I assume Lark isn't sending you to these conferences because they
have a tight marketing budget, or because they believe the audience
for your book won't be there. I suggest that you put together a
written argument about why sending you would be a good investment.
Couldn't hurt. (As a former book publicist, I'd be happy to
correspond with you about this--email me off list, if you wish.)
I will probably not go to SNAG again until it comes back to
California. I suspect that a lot of the academics who do go have
departmental budgets backing them up. However, I did go to part of
SNAG/SF, for free. The most wondrous Dana Singer gave me a
scholarship. Obviously, if she gives one to every Orchidian who can't
afford the conference, SNAG will go broke (on the other hand, they
could have picked a less elegant hotel as their venue, which would
have lowered the price). But I may be the pushiest person on
Orchid--I was, after all, a publicist--so, if I'm broke when it
comes around again, I will try for another scholarship, and I suggest
that you try, too.
As for the banquet, I wandered around the halls and powder rooms,
asking if anyone had an extra ticket. I was very gratified, but not
surprised, to find that someone did. Maybe I lead a charmed life, or
maybe I just have excellent scavenger instincts, but such events are
surprisingly common in my life.
On the other hand... People get really creative about housing, etc.,
when it comes to Tucson. Is that because Tucson is easier, and SNAG
picks cities where housing is difficult? Did the SNAG Orchid Dinner
fall short because not enough Orchidians care about going to SNAG, or
because too many who care can't afford it? If the latter is true,
then maybe we can get creative about SNAG, too. And the time to begin
is now, not in 10 months, so thank you for starting this thread.
As for Clasp, I really do wish somebody who was involved with the
organizing process, and with setting the prices, would post a little
explanation. This isn't the first time someone has posted about how
they couldn't possibly afford to go.
Albion, CA, US