I've made tentative plans to attend EPICon in Las Vegas next March. The New Year isn't even here yet, and I'm already racking up travel plans!
Still not sure about RWA or RT. They're both on the east coast this year, which means a long plane ride (aka murder on my knees) - whereas Vegas is just a hop, skip and a jump.
Frankly, I'm not even sure I'll be keeping my RWA membership. TPTB are talking about raising the dues another $10 a year. With the economy in such bad shape, I think a lot of people will have to drop their memberships, not that it'll matter to those in charge. I'm a bit disgusted by the RWA board's high-handed treatment of its members, especially its e-published members. I've had two books published, and a third coming up, and they still won't let me join their Published Author Network. There was only one panel devoted to e-publishing at the last RWA conference this past August in San Francisco. Why should I continue to fork over good money to an organization that treats me and the markets I write for like red-headed stepchildren?
The Romantic Times con would probably be a better choice for advancing my career, but like I said - east coast, long plane ride. And it's in Orlando, Florida, which I've never particularly wanted to visit. I don't give a flying watusi about Disney World, and besides, the humidity would probably do me in. I'll put a check in the 'maybe' column, but it'll take a lot of persuading to get me there.