B2BCYCON FAQ

Angela B. Chrysler is a multi-genre author and entrepreneur.

Just breathe. We got this.

My goal with Brain to Books has always been to keep the CyCon running smooth. For the 2018 season, we’ve made a few changes to better assist you. 

As always, don’t panic. Just breathe. We got this.

How do I sign up for 2018?

After CyCon, Brain to Books goes to sleep. At this time, the only thing we have planned year round is The Book Cave. CyCon will be back for 2018. If you want to be sure you are here for 2018, the best thing to do is become a Brain to Books Member.

I've posted messages on Facebook and Goodreads, but I haven't gotten a response.

First off, we want to apologize for the delay. We usually requires 72 hours to respond to your email. If this is an emergency, and you have waited beyond the 72 hours, email Angela B. Chrysler directly at [email protected]

How do I make the most of this? What can I to encourage participation? What am I supposed to do?

The best way to encourage participation from your readers is to let them know about CyCon. We see the best results from newsletters designed  just for CyCon. Talk about it with your readers. Post banners on your site and in your social media. Blog about CyCon. Let them know that this is the event to attend if readers want to see what has been published in the last year.
So what are you supposed to do during CyCon? CyCon is designed so that you do nothing during CyCon and can focus 100% on your readers, or be entirely absent. Mingle, network, talk with everyone. Join us on Joe’s Bar, be sure you make appearances on Facebook and Goodreads. Feel free to build your own event, just be sure you send us the link so we can post it at CyCon and direct our traffic to you (this is a free service offered only to registered authors). 

How do I check my order?

When you placed your order, you should have received an email with instructions to keep that email. If you need to check your order, check the email we sent you when you placed your order. If you can not find your email, message Angela at [email protected]
 

What is CyCon?

CyCon or Cyber Convention is an online Convention and Tradeshow. Inspired by the Comic Convention in San Diego, Brain to Books dropped the Science Fiction theme and opened it up to readers and writers of all genres. A Convention is an organized meeting with the sole purpose of celebrating a theme with the fandom. The theme for Brain to Books Cyber Convention is Books, both reading and writing them. Where CyberCon differs is our convention is online and affordable making it possible for anyone to attend on a global scale. We remove travel, lodgings, and the majority of expense for those attending the CyberCon.

Is there a B2BCyCon Community I can join?

Yes. We have a Facebook group that is open to the public and a Goodreads Group for participating members only.

How many readers attend the event?

Everyone is a reader at the CyCon, but approximately 60% of our members are just readers.

What benefits do authors get from the CyCon?

Authors gain a number of benefits. The first of these is networking. Most authors who attend the CyCon walk away with new networking tools and stronger relationships with other authors. Confidence is the second thing many authors walk away with. A number of authors who spent the majority of their time stuck in the introvert lifestyle of the writer’s cave, emerged from the cave to discover so many authors just like themselves. Following the CyCon, we see a vast number of podcasts opening up, interviews, cross-promotion…so much effort all around that brings this community closer together. Authors have reported walking away with more marketing experience. Better advertising know-how. Several authors have shared their statistics. Some have seen a vast jump in sales and newsletter subscriptions. Many who saw little to no improvement in sales during the CyCon have come back later to report how the CyCon brought them future sales and boosted visibility months after the CyCon died down.

What advice do you have for authors attending for the first time?

My advice would have to be, don’t panic. Take a deep breath. Just ask.
Walking in to Brain to Books feels like you just stepped into the factory of a major corporation through the wrong door. You see twenty different assembly lines and, the sounds of machines drown out all the shouting. It’s organized chaos.
Authors coming in to Brain to Books notice right away how big it is. Many authors have reported how scared and intimidating it feels and have expressed how confused they are—something we work every day to eliminate.
As of October 2016, we have several volunteers all on stand by waiting to help you out and point you in the right direction. Email me or browse the sites. We have two sites to keep this giant organized: braintobooks.com and b2bcycon.com. Both sites include a “help” and “contact” section in the menu. I will be adding a “Start Here” page visible on the menus, showing you exactly where to start. “Getting Around” will also be added for 2017, giving you a bird’s eye view of the Convention.

How can an author maximize their success at this event?

