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My Capclave 2012 Schedule

My first convention since the heart attack will be Capclave (October 12-14). My goals for this convention? Avoid anything that requires a hospital stay.

I’ve been scheduled for the following:

Small Press an ebook perspective (Friday 7pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Chris Dolley, Katie Hartlove
Small press editors discuss ebooks. How are ebooks affecting the small press industry? How do you compete with the big boys?

Fast Forward Capclave Edition Neil Clarke (Friday 10pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke
The crew from Fast Forward will be film an interview with Neil Clarke in front of a live studio audience.

Publish or Perish? (Saturday 2pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke, Katie Hartlove, James Maxey, Sean Wallace
How is publishing changing in the Internet Age? What has caused the explosion of the small presses? Are publishers still adding value in selecting, editing, and proofing books or are authors better off self-publishing? Aside from Baen, are publishers doing anything to establish an identity and attract a consistent base of readers?

Choosing an Ebook by its Ecover (Saturday 4pm)
Panelists: Neil Clarke (M), Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Sherin Nicole
How does format affect art and does it matter to readers? How do you stand out in from the rest?

Small Press Awards (Saturday 8:30pm)
Two Clarkesworld stories are in the running, so I’ll be there cheering them on.

The Future of Reading (Sunday 9am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Chris Dolley
Bookstores are disappearing and ebook use is growing. Online zines and podcasts are replacing print magazines. How does this affect readers and writers and sellers of science fiction and fantasy? How can new writers and books by midlist writers get to readers? What will the reading world of 2020 be like?

Online publishing: From blogs to e-magazines (Sunday 2pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Brenda Clough, Sherin Nicole, Sean Wallace
What are the advantages and disadvantages of publishing online? Who are some of the best online publishers and what do they do? What can be learned from some pioneers? And how can new would-be publishers get started?

Many other hours will be spent sitting in the dealer’s room at my table. Before anyone says anything, I intend to have someone help me with the boxes.

If you’ll be in the DC area that weekend, I hope to see you there!

Crash Bang Boom a Trip to Capclave

I spent this past weekend at Capclave in Maryland and had a great time. I spent a lot of time in the dealer’s room and the panels were great. I had a chance to spend some time chatting with Sheila Williams (one of the GoHs), Scott Andrews (Beneath Ceaseless Skies), Edmund Schubert (Intergalactic Medicine Show), John Joseph Adams (Lightspeed and F&SF), Sean Wallace (Fantasy), and many many others.

By the way, Harry Turtledove fans, WSFA Press is back for the first time in years and started with a Guest of Honor book by Turtledove. Reincarnation: six stories never-before-reprinted, an original story, story notes, and an introduction by Sheila Williams. There is a signed limited and a trade edition. Grab one for your collection!

Oh and if you are a Lewis Shiner fan, they’ve dug up copies of the slipcased signed limited edition of Edges of Things that they published years back. Great book.

Next year’s guests are Connie Willis, Jeff VanderMeer and Ann VanderMeer. Looking forward to that one and hoping WFSA has a book for them!

And now that I’m done promoting the good of the weekend….

Less than 10 minutes after leaving the hotel, my van was struck from behind by a Nissan Pathfinder. The driver looked away from the road (must have been for a while) and when she looked up, I was stopped in front of her. BAM!  She hit the van hard enough to push it several feet forward and into the car in front of me. That was with the breaks on. Fortunately, no one was hurt. I’m still a bit achy, but it could have been much worse. My insurance company (Progressive) gets an A+ for handling everything. Over $4k in damage and I’m not paying a penny of it. Repairs – handled. Rental car – handled. Driver that hit me, a big fat F for not paying attention. Oh and the Maryland police… you also get an F for caring more about the traffic flow than the people in an accident. Shame on you.

