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Necronomicon is a local science fiction, fantasy and horror convention my family and I go to every year we don’t have a conflict. I’m very excited that we’ll be back this year and to see the special guests Shanna Swendson and Ken Mitchroney. For those interested, the conference is being held this coming weekend at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore and has a host of interesting events including the masquerade, where it’s just possible I’ll be sporting a classic Wonder Woman costume I put together myself. Aside from that, here’s my schedule, the better to find me, hopefully with scads of my books to be signed! (Although I’ll have some with me for the noon signing on Saturday.) I look forward to seeing some of you there!

Friday
5:00 PM: How to Know When You Need An Agent; Panelists: Ire, Diver, Labud
Saturday
11:00 AM: Steampunk Cosplay panel
12:00 PM: Signing (along with Elle E. Ire)
5:00 PM: Getting out of the Medieval Fantasy Rut; Panelists: Wilkerson, Hogarth, Swendson, Byers, Iriarte, Diver
Sunday
11 AM: Care and Feeding of your Creative Process; Panelists: Zelinski, Diver, Stark, Iriarte, Michroney

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.

nexus First of all, a HUGE congratulations to Ramez Naam for finaling in the Kitschies Awards (given out by The Kraken Rum!) for his debut SF thriller NEXUS from Angry Robot Books.  You can check out an interview with him here on the publisher’s website.

For those of you who want to find me in person as opposed to just on-line, here’s my 2014 Conference/Convention schedule:

February 9-11 Coastal Magic Convention in Daytona Beach, FL

Friday

4:30 – 5:30 Fantasy luau meet & greet with  J. A. Souders, Mari Mancusi, Janice Hardy and Tawdra Kendle

5:30 – 6:30 Flash Fiction Word-a-Palooza w/ Damon Suede, Kiernan Kelly, Angie Fox, Alex Hughes

Saturday

2-3 Mythology & Fairy Tales with Amanda Carlson, Aria Kane, Deborah Cooke, Boone Brux

3:15-4:15 Mini-Monsters: Young Adult UF/PNR with Janice Hardy, Lea Nolan, Mari Mancusi, Chelsea M. Cameron

5-7 signing

8-11 character mixer

March 15 SCBWI Writers Unleashed Workshop from 9-12 in Orlando Orange County Downtown Library. (Note: participants must pre-register.  If you’re not an Orange County resident, here is the person to contact about registration: fisk.sarah @ ocls.info.)

Presenters: Amy Parker (Random House Childrens), Christina Farley (Skyscape/Amazon Childrens),Lucienne Diver (agent with The Knight Agency/ author with Flux), Vivi Barnes (Entangled), Jessica Souders (Tor/Macmillian), and Jessica Khoury (Razorbill/ Penguin)

April 7-10 London Book Fair

May 14-18 Romantic Times Convention in New Orleans, LA

July 23-26 RWA National Conference in San Antonio, TX

August 7-10 RWA 2014 Romance Rocks Conference in Sydney, Australia

September 4-7 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Conference

October 3-5 Necronomicon

October 18 Emcee for the 5th Annual Trash to Fashion Show at the W. T. Bland Public Library in Mount Dora, FL

November 6 – 9 World Fantasy Convention in Washington, DC

Necronomicon

Posted: October 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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For anyone looking to find me at Necronomicon this weekend, here’s my schedule!  Also, I’ll have an author table and special deals!

Location:

Embassy Suites -USF
3705 Spectrum Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33612

Friday

1 PM      Salon A                 Writing Basics- Creating Fantasy Worlds

Author discussion of the processes they use to define the fantasy setting in which their story will be set. Host: K.L. Nappier, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Christopher Paolini, Aria Kane, E. Rose Sabin

3 PM      Salon G                                Grossing Genres: the Good and the Bad

Find out how authors mix genres to create something new and wonderful and how they avoid making a mess of things. Host: Thomas Macheski, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Pamela Labud, R.M. Garcia, Michael L. Joy, Vicy Cross

Necronomicon’s Got Talent – Yes, I will be singing.  Tremble in fear!

Saturday

9 AM     Salon B                 Fantasy Romance: Rising Star

More and more we are seeing the combination of fantasy with traditional romance writing. The panel discusses why this is so. Host: Lucienne Diver, Panel: Vicy Cross, Pamela Labud, Johanna M. Bolton, Aria Kane

12 PM   Salon C                 Small Presses: Taking Risks the Big Guys are Afraid to Take

If you want to find fiction that is innovative or deals with subjects the major publishers shy away from, you go to the small presses. The panel discusses why small presses are risk-takers. Host: K. Piet, Panel: Eric Beebe, Ed Howdershelt, Lucienne Diver, Christopher Helton, E. Rose Sabin

4 PM      Salon B                 Religion in Science Fiction and Fantasy

A soon to be ordained minister, an ethics professor and three authors delve into the topic of how you deal with religion in the societies you create in your fiction. Host: Tracy Zielinski, Panel: Glenda Finkelstein, Will Ludwigsen, Kat Heckenbach, Michael Pinsky, Lucienne Diver

Sunday

11 AM   Salon C                 Dress for Success: What Your Fantasy Characters Wear

Our authors discuss what they tell their character to and not to wear. Host: Tracy Akers, Panel: Lucienne Diver, Christopher Paolini, Pamela Labud

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 can’t believe how quickly DragonCon is coming up!  It’s their 25th anniversary, so it should be a blow-out.  Guests include Laurell K. Hamilton, Charlaine Harris, Jonathan Maberry, Adam Baldwin, Christopher Lloyd, Edward James Olmos, Colin Ferguson…the list goes on and on.

