Barcon is the event that happens in the bar after the conference sessions. I’ve been going to writers conferences pretty regularly of the last two years. I have experienced that the most interesting discussions and conversations happen at bacon. I’m not knocking the information the presenters give out during sessions. Great people doing great presentations. But, sitting in a room while a person is up at a podium is not comparable to sitting at a small table having a beverage with that author, agent or editor. And it isn’t about pitching your book. It’s about forming a relationship. About hearing how an editor got into comics when they were young. Arguing about the best place in the Bronx to get a slice. Or discussing the ingredients of meatballs with an author. Next convention, go to barcon. Make friends. Hear stories. Tell story. Just don’t pitch one.