Con Crud: Prevention

These days, conventions are an important part of a writer’s life. It’s where you go to make connections. If you go to a larger comic con, that may be where you make a large portion of your sales. They can be fun, but they also come with one major drawback. Con crud.

Picture this. You’re almost constantly tired from staying up too late attending room parties. You’re eating food that is terrible for you. Your body is exhausted which translates to a weakened immune system. On top of that, depending on the size of the convention, you’re in close quarters with upwards of a hundred thousand people. It’s a recipe for getting sick, but there are a couple of things you can do to minimize your chances of getting sick. Depending on how full your schedule is, these may not all be feasible, but you should probably do as much as you can.

First, you don’t need to do everything at a convention. You don’t even need to do most things. Don’t be there first thing in the morning. Don’t stay until the convention closes. Take a break in the middle of the day. Get some sleep. This more than anything else can helpĀ keep your body strong and avoid getting sick. Of course, if you’re a program participant or if your working at a table, you may not be able to do that. Still, get as much rest as you can.

Take a lunch break. I mean a real lunch break. Convention food, either from a concession stand or from the con suite is convention, but it often quite bad for you. Don’t eat it for every meal. Bring your lunch or go out and buy real food. Trust me. Your body will thank you.

Use hand sanitizer. A lot. At least wash your hands regularly. If you’re networking, you’re going to be shaking a lot of hands. Hands that have, in turn, shaken a lot of other hands. Diseases can be easily transmitted that way, and hand santizer is an easy way to reduce the risk.

Those are the big tips. Other than that, use common sense, and hopefully, you can avoid getting sick.


  1. Jordan
    Jan 1, 2016

    Not really related, but any info on the release of book 3?

    • Gama
      Jan 2, 2016

      March 29th. My goal is to release them all about three months apart.

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