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.

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:



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)