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Thursday, May 16
 

2:00pm

Business and Pleasure: The not-so-secret handshakes of convention life
When you are an early career writer, how do you get the most out of a convention without seeming pushy? Everyone knows that you shouldn't give an editor your manuscript in the bathroom (except for the guy who did it) but you also know that business takes place at conventions. What are the tricks and secrets?

Moderators
avatar for Christine Taylor-Butler

Christine Taylor-Butler

Author
CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER has written more than forty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Fran Wilde

Fran Wilde

author
Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
I/J Salon

2:00pm

Catalog Copy Dos and Don'ts: copy is not a blurb, learn your d*mn terms!
We spend hours trying to get the perfect cover that will catch our audience - but too often, we lose them with the cover copy.  What are the dos, don'ts, and Tragic Mistakes of cover copy, and how can you nail it?

Moderators
avatar for Michael R. Underwood

Michael R. Underwood

Author & Consultant
Mike is an author, a podcaster, and a publishing consultant. He's the author of over a dozen books, including the comedic fantasy Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and the Stabby Award-finalist GENRENAUTS. Most recently, he was the creator and lead writer of BORN TO THE BLADE, a Serial... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Kaelyn Considine

Kaelyn Considine

Acquisitions Editor, Parvus Press
Acquisitions Editor for Parvus Press and one half of the We Make Books podcast.
avatar for Lee Harris

Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Tor.com Publishing
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

Indie Publishing Success
No matter if you are just starting your writing career or a seasoned author, there has never been a better time to make a living with your words. Join Dan Wood to hear about all the exciting opportunities going on in Indie publishing and how Draft2Digital makes it easy to thrive in the digital age.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Wood

Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 43,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
C/D Salon

2:00pm

Writing Romance in SF/F
Got a little science fiction and fantasy in your romance? Or a little romance in your SF/F? These parallel genres often face similar battles in establishing themselves, and categorization can become increasingly blurry. Panel would cover both the craft of creating a strong romance in SF/F work and the larger context of how to position a book once you've written it.

Moderators
avatar for E. D. Walker

E. D. Walker

Author
E.D. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of The Fairy Tales of Lyond Series that begins with Enchanting the King. Her short fiction has appeared in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 and she will also participate in the upcoming Pets... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for David D. Levine

David D. Levine

David D. Levine is the author of Andre Norton Award winning novel Arabella of Mars (Tor 2016), sequels Arabella and the Battle of Venus (Tor 2017) and Arabella the Traitor of Mars (Tor 2018), and over fifty SF and fantasy stories. His story “Tk’Tk’Tk” won the Hugo, and he... Read More →
avatar for Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.
avatar for A. K. DuBoff

A. K. DuBoff

Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space opera and science-fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she has authored more than fifteen published novels, many of which are set in her acclaimed Cadicle universe... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

The Future of Death
On Earth, graveyards are filling up.  Until medical science makes death obsolete, disposal will continue to be a problem. From green burial to alkaline hydrolysis to urban composting, the way we dispose of our dead may change radically in the near future. How can science fiction take these new possibilities into account?

Moderators
avatar for Loren Rhoads

Loren Rhoads

Author
Loren Rhoads is the author of the guidebook 199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die, a space opera trilogy called In the Wake of the Templars, and an urban fantasy series called The Alondra Stories. Her newest book is Tales for the Camp Fire: A Charity Anthology Benefiting Wildfire... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:00pm
I/J Salon

3:30pm

When Hollywood Calls
It can happen to a writer at any level: you're contacted by someone in the film industry interested in developing your story or novel into a project. What happens next? We'll step through the basics, including if we should have different expectations based on who approaches us (indie to major conglomerate). Hopefully we'll also shed light into how the film industry works with story adaptations as they bring the printed page to the screen.

