This year, RT is offering a self-publishing track. I may go to a session on that track since, as an attendant, you can go to any class in any track. I don't ever plan to self-publish--but I think it is a really interesting option. I admire those who are confident enough in the process to tackle it all!
I am looking forward to taking pitches for Entangled Publishing--can't wait to find the next great book (or three!). Pitchapalooza is going to be a ton of fun--kind of like speed dating for pitching. I'll be taking pitches there, too. And I'll actually be pitching one of my own speculative fiction manuscripts during the regular pitch sessions. It is going to be a wild ride...
I don't look forward to having to ship all the goodies home. The shipping surcharges are so excessive at conferences. Hotels tack on $10-$25 by weight when they set up those little shipping "convenience booths". This Hyatt has a FedEx Kinkos in the hotel--it also charges a surcharge. Boo. I located a post office 1.2 miles away and I may just take a taxi there and use flat rate boxes (where it doesn't matter the weight--since it is mostly books that get shipped home, lol) to ship stuff. I don't know. That is my main gripe about conferences, in general. I feel trapped by shipping. :)