Readercon is fast approaching and this year's program is now available. I'll be on one panel:
Saturday July 14, 11:00 AM ME Genre Magazines in the 21st Century. Scott H. Andrews (leader), Steve Berman, Neil Clarke, Shawna McCarthy, Gordon Van Gelder.What goes into keeping genre magazines fresh and afloat in current times? In this open discussion, magazine professionals provide advice to would-be editors and publishers regarding securing distribution, finding material, marketing and promoting, etc. along with success and cautionary stories.
I'll also be hanging out at the Clarkesworld table in dealer's room selling off old inventory at deep discounts and promoting Wyrm and Clarkesworld Magazine projects.
If you're attending Readercon and know that there are books or magazines still listed on our old website that you'd like, send me a list and I'll try to bring them. Figure that unsigned trade edition books will probably be $1 paperback, $5 trade paperback or $10 hardcover. (Signed books, limited editions and rarer small press titles will be priced individually.) I may play with prices over the course of the weekend because I really want this stuff gone. If you want a substantial quantity (10 or more), we can wheel and deal via email in advance. Best place to reach me is at the magazine email address neil (a t) clarkesworldmagazine.com. Dealers welcome. Orders must be picked up at the con.
Readercon is coming in a couple of weeks! I’ve been attending for a few years now and recommend it very highly. This year should be even more fun for me. It’s the first time I am attending as a guest. The preliminary schedule has just been released and I see that I’ve been assigned to the two panels I asked for. Yay! On top of that, I’ll also be manning the Clarkesworld/Wyrm table in the dealer’s room.
I’ve been told that there was so much interest in The Future of Magazines panel that they split it into two back-to-back panels. I’m in group two (rumored to be online magazines and conclusions), but we’re expected to be there for both parts.
The Future of Magazines, Part 1 (Print)
John Benson, Michael A. Burstein (m), Warren Lapine, Tom Purdom, Hildy Silverman, Gordon Van Gelder
The Future of Magazines, Part 2 (Online)
K. Tempest Bradford, Neil Clarke, Robert Killheffer, Mary Robinette Kowal (m), Matt Kressel, Sean Wallace
The Year in Short Fiction
Neil Clarke, Doug Cohen, Kathryn Cramer, Ellen Datlow, Theodora Goss (m)
Friday 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 2 pm
Anyone know someone looking for a roommate at Readercon next month?
Readercon retained it’s title as my favorite convention, despite the fact that I was locked up in the Dealer’s Room there for most of the weekend. I sold a lot of books, but not as many as Lisa would have liked (which would have been ALL of them). I, on the other hand, was quite pleased by how well I did there as a dealer and hope to be back next year. I brought primarily Subterranean Press, PS Publishing, Night Shade Books, convention guest’s books, and a big stack of magazines. There didn’t appear to be much overlap with the other dealers.
My strong sellers were books by John Crowley, Catherynne M. Valente and the Prime Codex collection. I sold out of several magazines and I could have easily sold more issues of Apex, Grendlesong, Subterranean, and Andromeda Spaceways if I had them. I also sold several copies of Kay Kenyon’s Bright of the Sky. I totally blanked out at the end of the con and forgot to have her sign the remaining copies. Argh. In the end, I only managed to get four books signed: Prime Codex (signed by many), Blindsight and an ARC of Starfish by Peter Watts, and a first edition paperback of Green Eyes by Lucius Shepard… all now in my personal collection.
I did bring the camera, but kept forgetting that I had it. The few pictures I have have been posted to flickr and they include a shot of Paul Tremblay reading his Clarkesworld Story, “There’s no Light Between Floors“, which I believe is the first con reading of anything we’ve published. I also managed to get a couple of shots of Mary Robinette Kowal’s amazing computer. You have to check out those pictures, but I’m sure you’ve already heard about it somewhere by now.
During the convention, I decided that the Clarkesworld Books website would close at the end of August. The orders are slowing down and I had hoped to have wrapped things up by now. However, I’m still going to have a lot of inventory to sell off, so I’ve made the decision to keep Clarkesworld Books around as a convention-only dealer that will someday just turn into the Wyrm Publishing table.
Now I must get back to catching up on email and orders that came in while I’ve been gone…
Just a few pieces of news to report:
Readercon is next week and I have my schedule:
Dealer’s Room: Friday 4-7, Saturday 10-6, Sunday 10-2.
I’ll also be at Paul Tremblay’s reading for “There’s No Light Between Floors” from Clarkesworld Magazine.
Friday 2:30 PM. Reading (30 min.)
Today is the last day to vote in the StorySouth Million Writers Award for Best Online Fiction. Catherynne M. Valente’s “Urchin’s, While Swimming” is slugging it out for the top spot. It’s been a real nail-biter these last few days with the top three trading lead between them. You can read the top ten stories and vote here.
Readercon was excellent. I did a lot of legwork before the con and arranged signings with several authors. This required me to abandoned my trusted wreck of a car and borrow my in-law’s van. We packed over 20 big boxes of books, luggage, two kids, CDs and my wife and I into the van and headed off Friday morning. 5 hours later we were at the hotel. Last year it was 6.5 hours, so we were quite pleased. After several trips between the van and room, it was off to registration.
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