I will be attending LunaCon this Saturday and Sunday. Below is my schedule one panels (plus a reading!)
10am – Humor in SF (1 hour panel) – Poplar
What are the most effective humorous SF books? Are any both funny and groundbreaking, or does humor rely on sending up established tropes? What both funny and sad? Funny and plausible? How much of SF humor depends on surprise, and how much stands up to rereading? Do SF and fantasy humor work the same way, or are there fundamental differences?
Other panelists: Elektra Hammond (moderator), Patrick Thomas, Russ Colchamiro, Theodore Krulik
1pm – How To Get Your Story Rejected (1 hour panel) – Maple
Sometimes a story is rejected simply because it doesn’t fit the needs of the editor. But sometimes there is something more. Our panel of editors will discuss what they look for and what they don’t want to see.
Other panelists: Ben Parris (moderator), Neil Clarke, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock
6pm – Finding The Right Critic (1 hour panel) – William Odelle
Choose your first draft’s enemy’s wisely. Whether a class, a writer’s group, beta reader, or editor for hire, who you show your unfinished work to can make a big difference to the finished product. How to find critiquers who get what you’re going for, and will make useful suggestions in a style you can handle — and when to stop to revising and submit.
Other panelists: April Grey, Russ Colchamiro, Myke Cole, D.L. Carter
9pm – Reading (30 minutes) – Bartell
I will read one (or more) of my stories. Out loud.
11am – None of the Above (1 hour panel) – Westchester Ballroom B
In the ongoing debate about self-publishing versus traditional publishing, crowdsourcing is an emerging third option. What are the pros and cons of each approach, and does crowdsourcing work for debut authors, or does it require a platform of readers from one of the other routes first?
Other panelists: Ben Parris (moderator), Mark Abbott, Elektra Hammond, Patricia McCracken
12pm – Hugo Worthy Fiction (1 hour panel) – Birch
What was on YOUR Hugo nomination ballot? What do you think will make the final ballot and what would YOU vote for?
Other panelists: Lisa Padol (moderator), Byron P. Connell, Lawrence M. Schoen
If you would like to hear me speak on any of these subjects, or just want to say hello, come find me at LunaCon! And I would especially like everyone to attend the 9pm reading. Pretty please?
I also have many awesome sales to brag about this week. Four, to be exact. In chronological order:
“True Love,” a SF flash story to Daily Science Fiction
“Putting it All Together,” a SF flash story to Toasted Cake Podcast (reprint; originally appeared in Nine magazine issue 1)
“Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma,” a humor fantasy story to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
“The Epistolary History,” a humor SF flash story to Nature’s Futures
That’s 3 pro markets and a Parsec Award-winning podcast in one week. If I wasn’t qualified for SFWA membership, I would have qualified with this week’s sales alone. So please excuse me while I run some victory laps.