Ok so I have gotten this question a lot: "What makes AAD so much better then other cons, IE: why should I spend my money to go?"
Well I have several answers for you. If you have been on the fence about attending, maybe this will sway your decision.
Answer 1: Because AAD gives you the best value for your money. TONS of authors, goodies books, giveaways and we feed you throughout the weekend.
Answer 2: Because readers rule at AAD. At other cons, they focus on the industry or the booksellers or the authors... AAD is all about READERS. no other con gives you as many books and opportunities to hangout with your favorite authors, because no other con has our philosophy.
Answer 3: AAD is interactive. What other con can you do that YOU help choose the Author awards, and where else can you help to influence an authors writing life. As writers, We always need feedback, and actually DO listen to what readers have to say about what they love and hate about our work. Nothing is as helpful as feedback given by readers that you sit and connect with. AAD allows readers and authors to bond in a really fabulous setting, without the stresses of larger cons.
Answer 4: AAD is the one con committed to the one thing we all really want: BOOKS! We keep it affordable so that readers that attend can attend a quality event and STILL buy books of the authors they love and the authors they meet. Without readers buying books, we, as an industry will fail. If its a choice of paying 500$ for registration or under 200$ for registration... What are you going to choose? Me? I would do the 200, and spend the rest on books...
Answer 5: Because we have the most eclectic mix of authors for ANY con. NY pubbed, Small press, and self pubbed are all welcome at AAD, as well as any format (print, Audio, e book).
So how does that grab you?