Readercon retained it’s title as my favorite convention, despite the fact that I was locked up in the Dealer’s Room there for most of the weekend. I sold a lot of books, but not as many as Lisa would have liked (which would have been ALL of them). I, on the other hand, was quite pleased by how well I did there as a dealer and hope to be back next year. I brought primarily Subterranean Press, PS Publishing, Night Shade Books, convention guest’s books, and a big stack of magazines. There didn’t appear to be much overlap with the other dealers.
My strong sellers were books by John Crowley, Catherynne M. Valente and the Prime Codex collection. I sold out of several magazines and I could have easily sold more issues of Apex, Grendlesong, Subterranean, and Andromeda Spaceways if I had them. I also sold several copies of Kay Kenyon’s Bright of the Sky. I totally blanked out at the end of the con and forgot to have her sign the remaining copies. Argh. In the end, I only managed to get four books signed: Prime Codex (signed by many), Blindsight and an ARC of Starfish by Peter Watts, and a first edition paperback of Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard… all now in my personal collection.
I did bring the camera, but kept forgetting that I had it. The few pictures I have have been posted to flickr and they include a shot of Paul Tremblay reading his Clarkesworld Story, “There’s no Light Between Floors“, which I believe is the first con reading of anything we’ve published. I also managed to get a couple of shots of Mary Robinette Kowal’s amazing computer. You have to check out those pictures, but I’m sure you’ve already heard about it somewhere by now.
During the convention, I decided that the Clarkesworld Books website would close at the end of August. The orders are slowing down and I had hoped to have wrapped things up by now. However, I’m still going to have a lot of inventory to sell off, so I’ve made the decision to keep Clarkesworld Books around as a convention-only dealer that will someday just turn into the Wyrm Publishing table.
Now I must get back to catching up on email and orders that came in while I’ve been gone…