2018 Readercon Schedule

I’ll be attending Readercon in Quincy, MA this weekend. Light schedule this time:

Friday 6:00PM – Scouting Global Speculative Stories
Liz Gorinsky (M), Neil Clarke, Mimi Mondal, Anatoly Belilovsky, Alex Shvartsman, Francesco Verso

Magazine and book editors will discuss how they scout and promote authors from outside the U.S. and U.K., sharing their expertise and best practices. How can writers and editors make the best use of resources such as Lavie Tidhar’s WorldSF Blog and Rachel Cordasco’s SF in Translation site? What would make it easier to find, publish, and publicize world speculative fiction?

Sunday 10AM – Kaffeeklatsch

I’ll also be in the Dealer’s Room at the Clarkesworld table during the open hours I’m not otherwise scheduled for.

2018 Balticon Schedule

I’m a Special Guest at Balticon this year!

My schedule is:

Friday, May 25

4pm – Freelancing in the Publishing Industry
Christina M. Frey, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
How can one survive on their own in the wild, ever-changing world of genre publishing? Hear some stories and advice from people who have!

Saturday, May 26

11am – Kaffeeklatsch: Neil Clarke

12pm –  Dangerous Voices Variety Hour

2pm – Recognizing Predatory Business Practices
D.H. Aire (moderator), James R. Stratton, Neil Clarke, Rosemary Claire Smith, Lawrence Watt-Evans
How to look for signs that you might not be dealing with a legitimate company – including common tactics such as pay-to-play, signing over derivative works, and others.

3pm – Making a Good Book Cover
J. R. Blackwell, Starla Huchton, Neil Clarke, Jabari Weathers
What makes a cover eye-catching? How might different audiences interpret the same imagery? Our panelists will go through the design process.

Sunday, May 27

12pm – Are Advances in Technology Making Spec Fiction Harder To Pull Off?
Carl Cipra (moderator), Larry Niven, Sarah Pinsker, Neil Clarke, Nicky Drayden, Catherine Asaro
Is it possible for writers to keep up with the rapid pace of technological development? Can we we “future-proof” the challenges our characters face so there won’t be an “app for that” by the time the book comes out?

1pm – Autographs: Neil Clarke and Ted Weber

3pm – Ask Me Anything: Editors & Publishers
Walt Boyes (moderator), Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ian Randal Strock, Jeff Young
A panel of professional editors and publishers answer questions from the audience.

4pm – Kickstarter, Patreon, and Crowdfunding Your Novel
Tee Morris, Philippa Ballantine, Michael R. Underwood, Neil Clarke, Lawrence Watt-Evans
In the traditional model, an author is paid per book sold. How has crowdfunding changed the way writers work and publish?

9pm – Tales From the Slush Pile
Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke, John Edward Lawson
Editors share tales of some of the gems they’ve received, and give advice on how to avoid becoming fodder for future panels like this.

Monday, May 28

11am – Pitches We’re Sick Of (and Ones We Want to See)
Sarah Avery (moderator), Joshua Bilmes, Neil Clarke
Agents and editors discuss trends in submissions.

12pm – Writing for Themed Anthologies
Jean Marie Ward, Alex Shvartsman, T. Eric Bakutis, Neil Clarke
Anthologies offer an excellent opportunity for writers to get their work out to new readers. Writers and editors discuss where to look for submission opportunities, how to write to a theme, and tips on catching an editor’s eye (for the right reasons).

November trip to China

In just under a week, I’ll be in China. So far, this is what I have on my schedule:

11/8 – Leave for Chengdu, China
11/9 – Arrive in Chengdu
11/10-12 – Fourth China (Chengdu) International SF Conference
      11/11 – Interview, Chengdu Radio (with Regina Kanyu Wang)
      11/12
            10-11am, Panel: Exchange our worlds via words, Moderator: Regina Kanyu Wang,
                  Panelists: Neil Clarke, Chen Qiufan, Joanne Li, Meng Qingshu
            16:30-17:30pm, Master of the Future Award Ceremony (organized by Sci-Fi Space)
            20:00-21:30, Sci-Fi Space Campus Event at Sichuan University
11/13 – Pandas
11/14 – Fly from Chengdu to Beijing
11/15 – Meeting with Storycom
11/17 – Storycom Press Conference & Party
11/18-19 – Chinese Nebula Weekend
      11/18 – Signing (with Xia Jia)
      11/19
            9:00-12:00
, Forum: Chinese science fiction going internationally
            14:30-18:30, Chinese Nebula Award Ceremony
11/20 – Leave Beijing, Arrive Newark, NJ

I’m still working out what I’ll do on the 16th. I’m told I really need to see the Great Wall while I’m there, so maybe that will land there. I also have to set aside some time to buy a few things for my family.

