2015-07-19

WorldCon Panel Schedule



Dragonverse Origins now stands at 53,000 words. Feedback from my content editor has been very positive. I'm looking forward to his detailed comments. Much editing will have to be done to turn this into a finished novel.

I've been reading the material I finally received from SFWA. (Two previous welcome packages never arrived. The third arrived opened but the contents were all there. Thanks to Kate Baker for sending out the replacement packages.) Being a member of SFWA has been a goal of mine since I published my first book. Being accepted as a member meant a lot to me. Going to WorldCon as a panelist as well as a SFWA member...well...words cannot adequately describe how I feel.

I've been reading the SFWA bulletin included in the welcome package as well as the other material. I am amazed to discover I know quite a number of the people that are mentioned as well as the authors of some of the material. I know these people because of my connection to Launch Pad. It has been an amazing journey since I first attended Launch Pad and I can only imagine what the future is going to bring. I owe Mike Brotherton a huge debt.

My WorldCon schedule is finalized. If you are planning on attending WorldCon, please look me up. here are the panels I will be on:

Self-publishing — How To Do It
Thursday 11:00 - 11:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)
Once your book is written, what next? Successful self-published authors explain how to go from manuscript to completed book, or ebook. (This panel discusses the sources, processes and procedures. Marketing and promotion are covered in a separate panel.)

Stu Segal (M), Doug Farren , Nick Mamatas, Linda Nagata, H.M. Jones

Launchpad Meetup
Friday 18:00 - 18:45, 401C (CC)
Have you attended a past Launchpad? Would you like more information about Launchpad http://www.launchpadworkshop.org/about/


Stroll with the Stars
Saturday 09:00 - 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)
A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

Stu Segal (M), Kevin J. Anderson, Paolo Bacigalupi, Troy Bucher, Vincent Docherty, Doug Farren, Toni Weisskopf, Connie Willis

The Future of "Back to the Future," or, just where is my flying skateboard?
Saturday 12:00 - 12:45, 401C (CC)
In 1985 Marty McFly set the dial on the DeLorean to 30 years in the future. As we approach 10/21/15, the date Marty set, does 2015 bear any resemblance to the future of "Back to the Future"? Panel discussion of imagined futures versus realities.

Stephen Segal (M), Troy Bucher, Neil Clarke, Doug Farren, Megan Frank

Finance for Writers
Saturday 14:00 - 14:45, 303A (CC)
What are the implications for writers under contract to a publisher vs. self-published writers? Tax issues

Gail Carriger, Doug Farren, Madeleine Robins, Kevin Wiley

The New Space Opera
Saturday 15:00 - 15:45, 302AB (CC)
We've come a long way since the days when "space opera" was a derogatory term. Many of SFs best writers over the last 20 years have written space opera. What's made the difference?

Rich Horton (M), Jeffrey A. Carver, Ann Leckie, Charles Stross, Doug Farren

Self-publishing — How to Market Your Work
Saturday 16:00 - 16:45, 303A (CC)
Your manuscript is done, you've found your printer, uploaded your files, and your book is done. Now how the heck do get people to buy it? Successful self-published authors share their methods.

Sarina Dorie, Doug Farren, Kameron Hurley, Annie Bellet