Moderators
avatar for Lettie Prell

Lettie Prell

writer
Lettie Prell is a science fiction writer whose work has appeared on Tor.com, and in Clarkesworld, Analog, and Apex Magazine. Her stories have been reprinted in a number of anthologies, including The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, and The Year's Best Science Fiction... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for S.B. Divya

S.B. Divya

Author, Editor
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She is the Hugo and Nebula nominated author of Runtime and co-editor of Escape Pod, with Mur Lafferty. Her short stories have been published at various magazines including Analog, Uncanny, and tor.com, and her... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A/B Salon

4:00pm

From Podcast to Page: a Road Less Traveled
Audio fiction is one of the largest growth markets in publishing and serial audio dramas are a small but increasingly vital landscape in this milieu. The serial format of audio-drama presents a unique opportunity for authors to reach an audience and tie-in novels create cross-platform accessibility. Eddie Louise, writer of the hit audio-drama The Tales of Sage and Savant and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS explores how storytelling in an audio age can be another great way to get your work in front of fans.  

Moderators
avatar for Eddie Louise

Eddie Louise

Author
Writer of the hit audio-drama podcast THE TALES OF SAGE AND SAVANT and the tie-in novel TransMIGRATIONS from Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing. Hit me up for all things mad science, time-travel, and scripted audio-dramas.

Thursday May 16, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

5:00pm

Writing On The Side
How to be a productive writer when your life is already time-starved, list-bound and career-committed.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Starling

Caitlin Starling

Author, HarperCollins
Caitlin Starling is a writer of horror-tinged speculative fiction of all flavors. Her first novel, The Luminous Dead, came out from HarperVoyager on April 2, 2019. It tells the story of a caver on a foreign planet who finds herself trapped, with only her wits and the unreliable voice... Read More →
avatar for K.A. Doore

K.A. Doore

Author
Jack-of-all-trades by day, mother by night, author inbetween. Debut novel, the Perfect Assassin (March, 2019). Will do anything for coffee.
avatar for Mark Tompkins

Mark Tompkins

Author
Mark Tompkins is the Author of The Last Days of Magic and Days of The Witchhunters (Penguin Random House). Last Days was hailed by The Washington Post as “a beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read” and named one of The Best New Books by People Magazine. Mark is under... Read More →


Thursday May 16, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
I/J Salon
 
Friday, May 17
 

10:00am

Now What? Emerging Writers Discuss Life After Their Debut
Aspiring writers spend years honing their craft and trying to make it to the finish line of their debut novel. But once ink dries on the contract, what happens next -- and how much does life really change after a book escapes into the world? A discussion 2017, 2018, and 2019 debuts on the surprises, hurdles, and general weirdness with suddenly becoming a published author. 

Moderators
avatar for Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca is Nebula and Hugo award-winning writer. She also won the Campbell award for best new writer. She drinks a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter and doggos.

Speakers
avatar for Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd

Writer, HarperCollins
Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her debut novel, The Book of M, was chosen as an Amazon “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is a two-time finalist for the Dragon Award (best fantasy - paranormal) alongside Jim Butcher, and N.K. Jemisin. He's published eight novels, four short stories in The Longest Night Watch, a charity anthology benefiting Alzheimer's research, and one for Stardust, Always... Read More →
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R. F. Kuang

Author, HarperCollins


Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
A/B Salon

10:00am

Short Fiction Contracts
Panel will describe the elements of short fiction contracts being used in the sf/f genres and talk about how to understand what they mean, negotiate changes, and relate personal experiences about contract-related interactions with sf/f magazine and anthology editors.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher. He is the owner of Wyrm Publishing and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series for Night Shade B... Read More →
avatar for Jacob Weisman

Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Williams

Sheila Williams

Editor in Chief, Asimov\'s Science Fiction
Sheila Williams has won two Hugo Awards for her work as editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine. She is also the editor or co-editor of twenty-six anthologies. These include Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Anthology (Tachyon Publications), Enter A Future... Read More →
avatar for Rosemary Claire Smith

Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

URGENT: Copyright law has changed.
Matthew Sugarman, entertainment lawyer, will be discussing how the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the “Fourth Estate” case impacts what authors and other content creators now have to do in order to protect their works from Copyright infringers

Speakers

Friday May 17, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Madam Counselor Decodes Fair Use for Writers
To decide fair use cases, courts use a rubric composed of four factors: the purpose and character of your use, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount and substantiality of the portion taken, and the effect of the use upon the potential market. But this framework isn’t the most helpful for regular people making real-life decisions about their art. This workshop goes beyond the four factors of the fair use test to provide a framework and resources for assessing real-life fair use applications in fiction and to keep writers OUT of the Cease and Desist Zone.


