Some highlights from GenreCon 2012 at The Rydges, Parramatta. (Skip to the end if you want the bullet points.)
First, the disclaimer: I couldn’t be there for the entire weekend of GenreCon. And in hindsight I regret this so much, particularly that I missed out on a discussion of tentacle porn at the Friday night panel hosted by Rosie Courtney from Fangtastic Fiction, as well as some impromptu dancing by some Very Important Publishing People and a Debut Author Who Shall Not Be Named. In this day and age, for that not to be on YouTube is an utter travesty.
Anyway, I arrived just before the Pistols and Parasols Banquet, whereupon I claimed the best unreserved table and put my bag on the seat offering a free copy of Seven Night In A Rogue’s Bed by Anna Campbell. The banquet was a chance for me to catch up, reconnect and meet with book folk. I met Sarah Fairhall, commissioning editor for Destiny Romance, and we had a great chat about the imprint. Most of the attendees were writers or people who work in publishing, but as they’re all readers, too, I felt in very good company.
Kate, the masked editor
(Photo: Kat Mayo)
Kim Wilkins was the banquet MC and she did a fantastic job. I mean, I was really impressed. The format was a lot more informal that the conference dinners I’ve been to—it helped that this was not doubling up as an awards ceremony—but Kim was polished and witty and just delightful, really. She interviewed Escape Publishing acquisitions editor Kate Cuthbert—whose costume was fab, by the way—and Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books.
Sarah also did a ‘live cover snark’ of Australian-themed covers, and if you think you’ve seen hideous covers, I think she went all out for GenreCon. Here are the best of the best (these are all safe for work, but there are worse things than NSFW covers—trust me):
Read the rest of this post.