Norwescon Writers Workshop

I’ve been invited to be “Honored Professional” at the 2019 Norwescon (SeaTac, WA) in April and will be participating in the Norwescon Writers Workshop as a guest moderator (one of five or six moderators who will be critiquing manuscripts for the workshop).

I’m looking forward to participating in my first Norwescon and working with the authors in the workshop. If you are interested in signing up for the workshop, details are available here.

Capclave 2018 Schedule

I’ll be at Capclave in Rockville, MD this weekend.My schedule as follows:

Friday 7:00 pm: SF and Fantasy in Translation 
Panelist:Neil Clarke, Inge Heyer (M), Alex Shvartsman
Panelists discuss what makes a good translation. How literal does it need to be? What culteral markers do and do not translate? How does the translator capture the author’s voice yet still keep the work comprehensible to an audience that doesn’t speak the original language and may not be familiar with the culture in which the author lives/lived.

Friday 8:00 pm: Anthology Builder 
Panelist:Neil Clarke, Alex Shvartsman, David Stokes, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn’t? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?

Friday 9:00 pm: Dealing With Rejection 
Panelist:Neil Clarke, Scott Edelman, Barbara Krasnoff (M), Michael A. Ventrella
Everyone in the field has to deal with rejection at some point. Panelists will talk about how they handle rejection, and in the case of editors, panelists will offer suggestions on how NOT to handle rejection

Friday 11:00 pm: How NOT to Get Published, a/k/a Late Night Tales From the Slush Pile Panelist:Neil Clarke, Wendy S. Delmater, Bjorn Hasseler, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M), Sean Wallace
Editors will discuss all the things authors shouldn’t do if they want to be published. For instance, submission guidelines exist for a reason. And no matter how brilliant your story is, threatening the editor will reduce the probability that it will be published to zero.

Saturday 10:00 am: Chinese Science Fiction Short Story: A Conversation between Xia Jia and Neil Clarke
Panelist:Neil Clarke (M), Xia Jia
There has be a steady translation of Chinese science fiction in recent years, but are you curious about the history of Chinese science fiction and its current status in China? Do you want to listen to the talk between one of the most prestigious Chinese science fiction author and the editor who has published dozens of Chinese science fiction stories translated into English? Come and enjoy the conversation between Neil Clarke (on site) and Xia Jia (remotely!)

Saturday 12:00 pm: Short Fiction Contracts Workshop
Coordinator:Michael Capobianco (M), Neil Clarke
Workshop on understanding publishing contracts for short fiction. What to look out for, what to negotiate. Limited to 10 people

Saturday 3:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts
Panelist:Neil Clarke, Alex Shvartsman, Joe Stech
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds – what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowd funding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as
Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.

Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass autographing (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Eisenhower

Sunday 11:00 am: Small Press Publishing 2019
Panelist:Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace, Steven H. Wilson (M)
Capclave is lucky to have a number of small press publishers as program participants. The folks from Prime Books, Wyrm Publishing, and others talk about their upcoming projects .

2018 Chesley Award Winner

I would like to thank the members of ASFA for awarding me the 2018 Chesley Award for Best Art Director. The category was filled with people that I am in awe of and would have been content to lose to. I was so convinced one of the others would that I didn’t have a prepared speech and was caught completely off-guard when my name was called. Oh and did I mention that it was my birthday that day?

Oh and that little red thing sticking out from the award, that’s a Tesla in orbit.

2018 Worldcon Schedule

Worldcon is this week in San Jose. I’ll be arriving sometime late Wednesday evening and returning home on Tuesday.

I have the following panels:

  • Thursday, August 16 – 4:00pm – Chinese SF/F and its Fandom (212C)
  • Friday, August 17 – 11:00am – Translation & Communication of Chinese Science Fiction (210F)
  • Saturday, August 18 – 12:00pm – Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke (211B1)
  • Saturday, August 18 – 4:00pm – Autographs

I’m not on any of the editing, anthologies, or short fiction panels, so if you want to hear (or talk to me) about that stuff, sign up for the Kaffeeklatsch or catch me between panels, meetings, and award ceremonies. (This is not a complaint. It’s just how things fell this year.)  I go to these things to meet people, so feel free to introduce yourself or just say hi. If it’s Friday, break the ice by saying “Happy Birthday!”

I will also be attending the following award ceremonies:

  • Friday, August 17 – 5:00pm – Chesley Awards (Callahan’s Place). I’m a nominee for Best Art Director
  • Sunday, August 19 – 8:00pm – Hugo Awards (Grand Ballroom). I’m a nominee for Best Editor (Short Form)

I do not have a table in the dealer’s room, but the SFWA table will have a few copies of both Clarkesworld Year Nine volumes and some of the other dealers will have my Night Shade  Books anthologies.