Moderators
avatar for Alex Bird Tillson

Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →

Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

2:00pm

Shifting to Games
Where can an indie or trad published author find paid work in the game world? What publishers are looking for authors for contract work, and how does an indie/trad author put their best foot forward when moving into this new space? In particular, what are the expectations of writing for games that were surprises to authors who have already made the leap?

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Kate Dollarhyde

Kate Dollarhyde

Narrative Designer, Obsidian Entertainment, Inc.
avatar for Darusha Wehm

Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Theodoridou

Natalia Theodoridou

Author
Natalia Theodoridou is the winner of the 2018 World Fantasy Award for Short Fiction and a Finalist for the Nebula Award for Game Writing, an editor of sub-Q interactive fiction magazine, and a Clarion West graduate (class of 2018). Natalia's stories have appeared in Clarkesworld... Read More →
avatar for Kate Heartfield

Kate Heartfield

Author
Kate Heartfield is the author of Armed in Her Fashion and the two Alice Payne novellas. She was nominated for a 2018 Nebula Award in the novella category for Alice Payne Arrives, and in game writing for The Road to Canterbury. A former newspaper journalist, Kate lives in Ottawa... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
A/B Salon

2:00pm

So You Want to Be a Mentor
The SFWA Mentorship program is still in its infancy. Come learn what it takes to be a mentor and why you're probably ready. Learn how SFWA supports mentees and mentors, and get suggestions from experienced mentors on how to make the most of the experience.

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA

Speakers
avatar for Marianne Kirby

Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
avatar for K. M. Szpara

K. M. Szpara

Author
K.M. Szpara is a queer and trans author who lives in Baltimore, MD, with a tiny dog. Kellan's debut alt-/near-future novel, DOCILE (Spring 2020, Tor.com Publishing), explores the snowballing debt crisis, consent, and privilege, and can be described as "really gay". He is the author... Read More →
avatar for Mike Chen

Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
avatar for Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne

Emma Osborne is a queer, non-binary writer of horror, fantasy and science fiction from Melbourne, Australia. Emma’s work appears in Uncanny Magazine, Nightmare Magazine, GlitterShip, Pseudopod, Apex Magazine, the Review of Australian Fiction and Lightspeed’s Queers Destroy Science... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

Artificial Voices: Rights Infringement and the Future
Science fiction has long predicted artificial voices and now they exist. Kindle's Text-to-Speech feature has been accepted as granting accessibility to books, but with increasingly good manipulation of artificial speech, how long before the line between audiobooks and printed books blurs indistinguishably? At what point does text-to-speech become a rights violation? What does the human voice bring to an audiobook?

With the advent of databases that encode "unique" voices and make them available for simulations, the future of artificially narrated audiobooks is on the horizon. Authors, agents, and narrators discuss the thorny issue of what to do as we approach that horizon.



Speakers
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Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
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James Patrick Cronin

Narrator, SAG/AFTRA
Multiple Audie Award nominee and Earphones Award winner, James Patrick Cronin is one of the most prolific narrators in the industry today with over 600 titles recorded in just over 7 years. His recent Sci-Fi/Fantasy titles have appeared on Audible's Best of 2017 list, been nominated... Read More →
avatar for Alex Bird Tillson

Alex Bird Tillson

Writer & Entertainment Lawyer
Alex Bird Tillson is an Irish-Puerto Rican speculative fiction writer who graduated with a Journalism degree and Juris Doctorate from Indiana University in Bloomington. After fifteen years of entertainment law practice in Los Angeles, Alex now resides in West Palm Beach, Florida with... Read More →
avatar for Joe Zieja

Joe Zieja

Author, Voice Actor, Renaissance Man Studio LLC
Joe Zieja is a veteran of the USAF, a voice actor, and an author. His current series, the EPIC FAILURE series, combines military space opera with comedy, a la Catch 22 in space. His voice has been heard in thousands of commercials, games, anime, and cartoons, including as Fox McCloud... Read More →
avatar for Steven Campbell

Steven Campbell

Author
Author of the Hard Luck Hank series of science fiction-comedy books. Own the copyrights to all of my cover and interior artwork. Make a large portion of my revenue from audiobooks. Former computer programmer. Invest for supplemental income.


