My Boskone Schedule

I’m attending Boskone this weekend and here’s my schedule:

Small Presses & Magazines: Welcoming the Unexpected

Friday 17:00 – 17:50, Griffin (Westin)

Authors in the slipstream, weird, magical realism, or speculative literature categories can have a hard time finding the right home for their work. With stories that aren’t always a good fit for the larger genre markets, it’s still important to find quality publishers. Such homes exist in both the literary and SF/F/H publishing communities. This panel will take a “deep dive” into the world of small presses and magazines, presenting fantastic venues and discussing hard-learned lessons such as publishers that promised more than they could deliver. Whether you’re looking for good work a little off the beaten path or trying to find potential new markets for your writing, this panel is for you.

Julia Rios (M), Kate Baker, Neil Clarke Shahid Mahmud

Kaffeeklatsch 2: Neil Clarke

Friday 18:00 – 18:50, Harbor I-Kaffeeklatsch 2 (Westin)

How Story Works

Saturday 11:00 – 11:50, Marina 2 (Westin)

Pixar filmmaker Andrew Stanton claims in his TedX talk that “the fundamental promise of a story is that this tale will lead somewhere that is worth your time.” Is there more to story than a well-told promise? What is story? How is it constructed? What compels us to consume story in all its forms?

Darrell Schweitzer (M), Neil Clarke, Chris Irvin, Paul G. Tremblay, Gary K. Wolf


Autographing: Neil Clarke, E.C. Myers, Charles Stross, E. Lily Yu

Saturday 15:00 – 15:50, Galleria-Autographing (Westin)

The Economics of Magazine Publishing

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 4 (Westin)

Many publish for love, others for prestige. Some even manage to turn a profit. From circulation to ad revenue, staff turnover, and content acquisition, what factors are critical to the sustainability of magazines and e-zines? What’s the cold hard truth on the bottom line of your balance sheet?

Julia Rios (M), Neil Clarke, Shahid Mahmud, Steve Davidson

Inside the Editing Process

Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Harbor III (Westin)

How does the editorial process work? Editors must deal with a variety of writers, each with his or her own style, preferences, and agenda — while keeping an eye on management, markets, and much more. How does the revision process proceed? What do editors really do?

John R. Douglas (M), Neil Clarke, Steve Davidson, Stacey Friedberg, Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Philcon 2015

I’ll be attending Philcon in Cherry Hill, NJ this weekend. Hope to see some of you there. I won’t have a table in the dealer’s room, but I will be participating on the following panels:

Sat 10:00 AM in Autograph Table—Autographs: Lawrence M. Schoen and Neil Clarke

Sat 3:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)—The Value of Editors
Having an outside view on your work is important, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what an editor can do for you — and protect the readers.
Sally Wiener Grotta (mod), Jon McGoran, Ian Randal Strock, Neil Clarke, Brian Koscienski, Peter Prellwitz

Sat 6:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)—Small Press Magazine Panel
Hear what the editors have to say.
Hildy Silverman (mod), Ty Drago, Neil Clarke, Brian Koscienski, Gordon Linzner, Julie Ann Dawson

Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza IV (Four)—The Significance of Science Fiction Awards
They’re intended to reward quality and ensure that outstanding writers of an overlooked genre received proper recognition, but are they still serving that purpose? Or have our awards become nothing more than a popularity contest?
David M. Axler (mod), Michael Swanwick, Neil Clarke

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II (Two)—Podcasts (and Broadcasts) You Should Know [Open Discussion]
Whether you’re an aspiring writer looking for advice or a fan who loves audio dramas, podcasts have a lot to offer. Will one of these turn out to be the “thing I didn’t know I needed!” in your life? Come talk about your favorite audio shows with fellow fans.
Deborah Stanish (mod), Neil Clarke

Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—How to Sell Your Fiction
So you have a finally finished a story. What are the main markets? Who do you want to avoid?
Hildy Silverman (mod), Alex Shvartsman, Barbara A. Barnett, Neil Clarke, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Robert E. Waters

2015 Capclave Schedule

The 2015 Capclave (October 9-11 in Gaithersburg, Maryland) programming schedule is now available and it looks like I’ve been assigned to the following panels:

Friday 5:00 pm: Crowdfunding & Alternative Funding for Writers 
Panelists:Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Barbara Krasnoff, Alex Shvartsman
Traditionally, publishers gave authors an advance on royalties in exchange for the completed manuscript. Today, some writers are receiving alternate revenue streams including crowdfunding of anthologies and novels in advance by the public, serialization in which the author releases a chapter (or story) as long as readers continue to fund it, and electronic self-publishing. What methods have you used and what works? What new methods do you see in the future? How will this change the creation of books?

Friday 7:00 pm: Translating Speculative Fiction
Panelists:Neil Clarke, Jim Freund, Shahid Mahmud, Alex Shvartsman
Many non-English countries get much of their science fiction in translation. And English readers are finally being given access to more Chinese, Japanese and other non-English works. Why is this happening now? What are some of the special challenges with translating genre works? How do translators cope with invented words and concepts? What about different storytelling methods and literary techniques?

Saturday 11:00 am: The Elements of Editing 
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Hildy Silverman
The art and science of editing. What do editors do and how much effect do they have on the final work? What are the differences between magazine and book editing?

Saturday 7:00 pm: Distinctions Between Online & Print Magazines 
Panelists:Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Hildy Silverman, Gordon Van Gelder
In addition to the big three print sf/fantasy publications there are many many online magazines. Is this just a savings of paper & mailing costs, or are online publications doing things differently from print ones? How do writers decide to submit a story to one or the other?