Capclave 2017 Schedule

Ken Liu and I are Guests of Honor at this year’s Capclave. (October 6-8 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.)

Hope to see some of you there!

Here’s my schedule:

Friday 6:00 pm: How Not To Get Published (Ends at: 6:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Mike McPhail, Hildy Silverman, Ian Randal Strock, Michael A. Ventrella (M)
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.
Friday 7:00 pm: The WSFA Small Press Award (Ends at: 7:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ken Liu, Margaret Ronald, Alex Shvartsman (M), Fran Wilde
Current finalists and past finalists and winners discuss what the awards means to them and the place of short fiction from small presses in the genre.
Friday 8:00 pm: The Clarkesworld Magazine Chinese SF/F Translation Project (Ends at: 8:55 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews (M), Neil Clarke, Ken Liu
Guest of Honor Neil Clarke and Ken Liu discuss Clarkesworld’s commitment to publishing Chinese science fiction and fantasy in translation, including how the stories are chosen, interaction with the authors, and general audience reception to the project.
Friday 10:00 pm: Clarkesworld Book Club (Ends at: 10:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Sam Lubell (M), Sean Wallace
Sam Lubell, the head of the WSFA Committee to Actually Discuss SF/F will moderate a discussion with audience participation, of the current issue of Clarkesworld as well as a discussion of which stories over the last decade have particularly stuck with people.
Saturday 12:00 pm: Small Press Publishing in 2018 (Ends at: 12:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Joshua Palmatier, Lezli Robyn, Ian Randal Strock (M), Sean Wallace
Capclave is lucky to have a number of small press publishers as program participants. The folks from Arc Manor/Phoenix Pick, Prime Books, Zombies Need Brains, Wyrm Publishing, and Fantastic Books talk about their upcoming projects
Saturday 1:00 pm: Neil Clarke Publisher/Editor Guest of Honor Interview (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
GOH & Interviewer: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke
GOH Neil Clarke is interviewed by Scott H. Andrews
Saturday 2:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts (Ends at: 2:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Alex Shvartsman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
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 4:00 pm: Anthology Builder (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner, Joshua Palmatier (M), Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer
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?
Sunday 11:00 am: Editing the Short Story (Ends at: 11:55 am) Bethesda
Panelists: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke (M), Scott Roberts, Bud Sparhawk
Panelists talk about the work of editing short fiction, keeping things interesting and on-pace and making sure all the elements of a good story are in place when there are only so many words to work with.
Sunday 3:00 pm: Endings – Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 3:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Joshua Palmatier, Irette Y. Patterson, Sarah Pinsker (M)
So many short stories start out well but end abruptly or just trail off, leaving the reader to wonder, what’s the point. Why does this happen and how can writers avoid this fate? How do you determine your endings? Is a twist ending a cheat?

2017 Readercon Schedule

I’ve just received my programming schedule for Readercon (next week!):

Friday, July 14

11:00 AM    C    How to Make a Small Fortune in Specialty Publishing.
Neil Clarke, Sandra Kasturi, Bart Leib, E.J. Stevens, Michael Damian Thomas.
Publishing is a challenging business that’s become even more challenging as retail space has declined and Amazon’s recommendation algorithms have taken over. It’s doubly difficult for small presses, which aren’t blessed with massive capital to hedge against returns. What is it really like to run a small press and what does it take to survive your early years? How do you get authors and reach important markets such as libraries, especially if you primarily publish in digital? Our experienced panelists will discuss these topics and more.

1:00 PM    6    A Golden Age of Asian Speculative Literature in English.

John Chu, Neil Clarke, Liz Gorinsky, Caroline M. Yoachim.
There’s a growing body of English-language speculative works by writers from Asian and South Asian cultures—works in translation from writers working in Asian languages, and works written in English by writers in both Asian countries and the Asian diaspora. This panel will discuss trends in translation and publication, examine different Western expectations of translated and non-translated fiction (for example, the notion that Asian diaspora writers will necessarily write on Asian themes or diasporic experiences), highlight recent works of interest, and explore how Asian and Western speculative fiction influence one another.

SATURDAY, July 15

12:00 PM    CL    Kaffeeklatsch.
Neil Clarke, Paul Tremblay.
I’ll also have a table in the dealer’s room, where I’ll be selling Clarkesworld, my anthologies, and very-low-priced books from my old bookstore’s inventory. Stop by and say hi!