5. Everyone is so friendly. I wore a newbie badge, and whenever I got confused or lost, or just plain felt like an outsider, someone always came up to me to talk, offer help, or to welcome me to the con. I've made new friends!
4. Many (if not all) traditional authors are moving to self-pubbing. At least, the ones I heard speak at panel discussions all said they were. Some are still sticking with legacy publishers, but by and large they're taking their backlists and uploading them themselves.
3. Get to the panel discussions very early. Or else you'll have to sit on the floor or stand for the session. I got to one ten minutes before it was to begin, and the room was already SRO. So I sat. Bad, bad mistake. Thank goodness there were several ladies who helped me back up and into a vacated chair. Otherwise I may still be sitting there!
2. There is no such thing as "do this and you'll be successful". What works for one author may not for another. But I did get a few good ideas and tips.
1. WRITE BOOKS!