My 2014 Philcon Schedule

I’ll be at Philcon this weekend. They just posted the schedule, so here’s where I’ll be:

Fri 7:00 PM in Plaza III (Three)—Setting Up a Crowdfunding Project (1826)
Panelist discuss what worked, what didn’t and why. How can you promote one to make sure it is a success?Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Rob Balder, Neil Clarke, Gil Cnaan, Alex Shvartsman, Alyce Wilson

Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza V (Five)—Local Small Press Magazines (1895)
Philadelphia and its environs is host to a number of small press magazines like SPACE AND TIME, CLARKESWORLD and PHOBOS. Come and hear what their editors have to say about running them and what sort of stories they’ve looking for.
Hildy Silverman (mod), Neil Clarke, Bernie Mojzes

Sat 10:00 AM in Autograph Table—Autographs – Neil Clarke, Alex Shvartsman (2022)
Alex Shvartsman (mod), Neil Clarke

Sun 2:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three—Crowd-funding as a Publishing Strategy (1743)
How successful is it? What is the impact of crowd-funding on publishing in general
Rob Balder (mod), Kyle Cassidy, Neil Clarke, Gary McGath

World Fantasy Award Winner

After three prior World Fantasy Award nominations, I had grown accustomed to sitting in the back of the room and staying there as the winners were declared. No stress. We knew we wouldn’t have to get on stage… “Magazines never win.” I’m eating those words today.

2014 World Fantasy Award Winner: Special Award Non-Professional
Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace for editing Clarkesworld Magazine

Completely unprepared, Sean and I made our way to the stage. (Kate was on a family vacation in Disney.) Unlike the Hugos, I remember being on stage. I acknowledged that we expected to be staying in our seats and hadn’t written anything. I told everyone that this was the first time my family accompanied me to a ceremony, and I was very happy they were there for this moment. I thanked the judges, everyone involved in Clarkesworld, and our readers. I also warned my children that if they misbehaved on the way home, I would put the award in their room. I then turned it over to Sean. (These are the events as they played in my head. If I stood there and said BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEYEEEEEE for a few minutes, that would not shock me.)

We returned to our seats stunned and watched the rest of the slate of winners take the podium. It’s an honor to be among such an amazing group of people.

Afterwards, they took lots of pictures. Some serious. Some goofy. We had a lot of fun…. and then we all had to run. It’s so sad that the award ceremony is the last thing we do at World Fantasy Con. I would have liked the opportunity to celebrate a little with the people who helped make it possible.

Here’s a picture Lisa took of Sean and I with all three awards:

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BIM-BIM-BIM-AYEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Capclave 2014

I will be at Capclave in Gaithersburg, Maryland this coming weekend. I’ll have a Clarkesworld table in the dealer’s room (and plenty of copies of UPGRADED). I’m also scheduled to be on a few panels. Not sure why they all have six participants. That will make things a bit different.

Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace

Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What’s worked for you? What hasn’t? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you’re publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?

Saturday 11:00 am: Anthology Builder

Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Robert Greenberger, David G. Hartwell, Mike McPhail, Alex Shvartsman

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?

Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don’ts

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), 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 crowdfunding 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 Signing
Saturday 8:30 pm: WSFA Small Press Award Ceremony

(“Bits” by Naomi Kritzer, from our October 2013 issue is a finalist)

Kickstarter Presents: New Trends In Sci-Fi and Fantasy

On Thursday August 7th, I’ll be participating on a panel at Kickstarter HQ about new trends in the genre, and offering tips for publishing your own SF/F stories.

The full panel lineup is:

  • Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld magazine
  • Rose Fox and Daniel José Older, editors of the Long Hidden anthology
  • Alex Shvartsman, editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects anthology series
  • Brian White, editor of Fireside magazine  
  • Margot Atwell (moderator), publishing community manager at Kickstarter

It’s free, but space is limited. The talk will run about an hour, with snacks and mingling to follow. Hope to see you there!

Event info:

Kickstarter Presents: New Trends In Sci-Fi and Fantasy
Thursday August 7 | 7 to 9:30pm
Kickstarter HQ
58 Kent Street
Brooklyn NY 11222

RSVP now: http://ow.ly/zKYoX

Loncon Schedule

Looks like I have one panel at Loncon, but it ties in nicely with UPGRADED

We Can Rebuild You
Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, London Suite 2 (ExCeL)
Cherry Potts (M), Neil Clarke, Tore Høie, Helen McCarthy, Marieke Nijkamp

SF medicine regularly comes up with “cures” for disabled bodies—from Geordi LaForge’s visor to the transfer of Jake Sully’s consciousness in Avatar—but the implications of such interventions are not always thought through as fully as we might hope. How does a rhetoric of medical breakthroughs and scientific progress shape these stories, and shape SF’s representation of lived physical difference? In what ways can SF narratives address dis/ability without either minimising or exaggerating such difference?

Aside from that, I’ll be attending the Hugo Awards with my dad and just generally wandering around talking with people. Now I just need to see if I can find someone who would be willing to stock a few of my books on their table in the dealer’s room. 🙂

World Fantasy Award Nominees!

The 2014 World Fantasy Award nominees were announced just the other day and I’m very honored to report that Kate, Sean, and I have been nominated for our work on Clarkesworld Magazine in the Special Award Non-Professional category! Non-professional? Yes, this isn’t what we do for our living. The criteria are very different that what is used to determine “professional” in Hugo terms, where we are professional. In other words, we’ve reached that awkward middle stage on our way to professional. 🙂

I’m also pleased to see Yoon Ha Lee on the Short Story ballot for “Effigy Nights” (Clarkesworld, 1/2013) and Julie Dillon for Best Artist. Among her many amazing works last year were three Clarkesworld covers and she’s also the cover artist for my upcoming anthology, UPGRADED.

This is our fourth nomination for Clarkesworld and all three of us will be on-hand for the award ceremony at the World Fantasy Convention in DC this November.

Best of luck to all the nominees! It’s a strong ballot and I don’t envy the judges on this one.