A small rationalist win, and a question about promulgation

I’m on a mailing list for peo­ple who run sci­ence fic­tion con­ven­tions*, and an au­thor had said that he prefers go­ing to Dragoncon be­cause it’s a bet­ter place to pro­mote his books.

This has some angst­ful pos­si­bil­ities be­cause Dragoncon is much larger than the sort of con­ven­tions the peo­ple on the mailing list run, and struc­tured some­what differ­ently.

I sug­gested do­ing a sur­vey of sf au­thors about how they pro­mote their books at con­ven­tions, why they’ve made the choices they do, and how it’s been work­ing out. Other peo­ple are work­ing on the ques­tion­naire, and it’s planned to be out within six months or so.

The ra­tio­nal­ity part is that it oc­curred to me that we needed more in­for­ma­tion be­fore we did a big dis­cus­sion about what’s hap­pen­ing with au­thors at am­a­teur-run con­ven­tions, and that it was pos­si­ble to get a fair amount of that in­for­ma­tion.

I’m con­sid­er­ing post­ing some­thing about how I learned those men­tal habits, but I’m not sure how I did, though I be­lieve it has some­thing to do with hang­ing around Less Wrong. Any recom­men­da­tions for Prac­ti­cal Ra­tion­al­ity 101?

*I don’t run con­ven­tions, I just kib­itz.