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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Sun Aug 28, 2011 1:35 am

Hi Lexie. I'm a regular at Otakon and led a panel there this past July attended by over 500 (crazy panel!). I also attend AnimeBoston, New York Comic Con and several others.

You'll find Authors After Dark to be a smaller, more intimate convention. The only lines to worry about would be for the Book Signing and not anywhere near as long as the usual cons you attend. This con is about meeting your favorite authors and spending time with friends, old and new, so it is much more laid back and relaxing. Feel free to bring your favorite books to be signed by authors in attendance or buy them on site for signing. Also, be ready to get a lot of new books, swag and fun giveaways. AAD hooks you up with the l00t. Many attendees end up shipping boxes of stuff home.

Hope to see you there!
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Sun Aug 28, 2011 2:40 am

Hey PJ -

Oiy some of the panels were insane this year at Otakon. I attended only a couple, but I really think they need to think about spacing 'cause this year capped out somewhere around 32K attendees and it was massively crowded (as usual). For the record I adore Boston (I went there for an author signing the day before Otakon) and its possibly my favorite city on Earth if only because my allergies didn't try to kill me while there!

Ah see that is my favorite word 'smaller'. At least in this instance. I have a thing about...crowds....so I tend to get overwhelmed (w00t social anxieties!). Oh have no fear I will have books. And books to buy. And authors to (not creepily) stalk and well l00t and swag are two of the best words for a fangirl to hear.

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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:11 pm

Definitely reader friendly atmosphere.
No huge lines like at RT.
Goodies for all!
You will have a great time! king queen
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:05 pm

AAD is like getting together for a sleepover with friends you didn't know you had in a lot of ways.

Also, there are authors. Sometimes they are standing around chatting with you and you don't realize it until you see their nametag. Everyone is just there to have fun.

Which makes it a lot more fun for everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:59 pm

That is very true.
I was chatting with a lady and I saw her name tag.
It was Alexandra Ivy. I said, I love your books.
All the authors I've met were great, no egos just ordinary people.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:23 pm

Heh with how tongue-tied I get around authors I suspect I'll be doing my very best to just keep a head on straight XD Thankfully I can only recognize a few on sight, so that'll make it easier for me!
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:25 am

Lexie,
You may have a few 'Fan girl' moments. I've had my share at AAD. Just this year I had to push my fan girl giddyness when I saw Larissa Ione walk out onto the patio for our Con Welcome, and realized the poor thing was practically shaking she was so nervous about speaking in front of everyone. I took the time to just talk to her and remind her that she wouldn't need to say much, and everyone sitting at the tables are just huge book geeks, nothing more. After she smiled, said "I relate well with geeks.", then walked away I giggled to myself as butterflies fluttered in my stomach, knowing I just talked with one of my favorite authors. Very Happy
And one of the even better parts of AAD, is finding new authors to give a try by meeting them around the Con. I've made some great new friends at the con, author and reader alike.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:46 am

y'all have some sort of like Emergency Fainting Crew on hand right? Just looking at the prelim list of authors and I'm wondering in the world I'll ever be able to get past 'I loved in this book when this character did this to that character!'

and oh yeah I'm hoping to find new authors to obsess over and love Very Happy (ps: I love your pic Miss Mindy)
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:54 am

LOL Lexie. I'm sure if one of us staffers sees you going down while we are flying by on some task, we will stop to keep you from hitting the ground. Wink

Thanks, A friend of mine is a professional photographer and demanded we do a shoot when she saw my Steampunk costume.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 7:48 pm

Just saying HEY to all the AAD virgins out there. If you need anything give me a shout!! 2012 will be my 3rd AAD.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:53 pm

XD Well hopefully my fainting doesn't occur during the staffers own fangirl moments. I don't want to stand in another's way!
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:49 pm

LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:12 am

Maybe the staff should pack smelling salts! LOL!
Just for emergencies!
You do get butterflies when you see and chat with a favorite author.
I did!
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:47 pm

Smelling salts....check!
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:28 pm

Miss Mindy wrote:
Smelling salts....check!

I think that is an easy item to fill.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 1:39 pm

For the veterans among us, what type of swag has been popular in the past? I have a limited budget so I'd rather not be heading home with a box full of pens that no one wants...or glow in the dark condoms with my name on them. Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 2:22 pm

I personally like getting note pads and pens. I also love chap stick. I use all of these items. Trading cards and bookmarks are fun as well. Some authors doll up the bookmarks with beads and small charms which is an awesome touch. Including sweets is an attention getter. If you need any help with design and/or printing give me a shout dear.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 6:20 pm

welcome Ann
I like the pens, sticky notes, and the trade cards are the new thing, I believe.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 7:07 pm

as a reader & first-time con goer: the trade cards sound like an awesome idea! lol
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:31 pm

Sweet! I have romance trading cards already printed out for my various books, so I'll be sure to bring them. Smile Glad to hear that pens are still a good item, and I like the idea of chap stick but I just worry about it melting in that heat.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Mon Sep 19, 2011 8:32 pm

wouldn't want that to melt all over.
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Tue Sep 20, 2011 11:50 am

I leave a chap stick in the car all summer. No problems. Have even washed and dried one. Was miss-shaped but not liquified LOL
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Wed Sep 21, 2011 6:51 pm

interesting
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Sat Sep 24, 2011 11:03 am

AAD 2012 is my first con! I'm an author and super excited to be a part of this. I'm nervous though. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Con Virgins in General -> FAQ   Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:37 pm

Welcome Lacie.
Glad you can join us.
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