This year’s Archon was a bit different for us. While we were there for the third year in a row as press (thanks again, Byron), it was the first year that we were on panels and sitting behind the table.
Being on a panel gives one a whole other perspective on a convention. People expect things of you. You should be prepared. Of course, preparation means different things to different people.
I was on three panels: one on editing, and two social media and promotion (which could have been combined). Charlie was on a panel on what Hollywood got wrong in the John Carter movie.
The Good: Generally good content; Informative and positive feedback from the panelists.
The Bad: Nerves; Self-conciousness; Fear that I wasn’t prepared. (I only found out that I was going to be a panelist three days before the convention.)
Overall: Enjoyable; I had fun and look forward to doing it again.
My first panel was on editing. It was at 10:00 am on Friday, one of the first panels of the convention. I am a beta reader for several authors, but I never thought of myself as an editor. However, as the panel progressed, several authors agreed that the beta reading is an important part of the editing process. I have found errors in several works that I’ve beta read that got by the “editors”, including a couple of paragraphs that were missing from a “final” draft that had to be reinserted. The other panelists made me feel welcomed, and that I had something to contribute.
Do you like going to panels? What are panels that would like to see at the next Archon?
AM Copyright October, 2012; Moral rights asserted worldwide.
Co-written and edited by Charlie Kenmore