I’m writing to express my dismay at not being invited to participate in the Literature track this year.
I have been part of the Author’s track for five years, sitting on panels with Catherine Asaro, Michelle Lang and Paolo Bacigalupi; moderating panels with Liz Williams and John Norman; and demonstrating how to start and run a face-to-face critique group.
Up until now, my publication record had been scant, but nobody seemed to mind because I was considered entertaining in front of an audience. This year, though, I have a book coming out. I scheduled the launch to coincide with I-Con because I figured it was a given that my hometown convention would want to share in my success.
But my name was not submitted in proper fashion by the new Literature track leader, despite my repeated and timely requests. And I was not informed that I would not be considered a program participant until after online membership registration was closed. As much as I enjoy I-Con, I am not going to stand in that two-hour line on Friday night. In fact, I am considering skipping it altogether this year.
I’m not looking to freeload. Yes, It’s nice to have my membership fee waived, but each year I’ve brought family and paid full-freight for them. I’ve also been known to blow a couple hundred bucks a year in the dealer room.
All I can say is that I’m disappointed with this outcome, disappointed for the disorganization and communication breakdown that led to it (assuming the best of motives from everyone), and can’t help but feel slighted on a personal level.
I do hope we can continue in future in our usual collegial manner.