Posts Tagged ‘appearances’

Before I get to the awesomeness that was the Coastal Magic Convention, a quick note about where I’ll be next month:

March 14-16 in Mount Dora, FL for the Lake County Library BookFest 2015: DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES (along with client Amy Christine Parker, author of YA thrillers GATED and ASTRAY)

March 27-29 in Brea, California for the California Dreamin’ Conference (along with romance clients Vicky Dreiling and Debra Mullins and Knight Agency author Chris Marie Green)

Both of these sound like fantastic events with great lines-ups of presenters!  For the California Dreamin’ Conference, you can check out my Q&A on their blog. I hope to see some of you there.

And now for the Coastal Magic Convention.  I’ve been every year since the tireless (and by the end absolutely exhausted) Jennifer Morris first organized the conference, back when it was Old City, New Blood, and here’s why: it’s a community.  This convention brings together authors, bloggers and readers in such a way that we all get to know each other pretty well.  We become a family.  Going back year after year is like a reunion.  I love, love, love being an agent.  I have a much easier time promoting my clients’ books than my own, but every once in awhile, it is nice to shuck off the idea that I have to maintain strict professional decorum, which leads to a certain reticence/distance in my interactions, and just be author-me, who is a lot more easygoing and feels free to wear skully dresses if she damn well pleases.  Also, she participates in Flash Fiction panels with the hilarious Damon Suede, which leads to stories about tentacled alien maidens with four sets of breasts.

Oh yes, the Flash Fiction panel is one of the highlights of the convention (to me anyway), as is Damon’s wonderful Cinema Craptastique, in which he Mystery Science Theatre’s a really bad movie for our enjoyment.  This year it was The Legend of Hercules.  And OMG, this was wrong on about every level imaginable – historically, mythologically, CGI-ically.  Really, truly awful.  Do not watch this film unless you’re at RT for Damon’s reprise of Cinema Craptastique or have found a really good drinking game to go with it.  You have been warned.

Some old comrades were missing this year, which was sad.  (I’m looking at you James R. Tuck, Delilah Dawson, Karina Cooper, Janice Hardy, Nancy Haddock, Amy Lane, …)  But it was great to catch up with others and to make new friends, like J.A. Souders, Aria Kane, Jenna Black, Kristen Painter, Amanda Carlson, Christina Farley, Poppy Dennison, Chudney Defreitas-Thomas, Chelle Olson, Myra Nour, Melanie Marsh, Jess Haines, and so, so many people that I can’t possibly even try to list them all because I will leave people off and I don’t want that kind of pressure.

I love the panels, love the meet and greets, loved the dance this year with the crazy photo ops and generally had myself a blast.  Some pics are below for your enjoyment.

I’m excited to be headed off for DragonCon tomorrow in Atlanta.  Rather than give you the link to my author site (oops, there it is), I thought I’d cut and paste my panels and the rest of my authorial appearances for the year down below.  Note: when not on panels, I’m likely to be found at Tairen’s Lair, Booth 2205, 2304 – Floor 2 in America’s Mart (Peachtree Street across from Hyatt Regency & the Peachtree Street Mall), where I and a bunch of other amazing authors will be selling and signing our books, including Faith Hunter, D.B. Jackson/David B. Coe, Kalayna Price, Rod Belcher, Mari Mancusi, Cheryl Wilson, James Tuck, John Hartness, Deidre Knight, Elaine Issaak, Diana Peterfreund and others!

Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA
Panels:
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Title: What’s Next in Urban Fantasy?
Description: Industry professionals share their insights on what’s new and what’s next in the field
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Not Just For Kids: The Universal Appeal of Young Adult Urban Fantasy
Description: A panel discussion with published young adult authors regarding the cross-generational appeal of the genre.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: International BC – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Vampires vs. Werewolves
Description: Which is more awesome: vampires or werewolves? Dear reader, you must choose a side in this hilarious debate.
Time: Fri 08:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Fighting For Writing
Description: When editors want something changed, how hard do writers fight to keep it…or not?
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Embassy A-B – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Secrets of Editors and Agents
Description: There must be some secret way to get an agent or sell a book, right? Let the Editors and Agents tell you what they’re looking for.
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Vampires in YA
Description: There are legions of vampires in YA. Let’s discuss the diversity of this fang-tastic genre.
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

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Title: Characters Who People Your Books
Description: Developing compelling characters for today’s fiction market.
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Embassy D-F – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

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October 18-20 Necronomicon in Tampa, FL (with guest of honor Christopher Paolini)

October 19 Lake County Library System’s 4th annual Trash to Fashion event at the Umatilla Public Library

I guess that if you’re visiting my blog, you already know about me and my new release, Fangtabulous.  I’m not especially known for my reticence and subtlety!  But in case you haven’t already heard enough out of me, I thought I’d list some current blog interviews and some upcoming events that you might want to check out!

Blog Interviews with:

Jessica Brody

Melissa Walker

Laurie Stolarz

Elise Allen

Debbie Rigaud

Eileen Cook

Sara Hantz

Diana Rodriguez Wallach

Denise Jaden

YA Fresh

Magical Words (not so much an interview as a post about settings, particularly the on-the-spot research for Fangtabulous)

 I’ve also found a new review from Mortality Bites.

Later this month I’ll be on The Sunshine Tour, signing books on January 26th at Books & Books in Coral Gables at 7 pm and on January 27th at Barnes & Noble in Fort Myers at 3 pm with the fabulous J.A. Souders, Karen Amanda Hooper, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Danielle Joseph, Heather Burch, Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Gaby Triana and Trish Doller.  We’re also doing a HUGE giveaway that you can check out here to celebrate the tour.

In February, I’ll be at Olde City, New Blood, which is going to be an amazing conference in St. Augustine, Florida from the 8th to the 10th.  Tomorrow is the last day to register, so don’t delay!  I can’t even tell you how many incredible authors will be featured, but among them are Jennifer Armentrout, Jennie Bentley/Jenna Bennett, Delilah S. Dawson, Nancy Haddock, Janice Hardy, Tes Hilaire… They’re all listed here.  I hope to see some of you there!