Lunacon 2017 Schedule

April 7, 2017

First, I’d like to thank everyone who pledged to the UFO6 Kickstarter campaign or helped spread the word. We funded last night in a nail biter, with only 90 minutes or so to go. Focusing on the submissions now to try and keep our response time down below a week.

I will, however, be taking a one-day break to attend Lunacon tomorrow. If you happen to be at this convention here’s where you can find me:

10am – FUNNY STORIES panel – Grand Ballroom C

(with Anatoly Belilovsky, Elektra Hammond, Alisa Kwitney, and Darrell Schweitzer)

12pm – MYTHOLOGY IN THE MODERN WORLD panel – Grand Ballroom F

(with April Grey, Ef Deal, and Jordana Max Brodsky)

3pm – GAME MAKERS REPRESENT! panel – Grand Ballroom G

(with roughly half the game designers in New York I think? Seriously, there are 10 of us on this panel.)

7:30pm – Reading

(with just me. Who did you expect, Orson Wells?)

Should be a ton of fun!


Lunacon 2016 Program

March 17, 2016




I’ll be at Lunacon this weekend. Here’s where you can find me:


4pm – The Opening Page – Westchester Ballroom D6


9am – Magazines and Other Outlets – Westchester Ballroom D4

11am – Currency of the Future – William Odelle

2pm – Fanzines on the Internet – Westchester Ballroom D4

3pm – Writers of the Weird Reading – Bartell


12pm Touching the Face of the Cosmos – Westchester Ballroom D5


See complete list of Lunacon panels here.



My LunaCon 2014 Schedule

March 13, 2014


I’ll be attending LunaCon this Saturday and Sunday. I have a reading, a signing, and a bunch of panels. Please say hello if you see me at the con!

Saturday, 10amThe Real Cost and Problems of Self-Publishing
How do you plan, budget, publish, promote, and budget your time, all while trying to survive and have a real life?
Elijah Budd
Panelists: David Walton, Bianca D’Arc, Mikaela Barreee, Alex Shvartsman, April Grey, Marc Abbott

Saturday, 5pm
Help the Writers of the Weird Finish This Story
“I knew the dame was trouble when she slithered into my office” was the opening of a Round Robin story started several years ago on the private Google Group of the Writers of the Weird. See what happened next and help wrap things up.
Panelists: Philip de Parto, David Sklar, Alex Shvartsman, Sarah Avery

Saturday, 6:30pm
Reading – Alex Shvartsman
Seymore Boton

Sunday, 10am
That’s really funny!
What’s the difference between a humorous story and a standard action-adventure tale? Are there differences in tone and structure between the two?
Port Chester
Panelists: Carol Pinchefsky, William Freedman, Dan Kimmel, Alex Shvartsman, Steven Savicki

Sunday, 11am
The Resurgence of Short(er) Story
So many collections, print and online magazines and other outlets — Is this a fad? Or, do readers really like short fiction again?Poplar
Panelists: Barbara Krasnoff, Neil Clarke, Sheila Williams, Alex Shvartsman, James Chambers, Ken Altabef

Sunday, 12pm
Westchester Assembly
April Grey, Sarah Avery, Alex Shvartsman

Sunday, 1pm
Writing Groups and Professional Association
Writing groups? Professional Associations? Secret Society? SFWA, HWA, MWA, the Garden State Speculative Fiction Writers and ____. All are writing organizations, either local or international. Do they really serve a purpose in our writing lives or are they another distraction from writing? Writers discuss their experiences.
William Odelle
Panelists: Matthew Kressel, Alex Shvartsman, Neil Levine, David Mercurio Rivera,  Bianca D’Arc,  Sarah Avery.


My LunaCon schedule plus a great week of sales

March 15, 2013


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.


Shvartsman in the Wild

February 2, 2013

I find myself looking forward to attending a very large number of conventions and industry shows in the next few months. So if you’re looking to conduct any sort of writing- or gaming-related business with me, hang out, or simply say hello, these are the places you can find me:

Feb 10-13  –  Toy Fair – NYC  (Industry only. I will likely only attend on February 10 unless my appointment dates/times change.)

Feb 15-17 – Boskone – Boston – Feb 15-17 – I’m not 100% sure about this one yet, but it’s likely that I will attend on Saturday and Sunday.

Mar 15-17 – LunaCon – NY – Mar 15-17 – Will attend one or more days depending on what panels/programming I get tapped for and my work schedule, but will attend for at least one day.

Mar 18-22 – GAMA – Las Vegas – (Industry only. Will attend Monday-Thursday. Will be very busy, it’s best to schedule meetings/dinners in advance)

May 24-27 – BaltiCon – Intend to attend all four days. Will participate in panels, readings, etc.  Should have lots of time to hang out.


I’m always eager to talk to and meet other writers and fellow SF fans, so if you see me at one of these cons don’t hesitate to say hello!