Thursday, June 08, 2006

change of plans

today i got an email from thrillerfest publicity saying i would have to bring my own books to the conference because they have too many books to handle and deal with. i can kind of understand how they might be overwhelmed, but there's no way i'm dragging 100 books on an airplane with me.
that and the early sunday morning panel have me thinking I'll stay home and save myself a huge expense and headache. hate to change plans at such a late date, but signs are pointing to don't go. i do feel they should have informed people of the situation two or three months ago.


i think it's too late to get my money back for the conference, but i'm looking into possibly transferring the registration to someone else. stay tuned.

or maybe somebody could go as me. preferably a female, but i'll consider a male.

35 comments:

stay_c said...

Does you plan include airfare? I mean, I'm close enough to MN that I could do it :)

anne frasier said...

no airfare. :D i'll use my ticket for something else. looks like i might get part of the registration fee back.
would have been funny as hell if somebody picked up my registration and wore my nametag around. :D

jamie ford said...

Bummer.

I think you should just invest in a stunt-double. Would come in handy for those conferences where you really want to sleep in late, but need someone there signing books.

bekbek said...

I am neither thrilling nor festive. Otherwise, I'd be at your disposal. And what a great excuse to dye my hair!

anne frasier said...

jamie, i've fantasized about doing that for years. wouldn't even have to be a double if i never leave the house! nobody would know what i looked like. i could actually go to my own panel and sit in the audienced while "anne frasier" has people laughing their asses off.

anne frasier said...

come on, bekbek. go and be a younger, much cooler me.

Jeff said...

Too bad it's gone from "ThrillerFEST" to "ThrillerPEST for you.

anne frasier said...

jeff: hehe

which i can easily turn into a bitchfest. :D

Sandra Ruttan said...

Come to BoucherCon instead! At least we can have a drink there! (And I must say, shouldn't panelists be given some consideration, given they pay to participate?)

anne frasier said...

woo-hoo. got a refund.

emeraldcite said...

you could get konrath to pay both himself and you.

anne frasier said...

sandra, yes. it's an extremely shitty thing to do. having the books there is the small thank you for author participation.

anne frasier said...

emeraldcite: he might have to! i'm the second person to drop from the panel. he might be playing everybody at this rate!

emeraldcite said...

lol. oddly enough, I think he could pull this off.

Something tells me he wouldn't mind a panel to himself.

angie said...

Dammit!!! I was really looking forward to meeting you. I'm really, really bummed, but I can see why you'd decide to pass. Sorry it turned into a no-go...what a drag. *heavy sigh*

And dear god, what a hellacious word verification: gnzbwgub? What kind of madness is this?!

anne frasier said...

emeraldcite: yeah, i think joe would do just fine. :D

angie: i'm sorry about that too. i was really looking forward to meeting you. :(


word verification: tutmat

wtf? :D

anne frasier said...

ack. the more i think about this, the more annoying it is. they're basically saying yeah, you can spend a thousand bucks to come to our conference and speak on a panel, but you aren't good enough for the book room. you aren't going to make us enough money.

i still have my room reservation and plane ticket. the ultimate protest would be to go and just hang out in the bar. :D

Bailey Stewart said...

That's the spirit - have a few drinks on them and a mini-vacation in the process.

And then you could still meet Angie.

Kelly Parra said...

I think that's kinda low too. I haven't heard of con where they tell you to bring your own books, especially when your speaking on a panel.

If you do decide to go at least you got out of the panel. hehe ;D

Stephen Blackmoore said...

I'm sorry to hear you won't be there. I was really hoping to meet you in person.

I can understand, of course. Never discount the Pain In The Ass factor. Aside from the crappy attitude from them, is the problem the transporting of the books or getting them in the first place?

Is shipping an option? I'll be driving out there from Los Angeles, and have a backseat I can shove boxes into if that's any help.

anne frasier said...

it is a shitty thing for them to do. they should have the books there whether they think they will sell 200 copies or none. could be because my book are paperbacks. some people don't think of them as legitimate books.

eve: the vacaction aspect is tempting, but i would probably be pissed off the whole time. :D

kelly: you're so right about the panel thing. :D

anne frasier said...

stephen, that's nice of you to offer, but for me this incident tends to confirm and solidify some feelings i've had about ITW for quite some time. i don't want to go into those issues here when i'm pissed off, but if someone is spending a thousand dollars to go to a conference and speak on a panel, the organization should have the books even if the writer is unknown and not a single copy of her book sells. if they'd said they were running short of space -- please pick one book for the book room -- i would have understood, but to be weeded out as a potential poor sell -- that's horrible and something i can't just overlook.

angie said...

Yeah, I can totally see your point. I can only hope that this idiocy will be remedied next time around (I'm inclined to give the con a little slack because it's their first year). Totally sucks ass, but (my inner Pollyanna pops out) something cool usually comes out of the unexpected shit turns. 'Course, I don't always get to see what the good stuff is, but I try to convince myself it's true. I'd thought about the book shipping thing too, as I live in AZ.

Oh, vell. I'll yust have to meet da Minnesotan anudder time. (My not so guido version of a Scandinavian accent!)

anne frasier said...

angie: lol!

you betcha. :D uffda is also a big one. ;)
well one good thing is i'll save about a thousand bucks!

andres said...

hola
mi nombre es teo moreno, no hablo inglés pero quiero saludarte y decirte que traduzco tu página y me interesa leerla
un abrazo

emeraldcite said...

spam in espanol.

angie said...

Um...I don't think so. Roughly translated, he's saying he doesn't speak English, but he wants to say hello and that he finds this page interesting to read. (I say roughly - I'm sure there's other better transl. folks out there. I fuck up my verb tenses a lot.)

anne frasier said...

hola, andres!
welcome to my blog. :)

emeraldcite and angie: angie, i think you're close. i recognize a few word, then ran it through babelfish. i think your translation is much better:

hello my name is teo colored person, I do not speak English but I want saludarte and decirte that I translate your page and interests to me to read it a hug.

i hope you visit again, adres. this will be fun. :)

anne frasier said...

oops. "my name is teo moreno"

so hola, teo.
your blogs look very interesting!

angie said...

Look at you - you're international now!!! Babelfish cracks me up - it really hates the pronoun at the end of the verb thing. It freaks out & won't translate the verb, leaving some pretty weird gaps.

anne frasier said...

i do like the way you can use babel to translate the whole blog page. that's pretty cool. teo (andres) has a blog called MY DEAR DEATH. very rich and evocative poetry.

Bailey Stewart said...

I got as far as Angie. It's been years since I've spoken any kind of Spanish. (I'm in Texas - what other foreign language would you think I took in school - if I'd grown up in Iowa like my siblings I would have taken French) I have a hard enough time speaking midwestern/southern. LOL

emeraldcite said...

Ah, I haven't taken spanish in years. When I scanned it, I thought he was inviting you to go see his page.

Didn't catch this word: traduzco.

My mistake. I take back the spam. :)

anne frasier said...

i did too at first, emeraldcite.
i'll bet he has specific words on automatic search -- like death -- and my blog came up.

anne frasier said...

eve: i went to high school in new mexico and had friends whose parents didn't speak much english, but remember very little spanish. use it or lose it i guess.