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Penguicon report II

In my earlier report I forgot to mention the coolest thing that happened at the convention!

Angie Fox arranged for me to have a complimentary table to display books and do signing etc. (thanks again, Angie!) I spent a lot of the convention at the table because people kept coming up to chat.

On Saturday, a man in an Ox costume came up to the table with a box in one hoof and a clipboard in the other. He silently handed me the clipboard; on it were names of various nifty guests and places for them to sign. Not having the faintest idea what was going, I put my initials by my name. The Ox Man then handed me the box, which had my name on the top.

"What's in the box?" Gary asked.

At this point I was flashing on the movie Se7en. The silent Ox Man made a "continue" motion with his hooves.

"I think you're supposed to open it," Gary prompted.

So, with terror in my heart, I opened the mystery box.

Inside was a stuffed toy badger with little Xs for eyes and a handmade toe tag.

image courtesy ACME Delivery
(image above courtesy vakkotaur)

Best. Guest gift. Evar! I laughed long and hard.

Another cool gift we got was a souvenir wooden blank bullet from Romania, courtesy of Michael Z. Williamson. He told us that his supplier says these wooden bullets are used to minimize target shooters' lead exposure, but of course that's a fabrication: clearly wooden Romanian bullets are ammunition against vampires!

The next day the Ox Man came by out of costume and I gave him a copy of Installing Linux on a Dead Badger.

I must have signed at least 30 copies of the book during the course of the convention. While I was in a panel, some guy came by the table and lectured Gary that we'd made "a terrible mistake" having ILDB "traditionally published" and that if I'd had any sense I should have self-published the book.


Pete at CGP gave me all the control I wanted over the project, and since project control is cited as the main advantage of self-publishing, we can scratch that off the list.

What other advantage would I have had if I'd self-published? Oh, right. I'd have had to pay for printing and artwork and copy-editing and everything else that Pete and co. have taken care of. And I would have had to beg and plead reviewers to accept the book, and have most of them shut the door in my face. That'd be all kinds of advantageous, wouldn't it?

The guy who lectured Gary on the evils of traditional publishing clearly thought we'd wasted time on a lengthy editorial process. Yep, guilty as charged: the book took me a couple of years to put together because I wanted most of the stories to go through the magazine editing process and to get some reader feedback before I wrote follow-up stories. Me and my silly desire for quality control!

The parties Saturday night were a lot of fun, although Gary and I were too tired to stay up terribly late (and also the architecture of the 3rd floor of the hotel was strange and gave us vertigo). We ran into author Anne Harris on her way to the roving Pirate Party, had a pleasant-but-brief chat with her, and we saw Tobias Buckell at a distance.

On a final note, here's a video montage that timeshredder made of the convention; you can see me and Gary for about 1.5 seconds ;-)



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Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
Shame on you, wasting all that time on things like editing and proofreading and making sure the final project looked professional. Seriously, what were you thinking?
Apr. 22nd, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I know! I'm a nut.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:29 pm (UTC)
As long as you're not planning to correct the mistake with SPELLBENT, we're fine.

Apr. 22nd, 2008 05:36 pm (UTC)
Perish the thought ;-)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 06:22 pm (UTC)
1. Ok, the Acme Ox & the people arranging the gifts are my absolute heroes. That is SO COOL.

2. Self-publishey-lecturey-guy: OH FOR FUCK'S SAKE ALREADY.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
ACME had many co-conspirators this year. They came up with many good ideas. I am not aware of all the specifics, but the con staff is full of neat folks with good ideas. Molly, etain, is probably the one to either thank or pass along the thanks for this particular delivery idea.
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Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Here's a photo of the STAKE rounds. Michael Z. Williamson had ACME deliver them to Sarah Hoyt at LibertyCon 20 in 2007.

The ACME Delivery Products Page now has an entry (look under Specialty) going to a page showing the unfortunate badger.

Apr. 22nd, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the link! I posted the photo in the journal entry -- I hope you don't mind.
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Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:37 pm (UTC)
aw, shucks.

Also -- being called "traditional publisher" is a huge boost. :) Makes me warm and fuzzy.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 08:43 pm (UTC)
I thought you might be cheered by that ;-)
Apr. 22nd, 2008 09:02 pm (UTC)
Lmao, that's a great gift. XD How creative, too.

The guy who was so pro-self-publishing? Wha? How is that a benefit toward you in any way? Yeah, I get that you have more control over promotion, but who would want to deal with that one their own? Unless you have connections out the wazoo, that's a little ridiculous.

Glad you had fun, though. That looks like a fun convention.
Apr. 22nd, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
re: the pro self-publishing thing: writers who self-publish get so much criticism (much justified, some not) from various corners that they feel compelled to defend their decision to do it. And so you'll see a fair number of self-published writers beating the Self Publishing Is Great And You Can Do It Too! drum. People hear these stories along with the isolated success stories (like Eragon) and then they totally buy the notion that "traditional" publishing is stuffy and passé and the evil editors are keepin' the little guy down etc.

But, yes, it was a fun convention :)
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Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
That Badger is cool beyond description. I hope you have it displayed in a prominant place In fact, It could make a good icon for you.

Can't wait to see it!
Apr. 22nd, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
It's still packed, but will be coming out this evening :)

0olong did make a USB zombie badger in honor of my book, but I've only seen pictures so far.
Apr. 24th, 2008 12:45 am (UTC)
I heart your dead badger. :)
Apr. 25th, 2008 02:16 am (UTC)
May. 1st, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
I posted this on the Penguicon LJ community, but in case you didn't see it there, the ACME Delivery Penguicon 2008 gallery is up now. If you're interested (or just bored?) there is some backstory to things in this LJ post.
May. 1st, 2008 10:37 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links!
May. 2nd, 2008 11:11 pm (UTC)

that badger is indeed the best gift ever (although a head woulda been kinda funny too...hey, at least it wouldn't have been Gary's! >_>)
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