It's been several years since I last attended a convention, but nothing has really been stopping me apart from work. Now that problem has gone away (no job, short life expectancy, still have some savings to use before I die) so I treated myself to another convention. I wasn't expecting much - I'd never heard of the GoH for instance - and tried becoming a dealer for the first time. Great move really - I'm a bit too shy to approach people but when you're a dealer people start talking to YOU!
Firstly, I must say the customer service was some of the best I've ever encountered - I discharged myself from hospital on Thursday to make sure I could attend, against all medical advice. I promptly collapsed within 10 feet of the door and was given a glass of water and a strong coffee to revive me. The staff even moved my 10 boxes of books to the dealer's room for me, which was very welcome given my recent hernia problems. I did have to go to Nottingham Hospital A&E department on the last day but service was so good I didn't ask for a refund on the night I spent in hospital rather than the hotel.
Apologies to Jo Walton - I don't think I even saw her, I only went to one programme item (SFF QI - great item, and I think I helped the audience win) but thoroughly enjoyed my time in the dealers room, catching up with people I haven't seen for years. I even managed to sell Filk books back to the dealer that sold them to me in the first place, at a slight profit! Only sold one cassette though, and that was back to the person that did the type-setting for the covers. Recycling the hard way I guess.
Anyway, I had a lovely time and would recommend it again. Apparently it's in the same place next year, ("Park Inn Hotel, Nottingham"). About the same date. Look for the guy that wears an ISFDB T-Shirt and feel free to buy me a pint of cider. I'll even give you my booklet about using ISFDB - I might even have written the 'EDITING ISFDB' by then.