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

3:30pm

Breaking into the television writer's room
We live in a world where 500 different scripted series are produced for American television (broadcast, cable, digital) every year, and a growing percentage are SF or fantasy. I can offer advice on selling adaptations or original works, on pitching and on the tricky business of getting -- and holding onto -- a staff writing job. 

Moderators
avatar for Michael Cassutt

Michael Cassutt

writer-producer, Hulu, Apple+, Netflix, Syfy
In addition to novels, short stories and non-fiction, I've written, produced or developed a great deal of SF/fantasy for television: THE TWILIGHT ZONE, MAX HEADROOM, EERIE INDIANA, THE DEAD ZONE, Z NATION, BLACK SUMMER and now WILD CARDS and FOUNDATION.

Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
I/J Salon

3:30pm

Makeup for Writers
You're at a con, you're exhausted and have to look like you're in top form. Learn tricks for femme, ace, masc, and everyone on the gender spectrum to spackle over the fatigue. This isn't about conforming to media stereotypes but about using a tool to look like the best version of you.

And if you're a nominee wanting a little extra sparkle... this is a hands-on workshop.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal

Mary Robinette Kowal is the author of the Nebula and Hugo nominated novel The Calculating Stars. She has received the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, three Hugo awards, the RT Reviews award for Best Fantasy Novel, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards. Her... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

3:30pm

Navigating as "Gatekeepers" of Publishing
From the outside, editors and agents seem to be an arcane force. If you want to get past the gates, what are the rules? Agents and acquisitions editors discuss their perspective of what it's like to be seen as gatekeepers and the dangers of being in a position of power. They discuss the limitations of their power, the politics of slush piles, and how they walk the line between being social and being predatory.

Moderators
avatar for Diana M. Pho

Diana M. Pho

Editor, Tor Books
Diana M. Pho is a two-time Hugo Award-nominated editor at Tor Books. Books she has edited have gone on to win the Thriller Award (Steeplejack by A. J. Hartley, for Best YA), and the Ditmar Award (Crossroads of Canopy by Thoraiya Dyer, for Best Novel) and to become award finalists... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Neil Clarke

Neil Clarke

Editor, Clarkesworld Magazine
Neil Clarke (neil-clarke.com) is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher. He is the owner of Wyrm Publishing and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine, Forever Magazine, and several anthologies, including the Best Science Fiction of the Year series for Night Shade B... Read More →
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Jennifer Udden

Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
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John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency


Friday May 17, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
G/H Salon

5:00pm

Burnout: how to recognize it and maybe how to avoid it next time
At one point or another everyone may experience some level of burnout. Panelists discuss the signs of burnout, risks of burnout, and strategies for avoiding it and pulling out of it. 

Moderators
avatar for Laura Anne Gilman

Laura Anne Gilman

d.y.m.k. productions
Relapsing Editor, Recurrent Novelist, Occasional Short Story Writer. Proud Hybrid. Never met a sub-genre she didn't flirt with.

Speakers
avatar for Tina Connolly

Tina Connolly

writer
Tina Connolly's books include Ironskin (Tor), Seriously Wicked (Tor Teen), and the collection On the Eyeball Floor (Fairwood Press). She has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Norton, and World Fantasy awards. She co-hosts Escape Pod, runs Toasted Cake, and you can find her at... Read More →
avatar for R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is a two-time finalist for the Dragon Award (best fantasy - paranormal) alongside Jim Butcher, and N.K. Jemisin. He's published eight novels, four short stories in The Longest Night Watch, a charity anthology benefiting Alzheimer's research, and one for Stardust, Always... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Hartman

Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →
avatar for Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
G/H Salon

5:00pm

Can You Quit Your Day Job?
“Don’t quit your day job” is common advice, but there are full-time writers, artists, and other creative professionals, so people do manage to quit. If this is your dream, what do you need to do to make it a reality? A panel of pros will discuss how to plan and prepare to make the leap and if it's advisable, as well as financial issues, social and emotional coping strategies, and what to expect from life as a full-time creative. 

Moderators
avatar for Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.

