Well CONjecture 2011 is slowly starting to come together. We’ve got one of the major missing pieces filled in – and this is the one that will let us start moving forward. We will be signing our hotel contract this week.
CONjecture 2011 will be September 9-11, 2011 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego, California.
I’ve got a number of my staff people already working towards our convention, including our Guest of Honor Liaison who is trying really hard to get in touch with our first choice Guest of Honor. So we are hoping to have that taken care of soon.
But I still have a few big holes to fill. Perhaps the biggest is I still need three key staff people: Con Suite, Publications and, in some way most importantly, Publicity. I have had one recommendation on Con Suite – but I just need to convince them to do it again 6 months (+ a bit) from their usual time and 6 months (- a bit) from their next normal time, which first requires that I get a chance to talk to them. But the other two I have no clue or leads on – and I have no ability to do the Publicity job, any more than I already do as con chair.
Even trying to do publications with chair would be bad news. And even if I could do the copy editing and layout (which I might or might not be able to figure out with tools I have access to), dealing with the printing etc. might be too much to do that close to con.
But, such are the results of agreeing to chair a con 7 (or is it 6) weeks before World Fantasy in the same city (which has eaten a few of my people); and we’ve got a shallower pool of fans and con-runners here than I’d expect given the size of the city.