I went to a steampunk convention up in Salt Lake yesterday called Salt City Steamfest. I haven’t yet produced any steampunk literature or other art, and I’ll confess it’s not a genre I’m personally into as much as others. I didn’t bring anything to sell, but rather went to get a sense of the convention’s atmosphere, network, and say hello to people I knew. The convention became a fun opportunity to reconnect with friends from my indie network, including Carter Reid, his wife Kelly, Dave Butler, James Wymore, and David West.
Xycher Publishing, who will be incorporating a short story of mine into their upcoming Mr. and Mrs. Myth anthology, had a booth in the premium vendor’s room. I had a chance to meet Penny Freeman, McKenna Gardner, Scott Tarbet, Sarah Hyatt, Aly Grauer, and others from the “X-team,” as they…or rather we call ourselves. They’re a very warm, enthusiastic, and easy-going bunch, and I’m pleased and excited to be associated with them for this project.
(I snagged this picture of myself with Penny Freeman at the Xchyler vendor table from the Xchyler Publishing FB page)
I was also spontaneously invited to be on two panels today. One that Dave and James invited me to ended up having no attendance, so we disbanded. The other panel consisted of seven authors and editors (plus myself) from Xchyler Publishing. As most of the audience’s questions focused on authors’ experiences with the editing procedures at Xchyler, and I have yet to go through them, I didn’t say much on that particular panel. It was, however, such a nice feeling to be included by both my indie associates and my new publisher in these things.
The next event I plan to attend is Salt Lake Comic Con, September 4th-6th. My plan is to certainly be on panels and selling my indie books. I will also be bringing some hand-painted dinosaur jewelry boxes to sell. See you then!