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Breaking Even

And now we’re back from Ancient City Con and, in case you missed the tweets or facebook updates: Jacksonville was very welcoming to What to Feed Your Raiding Party!

Our table ready to go at Ancient City Con
All ready on Day 1 of Ancient City Con: Bring on the crowds!

On that note: welcome all our new visitors who might be just getting back into their normal routines and going through all the flyers and cards they picked up around the exhibitor hall. Make yourself at home!

Todd was quite the photobug during the con (when he wasn’t busy refilling the sample tray or putting out more books). His photos can be found in the ACC album on our Facebook Fan Page.

I started tabling (with my webcomics) at conventions in 2009 and kept it up for 3 years before stopping to concentrate on finishing the cookbook. Before Saturday at ACC was up, we’d outsold all three of those convention years COMBINED. Y’all, brutal truth time: I couldn’t even wrap my head around that. I heard Todd say it. I believed him. But I couldn’t really process it. I didn’t total up the net sales until we were ready to pack up at the end of Sunday and you could have knocked me over with a feather. I passed my break-even point and went past it, meaning I can afford to book another con this year and bring the book to more people.

I’m not saying this to brag or boast, it’s my clumsy way of saying thank you to everyone who stopped by the table to try one of our samples, take a flyer or bookmark, and extra thanks to those who bought the book. Thank you for listening to my spiel about the book, for laughing, for the high fives and fist bumps, and for the one girl who hugged me. It would have been just another convention without you all.

One of my biggest fears as I got close to finishing the book was that no one would like the book.

Guess I don’t have to worry about that anymore!

What’s ahead? I’m looking at 2 more conventions this year, both single-day affairs, more definite info once I’ve confirmed them.

In addition, and I mentioned this to some of the folks at the con, I’m working on a panel/workshop for 2013 conventions called “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Con Suite.” It’ll focus on making it through cons without going broke on over-priced con-food or trying to subsist on Pocky all weekend. There is a middle ground, all it takes is some preparation, and I’m going to show you how to do it. And then I’ll turn that panel into the first official expansion on What to Feed Your Raiding Party (think of them as additional campaign modules).

Also on the docket is a space-themed expansion (though I’m going to keep the name secret for the time being—gotta give you something to wait for, right?) and some chef’s-coat cosplay. Again, more info as it becomes available.

Until then I’ve got more than a few loose ends to tie up on this site and the rest of my projects. And next week’s update will focus on a question one of the recipes raised–a question I didn’t even think of being a question.

Remember, there’s no such thing as a stupid question, so if something in the book or about cooking in general doesn’t make sense to you, ask! Either use the Contact link above or leave it in the comments. If you’re wondering about it, chances are someone else is, too!

2 thoughts on “Breaking Even

  1. Luke says:

    I am so glad to hear that the Con went well! I know that everyone I have told about the book has been very enthusiastic and interested in it, so clearly you have hit on a great concept for a cookbook. I am doing my best to spread word of mouth to raise awareness and hopefully get a few sales out of it, too.


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