My Capclave Schedule

I’ll be a guest and dealer at Capclave this coming weekend. Here is the most recent schedule they have for me:

Saturday, October 17th

Barbara Krasnoff (m), John Joseph Adams, Scott Andrews, Davey Beauchamp, Neil Clarke
Webcomics.  Manga.  YouTube videos.  Pseudo- blogs (fiction in blog format).  Twitter fiction. Podcasts.  What are they?  How do they work?  How can I get them?  How can I get involved? What’s worth the audience’s time?

Sunday, October 18th

Neil Clarke (m), John Joseph Adams, Christopher M. Cevasco, George H. Scithers, Sean Wallace, Sheila Williams
What do editors look for? What trends are they seeing? What do they want to see in manuscripts? Do editors still work with writers and if so how?

Mike Walsh (m), Neil Clarke, Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen, Sean Wallace
How do you set up a small press and market the books? What role do the small press have in today’s market? What role does the internet play?

Brenda Clough (m), Diane Arrelle, Neil Clarke, Edmund Schubert, J. J. Smith, Sean Wallace
Is the fiction published in online magazines different from that in the print magazines and if so, how? What online fiction sources are the best? How do readers and writers find out about online sources?

I had hoped that I’d get on the SAVE THE MAGAZINES panel on Saturday, but it looks like that one filled up, so I’ll probably sit and watch from the audience.

When I’m not on panels, you should be able to find me in the Dealer’s Room during these hours:

Friday: 4pm-8pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 11am-3pm

If there are certain books people want me to bring from the bookstore or Wyrm, let me know soon so I can pack them up this week.

So, who else will be there?

My Capclave Schedule

Next weekend, I’ll be attending Capclave in Rockville, MD. Most of the time, I’ll be in the Dealer’s Room, but they also have me signed up to be on these panels:

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Fri 6pm Montrose
Traci Castleberry, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, Jean Marie Ward
How is technology changing writing and reading? Do you write differently on a computer than pen or typewriter? Do you read differently on the Internet? How will e-texts, audible books, and the Kindle change the act of reading? How will writers write for readers accustomed to reading twitters and text messages?

Is the Face of Short Fiction Changing?
Sat 12pm Montrose
Kathryn Cramer, Neil Clarke, Edmund Schubert, Sean Wallace
As the traditional digest magazines shrink in both size and audience, what are some of the new vehicles for short stories? What new roles are being played by the small press, web magazines, corporate supported sites? Anthologies? What can be done to save short fiction?

What Editors Want

Sat 7pm Twinbrook
Edmund Schubert, Neil Clarke, David Hartwell, Moshe Feder
Editors discuss what they are looking for in a manscript and what authors can do to increase their chances of selling a story or book. What is within the author’s control? How does the editor make the decision, how quickly, and on what basis?

WSFA Small Press Award – Finalists 2008

I just received the following announcement:

The Washington Science Fiction Association is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2008 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:.

  • “Bufo Rex” by Erik Amundsen published in issue 347 of the magazine Weird Tales
  • Orm the Beautiful” by Elizabeth Bear published in the January 2007 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine
  • “The Wizard of Macatawa” by Tom Doyle published in issue 11 of Paradox magazine
  • “Harry the Crow” by John Kratman published in issue 12 of the magazine Aeon Speculative Fiction
  • “Mask of the Ferret” by Ken Pick and Alan Loewen published in the book Infinite Space, Infinite Gold by Twilight Times Books, and
  • The Third Bear” by Jeff VanderMeer published in the April 2007 issue of Clarkesworld Magazine
The award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year. An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held this year on October 17-19 in Rockville, Maryland.

Congratulations to Elizabeth, Jeff, and all the other finalists!

Look what I found at Capclave

No time to write about all that was Capclave right now, but this was waiting for me when I got there:

Capclave 2007 Dealer's Room - Realms ARC

A nice shiny ARC of Realms.   Just confirmed that we’ll have some of the trade paperbacks in time for World Fantasy.  The rest will follow a few weeks later.

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