Sorry, my UK friends and fans: Sadly, I won’t be attending Loncon 3 this year.
The reason for this is pretty simple: my novel Lock In comes out on August 26 (August 28 in the UK), and on that day I start a four week book tour here in the US. Before that date I’ll be doing some appearances and promo and PR work. I’m also, importantly, writing a novel, which needs to be done so you can all have it next year. I’m trying to get as much work done on it before that I do those four weeks on the road. I can write on the road, and do, but not as much, and frankly not as well, as I do at home.
Loncon 3 is August 14 – 18, and travel to/from will eat up an additional day on either side, plus jet lag, travel fatigue, etc. That’s basically a week out of my schedule, a week before a long tour, with a book on deadline. Knowing myself as I do, I wouldn’t expect I would get a lot of writing done in that interim week between Loncon and my tour.
Essentially, attending Loncon means six weeks of not getting work done (or of getting it done particularly effectively). At this point, given my scheduling for the year, and the scheduling of the book I’m writing, in terms of deadlines and its release in 2015, I just can’t afford that much time out of the production schedule.
And it’s killing me. I was an early and enthusiastic supporter of the Loncon 3 bid, and have been very much looking forward to what would be my first trip to London, which is a city I’ve wanted to visit for, well, pretty much forever. I’ve been looking at my schedule of commitments and my writing schedule, trying to find a way to convince myself that I could make the travel and the writing work. But realistically, it’s not going to work, and I have to lock in my August schedule now.
So: Sorry, UK. Have fun without me.
But! I swear on everything that is good and pure that I will find some way over to you soon(ish). Because I want to, and because it would be fun, and because London, which I want to see and experience. It will happen. Just not this particular Worldcon.