Readercon members receive two original publications: a Program Guide and a Souvenir Book. We were the con that pioneered their separation—the Program Guide is for use at the con, the Souvenir Book is for reading afterwards.
Our Program Guide runs 50 pages. In it you'll find the full conference schedule with full descriptions of every program item (including names and brief descriptions of stories being read) and an index of each participant's appearances. In the back are the patented Readercon bio-bibs: mini-bibliographies of every participant. The last two pages show the whole program in table form; for those who prefer to travel light, we provide this as a separate handout as well.
Our Souvenir Book typically runs 60 pages, nearly all of which are devoted to our Guests of Honor (and to last year's Cordwainer Smith Award winner). This is in fact more pages than the typical Worldcon devotes to their guests! You'll find appreciations by friends and colleagues, literary analyses, works by the guests themselves (either original, or reprints of the obscure and cool) and comprehensive bibliographies.
See below if you want to advertise in the Souvenir Book.
We encourage open parties; however, parties in a room not in the party block will be shut down. If you are planning to host a party at Readercon, please contact us so that we may book your room in the party block. If you are interested in using a suite for a party Friday or Saturday night, please contact us. Open parties (parties with an open invitation to all attendees and with an open door) may not serve alcohol. Closed parties (parties by invitation only and with a closed door) must make alcohol service arrangements with the hotel.
The Con Suite is Readercon’s own party, where you’ll find munchies both nutritious and non-, and people to talk to (there is a causal relationship here). We try to keep it open during all convention hours (with a little help from volunteers).
The Readercon 24 Souvenir Book will contain original and reprint material by and about this year’s guests. If you want to place an ad, please contact us for details.
The Souvenir Book will be perfect-bound, printed on heavy flat stock, and trimmed to 8 1/2 by 11 inches. We are planning a two-color cover, and both inside covers are available for ads. Interior ads will be black & white.
Ad copy should be received by May 15, 2012 at the latest. We would prefer electronic copy: PDF files via email or on a CD-ROM.
Special printing needs (bleeds and color) are extra. Bleeds are only available on full-page advertisements.
Readercon retains the right to review all ads for suitability. Ad material will only be printed in the souvenir book for which it is contracted.
Semi-pro rates are reserved for magazines, small presses, dealers at Readercon, and artists (not agents); if you are unsure which rates apply to you, please contact us.
|Full Page||10" x 7.5"||$300||$175||$80|
|Half Page (wide)||5" x 7.5"||$250||$100||$50|
|Half Page (tall)||10" x 3.75"||$250||$100||$50|
|Quarter Page (box)||5" x 3.75"||$175||$75||$35|
|Quarter Page (strip)||2.5" x 7.5"||$175||$75||$35|
|Center Spread (2 pages)||10" x 7.5"||$500||—||—|
|Full Page (inside cover)||10" x 7.5"||$350||—||—|
All prices in US dollars, payable to Readercon, Inc. by check, MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover. Purchase orders are accepted by prior arrangement.
Readercon Again Hosts Massachusetts General Hospital for a Heinlein Society Blood Drive!
Bravo, all attending Readercon! We so appreciate your ongoing support. MGH will have token gifts of appreciation for all who present themselves as potential donors, but all of you who have donated before know that this may well be the least of the reasons to come forward. Patients' needs for blood remain critical. There is still no satisfactory substitute for the real thing, from freely consenting volunteers. Our families, our friends, ourselves, all rely on each other to give, so that at need, we might receive. Thank you!
If you would like to make an appointment in advance to donate blood, please write to jcfh AT alum.mit.edu or call John Hodges, the Heinlein Society volunteer organizing the drive on our behalf, at 617-943-4399. Donors will be scheduled in pairs every ten minutes from 10 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, 7/14/12. Walk-ins will be welcome, too, first come, first served, and will be fitted into this paced appointment schedule. This allows the MGH staff to have a chance to meet their goal of a 1/2 hour turnaround time for donors.
The Heinlein Society exists to preserve the legacy renowned writer Robert Anson Heinlein left us in novels, essays, speeches, and short stories. The volunteers of the society "pay it forward," Heinlein's oft-expressed phrase, since we can never pay back the riches he shared with us. If you've ever considered donating blood, please take this opportunity. If you've ever enjoyed the Grand Master's work, thank him by paying it forward in a way he would have deeply appreciated. Mr. Heinlein traveled extensively to promote this important cause and frequently donated himself. He organized the first blood drive at an SF convention at the 1976 Worldcon and designed a pin for donors in appreciation. Donors at the Readercon drive will receive pins of this same design and our thanks.
Volunteers help out as recruiters and help donors have a great experience. Interested? Please contact John directly if you'd like to help out. Thanks!
Readercon has been proud to host a James Tiptree, Jr. bake sale for many years, to support this fine award.
This year, due to hotel construction, we will not hold a bake sale. The Tiptree Bake Sale will return in 2014.
Harassment of any kind — including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions — will not be tolerated at Readercon.
Please see our Public Statement for further information on how Readercon is working to clarify its handling of harassment.
As always, Readercon reserves the right to revoke membership at its discretion.
There will be no child care provided at Readercon for 2013.
Children under the age of 15 who will be staying with a parent at all times receive a free membership, a ReaderKids In Tow badge, and no conference materials. The badge must have the Readercon attending parent's name on the front of the badge and contact info on the back. This free badge must be worn at all times while on hotel grounds.
Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended in any convention area or public hotel space.
If we see a child who is being disruptive, or seems to need a parent and has no parent around, we will try to contact the parent. If we cannot contact the parent within 15 minutes, we will contact hotel security and ask them to assume supervision of the child.
Any disruptive or inappropriate behavior may lead to being asked to leave the convention. Readercon reserves the right to revoke membership at any time for any reason. No refunds will be given.
This policy has been established for the following reasons:
We are committed to making Readercon accessible to everyone.
We are also committed to making Readercon comfortable and safe for everyone. We strongly encourage all attendees to treat one another with thoughtfulness and respect, and to follow these guidelines:
If you have any feedback on these efforts or suggestions for future improvements, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Flyers may be posted on the Readercon schedule tower which is located in front of the main panels spaces. Please do not cover flyers already placed by others.
Flyers may not be posted on hotel walls unless they bear the Concom stamp of approval. To have your flyers approved, bring all copies to be posted to the information table for review. If approved, we will stamp them and provide you with hotel-approved adhesive materials and a list of places where flyers may be posted. We will aggressively hunt down and remove any unapproved flyers. Please do not staple flyers to hotel property or use adhesive materials other than the ones we provide.