So, the Otakon panel submission form opened up the 23rd while I was away at Zenkaikon. So, what am I up against?
- We’re not going to think about just how many other ppl. are going to be submitting panels >.>
- Or how many panels any individual/group will be submitting total (one person/group could submit 20+ panels…like I’m going to do [playing the lottery] <.< )
- It’s going to be super competitive this year since it’s ‘special 20’ (Otakon’s 20th anniversary)
- It’s a crapshoot on trying to figure out whether you have a ‘good’ panel idea or not for a con like Otakon, since it’s one of those cons that truly has its “pick of the litter” for panels & who knows what may get your foot in the door or not
- There’s the potential of other ppl. submitting the exact same idea as you, just under a different name + set of experiences, & you wouldn’t know until the venue has been picked or may never know at all
So, here’s hoping to the best, especially since my “playing the lottery system” will be in full effect.
“What’s the ‘playing the lottery’ system?”
That’s my terminology specifically for submitting panels to cons when you submit as many ideas as possible to see which ‘ticket’ (panel idea) gets a hit. This is used in conjunction with having a working list (I have mine’s compiled in a Word document) of panel ideas that you have already presented/almost finished brainstorming for/ideas still in the planning stage that are ready to be thrown in a panel submission form. Every time more information is developed (like descriptions from other panel submission forms), you put it in this document so you can copy & paste/improve upon it at a moment’s notice.
Anyway, here’s hoping for the best!