Hey, everybody! Starting Friday the blog is going all Women in Horror Month, all the time for February, so I'm going to slip this announcement a skosh early. The weekend after next (February 8-10) I'm going to be appearing at Farpoint in Baltimore, MD. The address is:
245 Shawan Road
Hunt Valley, MD 21031
Celebrity guests include Wallace Shawn as well as the real-life duo of Pinky and the Brain, Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen. So if you'll be in the area, swing by! I won't have a table, but there will be several opportunities to get my autograph if you're into that sort of thing.
I'll be making the following appearances:
Friday 4:00 pm - Salon C - "Indie Publishing 101"
So you've decided to strike out on your own and self-publish your book. What now? This panel will offer tips on how to successfully self-publish your novel... and how to avoid the pitfalls and scams.
Friday 6:00 pm – Salon C - "Magrathea: Building Worlds In Fiction"
From exoplanets to artificial worlds, our panel of scientists take you through what we know to help you build fictional worlds. Are you working with double moons? Ice planets? Life on an asteroid? How does this affect the kind of life that would evolve there? Put the best science in your fiction.
Friday 10:00 pm – Hunt Valley Hallway - "Farpoint Book Fair"
Saturday 10:00 am – Salon E – Reading (with Don Sakers and Phil Giunta)
Saturday 12:00 pm – Autograph Table 2 - Autograph signing (with J.L. Gribble)
Saturday 2:00 pm – Salon D - "Storytelling With New Technology"
A discussion of how to use podcasting and other new media to tell your stories.
Saturday 3:00 pm – Salon C – "Publishing In 2019 And Beyond" (M)
The publishing landscape has changed drastically in the last five to ten years. Our panelists will talk about your options for getting published in 2019 (and beyond), as well as how to navigate the strange new world of being a contemporary writer.
Saturday 5:00 pm – Salon C – "Military Fact v. Fiction" (M)
We've all seen what life is like serving in fictional militaries like Starfleet, the Rebel Alliance, or the Colonial Forces. Our panel of veterans and authors will discuss how that compares to serving in today's military.
Sunday 10:00 am – Salon D – "Using Social Media Effectively" (M)
Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the like can seem daunting to the uninitiated. But, if you want to be an author (or any kind of business person, really) ignoring social media is like leaving fans (and money) on the table. Our panelists will discuss tips, tricks, and best practices for getting the most out of your internet platform.
Sunday 11:00 am – Salon E – Reading (with Michael Critzer and Keith R.A. DeCandido)
Sunday 12:00 pm – Salon C – "Writing Genre Mash-Ups"
Dystopian fantasy. Sci-fi horror. Steampunk epic. Not all stories fit neatly into one genre or another. On this panel, we'll talk about some of our favorite genre mash-ups, and how to approach them as writers.