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A Poll! A Poll! A World Fantasy Poll! [Jul. 25th, 2012|12:52 pm]
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Poll #1856194 The Great WFC 2012 Poll

I might be able to swing World Fantasy in Toronto this fall, despite the cost. But should I?

Yes, World Fantasy is a must for your career!
4(9.8%)
Yes, you have so many friends in the Toronto area that you rarely get to see!
7(17.1%)
Yes, because if you don't no one is going to buy copies of CHASING THE DRAGON, and your Canadian publisher will be very sad.
3(7.3%)
Yes, because when else will you get a chance to sleep on Simon Strantzas' couch?
10(24.4%)
Yes, this would be the perfect time to go to the hospital and get treated for free!
6(14.6%)
No, wait until your agent sells the fantasy trilogy and go when you have something new to promote.
1(2.4%)
No, save your money! The few books you sell won't cover the cost!
3(7.3%)
No, you should only ever go to Toronto when Greg Lamberson is driving you across the border to Marcy & G Italiano's house.
4(9.8%)
It's pronounced "Torrono."
3(7.3%)
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[User Picture]From: burger_eater
2012-07-25 05:12 pm (UTC)
Medical care is only free if you're Canadian.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-25 05:13 pm (UTC)
How dare you, sir? 30 ROCK does not lie!
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[User Picture]From: burger_eater
2012-07-25 05:43 pm (UTC)
To correct myself: I only have experience in BC. Each territory and province does things diferently, I believe.
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[User Picture]From: barbarienne
2012-07-26 04:30 pm (UTC)
At the very least, he should be able to get prescription pharmaceuticals. I'm still fence-sitting regarding WFC, but if go, I'm bringing a prescription for my arthritis medication, which is perfectly legal (generic, even!) in the USA, but currently hard to get.
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[User Picture]From: livia_llewellyn
2012-07-25 05:14 pm (UTC)
Looks like Simon Strantzas is gonna get lucky!!!
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-25 05:25 pm (UTC)
Finally!
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[User Picture]From: dabroots
2012-07-25 05:19 pm (UTC)
When I worked in book publishing, I often exhibited at Book Expo and at dozens of academic conferences. All are crawling with editors, people in marketing, and of course potential readers. I am not familiar with World Fantasy, but Toronto is a great city for book conventions, and I'm assuming from the word "World" in the name that it isn't trying to draw attendees from only Canada. Also, would you be able to sign copies of "Chasing the Dragon" at your publisher's booth? If so, being there and doing so provides excellent visibility, and they might even put your name on a sign or in a convention program. Do it, especially if you have a free sofa to sleep on. While you're there, buy some poutine from a truck that will almost certainly be parked within a block of the convention site.
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-25 05:27 pm (UTC)
Being present at a convention definitely increases the number of your books sold in the dealer's room, especially if you're sitting at your publisher's table. So yes, there's that to consider. Also, I love poutine!
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[User Picture]From: dean_italiano
2012-07-25 07:45 pm (UTC)
And you have to get back into the awesome practice of saying "Eh" all the time!
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[User Picture]From: dean_italiano
2012-07-25 07:45 pm (UTC)
And, Guelph misses you! LMAO!
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-25 07:52 pm (UTC)
And I can finally spend those Canadian Tire dollars!
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[User Picture]From: dean_italiano
2012-07-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
They never expire. :) And I could add some of ours so you could actually have enough to buy something! LOL!
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[User Picture]From: bev_vincent
2012-07-25 07:48 pm (UTC)
I've been to World Fantasy twice, once in Arizona right after The Road to the Dark Tower came out and once in Austin a few years ago. Both times I felt a little lost. I knew hardly anyone, and I'm not exactly in touch with the latest in SF/Fantasy. It's a huge con and much more professional in attitude than World Horror.

Depends on what you hope to get out of the con. I'm not sure that I'd go to another unless it was within driving distance.

Nothing against T-dot or Tee-oh, which is what we non-Torontonians call the city. In polite company.

Edited at 2012-07-25 07:49 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-25 07:54 pm (UTC)
It's much more professional and much better for one's career than World Horror, which is one of the reasons I like World Fantasy so much. And a lot of horror folks go there, too, because there's such a gray area between fantasy and horror. Heck, Peter Straub's going to be in Toronto!
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[User Picture]From: secritcrush
2012-07-25 08:31 pm (UTC)
WFC this year is best described as being "near" rather than "in" Toronto.

Go to Worldcon instead.
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[User Picture]From: dean_italiano
2012-07-25 09:26 pm (UTC)
Richmond Hill or Mississauga are the same "Totonto-style" thing to New Yorkers. LOL! For me in Waterloo, it means more of a pain in the ass drive. :)
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[User Picture]From: strantzas
2012-07-26 01:17 am (UTC)
Guess which one I voted for?
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[User Picture]From: nick_kaufmann
2012-07-26 03:11 am (UTC)
Couch party!
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