November 7, 2019
I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. Here’s my schedule:
Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (1 hour) GENRE PUBLICATIONS IN 2019
Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza II (1 hour) CREATING IDIOMS FOR FANTASY WORLDS
Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour) ASK A SMALL PUBLISHER
Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza V (1 hour) JEWISH SCIENCE FICTION
Sun 10:00 AM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour) READINGS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN, STEPHANIE BURKE
Sun 11:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Promenade (1 hour) AUTOGRAPHS: ANNA KASHINA, ALEX SHVARTSMAN
October 31, 2019
I’m at the Baltimore Book Festival this Friday and Saturday. Here’s the complete schedule and here’s where to find me:
Friday, 12pm: The Business and Craft of Self-Publishing
Friday, 8pm: Debut Book Party
Saturday, 1pm: Signing
Saturday, 4pm: Nobody Wins the Game of Thrones: Moving Beyond Monarchy in Fantasy
All events will take place at the SFWA Stage – USM Columbus Center.
October 13, 2019
This coming Tuesday, October 15, I will be participating in the Galactic Philadelphia reading alongside Anna Kashina. We’re both Soviet-born fantasy authors with recently-launched or upcoming books, so fans of swordplay and sorcery should have a grand time at this event!
The event will begin at 7pm and each of us will read for approximately 20 minutes, followed by a Q&A and a book signing. Bring your own copies or buy some of ours! Should be a load of fun, and a nice way to get your hands on Eridani’s Crown prior to the launch at Capclave next weekend.
Details are posted here.
September 12, 2019
I’m over at Albacon this weekend. Here’s where to find me.
10am Friday – Wombat – So You Want to Be an Author panel
5pm Friday – Wombat – How to Steal from History panel
10am Saturday – Hartwell room – What TV shows are you missing? panel
1pm Saturday – Bar – Reading
3pm Saturday – Wombat – Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard: Humor in SF panel
I will probably head back Saturday evening and skip Sunday this time, as I have no programming then.
August 23, 2019
I will be signing at the Keystone Comic Con this Saturday, August 24. You can find me at the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society / Philcon table (table 610 in the dealers room) at 10-11am and again at 12pm-1pm.
May 23, 2019
I’ll be a guest at Balticon 53 this Memorial Day weekend. You can see the detailed schedule here.
Fri, 6pm – Room 6017 – Future SF pitch session
Sat, 11am – St. George – Reading (with Elektra Hammond and David Walton)
Sat, 3pm – Room 7029 – AMA: Editors and Publishers
Sat, 4pm – Room 6017 – Improving Your Pitch workshop
Sun, 3pm – Mt. Washington – Effective Marketing for a Self-Published Author (M)
Sun, 6pm – Watertable BC – Tales from the Slush Pile
April 14, 2019
I’m back from spending a day at the writer’s workshop in Stroudsburg, PA. This event is a brainchild of Mike Ventrella and is organized by the Pocono Liars Club at the Hughes Library (which, with its two stories, grand event space, and a built-in cafe, is among the finest libraries I’ve visited to date. Kudos!)
Speakers at this event included literary agent Marisa Corvisiero, SF/F author Gregory Frost, romance author Gwen Jones, and me. Author and anthologist Mike Ventrella hosted. There were roughly 40 attendees (a bit smaller than average, I’m told, as the original event date got snowed out and we rescheduled for April.) Each guest delivered an hour-long talk on various aspects of writing and then selling one’s writing. I talked about editing your manuscript as well as how to benefit from outside feedback by beta readers and critique partners.
The event was free, with an optional $20 fee that got you into private sessions with the guests, whereas they would also read and critique a writing sample. That’s a bargain’ a professional level critique on a 5000 word writing sample would normally cost far more than $20, and that’s without a private session. And on top of that, Marisa requested several synopses and even a couple of fulls from the people in her group, so they might find representation, too!
There’s tremendous value in these sorts of workshops for the newer writers. I highly recommend that you sign up and attend the 2020 workshop next April if you’re in that geographical area.
Next month, me and Ian Randall Strock of Fantastic Books will lead workshops for high school students at a book festival in Maspeth, NY. That’s another free event and while the workshop is limited to high-schoolers, there will be panels and author tables open to everyone.
See more photos from the Pocono Writer’s Workshop here.