Next Saturday I'll be giving a reading during RustyCon 24. (3 pm in the Yestler boardroom of the Seatac Holiday Inn). Happily, I have a story that will be just perfect as the theme of the conference is Pirates. (If you follow this blog at all, you'll know the one I'm talking about.) As this is my third reading at a sf conference, I'm feeling pretty confident.
Except... I'm thinking there's going to be about three people in the audience, if I'm lucky. Even fairly well known authors seem to pull very small crowds for readings. In fact, you hear about readings at Barnes and Nobles to audience of three or four, all of whom just happened to be in the store and decided to check it out. I'm hoping that a variety of posters and bribes of pirate loot (chocolate coins) will entice a few takers to check it out, but I'm prepared for it to be just me and my mom.
In which case, we commiserate on a lack of audience over all that pirate booty...