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OsFest Agenda: Bryan Thomas Schmidt – July 31st-August 2, 2015

OsFest8 Agenda – Bryan Thomas Schmidt Friday, July 31st Pantsers vs. Planners – A panel of writers discuss two different approaches to writing, the advantages and disadvantages, varied approaches, etc. Panelists: Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Travis Heermann, Matthew Rotundo, Jason Bougger

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Self-Editing For Writers (Online Class) July 25, 2015

For two years, my editing partner and I have been attending Cons and doing our panel Editing 101 for Writers to great success. We continue to do so, but I wanted to offer a different version of that panel as

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My Schedule: ConQUEST 46 May 22-24, 2015

As usual, I am attending our local Convention, ConQuest Memorial Day weekend. I am moderating and participating on some great panels.  Here’s a list.   ConQuesT 2015 BRYAN THOMAS SCHMIDT‘S SCHEDULE   MAY 22 • FRIDAY   5:00pm –  6:00pm W

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On My First Best Editor, Short Form Hugo Nomination

So I got nominated for a Hugo for Short Form Editing. Wow. Found out two weeks ago and it surprised but thrilled me. I didn’t campaign. A group of people deemed me worthy and nominated me. Since nominating people you

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Why I Am An Editor

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I became an editor for three primary reasons: 1) I love reading stories; 2) I love working with and discovering new writers; 3) I like helping others. For me, editing combined all these loves, so it seemed a natural fit.

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WriteTip: Advice On Why No Is Rarely Personal – Handling Rejection For New Writers

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Yesterday at ConQuest, a panel discussion led to talks about editors and writers and how much editors love discovering new writers and great new stories. And in the midst of it, I got reminded how intimidated writers often are by

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Conquest 45 Noir Schedule and Details Updated

Well, for the third year in a row I am a panelist and moderator at CONQUEST 45, the local Kansas City Con on Friday May 23rd through Sunday May 25th. Well attended, with, as usual, a great lineup of guests

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For Immediate Release – SFFWRTCHT on Twitter Will End in 2014

Update: SFFWRTCHT has always been a celebration of community: what unites us, not divides us. Although I can’t keep up with the weekly grind any more, given other obligations, we will continue with twice monthly chats beginning in early 2015

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Write Tip: 8 Tips For Getting Blurbs From Name Authors

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This week’s Write Tip addresses a question I get a lot. I have been fortunate enough to get blurbs on my books from many well known authors, and people want to know how I manage it. So here are some

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WriteTip: 6 Things Any Writer Can Do To Make Science Fiction and Fantasy Better

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You may have noticed there’s a lot of yelling going on in Science Fiction and Fantasy these days. Some yell because they’re angry. Some yell because they’re sick of the yelling. Others yell to be trolls. And the cycle never

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WriteTip: The Importance Of Writing Rules As Boundaries For Learning Craft

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Since December of 2010, I’ve been interviewing authors, editors and others almost weekly on craft every Wednesday for SFFWRTCHT, and one of our regular and favorite question is about Best and Worst Writing Advice. It’s always interesting the answers we

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WriteTip: On Writing What You Know As A Search For Truth

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  First things first, it’s been a while since I wrote one of these posts. Apologies to anyone who follows the blog. I honestly ran dry in my well, because I was working on so many creative projects from writing

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For Immediate Release: Broaddus and Schmidt Team With Alliteration Ink For Urban Fantasy Noir Anthology

UPDATE: Sad to say I quit this project due to the unprofessionalism and lack of integrity shown by the publisher. I’ve never looked back. BTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Bram Stoker and Black Quill award nominated editor Maurice Broaddus and editor Bryan

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My Agenda: OryCon 35 Nov. 8-10, 2013

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Well, I’m off to Portland Thursday. My first time in Oregon. And I’m looking forward to it. While I was disappointed to not be included in ORYCON programming for the first time ever at a Con in three years, I

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New Blurbs and Reviews For My Newest Anthology Babies — Raygun Chronicles & Beyond The Sun

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We have four blurbs in for my soon to be released pulp space opera anthology so far: “RAYGUN CHRONICLES breathes supercharged life into the space opera genre with exciting and inventive new tales by a superb line-up of writers. This

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Announcing My Schedule For Archon 2013 in St. Louis, October 4-6

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This weekend, I will be attending ARCHON 37 in St. Louis, my first time there. I had to cancel last year due to unforseen circumstances and despite living in St. Louis from 2000-2009, this will be my first time attending.

