As I write this post, 44 hours remain on the Kickstarter campaign to fund my trip to World Fantasy convention as this year’s recipient of the World SF Travel Fund. The initial goal has been reached and I will, as a result of your generosity and kindness, be going to WFC. However, this isn’t the end. All leftover funds raised this year will be put to use next year to send another writer. Maybe if we raise enough, we can send even two writers! So it goes!
What having raised the initial goal means to me cannot be put into words. There are many ways to walk in publishing and make a name for yourself. Some are harder and bordering on impossible for numerous international writers, myself included. I’m grateful to walk on one of the oldest – the hallowed convention circuit.
Given that I’m based in Bulgaria, it’s never easy to pack your bags and attend a con without planning and a healthy dose of prayer, because I’ve been unable to go to conventions three consecutive times. You need one financial emergency to cancel plans just like that. Initiatives like the World SF Travel Fund are making a real difference!
Let’s keep the tradition going!