Let’s define “success” before I answer this question.
“The accomplishment of an aim or purpose” as defined by Google.
The purpose of the CyberCon is not to boost your sales. While many have reported an increase in sales, this is not what you should be thinking about. The purpose of the CyberCon is networking, building confidence, finding the community, hands-on learning how to market yourself. If your sales boost in the process, consider that a perk. I have seen so many authors come into the CyCon shy, scared, confused, and filled with self-doubt. I have seen those same authors emerge with confidence, strength, determination, and ready to take on the world. The CyCon destroys isolation and loneliness. “Hope,” Ani has said to me so many times. That is what Brain to Books does. It gives authors hope. It transforms introverts into powerhouses inspired by the community so you can take what you learned at the CyCon with the people you met at the CyCon, and market yourself more confidently than ever before.
Now, if you’re looking to maximize your success, be everywhere. Be involved. Jin Okubo who lives in Japan was about as cut off from the community as one could be. Last week he was leading up a panel discussion with Joe Compton who hosted Joe Live in the 2016 CyCon. Ani Manjikian jumped in and thrived in the CyCon. Now, she is my lead tech for 2017. Author Charlene Diane Jones saw a 600% increase in sales from the 2016 B2BCyCon. Charlene was seen in the Discussion Panels, on Joe Live, in the blog tours, in the Book Expo, the author showcase… Charlene was everywhere. Those who reported no increase in sales literally posted their information in Goodreads and did nothing else. The authors who were active and everywhere saw results whether it be in networking, sales, or education. The authors who put in minimum effort and didn’t show up the days of the Convention saw little results. You want to maximize your results? Compose a marketing plan—contact me if you don’t know how—and use the B2BCyCon to execute that plan. That is how you maximize your results.

Do you have any preparation tips?

Yes! Expect this to be big going in. Embrace for that impact and you’ll get through it. Many of us are eager to hold your hand through this. Training is available.
If you’re wanting to be a featured author, register on the Brain to Books website. Be sure to complete the forms provided to best of your ability. Ask us if you don’t know. Always ask. Be prepared to post Brain to Books ads on your Twitter header, Facebook header, Google+ header, and on your website. This is a mandatory part of participation this year and moving forward. We can’t afford advertising (yet), so every little bit helps. After that, there really is nothing to do, but sit back and enjoy the convention.
If you’re going to be on webcam, you must have ear buds or headphones, and please provide a quiet environment for recording.
If you’re a volunteer, get a lot of sleep. You’re going to need it. Attending the convention literally is a three day adrenaline rush. Most can’t sleep if they wanted to. Always ask and be proactive. If you foresee a problem and act, we can prevent a lot of complications. If you are a born procrastinator, jump in. We’ll motivate you.

What's new for the 2018 year?

We have three events new for 2018: Just Read, Book Trailers on Display, and Nerd Rage. Our primary goal for 2018 is to smooth out the CyCon experience for author and volunteer.

The name listed on my event(s) is not my pen name. How do I fix this?

Submitting your Author Form should correct this. Be sure you have filled out the Author Form. The Author Form provides us with much needed information, including any and all pen names you may have.

The name we receive when you place your order is the name associated with your PayPal account.

If you find that your private and/or real name is listed on your account, please let us know immediately and we’ll fix it. You can email me at [email protected]m. Please use the subject line “B2BCYCON NAME CHANGE.”

I will need the link where you found the error, the name posted (I will not know your real name from your pen name), and the name you do want to use.  

Which events do you recommend?

I strongly recommend the Book Expo. Many authors love the Author Showcase. If you are looking for a basic experience with CyCon, try the CyCon Sampler, which offers all of our most popular events.

Is there an official hashtag for the event?

Yes! #B2BCYCON

I never received the CyCon graphics or banners.

All graphics for the Brain to Books Cyber Convention are available for your use here. Help yourself and take what you need.

I'm interested, but have no idea where to start.

I need my form(s).

All forms are available here.

When is the CyCon?

The CyCon is always held in April, and we always take the holidays into account so it will never land on Easter or Passover. We usually try to schedule it for the first weekend in April. This year, CyCon is scheduled for 7, 8, & 9 April 2017.

Where is the B2BCyCon being held?

B2BCyCon is held all over the internet, but our headquarters is http://www.b2bcycon.com. B2BCyCon.com is the trunk of this tree with lines that branch out through the internet. We have events on Google+, YouTube, Goodreads, and Facebook. We have blog tours happening across more than 20 websites worldwide. Links for all these events will be located at www.b2bcycon.com under the “getting around” section.

How long does the CyCon last?

The CyCon always starts on a Friday and goes through Saturday, ending on Sunday around 7:00 PM EST. An After Party is scheduled.

