If you haven't been and you are an avid reader or a writer of lesfic, you need to be at this Con. GCLS encompasses all of the publishing houses, and tons of indie writers. One of my favorite things about it is that I get to see all of my friends - BSB or other - and it's the best time.
Panels cover hot topics, writers read from their latest books or WIPs, and you can hang out and talk to anyone. It's very friendly and I have the best time. You will, too.
Last year it was in Vegas. A lot has happened since then. I've met some really sweet readers and new writers and I'm excited to be a part of their growth within our community. Turns out, with 5 years' experience under my belt, I'm now a veteran. I remember my first GCLS. I couldn't have felt more a part of something than I did when I became a member. You will have all the good feels, too.
Talk to everybody. We all have name tags, and for the most part, we're just as shy as you are.
Attend some of the panels & readings. You might have never heard of some readers before and if you meet them or hear them read, you'll end up with more reading material. I promise.
Get involved. Make yourself available. The quickest way is to volunteer for GCLS. They always need help - including CHECKING IN authors and readers at the Con. How cool would it be to meet your favorite writer right there as you hand them their check in materials?!?!? I fan girled so hard my first GCLS ... and I still do.
Bid on the silent auction materials. It's to raise money for GCLS - so a great cause. Plus if I don't have anybody bidding on my basket o' goodies, I'm going to be distraught. We don't want that!
Buy us things. Just kidding! Buy our books. We'll have our latest books available tor sale and we'll sign them for you. There's a signing on Saturday afternoon, but I won't be there for it. So if you want my signature, please find me Wed-Sat morning.
HAVE A GOOD TIME! That's the most important thing. You'll leave the Con with a phone full of numbers and love in your heart. I felt like I finally belong to something. i found my people at GCLS and I've been so happy. I have friends all over the world now because of GCLS - some I text with daily.
Don't forget to find me and say hi. I appreciate it when readers work up the nerve to introduce themselves to me. We're in this together!!