Thanks for your interest in attending Archon as an invited guest. Archon's policy is to provide free memberships to individuals who meet one of the following standards:
As a general rule, self-published/vanity press authors and independent filmmakers are not provided a complementary membership to Archon. As with any rule, there are exceptions. For first-time panelists who are borderline, we usually see how attendance is at their panel(s) when they come as a regular attendee and then decide if a guest invitation should be extended the next year. With the explosion in self published authors and Internet based content, this has become a bigger challenge than it was five to ten years ago. Being an invited guest in the past is no guarantee of a future guest invitation to Archon.
Like any convention, our goal is to invite guests who will attract people to attend Archon. While we do not have the budget for paid staff and large guest invitation lists like other conventions, Archon attracts over 2000 people each year and we feel our guest policy works well for our convention. We are always open to suggestions and are currently trying to figure out how to handle the new media content while remaining true to our roots as a general science fiction and fantasy convention.
I hope this answers your questions and helps you understand how Archon determines who we invite as a complementary guest each year.