There is no easy way to say this, so I figured I’d start with the most important info in the headline.
Due to the rising Covid numbers in many areas of the country, especially in Florida, and concerns that have been brought to my attention by both authors and attendees, I’m no longer confident we can have a safe event.
All author and attendee registrations and information will be transferred forward to our 2023 event. Anyone who has completed both the EventBrite registration and their PayPal payment for the 2022 event will receive an email confirmation that they’ve been moved forward to 2023. (No refunds will be issued. If you would like to transfer your registration to someone else, that option will still be available and we can work out those details.) You should receive cancellation verification from the hotel when they release our room block.
I know this is disappointing. I know some of you will be upset about the change. I completely understand. But as heartbroken as I am about having to make this decision now, it’s nothing compared to how devastated I would be if I asked you all here, and you got sick. Judging from the messages and emails I’ve received in the last week, I think some of you expected this may happen, before I ever considered it. I know many of you have been on the fence about attending, even if you already registered. I hope, despite how sad we all are about this change, you will agree it’s the safest thing for us right now.
If you’re reading this early in the day on Thursday, I’ll be at work. I’ll check in when I get home, and will be available to answer questions and hear your ideas for what you’d like to see in our virtual weekend. I hope you’ll still join us for some fun conversation and lots of games and interactions with our authors. Still February 24-27, 2022.
I’m holding on to the silver lining, and looking forward to finding ways to celebrate our 10th anniversary with you at a distance. I’d love to hear what kinds of things you’d be interested in seeing/doing with us that weekend.
I’ll have more details to share in the coming days.
I’ll be on social media later today for general chatting, and always available via email.
Totally understandable. I thank you because I was thinking of canceling. I’m so sorry it’s had to come to this. Looking forward to next year when we can be together again, safely.
Hon, I cannot say enough, how much everyone does and should appreciate you putting safety first. Period. Thank you.
Thank you for making the hard decision (so I didn’t have to) and keeping us all safe. You rock. I’d be happy to contribute some signed books to giveaway during the virtual con.
I’ve always heard good things about this convention and would have liked to attend, but I don’t travel anymore due to being sole caregiver for my 96 year old dad. Believe it or not, I’ve been looking for virtual events that I could “go” to and I’m hoping there will be an option for those of us who can only attend virtually, to get in on this year’s event, if possible. Will you be opening up a virtual registration for people who can now attend?
I just recently found out about this event and would love to attend both the virtual 2022 convention and future coastal magic conventions. How can I sign up for this year and next? Are spots available for 2023, or have they all been pre-booked because 2022 has been moved online? Thank you so much for creating such an awesome convention, I cannot wait to participate and learn more!