29th October 2014 - Armageddon
Armageddon in Auckland was the first show I've been to as an author. It was, in a way, exactly what I expected, and in other ways quite surprising. I was really taken aback by the number of people packing the main halls - each and every day they came in their thousands and looking down from the exhibitors' lounge you could see the ebb and flow, the people behind the stalls working to feed the mob and relieve it of its cash.
On the other hand there was the little side hall that we were in. The crowds there were thinner - remarkably so. I suspect that some show goers were not even aware that we were there. Most of the folks who came into our little space drifted blank faced past us, not interested in the least in the books we had to sell.
I should point out that there were a handful of New Zealand fantasy and SciFi authors at our stall, and you'll find links to their pages at the bottom of this piece. Most of us, however, were not especially well known. Never the less we did manage to sell quite a few books over the three and a half days.
To those who did stop and speak with us - thanks. To those who stopped and bought - a special thanks. I really hope that you enjoy your reading and for those of you who bought a copy of The Seventh Friend - I'd love to hear back from you what you thought of it. Special thanks also to Andrew and Evan - it was great to see you guys there, and to Yoni (I hope the photo comes out) and Stacey who came back on the last day as promised.
I also got a kick out of the costume and weapon stalls and all the people who took the trouble to dress up and parade around the show. Some of you were amazing, some were funny, and others I just couldn't work out at all. I saw everything from daleks to trolls, from Sailor Moon to Daenerys Targaryen. I wish I'd taken my camera.
Terry Brooks was there for a few hours each day, just opposite and to the left of us, signing books for fans. He seemed to be enjoying it, and the fans were too. He was probably one of the main reasons we saw as much traffic as we did.
So that was Armageddon. Now we have to work out what we could do better next time, and with a bit of luck I'll see some of you there.
Other New Zealand Authors appearing at the SpecFicNZ stand were: