World Fantasy is still a whirlwind for me, and I am in definite withdrawal. I will post more reflections on this as I have time to process, but I will say that 30 minutes chatting with Tom Doherty in which he asked "when are you going to send us something," 2 hours chatting with Mike Resnick and being introduced to all of his contacts as well as getting his advice on marketing, publishing, etc., and an hour picking John Joseph Adams' brain on editing definitely justified the cost of the event. Add to that meeting so many wonderful people from my Twitter and Facebook feeds and many new ones as well, just made me feel like a part of a big family and that's really encouraging.
More on the panels later, but they were wonderful, even though there were many I wished I could attend but didn't make it because of balancing sleep, panels, and networking. The parties were fun, the free food unexpected, and the travel smooth. I am so glad I got to go, and I so look forward to the next one.
Thanks to all who helped make the time so enjoyable and productive. Here's some pics of the relative people:
For what it's worth...