Going to conventions is one of my number one parts of publishing. I get to go to panels as well as have intellectual or periodically simply hilarious discussions about aspects of the art of writing as well as the publishing industry. When I just want to sit as well as talk to readers, I can go hang out at the table for my publishing in the vendors area. Then I get to answer questions, sign books, as well as even occasionally help young writers find that spark or even just supply them a nudge in the right direction. I’ve constantly felt that it’s important to supply back to the artistic community as an artist in anyway I can, whether it’s guiding someone back towards the care about of the craft of writing, or simply giving an advice on whether or not a certain agent or publishing beach house is a nice fit for them. The only thing I struggle with at conventions is the blasted Heating as well as A/C system. For whatever reason, the vendors part as well as the panel rooms are constantly set to the temperature of an arctic tundra. Even when they’re packed full of people, it’s still chilly, and myself as well as others have tried asking the staff to adjust the temperature control, however they constantly tell us that it’s beyond their control. What’s the point of having heating as well as air conditioner technology if it doesn’t make people comfortable? The people I was with and I constantly joke that if both of us sold scarves or sweaters with our books, we’d make a killing. I constantly have to remember to pack a nice sweater that looks nice with all of my outfits, so I can still dress professionally as well as remain comfortable.