Well, I am off Thursday for my second trip to OryCon in Portland, Oregon at the Lloyd Center Doubletree. It’s a fun con with lots of friends in attendance and a fairly laid back atmosphere. Jennifer Brozek and I will be having our SHATTERED SHIELDS Book Launch in Suite 1570 Saturday night, too, and then we’ll attend SF AuthorFest at Powell’s Beaverton Sunday afternoon to sign along with contributors Wendy Wagner and Annie Bellett and a ton of authors.
Meanwhile, though, here’s where to find me at the Con. Hope to see some of you!
|Fri Nov 7 2:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 3:00:pm
|Revision: Path to Better Writing or Way to Never Finish?
Endless revisions can kill good writing, but everyone says polish your work. Besides, the first draft is usually bad, right? How to navigate through the apparent contradictions without going crazy.
|(*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, SD Perry, Bruce Taylor, Manny Frishberg, K.C. Ball|
|Fri Nov 7 3:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 3:30:pm
|Bryan Thomas Schmidt Reading (30min)
Bryan Thomas Schmidt reads from his own works.
|Bryan Thomas Schmidt|
|Fri Nov 7 4:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 5:00:pm
|Religion in Fantasy
Gods? Goddesses? Just pretend religion doesn’t exist?
|(*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Devon Monk, Jack Whitsel, Joan Gaustad, Karen Azinger|
|Fri Nov 7 5:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 6:00:pm
|I Quit My Job to Be a Writer! WHAT HAVE I DONE?
What the full-time writing life is like, how to stay focused when you’re all by yourself, the realities of making a living via the written word, and techniques for forcing yourself to get dressed and leave the house.
|Richard A. Lovett, Matthew Hughes, (*)Mary Rosenblum, Mike Moscoe, Bryan Thomas Schmidt|
|Sat Nov 8 11:00:am
Sat Nov 8 12:00:pm
|Planners vs. Pantsers
Some writers have everything outlined and plotted before they put their fingers on the keyboard. Others insist on flying by the seat of their pants. If you’re one, come learn the techniques of the other, and why you should pay attention.
|(*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Anna Sheehan, J. A. Pitts, Dean Wells, Steve Perry|
|Sat Nov 8 12:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 1:00:pm
|Surviving the Edit
Sometimes it feels as if editors are out to crush your soul, when they’re really there to save the soul of your book (or they should be). Learn how to choose an editor, how to take your lumps–and when you should ignore what the editor says.
|Colleen Anderson, SD Perry, (*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jason V Brock|
|Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 5:00:pm
|Social Media and the Modern Writer
Websites, Facebook fan pages, email lists, contests, twitter, tumblr, Pinterest, ads, blogs and that annoying thing called a “platform”: what works, what doesn’t, and why you need to care (spoiler: you do).
|Theresa (Darklady) Reed, (*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Erik Wecks, MeiLin Miranda|
Saturday Nov. 8 :00 pm Shattered Shields/Baen Launch Party
Suite 1570 Alcohol, soft drinks, snacks and more. Come win signed artwork and books or buy some. Join Jennifer Brozek, Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Wendy N. Wagner and Annie Bellett.
|Sun Nov 9 1:00:pm
Sun Nov 9 2:00:pm
|Crowdfund Your Project
You’ve got a book, a comic, a film, a game–something awesome! Your fans want it. How do you raise the funds to get it to them? Let them pre-order it via Kickstarter or the other crowdfunding sites. We’ll discuss best practices, when not to crowdfund, backer rewards people want, fulfillment nightmares and successes, and handling the haters (they gonna hate).
|MeiLin Miranda, Erik Wecks, (*)Bryan Thomas Schmidt, Jake Richmond|