written word, where they judge and announce the Hugo Awards.

And I mean, wow!

I am still buzzing. Not just because my publishers, Inspired Quill, put together a great stand with inspired authors and an inspired message, which they did. Not because I sold some books and took a selfie with childhood hero, Robert Silverberg:

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Not even because George RR Martin strolled past while I was working on my laptop and I didn’t even look up (#epicfail).

It was meeting all the conventioneers that made me feel wowish. The incredible diversity, friendliness, passion, knowledge and downright tolerance brought home to me the wonderful community I am trying to write for. Some who stuck in my mind were people I met again in civvies after seeing them in costume the previous day, the American lady who brought me a bag of M&Ms just because and the first ever stranger to tell me they liked my book. At one point I knew I was talking to a physicist, so mentioned that I had worked hard to make the science right. He bought it and then discovered that he works in astrophysics at Harvard. I twitched a little and considered snatching it back from him…

It was great sharing a stand with Sara (the supreme commander of Inspired Quill) and Matthew Munson and Ben Hennessy (fellow authors at IQ). There was a real sense of being in it together and between us we sold a respectable number of books as well as networking and promoting IQ’s social enterprise ethos. Here is a picture of my end of the table:

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Yes, that is a giant gobstopper in the middle of the sweetie solar system. I believe it is the largest one can buy in Ashby de la Zouch – watch out for a future blog where I break it up to see if it really is multi-layered inside. We also noticed that if you line up several of my books in that configuration you can make one big window.

The dénouement of the conference was the Hugo Awards, so I will sign off with this picture of the after-party. Can you see two TARDISs?

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7 comments

  1. Finally winding down after the unpacking and catching up on “normal” (hahahaha) life after WorldCon. My fingers are itching to crack open We Bleed the Same. 🙂 Got my tea, got my biscuits, and away I go!

      1. Got to chapter 20 before I had to stop reading and be sociable. Looking forward to a nice, long, uninterrupted reading session tonight though! (Sometimes insomnia has its good points. 😉 )

  2. I finished your book in less than a week, but I was so thrilled at the ending but then desperately upset as I want more story! You kept your promise to have a complete story with no cliff hanger but oh please write your next book soon 🙂

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. I’m already writing another set in the city of Engalise. It’s not a direct sequel but will link in to the main story soon. Watch out for Agent Pilakin.

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