LoneStarCon aka WorldCon is next week, and I’m peeking my head up out of the weeds of ‘Oh crap last minute preparations! Send that laser rifle bardcode scanner overnight or it’ll never arrive in time!’ preparations for Angry Robot to share my schedule.
Most of my weekend will be spent behind the tables at the Angry Robot booth, where I’ll be meeting readers and shilling the fine works of SF, F, and WTF? from Angry Robot and our sister imprint, Strange Chemistry (a YA imprint specializing in Experimenting With Your Imagination).
But here’s my panel schedule:
The Future of the Small Press
Friday 13:00 – 14:00
Gary K. Wolfe (M), Kaja Foglio , Michael Underwood, Darlene Marshall, Neil Clarke
Geeks in Popular Culture
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00
The changing portrayal of geeks in media, comics and pop culture in general.
Michael Underwood (M), Lynne M. Thomas , Jason M. Hough, Deborah Stanish
But Why Can’t You See My Genius?
Saturday 13:00 – 14:00
Let’s face it; nobody likes rejection, but every writer is going to get rejection letters at some point. Why the rejection? Why don’t they love you? Your work may be wrong for the publisher, may have arrived on the wrong day, or it may simply be the 350th angsty vampire novel the poor sorry slush pile reader has seen that week. How can you turn a rejection letter into a “hell yes!”
Beth Meacham (M), Michael Underwood, Eleanor Wood, Mary Robinette Kowal , Joshua Bilmes
The Relationship Between Reader and Writer
Saturday 17:00 – 18:00
When you write, do you start with an audience in mind? Do you interact with your readers as you write or after you write or never? Has social media changed what you do? What do you expect from your readers, and what is the nature of your understanding?
Sharon Shinn (M) , Kay Kenyon, Tobias Buckell, Matthew Rotundo, Michael Underwood
Autographing: Brenda Cooper, Stephen Leigh, Connie Willis, Michael Underwood
Sunday 17:00 – 18:00
Michael Underwood , Stephen Leigh , Connie Willis , Brenda Cooper
Let the record show that I am on panels with some crazy-awesome-big names – bestsellers, award winners, movers-and-shakers. This is both exciting and terrifying. I’m also jazzed to be on a panel with Jason M. Hough, agency-brother and freshly minted New York Times-bestselling author, and with Mary Robinette Kowal, who brought down the house with her amazing narration of the CELEBROMANCY audiobook. Plus, I’m on a panels about Geeks in Pop Culture, which is one of the topics I will gladly talk about for Hours and Hours, if prompted. 🙂
I’ll also be hitting the Booksworn party and the Drinks With Authors shindig, and dressing up to cheer on friends and colleagues during the Hugo Awards ceremony.
So if you’re going to be at LoneStarCon, please swing by the Angry Robot booth to say hi, or join me for one of these fine panels.
See you there!