WFC 2009 extends a big thank you to the United States Postal Service! Rina Weisman, Vice Chair and Publisher Liaison of WFC 2009, would like to also personally thank My Wright, Jill Argaki, Jocelyn Wang, and Indy Deol of the USPS. With their help, expertise, patience, good humor, and time, they helped over 166 customers send more than 400 packages everywhere in the world, totalling over 5,600 lbs and over $5,000 in revenue. Without this service, many people might have been forced to leave their bookbags full of wonderful books at the convention! Kudos to their team for a job well done. We’ll be passing details of the arrangement on to the WFC 2010 committee so that they may be able to repeat the setup next year in Columbus.
Still more last-minute memberships from people who are unable to attend continue to be posted at the WFC LiveJournal community. It’s still not to late to get a membership!
The latest from Weather.com has backed off on the shower warnings for the weekend. They still show a 20% chance of rain, but that’s a vast improvement on the 60% they were showing last time we checked.
With the convention only days away, posts about it are starting to appear on Twitter. You can see what people are saying about us via our Twitter Tracker. If you want your tweets to be included, don’t forget to use the #wfc2009 hashtag.
Welcome Fly by Night Books to our Dealers’ Room. That’s 34 dealers confirmed as we come down to the wire.
The World Fantasy Convention 2009 would like to thank the following publishers and individuals who have generously donated their time, energy and materials:
Albedo One / Bob Neilson
Asimov’s / Analog / Sheila Williams
Baen Books / Laura Haywood-Cory & Jim Minz
Blind Eye Books / Nicole Kimberling
Centipede Press / Jerad Walters
Clarkesworld / Neil Clarke
Disney Worldwide Publishing / Jennifer Corcoran
F & SF / Gordon Van Gelder
HarperCollins / Diana Gill
Library of America / Brian McCarthy
Locus Magazine / Liza Trombi & Amelia Beamer
MonkeyBrain Books / Chris Roberson & Allison Baker
Night Shade Books / Jeremy Lassen
No Media Kings / Jim Munroe
Offspring Press / Donna Rankin
Omnidawn Publishing / Rusty Morrison
Orbit Books / Jack Womack
other magazine / Charlie Jane Anders
PM Press / Ramsey Kanaan & Craig O’Hara
Paizo Publishing / Erik Mona
Penguin/Viking/Firebird / Sharyn November
Quirk Books / Melissa Monachello
Random House / Elizabeth Zajac
Realms of Fantasy / Warren Lapine
Simon & Schuster/Pocket Books/Juno Books / Paula Guran
SLG Publishing / Dan Vado
Small Beer Press / Kelly Link & Gavin Grant (and Ursula!)
Tachyon Publications / Jacob Weisman
The Fabulist / Josh Wilson
Tor Books / David Hartwell
Viz Media LLC / Leslie Davisson & Nick Mamatas
Weird Tales / Stephen Segal & Ann VanderMeer
Wildside/Prime / John Betancourt & Sean Wallace
Thanks also to: Peter Halasz, Isobelle Carmody, Deanna & Peter, Andrea Fender, Kelsey Nencheck, Erica Feldon, The Menke Group, Variety Children’s Charity of Northern California, Borderlands Books, and ImageX.
Progress Report 2 is at the printer and we expect to have it in the mail by October 9. You can download a copy of the PR from our Publications Page.
As the convention nears, will be publishing a lot of information on the web site. We’d love you to check with us regularly, but obviously you are all very busy people so you may not have time. Fortunately there are other options.
If such things are all gobbledigook to you and you’d prefer to get updates by email, you can do that via an RSS to email service such as Feed My Inbox. Just enter that feed address and your email address and they’ll send you email when we update the site. They only send one email a day, so you won’t get inundated if things get busy here.
Finally our web site is configured to have a friendly interface on mobile devices such as the iPhone. You don’t get the full site menu, but you can search sites by category. So, for example, if you ask for all of the tourism posts you’ll get the one we just made, and you’ll be able to tap through to the local attractions page and the local area map.
If you have any questions about using the site, please let us know.
Trying to carry home all of those books and pieces of artwork you bought can be a lot of hassle and expense, especially with the airlines charging ever more to carry extra luggage. Why not save yourself a lot of time and trouble and mail your stuff home directly from the convention?
We are pleased to announce that the US Postal Service will establish a satellite postal station at the convention on Saturday and Sunday, and will provide Media Mail, First Class, and Priority Mail service. Insurance and customs forms will also be provided.
For those wishing to ship stuff home via FedEx or UPS, the hotel maintains a business center with those services. (There is also a FedEx Office and UPS Store within a few blocks of the hotel.) The convention will also have a “box farm” with plenty of sturdy cardboard boxes to see your purchases safely home. Hours for the USPS station will be posted at the convention.
Are you planning on hosting a hospitality function at World Fantasy Con, such as a book launch for an author or a celebration of one of our Guests of Honor? If so, please read the information about hosting Hospitality Events. In particular, if you do not have a suite booked for the 19th or 20th floors, you cannot host an event in your room; also, if you have not heard from Rina Weisman about your event, the event is not booked, and you need to contact her at email@example.com.
We plan to publish a list of scheduled and confirmed hospitality functions on the web site soon.