It's been officially announced, so I can share the giddy: I'm going to be one of the featured guests at the first GenreCon in Australia!
The conference is being hosted by the Queensland Writers Centre as part of their Australian Writer's Marketplace program. Their description reads: “a weekend long party and networking opportunity for like-minded writers and publishing professionals united by their love of romance, fantasy, science fiction, crime, young adult, and other sub-genres that have been routinely segregated to their own corner of the bookshop. Genre fiction often gets overlooked at Australian literary festivals, but it’s the source of many of our most enduring stories and it bridges media such as film, games, and comic books in addition to fiction. We’ve started GenreCon to celebrate creators of genre works and the contributions they’ve made to the Australian literary landscape, and to foster the next generation of genre writers as they build their careers.”
The registration is online now, and there's a discount for the first 50 people who register. The student registration is also discounted.
A conference all about genre fiction in Australia? Awesome. I think this is going to be a very cool conference, and I am so excited. When I first received the email about this conference inviting me to attend, I was eating Tim Tams. I plan to bring home a suitcase full from Sydney. (And possibly one or two Wiggles, as souvenirs for my kids.) I hope, if you're in Oz, you'll be at the conference so I can meet you in person – it is very fun to meet people whom you mostly speak with online.