I’ll also have a table in the dealer’s room, so if you are looking for me there… that’s the best place to fine me.

My 2015 Worldcon Schedule

I’ll be attending Sasquan (this year’s Worldcon) this August. Here’s my schedule:

Does SF/F Need Young Adult Magazines?
Thursday 15:00 – 15:45, Bays 111C (CC)
Deby Fredericks (M), Neil Clarke, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Jessica Rising
Anime and computer games are a huge trend among youth world-wide, but many of these potential readers are less in tune with “printed” science fiction and fantasy. How do we tap into this community of young fans to share with them the depth and breadth of SF/F short stories? Moreover, is there a viable market for a digital or print teen magazine? What would it take to get one going? And what are the potential benefits and pitfalls of putting one together for younger readers? Join parents, teens and editors to discuss the ins and outs of a YA SF/S magazine for the next generation of fans.

Literary Beer – Neil Clarke
Thursday 17:00 – 17:45, Exhibit Hall C – Literary Beer (CC)
Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Beer available for sale at the bar, snacks available in the snack bar in Hall D.

Stroll with the Stars
Friday 09:00 – 09:45, Breezeway/Statue (CC)
A gentle morning stroll with some of your favorite authors, artists and editors. Meeting each morning at 9AM in the Breezeway between the INB Theater and the Convention Center (check your map), and returning in time for 10AM programming.

Autographing – Neil Clarke, William Dietz, Rhiannon Held, Mary Soon Lee, John Picacio, Charles Stross, Jo Walton
Friday 12:00 – 12:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

The Range of the Small Press
Saturday 10:00 – 10:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)
Jennifer Brozek (M), Neil Clarke, Brad Foster, Rebecca Moesta, Kristine Rusch
Small presses publish more than just limited editions of books. We have small press magazines, art, even audio books. People who manage different types of small presses will discuss some of the similarities and some of the differences in their publishing worlds.

The Future of Short Fiction: Online Magazines Today
Saturday 14:00 – 14:45, Bays 111B (CC)
Scott H. Andrews, Anaea Lay, Mike Resnick, John Joseph Adams, Neil Clarke
10 years ago reading original fiction online was limited to the occasoinal author’s web site. Now, online magazines are a major force — maybe THE major force — in publshing short fiction. The panel looks at what and why?

I’ll also be attending the Chesley Awards (Thursday 7pm) and the Hugo Awards (Saturday evening). 

My 2015 Readercon Schedule

Readercon is coming! Here’s my schedule:

Friday July 11

2:00 PM    F    The Future of Speculative Magazines, Part 3.
Scott Andrews (leader), John Benson, Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow.
At Readercon 20, there were two very well-attended panels that looked at the future of magazines: “The Future of Speculative Fiction Magazines, Part 1: Print Magazines,” and “Part 2: Online Magazines.” Six years later, we return to this issue to discover what worked, what didn’t, whether magazines are any better off, and what the near future might hold.

Saturday July 12

12:00 PM    F    Insider Tips and Tough Truths of the Publishing Business.
Neil Clarke, David G. Hartwell, Brett Savory, Gordon Van Gelder, Sheila Williams.
SF/F publishing can seem intimidating and shadowy from the outside. This panel of experienced professionals in the field—authors, editors, agents, and others—will shed light on some of those dark corners and share insider secrets and other key information about the current state of the industry.

I’ll also be in the Dealer’s room at the Clarkesworld table selling magazines and running my annual fire sale on old inventory from my long-closed bookstore.

Boskone 2015 Schedule

I’ll be attending Boskone this weekend. Here’s my schedule.

Kaffeeklatsch: Kate Baker and Neil Clarke

Friday 18:00 – 18:50 – Galleria-Kaffeeklatsch 2
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke

How to Get Your Story Rejected

Friday, 8:00 PM – Marina 2
Every writer has received the dreaded rejection letter. Pros from both sides of the publishing fence share their anecdotes and tales of woe when it comes to tragic turndowns. Through the laughter and tears, you may even pick up a few tips and tricks to increase your odds with an editor!
Steven Sawicki (M), Neil Clarke, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Walter Jon Williams

Translation in SF and Fantasy

Saturday 10:00 – 10:50, Marina 4
Translated books can expand our imaginations with ideas from different perspectives and cultures. We’ll discuss why it’s important to share books via translation as well as the challenges specific to translating science fiction, fantasy, and some of our other favorite genres. Panelists also share some of their favorite “must read” translations.
Neil Clarke (M), John Chu, Fred Lerner, Ken Liu

Small Press Marketing Roundtable

Saturday 21:00 – 21:50, Burroughs
Publishers, editors, and marketing specialists from some of today’s hottest small presses share stories, tips, and advice on marketing small press works in an ever-changing landscape.
Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Steve Davidson, Ian Randal Strock

Editors — After the Draft

Sunday 12:00 – 12:50, Marina 4
An editor can make a good manuscript great. No matter how perfect you think your manuscript is, there is always room for improvement, tightening, trimming … and editing. Once your manuscript is done, submitted, and accepted, what happens next? What can you expect? What do you do if you don’t agree with changes? How many people are involved in the work? Professional editors share tips and techniques for those struggling with the editing process.
Tom Easton (M), Neil Clarke, Jordan Hamessley, Beth Meacham

I’m also going to be at the Boskone Multi-Author Book Party
 on Saturday (6:30 PM, Galleria-Stage) where I will be talking about/celebrating/promoting a soon to be announced project that will be available by this weekend.