So far, my schedule looks like this:
2:30 PM New Panelist 101
The write-up: “A crash course in convention etiquette and panel performance for new guests. A team of seasoned professionals will answer questions and help guide you through the ins and outs of the con experience from the other side of the table.” This is one I suggested for last year’s FandomFest, and it proved to be highly successful. And, yes, I’m moderating.
4:00 PM Paths of Publishing
The write-up: “A look at various publishing avenues – major press, indie press, and self-publishing – and what it means to be a part of each. Come listen to our panelists, ask questions, and decide which path is right for you.” This one should be fun and wonderfully informative.
8:00 PM Opening Ceremony
Wherein Ye Olde ToastMistress presides over the official kick-off of the festivities.
11:00 AM Congratulations! It's an Anthology
The write-up: “Anthologies are a good way for readers to find new authors without a large investment. Come learn how anthologies work, why they’re popular, and what Anthology editors expect from their submissions.” Another moderating assignment on a subject I know pretty darn well. A lovely group of fellow editors have been assembled for the panel.
2:00 PM What Editors Expect of a Professional Author
The write-up: “They aren’t the enemy, and here’s why. Editors sit down with the audience and candidly discuss their requirements for working with authors and how authors should behave when working with their editors.” Yep, another moderating gig, on a session that should prove both informative and lively.
3:30 PM Author on Author Interviews
The write-up: “Moderated by Lee Martindale – Authors break into teams and interview each other.” We did this one last year at FandomFest and it was great fun. Three authors per team (so far) will take turns asking a question that is answered by each member of the other team. A great chance to hear from six authors.
4:30 PM ToastMistress Q&A
My turn in the hotseat, with grillmaster Stephen Zimmer and (hopefully) an audience of inquisitive folk.
10:00 AM Exploding Out of the Gate:
The write-up: “A 2-hour workshop on getting that piece started with a bang. A modified version of Allan Wold’s workshop, hosted with his permission by Toastmistress Lee Martindale, this session help authors master the art of a strong opening. Limited to 15 participants, no non-participating observers, please.”
12:30 PM Here There Be Scumbags
The write-up: “Scams built on separating new and aspiring writers from their hard-earned cash are everywhere. Learn to spot a legitimate opportunity and identify a scam.” Another moderator’s assignment, on a subject near and dear to my heart.
3:00 PM What Writer's Organizations Can Do For You
The write-up: “From promotion to awards, this panel hosts a frank discussion of literary organizations, membership guidelines, and proper etiquette when joining and participating.” Moderating, and talking about SFWA. Not sure what organizations will be “represented” by the other panelists, but it should be a good hour.
5:00 PM Awards Banquet/Convention Close
Putting on my MC’s hat one last time for the convention.
Somewhere in there, there’s still a signing and a reading to be scheduled. It’s going to be a busy, and enjoyable weekend, I think.