I am often asked if attending this event is worthwhile financially… and to be bluntly honest with you, I do sell a few books (which helps) and if it were any other Convention I would think twice, but since FCon was my very first event way back in 2000 I have a connection with it and the folks involved and those who attend year-in, year-out.
I don't attend with a view to cover the costs, since I love the weekend away too much – in fact, I think the only time I've covered costs was when Clive Barker and Neil Gaiman attended the Nottingham gig.
I don't have a solid enough memory to write a detailed journal of my five day stay in Brighton – I've even tried selling a copy of To Usher, the Dead today to someone who already purchased a copy last weekend. Embarrassed, me? Yes, very much so. :(
In fact, it is only since attending FCon that I've become more sociable – not that I'm someone whom you could consider a master of conversation, but I try…
Anyway, if you have never attended FCon before then it is easily the friendliest event for convention virgins – and a great place in these days of Facebook friends and Twitter followers to say hello face-to-face and share a drink, many drinks.
Attending FCon for me, though, on a business level is a means of building a shop-front: online sales out-number cold, hard cash… but seeing someone hand-over cash is much more rewarding (and gives me an excuse to exercise my mental arithmetic).
As stated, I've been going to FCon since 2000 and missed three – two one-day events in London and when my nan died – and last weekend was quite possibly the best: drank too much, slept too little, ate great food (just love The Sussex pub) and thoroughly enjoy some wonderful conversation with some great people.
Thanks to those who persevered and waited for my entrance at the To Usher, the Dead launch (and apologies to Gary and Mia for my tardiness) – and equal thanks to those who stopped by the dealer's table.
I would also like to apologise to anyone who caught a glimpse of me dancing on the Saturday night, and to Emily McMahon and her foot who I've just realised I stepped on during "One Step Beyond". :(
No FCon next year (World Fantasy instead) – I've been to a few Cons now and I'm quite apprehensive about WFC (it's huge) – therefore, I'd wait until 2014 for the return of FCon (up north insofar has I am aware) if you are at all intrigued…
Back to the grindstone now – got those Usher pre-orders to post…