When does registration begin?

Registration opens 1 October 2017 and we take some orders right through CyCon 6, 7, & 8 April 2018. We open registration here.

Can I purchase only one event now, and an event later?

You may purchase as many events as you want at any time.

Am I allowed to change my mind after purchase about my events?

Yes. We are completely flexible and will do as much as we can to accommodate your needs. Simply contact our Customer Service department with the change.

How do I request a refund?

All refund requests are forwarded to Angela B. Chrysler who submits the request as soon as it is received. We do not deny any refund requests and do everything in our power to provide you with a positive Brain to Books experience.
If you would like a refund, email Angela at [email protected]

Contact Us

Here is a list of volunteers. FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ANYONE ON THIS LIST.

Angela B. Chrysler – Owner

[email protected]

[email protected]

Angela does not work on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday. She lives in New York EST.

Sorted by Genre

 

 

Sorted by Events

  • Joe Live – Joe Compton
  • Author Interviews – Kori D. Miller
  • Panel Discussions – Consult with your Genre Manager
  • Nerd Rage – Angela B. Chrysler <[email protected]>
  • Story Time – Karina Kantas
  • Anthology – Angela B. Chrysler <[email protected]>
  • Cover Wars – Consult with your Genre Manager

I want to talk to a real person.

If you have something you wish to discuss, start with Angela B. Chrysler at Angela @B2BCyCon.com. You can also ask questions in our Live Support. If you are a participating author, you can also check in at our Author Portal.
Per request, Angela offers webcam meetings via Skype and/or Zoom.com.
 

How do I receive updates and upcoming CyCon news?

Every Friday through February and March 2018, Angela B. Chrysler emails all Subscribed Registered Authors a weekly newsletter. This newsletter contains weekly changes, news, updates, and directions. If you don’t want to wait until Friday, be sure you check in at our Author Portal.  All members are messaged on Friday, and weekly updates are posted all week within the group. Check your spam folder. Communications come from  [email protected] and [email protected] If you want to receive this newsletter, Subscribe. (Link coming soon)

Where is the schedule for Panel Discussions?

You can view the schedule for Panel Discussions and Word Wars here.

How do I check to see what forms I've sent in?

At this time, we have no way for authors to track their own forms. We are hoping to add this feature for 2018. If you need to know which forms you have sent in, email customer service at [email protected]

Where do I send my information?

All required information is submitted through the forms or is mailed to [email protected]

How much time is required to prepare for the CyCon?

Preparation depends on how much or how little you register for. It also depends on what you sign up for.

How much time needs to be donated to these three days?

98% of the CyCon is all pre-scheduled and pre-planned. On the days of the CyCon, the only authors who need to make a physical appearance, are those who appear on Panel Discussions, Joe Live, and Word Wars. Everything else—and I do mean everything else—is pre-scheduled or pre-recorded months in advance. The scheduling is done by volunteers. Registered authors only need to register, pay the fee, fill out the form, and learn as little or as much as they want on marketing. Our goal is to take all the work off the author’s plate to allow them the time to learn marketing skills. If the forms are filled out properly and immediately following purchase, then the author only needs to post the marketing on their site and throughout social media and invite their readers. That’s it! Registered authors who have not signed up for any live appearances, can wander the CyCon as a reader and spend the time mingling, meeting new authors, and playing the games we worked hard to build.

What genres/topics do you not allow?

For those who are wondering, yes, we welcome erotica. Brain to Books happily represents nearly every genre with a few exceptions. Anything that promotes illegal acts (such as terrorism, hate speech, pedophilia etc.) and does not fall under protected speech under U.S. laws is not permitted in the CyCon.
Click here for more information about Categories of Unprotected Expression.

What is a booth?

Simply put, a booth is a conversation thread on Goodreads in the Fairgrounds. We use the term “booth” to help authors and readers get the “feel” of a true fair ground. While we no longer use the term, it still hangs around.

How can authors become involved?

There are several ways an author can become involved. They can be a featured author,  a volunteer, or they can collaborate with Brain to Books and bring in their own company. They can also be an event host.
As our members grow, we require more volunteers and will take anyone willing to help.This year we are bringing in volunteers on call to help answer questions, data entry, we have recruits, advertisers, blog tour hosts, event hosts, genre assistants to help organize all the events in a single genre. Authors can volunteer here.

Feel free to email us any questions, comments, and/or concerns at [email protected].  We’d love to hear from you.