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Hey guys, since we don’t have a post today, I am taking a poll:

How many will come to ConCarolinas?And how many want to do our annual MW lunch on Saturday?

Show of hands??? Cause I need to make a reservation if you guys want to do lunch!

Ethics in Speculative Fiction

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I spent this weekend at Mysticon, in Roanoke VA, where I learned a few things, taught a few other things, observed wacky behaviors and brilliant ones, too, and generally had a great time surrounded by my people. I rode up with Gail Martin and John Hartness. We drove through nearly impenetrable fog and snow-covered hills, chatting and laughing all the way. On Saturday morning, I joined John to read our work to an appreciative audience, and premiered Miniature Pirate Theater as accompaniment to the reading. Trust me, you haven’t lived until you’ve watched tiny plastic pirates work a tiny plastic stripper pole while John reads from Bubba the Monster Hunter. Gail’s launch party for her latest, Ice Forged, was a raucous affair, full of happy people eating cake and buying books. I met a couple of writers who’ll probably be making guest appearances here later on this year, and got […]

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What Do You Want?

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Okay, guys, I’m going to cheat a little today. But it’s all in the name of making you happy! I’ve been asked to appear at some upcoming cons (one of the really fun aspects of a writer’s life!) and of course, I have to help by making suggestions for panels. Normally I can come up with a half-dozen or so reasonably good ideas, but I suddenly found myself worrying that we’re repeating the same old panels over and over. I know we can always talk about “Strong Female Characters” or “How To Approach An Agent” and hopefully reach a few people who haven’t seen that panel a hundred times, but maybe there are other subjects we’ve neglected.

Normally the blog is about bringing information to you, the readers, but today I’m asking for your help. Are there any panel ideas you’ve always wished would turn up at a con? […]

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Moderating in Moderation

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So you’ve sold your first book. You’ve arranged a signing or two at local bookstores. You’ve been asked to give podcast interviews and participate in blog tours. Today you checked your email and you see you’ve been invited to be a guest panelist at a con. How exciting! You’ll be sitting at the table with three or four other authors, possibly even some you’ve admired for years. You’ll be sharing your thoughts with the eager fans gathered to hear what you have to say. When the time draws near, you receive your panel schedule for the con and notice you’ve been assigned moderator status for The Future of Publication After The Coming Zombiepocalypse. Moderator? Wait a minute…a second ago you were just going to say brilliant things to adoring fans, and suddenly they want you to be a writer wrangler. What does it even mean to moderate?

I got home […]

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Behaving in Public

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Dragon*Con’s been over for a while now, and many of you are probably tired of hearing about it. And frankly, I’m not planning on talking about the con itself today, so you can let that breath out now. I did notice, though, that in the last two weeks of posts about the con, a good many folks have commented on how scary it would be to talk to a writer/editor/agent/publisher even if you did get the chance to go to a big con. You’ve probably heard the horror stories – there’s one for nearly every situation. There’s the writer who follows an agent into the bathroom to pitch her novel. The writer who pays the chambermaid to let her into the editor’s room to leave chocolates and the first three chapters of her novel on the editor’s pillow. The writer who convinces the conference staff to give him the agent’s […]

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Eating At Con

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Good morning, everyone! Sorry this is late – DragonCon ends on a Monday, but I still had that Sunday feeling in my head last night.

I know you’re going to hear a lot about the con over the next couple of weeks, and I’ll be one of the people talking about all the great things that happened there. But I also wanted to share something I’ve learned about going to cons that’s more important than you’d think. And that’s about eating while you’re at con.

Most people live their lives on a pretty steady schedule. Wake up five days a week, work the same hours, go to bed at the same time, and eat meals. We hardly think about it, because we’ve done it so long. But when you travel to a con, your schedule is tossed out the window. You’ll be staying up later than normal, you’ll be getting […]

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Literary Agents: Top Ten Ways to Make or Break that Relationship, Number 3: The Agent at Cons, Part Two

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We talked a couple of weeks ago about the agent at a con, and this week I want to touch on (quickly because I am behinder and behinder) the agent at a Con if that agent is also a writer. Yeah. That person is busy. Besides being there for the usual things that agents do, as we covered in the last post on this subject: (quick recap is underlined here in case you missed it) to meet prospective clients, socialize with clients, meet with other agents and talk shop, chat up new and already-friends editors, talk up their newest writer-find (if they have something new and explosively exciting that is about to be sent to editors), share with editors all the excitement about their existing clients (so the editors can gnash their teeth remembering when they didn’t buy that client’s book), attend way too many parties where they don’t dare […]

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