Over the weekend of August 1-3, I attended OSFest up in Omaha.
I had to miss last year's OSFest due to nonfiction book events. I had a table in the "dealer room," which this time around was one part of a large ballroom. There was space for live events next to our area, while at the other end were club displays, autograph tables, and the art show. The open layout was good for traffic, and it kept much of the con together.
As for book sales, well, this was my best con so far. I sold 37 books! That beat the old total from last year's ConStellation by a few. I gave out something like two to three dozen of my flyers. I also tested out a method of being able to sell ebooks at events. I'll try selling them for real at the cons I have locally come November, and I'll report on how the system works then.
I met some authors at the con, and picked up a few books. I'll give them a read and let you know what I think of them later.
The only panel I went to was one on Babylon 5 at 20, and that was as an attendee. It was a good panel. I was happy to see that at least a couple of dozen people attended the panel, if not a few more than that. Good to know that there's still plenty of love for B5 after all these years.
The drive up and the drive back home took me to some new highways this time. Because the highway was closed north of Nebraska City, when I got there I diverted to I-29 in Iowa, took that to I-80, and then went to the hotel. On the way back I took I-29 all the way to I-435 in the Kansas City metro; took 435 to I-35; then took I-35 to Emporia. I popped into the bookstore there to check on my books, got lunch, and took the Turnpike home. This was the first time I passed through Iowa in many years. I'm hoping for a bit longer stay in the state soon.
There aren't any other cons on my schedule until November. I will have more books out, perhaps a review or two, and maybe another post or two in addition to those. Until then, take care!