Conflux, the annual Canberra SFF convention, is happening again in less than two weeks. It’s over the weekend of Friday 3rd to Monday 6th October. It’s always a great con and I haven’t missed one in years. I’ll only be able to make the Saturday and Sunday this year, sadly, but it’s going to be great, and it includes the official Canberra/ACT launch of Bound, once again MCd by the wonderful Margo Lanagan. You can come to the launch even if you’re not a member of Conflux or attending anything else over the weekend, so if you’re in Canberra on Saturday, October 4th at 5.30pm, please come along!
Here’s my schedule:
PLOTTING THE GAME PANEL
2pm Saturday: Our panel discusses good plotting for good gaming! Forest Room 3. Panellists: Alan Baxter, Matthew Farrer, Aidan Doyle, and Rik Lagarto.
BOOK LAUNCH: BOUND (ALEX CAINE #1) BY ALAN BAXTER
5.30pm Saturday: Conflux Registration area. MCd by Margo Lanagan. If you already have Bound, feel free to bring it along to be signed. You can come to the launch even if you’re not a member of Conflux or attending anything else, so if you’re in Canberra on Saturday, October 4th, please come along!
PUBLICITY AND MARKETING PANEL
3.30pm Sunday: Promotion has become increasingly important in today’s publishing industry. Authors in a variety of genres face unique challenges in promoting product especially with the digital landscape of today. Our panel reviews different approaches: working with publicists vs. doing it yourself and methods of promotion (conferences, book launches, book clubs, social media, awards, blogs, events, and other avenues). Forest Room 2. Panellists: Alan Baxter, Phill Berrie (Moderator), Kat Clay and Ingrid Jonach.
CURRENT TRENDS IN BOOK BUSINESS PANEL.
5.30pm Sunday: This century has seen new ways of “doing” book business, from the major publishing house to small and indie press, from print to ebooks. Small press and independent titles are attracting both award and review attention. Panellists have experience with a range of publishing strategies and share their insights. Forest Room 2. Panellists: Alan Baxter, Jack Dann, Alisa Krasnostein and Aimee Lindorff.
I’ll be shooting out in between panels to visit a few bookshops and do some ninja signings, but otherwise, of course, you’ll find me in the bar.
Hope to see you there! All the details about attending are here.