Not all those who wander DragonCon are lost


Faith Hunter, David Coe, AJ Hartley, John Hartness, Gail Martin and Misty Massey (along with 70,000 of their closest friends) will be appearing at DragonCon in Atlanta over Labor Day weekend, and we’d love to see you there! We’ll be posting our schedules here over the next few days, so keep an eye out.

Today we give you Gail Martin’s schedule!

Friday, Sept 1
Internet Marketing (for Authors): Conquering Social Media
Tips, tricks, and advice for the novice or seasoned authors to navigate Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. We will take a brief look at the various platforms where authors promote, and break down the common themes for utilizing them for maximum engagement in conjunction with book sales.
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin)

Reading: Gail Z. Martin and Friends
Time: Fri 04:00 pm Location: Marietta – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

He Said, She Said
Every novel and story has characters. They gotta talk. This panel addresses how great dialogue can boost your book from good to great. Oh, and, of course, they’ll discuss how to write great dialogue.
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(John D. Ringo, Bill Fawcett, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, Katherine Kurtz, A. J. Hartley, Gail Z. Martin)

Two Hunters, an Angel, and a Demon Walk Into a Bar: Teamwork on Supernatural
A moderated fan-panel discussion of the wildly popular long-running series’ emotional and pivotal twelfth season
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, Fr. Bryan Small, Kristin Jackson, Valerie Hampton)

Saturday, Sept 2
After the Storm: We Will Rebuild
It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI). Humanity has demonstrated the ability to rebuild after disasters in the past, but what would that look like with today’s complex infrastructure? Our expert panelists cover everything from food/water to societal and government structures.
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Chastain F-H – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, Dr. Charles E. Gannon, John D. Ringo, Jaym Gates, Mika McKinnon)

The Black Dog: Depression and Mental Health in Fiction and Fandom
Our panelists examine how mental health is portrayed in sf. Are there any portrayals that help those of us dealing with our own issues? Note that this is not a prescriptive or workshop.
Time: Sat 04:00 pm Location: Embassy AB – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Darin Kennedy, Misty Massey)

Writer’s Block: Real or Imagined?
The debate about writer’s block is as old as the craft. Every writer has an opinion. The pros discuss the condition and the cures.
Time: Sat 05:30 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, John G. Hartness, Kim Harrison, Kathryn Hinds, Anya Martin, Mercedes Lackey)

Sunday, Sept 3
Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading

The ladies and gentlemen of Broad Universe read snippets from their works.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Piedmont – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, Misty Massey, John G. Hartness, Clay and Susan Griffith, Margaret S. McGraw, Trisha J. Woldridge)

Autograph Session
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: International Hall South 1-3 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)


Signing at The Missing Volume
Time: Sun 2 pm
Location: The Missing Volume, Americasmart Bldg 2, 1st floor, Booths 1400, 1402, 1301 & 1303

Series or Single Title?
Writers wrangle with this question all the time. How do you decide whether to write single titles or expand into a series. Okay…Series. So how many books in a series?
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Embassy CD – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
(Leanna Renee Hieber, Kathryn Hinds, James Minz, James A. Moore, Gail Z. Martin)

Spiritualism and the Occult in Victorian Times
While the Victorian era was a time of great technological advancement, many prominent citizens including Queen Victoria had a fascination with the occult. Come hear our panelists discuss spiritualism, seances, and the beginnings of serious scientific investigation into otherworldly phenomena.
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Athens – Sheraton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Sara E Neathery, Leanna Renee Hieber, Gail Z. Martin)

Monday, Sept 4
Niche Marketing in eBooks and Print (for Writers)

What is niche marketing for writers, and what are the special considerations that writers face when writing for niche markets? Are there truly financial opportunities to be had in writing for niche markets? What makes the most business sense?
Time: Mon 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin, Tyra A Burton)

The Daily Grind: Mundane Jobs and the UF Protagonist
Fighting supernatural threats doesn’t always pay the bills, so some characters have to also have regular, mundane jobs. Our panelists discuss how their protagonists balance the two aspects of their lives.
Time: Mon 01:00 pm Location: Chastain 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Gail Z. Martin, David B. Coe, Debbie Viguié, J.F. Lewis, J.D. Horn)


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