I’m afraid all I can spare this week is the lightest of blog posts, and with only a teaspoonful of actual advice for authors.

Tomorrow morning I leave for the airport at about 5:00 am for a 7:25 flight from Seattle to Los Angeles that should get me in at 9:45. A cab straight to the convention center, and it’s off to the E3 races.

Thankfully I have a full day of meetings, which is the best anyone can expect from E3. It’ll be quite a busy day, and other than two meetings with current client Némopolis, I can’t really tell you what I’m up to or who I’m talking to. But this is going to be a very important set of sit-downs for me, and a wild, full day. That’s ten back-to-back meetings then a cab back to the airport for my 7:25 pm flight back to Seattle, which gets me back on the ground at 10:00, at which point I will be driven home by my wife and carried upstairs to bed to sleep the sleep of the just for the next forty days and forty nights.


If you’re paying your own travel expenses, ask yourself: Do I really need to stay the night?

Go to conventions, even if just for one day, if they’re within a three-hour flight of home.

I’ll let you know next week, assuming I’ve recovered sufficiently, if I still think this is a good idea.


—Philip Athans

About Philip Athans

Philip Athans is the New York Times best-selling author of Annihilation and a dozen other books including The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, and Writing Monsters. His blog, Fantasy Author’s Handbook, (https://fantasyhandbook.wordpress.com/) is updated every Tuesday, and you can follow him on Twitter @PhilAthans.
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