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Write Tip: Creating Releases To Send With Review Copies

Okay, it’s been a few months since I did one of these. I’ll admit, my well was running dry and needed a break to refresh. But I’m going to pick it back up now with a subject that many authors

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Statement on Quitting Blue Shift Magazine

I’ve been delaying this for a month but the time has come to clear my slate. In August, I resigned as editor of Blue Shift after several frustrating circumsatances.  First, while I and several contributors were paid, in some cases more

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My World Con Schedule 2013

LoneStar 3 Con Schedule – Bryan Thomas Schmidt Thursday, August 29 Arrival: 1:30 p.m. on Southwest then scramble to get to hotel, check in, unpack, drop books at dealer room and make: Thu 17:00 – 18:00 Autographing: Taylor Anderson, Paul Herman, Bryan

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Rumors, Scandals and Other People’s Drama, oh my!

I went through a lot of drama in my former marriage due to my wife’s mental illness. I didn’t realize until recent events how much that changed me. For one, I have a very low tolerance for other people’s unnecessary

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Take Time To Be Present aka Turn The Damn Cell Phone Off

This weekend I had the privilege of attending the funeral of two high school friends’ mother. I call it a privilege because this was no somber mournfest. This was a celebration of life and love. In fact, it was so

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Ruminations on Freedom

Freedom is a funny thing. Celebrated far and wide as an ideal. Yet when you have it, you don’t always feel it, because freedom does come with a certain weight of responsibility. Some choose to ignore that. More and more

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Guest Post: Genre Mashups by Michael J. Martinez

I love a good genre mashup. Elves in the 1940s? Awesome. Cybernetic werewolves? Bring it. Steampunk dragons? You bet. Horatio Hornblower in space? …actually, I wrote that, more or less. Crashed a frigate into Mars and everything. Anyway. Take your

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A Culture of The Worst?

I love interacting with people from other cultures. Discovering the world through their eyes, looking through that other lens, exploring it, seeing where it leaves, discovering new questions, new answers, new approaches. It’s why I got hooked on traveling to

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WriteTip: Using Assumption as a Dramatic Device

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Since I’ve talked a lot about assumption over the past week, it seems appropriate to point out how useful it can be in creating conflict and tension in your fiction. Assumption is deadly for unity and relationships, most of us

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A Mistake I Don’t Regret

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Two days ago, I posted a post I’m proud of. I worked hard on it. Since then, it has led to anger and vitriol being aimed at me. The intention was to promote civility and temperance in important discussions on

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My Campbell Conference Agenda

I am privileged to be an Author Guest at the Campbell Awards Conference at University of Kansas this weekend, sponsored by Center For The Study Of Science Fiction. Here’s the agenda items I’ll be involved with. You can find a

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Let’s Talk About Hitting On Girls, Boys (i.e. Don’t Sexually Harrass)

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You know, it always amazes me the gall some people have. There are guys who can just walk up to women, have a friendly conversation, and then decide that the woman wants to have sex. They then start hitting on

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Write Tip: Worldbuilding – Follow The Truth Not Someone Else’s Agenda

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Want some unsolicited writing advice? Don’t let someone else’s selfish advice box you in on your worldbuilding. Okay, perhaps an example is in order. I recently read an article by a fantasy writer who suggested that if you create a

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Write Tip: 5 Tips For Choosing The Right Independent Editor

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 I get this question all the time: “How Do I Know What’s Reasonable?” about independent editors and their fees. You’d think people would consider me biased, but in truth, I’m not because although I have absolutely confidence in the quality

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