Where to begin? I have plenty of experience attending cons as a fan, but this was my first as an exhibitor, and it was amazing. I didn't know what to expect, and was caught off guard again and again by how awesome everyone was. The convention staff were all cool and accomodating. That is huge, especially for us rookies. Our fellow exhibitors were open and helpful, freely offering tips and advice not just for the books, but the booth and our presentation, things we were able to implement from one day to the next.
But wait, there's more!
Pretty much every person we met was great, but none moreso than the folks who wandered by the booth. Sometimes they were interested in the book, which was great, but even if they weren't we were still able to chat and share common interests. It surprised me how many aspiring writers are out there. We've put out three books and I still feel green as grass. It's hard to be concise and still do justice to how much fun I had, how much I learned. The best part of the weekend was meeting people. It was overwhelming.
A huge thanks to Ben, my friend and partner, for taking this chance with me, and to my girlfriend Christina for always being supportive.
And to anyone that had to endure that first day, rambling explanation of Blackjack, I owe you more thanks, because it was rough. Credit Ben with the streamlined version we used Sat and Sunday.