Going to conventions is a single of my number one parts of publishing. I get to go to panels as well as have intellectual or sometimes simply hilarious discussions about aspects of the art of writing plus the publishing industry. When I just want to kneel 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 regularly felt that it’s crucial 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 home is a great fit for them. The only thing I struggle with at conventions is the blasted Heating, Ventilation, as well as A/C system. For whatever reason, the vendors section as well as the panel rooms are regularly set to the temperature of an arctic tundra. Even when they’re packed full of people, it’s still cold! Myself as well as others have tried asking the staff to adjust the temperature control, however they regularly tell us that it’s beyond their control. What’s the point of having heating as well as a/c technology if it doesn’t make people comfortable? The people I was with and I regularly joke that if all of us sold scarves or sweaters with our books, we’d make a killing. I regularly have to remember to pack a nice sweater that looks great with all of my outfits, so I can still dress professionally as well as remain comfortable.