I know I’ve been a tad bit quiet lately, but rest assure that things are moving behind the scenes. #RustCity17 is just a little over 4 months away and I’m starting to piece everything together. Here’s a quick update, if you’re curious to know what is going on.
The #RustCity16 Indie Bookstore was a great success and will be returning for #RustCity17. Rhonda and Helen will once again be running the “store” and they’re already working on a few changes. We’re hoping to have a little better layout & signage, but if there’s anything else anyone can think of – just let us know.
One big change will be the payment system. Last year, payment was based on what the author would accept; with 40+ authors, this ended up being more complicated than it needed to be. So this year we’re simplifying the process by having one payment system and letting me worry about getting the money to the authors.
For the uninitiated, the Indie Bookstore is for those authors where the event bookseller is unable to order their books through their ordering system. Meaning if BAM can’t carry it, then the Indie Bookstore will.
I’m doing meals differently this year. Instead of having the 2 lunches/meals, I’m doing a ConSuite instead. My local SF/F cons do these and I honestly love them. I also think it will work out better timing wise as well.
If you’re unfamiliar with the ConSuite setup, the basic idea is free food. It’s simple, easy to prepare food & snacks, but it’s available all day long (conditionally). There will be sandwich makings – meat, cheese, condiments, etc – and I’m going to try and do hot dogs as well. This way Rust City will have every meal available to the attendees; and people can drop in, grab something and go if they need to or hang out. There will be a supply of beverages as well.
If someone wants more than just a sandwich, or whatever is available, there are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance as well as one within the hotel. I’m hoping this option makes it a little more budget friendly for everyone – you can come for #RustCity17 and not have to worry about meals – myself included.
Every con has to have a swag alley, right? Of course there will be one at #RustCity17 as well. Space is available to all attendees, but if someone is unable to attend, they can snag a spot via our promotional opportunities.
On a more shameless self promotion angle, I’m working on a new batch of paper #RustCity17 swag – if anyone would like some to take with them anywhere, send me an email at rustcitybookcon @gmail.com and I’ll send you some. *grin*
I’m slowly gathering up topics for this year’s programming and plan to have a schedule up by July 1st. I’m hoping to include a lot more games in this year’s programming, and already have a few to include, so expect a lot of hilarious author interaction. If anyone is going to the Reader Author Get Together in June, I will be doing a trial run of two of the games in the Blogger Lounge. I’m thinking they will be phenomenal as panels, but sometimes what I envision doesn’t always pan out. *grin*
A few other topics will include:
- What Readers Need to Know about Editors and Publishers (Writer Workshop with Rue Allyn and CEOEditor)
- Reel Romance (trivia game based on movies, particularly romance movies, with Donna MacMeans)
- Lady Jane’s Salon Raleigh-Durham, Rust City Edition (with Deb Marlowe & Ava Stone)
- Improv Flash Fiction
- YA: Balancing Fun and Fundamental
I’m still working on topics, so if there is a particular topic you would like to see covered, let me know!
I’m sure there’s more I could share, but I’m going to stop here. If you want to hear more, stick around, or come hang out with us in August. *grin*