For those of you planning your visit, I hope you’ll swing by and see me and the premier of my music video for the Vamped series in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta.  Many awesome authors will be participating, and you can probably find a full schedule of events at the DragonCon website, but I thought I’d post an at-a-glance list here for my authors who’ll be in attendance (Rachel Caine, David B. Coe, Faith Hunter, Kalayna Price and Susan Sizemore).  I’ve included my schedule below as well.  Unfortunately, due to her current health, Rob Thurman will be there only in spirit.  However, her booth mates will have an oversized card for people to sign (Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom, Booths 100 & 102), and they’ll be passing out her giveaways and selling books on her behalf, so I hope you’ll stop by.

Rachel Caine
Title: Dark Shadows
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Fans of the Gothic soap opera discuss its enduring legacy.

Title: Fan Works
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Fan fiction and fan art in YA.

Title: Reading: Rachel Caine
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sat 02:30 pm Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1)

Title: Faeries vs. Vampires
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: Which is more awesome: Faeries or Vampires? Ladies and gentlemen, you must choose a side.

Title: Switching…YA to Adult or vice versa
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Greenbriar – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Differences in writing YA and adult works…does some of one creep in to the other?

Title: Online Interactions
Time: Sun 01:00 pm Location: A707 – Marriott (Length: 1)
Description: How do kids and teens use technology to interact with books and authors today? Do they expect more as they turn the last page of that novel?

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

David B. Coe 
Title: Fightin’ and Writing’
Time: Fri 10:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Need an expert at sword fighting, martial arts, cutting edge munitions? You need to be here. These experts can help you develop your fight scenes.

Title: Writing Short Fiction
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Maybe novel-length fiction isn’t for you. Try the short story market.

Title: The Adventure Continues…
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Authors discuss creating and maintaining dark and urban fantasy series.

Title: Blood & Steel
Time: Sun 10:00 am Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Tales of swords, sorcery, and grim adventure.

Title: Reading: David B. Coe
Time: Sun 11:30 am Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1)

Title: Knowing your Audience
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?

Title: Your Voice
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1)
Description: Editor’s rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Lucienne Diver
Title: Plotting or Plodding?
Time: Sat 1:00 pm
Description: Developing intricate and layered plots that will keep readers turning pages.

Title: Editors and Agents Speak Out
Time: Sunday 8:30 pm
Description: How and why editors and agents choose the books/authors they choose.

Title: Your Voice
Time: Monday 10 AM
Description: Editors rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

(Also to be found for signings, sales and swag in Booth 707 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Faith Hunter
Title: Hunting Monsters for Fun and Profit
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: Centennial II – III – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: A roundtable discussion by some of dark and urban fantasy’s biggest names.

Title: The Adventure Continues…
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Authors discuss creating and maintaining dark and urban fantasy series.

Title: Knowing your Audience
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?

Title: Your Voice
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Editor’s rave over a writer with a distinct voice. How do you develop that rare quality that stands out above the rest?

Title: Reading:Faith Hunter
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Kalayna Price
Title: Spotlight: Witches
Description: Explores the role of witches in fantasy literature.
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Cairo – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Reading: Kalayna Price
Time: Sat 01:00 pm Location: Roswell – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight: Dark Faeries
Description: A writer’s roundtable about the sinister side of the “Fair Folk.”
Time: Sat 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight on BelleBooks & Bell Bridge Books
Description: Whether you’re writing about demons, vampires, teens, tweens, ghosts or grandmas, come and see what this dynamic niche publisher is looking for.
Time: Sun 02:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Knowing your Audience
Description: So, you sold a book. Who’s your audience? Do you write for your audience or for yourself? How do you discover who your audience really is?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

(Also to be found for signings and swag in Booths 100 & 102 in the Marquis Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis Atlanta)

Susan Sizemore
Title: Worldbuilding
Time: Fri 05:30 pm Location: Manila / Singapore / Hong Kong – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Learn how to choose the right details to make your world come alive.

Title: Dark Shadows
Time: Fri 07:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: Fans of the Gothic soap opera discuss its enduring legacy.

Title: Dragon*Autographs
Time: Sat 11:30 am Location: M301 – M304 – Marriott (Length: 1 Hour)

Title: Spotlight: Vampires
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: Montreal / Vancouver – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)
Description: The current state, and possible future, of vampire fiction.

Title: Reading: Susan Sizemore
Time: Mon 10:00 am Location: Edgewood – Hyatt (Length: 1 Hour)

Quick things

Posted: August 16, 2011 in Uncategorized
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So swamped leading up to Worldcon that I’ve barely had time to post or tweet. (I’ve checked, and no, this isn’t one of the signs of the apocalypse…though probably it should be.) For anyone coming to Worldcon, you can find me:

Friday 10:00-11:00 a.m. New Pro Orientation – Understanding Publishing with John Berlyn, Sandra Tayler, A.C. Crispin and Brent Weeks

Friday 1:00 to 2:00, Hall 2 Autographing alongside Robin Hobb, Carol Berg, Sharon Shinn, Sean McMullen, Patricia Briggs, Kim Stanley Robinson and Martha Wells

Saturday 3:00 to 4:00 The Paranormal as Metaphor with Naamen Tilahun, Carrie Vaughn, Rose Fox and Patricia Briggs

I’m looking forward to seeing my awesome authors Carol Berg, Diana Pharaoh Francis, N.K. Jemisin and Susan Krinard there and, of course, to rooting for N.K. Jemisin’s THE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINGDOMS to win the Hugo Award for Best Novel!  You can catch the live stream of the awards ceremony on Saturday, August 20th at 8 Pacific Daylight time.

Whether or not you can make the convention, you can find me here today, guest-blogging for the good people at the Clarion Writers Workshop.