Note: This was supposed to come out yesterday. Oops. I blame watching a disappointing playoff hockey loss for forgetting this… and everything else I had planned for last night. Good thing, though — when checking through to add some links plugging my fellow authors, I found a change in the schedule which I really needed to know to prepare for.
The Ravencon schedule has come out. I originally signed up for eight panels (two on Friday, four on Saturday, two on Sunday; a nice, balanced schedule), but I only got three (Edit: When I went to check times for the schedule, I found myself returned to one of the other panels, so I’m now on four? Maybe? Still not on the two I MOST wanted to do, but better). And l’ve still got the reading.
But, if you’re able to come to Williamsburg (Virginia) next weekend (that soon? Yikes!), I’ll still be there, attending some of the more interesting (to me) panels, even if I’m not on them as a panelist. The panels I DID get assigned are the following:
Package Your Book to Sell
From covers, title design and what to include in the blurb, we discuss how to get your work off the shelf and into reader’s hands. (When I first checked this listing, there were four panelists on this panel, and now there are three. Hm…)
Other panelists (as currently scheduled): Gail Z. Martin (Moderator), Kim Iverson Headlee
As I’ve been saying for the last several weeks, I’ll be reading from the next installment of my Law of Swords series, and maybe giving out some swag (IF it gets finished in time). If there is any extra time, however, I’ll also read selections from any of my public work that you request.
I’m apparently sharing the reading room with another author, Ken Shrader. Not sure how that’s supposed to work, but I’ll take it.
Writer WITHOUT A Day Job
You’re a full-time author. How do you manage? (Note: I proposed this panel. I know that this is NOT the write-up I included with the proposal. This one seems a lot more… abrupt, like a placeholder description that someone forgot to include the full write-up for. I’ll have to look up my original proposal and bring it to the convention). As the person who proposed this panel, I volunteered to moderate it.
Other panelists (as currently scheduled): Chuck Wendig (Guest of Honor), John G. Hartness, Chris A. Jackson, and Gail Z. Martin
Promoting Yourself as a Writer
How to pimp your writing and promote yourself. (Again, this panel description feels like a placeholder. Odd)
Other panelists (as currently scheduled): John G. Hartness (Moderator), Samantha Bryant, Shawnee Small
Self-Publishing on a Budget
How to get yourself published on the cheap. (Yet again, a placeholder description. Huh. Are ALL of them placeholder descriptions?) After the adventure that was recounted on this blog producing “This Book Cannot Make Any Money,” signing up for this panel made a lot of sense. When I first checked the schedule, however, I wasn’t listed on it… but now, I seem to not only be on it, but I’m its moderator. Uh… can do? (Now I’m kind of glad I’m a day late posting; I didn’t know I’d gotten into this one, after all, until Monday).
Other panelists (as currently scheduled): John G. Hartness, Christie Mowery, and Michael G. Williams
I’ll be there all weekend, however, on a panel or not. And, as there were five (four, now? Maybe I’ll get put back on some of the other panels I asked for between now and then) panels I was hoping to be on but wasn’t selected for, I think I’ll have a set of “Ravencon Panels (I Didn’t Do)” blog posts that will be coming out afterwards.
These panel\posts would include: Indie Publishing (well, maybe that’s covered by my old Self-Publishing Roundtable, but I’ll try to attend the panel and see if they bring up any points I should add. It’s a pretty broad topic, so there’s a lot that could be covered), Worldbuilding: Crafting New Worlds (as a topic, this is pretty broad; again, I’ll try to attend this panel and structure my post around what’s discussed there), Ignore This Advice: Writing Tips that Turn Out Not to be So Great (since hearing about this panel, I’ve been scribbling down all SORTS of notes to speak about for it; I’ll see what they cover at the panel, but I’ve got a TON of things to say), and Medicine in Fantasy (WHY was I not put on this panel? I’ve got doctor characters either already in or planned for both of my fantasy series, and I’ve been researching material and sources for this topic for YEARS! I’ll have to really restrict myself when I write this post).
It might still be remotely possible that I could find myself on one of these other panels, if a guest cancels and they dive into the alternates, but I will still write up a post on the topic in that case. (It’ll just be added to the “Ravencon Panels (I DID do)” series, instead).
I may or may not post next weekend. It depends on how the convention goes, and if I do write a post it will most likely be a recap of the convention.
Hope to see some of you there!