Speakers
avatar for Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno

Author / Publisher, Aethon Books
I'm the USA Today Bestselling author of The Circuit Trilogy (Diversion Books, Podium Audio) the Buried Goddess Saga (Audible Studios) & The Children of Titan Series (Audible Studios), rep'd by Evan Gregory of the Ethan Ellenberg Agency. I'm also a founder of the Sci-fi Bridge promotional... Read More →
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Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PubishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →
avatar for Margaret Dunlap

Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →
avatar for A. K. DuBoff

A. K. DuBoff

Author
A.K. (Amy) DuBoff is a Nebula Award finalist, full-time indie author specializing in space opera and science-fantasy. Dubbed by her readers a modern “Queen of Space Opera”, she has authored more than fifteen published novels, many of which are set in her acclaimed Cadicle universe... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
C/D Salon

5:00pm

GENRE SNACKDOWN!
Every writer knows the importance of snacks! Join authors as they explain their favorite (and sometimes infamously "unique") snacks while chatting about writing, from craft to work/life balance to dealing with career challenges. 


Moderators
avatar for Peng Shepherd

Peng Shepherd

Writer, HarperCollins
Peng was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where she rode horses and trained in classical ballet, and has lived in Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and New York. Her debut novel, The Book of M, was chosen as an Amazon “Best Science Fiction and Fantasy... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Gailey

Sarah Gailey

Author
Hugo, Campbell, and Nebula award finalist Sarah Gailey lives and works in beautiful Portland, Oregon. Their nonfiction has been published by Mashable and the Boston Globe, and their fiction has been published internationally. They are a regular contributor for Tor.com and Barnes... Read More →
avatar for John Scalzi

John Scalzi

Author, "The Consuming Fire"
John Scalzi is a fan of pie and oxygen, not necessarily in that order.
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
avatar for Rebecca Roanhorse

Rebecca Roanhorse

Writer
Rebecca is Nebula and Hugo award-winning writer. She also won the Campbell award for best new writer. She drinks a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. She lives in Northern New Mexico with her husband, daughter and doggos.


Friday May 17, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
SFWA Atrium Lounge
 
Saturday, May 18
 

10:00am

How Relaunches Can Help a Career:
Have an old series or book that never took off? Something you believe deserved an audience but never found one? This is a discussion about how relaunching old / failed series can help grow a career. We'll talk about how to market, present, and release old books in effective ways that adapt to the current market and can expand your audience.

Speakers
avatar for Rhett C. Bruno

Rhett C. Bruno

Author / Publisher, Aethon Books
I'm the USA Today Bestselling author of The Circuit Trilogy (Diversion Books, Podium Audio) the Buried Goddess Saga (Audible Studios) & The Children of Titan Series (Audible Studios), rep'd by Evan Gregory of the Ethan Ellenberg Agency. I'm also a founder of the Sci-fi Bridge promotional... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
Hollywood Hills - 2nd floor

10:00am

Shifting to Hybrid from Trad
Two back to back panels about becoming Hybrid, each of which explores the process from a different area of entry. So you're a traditionally published author and thinking about dipping into the world of Indie publishing. How do you become a hybrid author? What are the shifts in audience and process?

Moderators
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Shanna Swendson

Shanna Swendson earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas but decided it was more fun to make up the people she wrote about. She’s written a number of fantasy novels for teens and adults and spends her spare time on knitting and music.

Speakers
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Jeffrey A. Carver

Author
Science fiction writer, teacher, traditionally published and indie published; member of SFWA and Book View Cafe.
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Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 43,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →
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Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PubishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
G/H Salon

11:30am

Becoming Hybrid: How to evaluate a trad offer as an indie writer
The second of two back to back panels about becoming Hybrid. So you're an Indie author and thinking about pursuing becoming traditionally published. Why and how would one go about that? What are the trade-offs, surprises, and benefits? What should you consider when deciding what path to use for a work?

Moderators
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →

Speakers
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John Joseph Adams

Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
John Joseph Adams is the editor of John Joseph Adams Books, an SF/Fantasy imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also the series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy, as well as the bestselling editor of many other anthologies, including Robot Uprisings, Dead Man’s... Read More →
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Nathan Lowell

CFO, SFWA
I love meeting new people. Talk to me about my contrarian opinions on ... almost everything. :)
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Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
G/H Salon

11:30am

Conversation with William Gibson, Grandmaster, and Eileen Gunn



Speakers
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Eileen Gunn

Writer/Editor
Eileen Gunn is a short-story writer. She is currently working on a novel about race and gender, set in 19th-century America. Her fiction has received the Nebula Award in the US the and Sense of Gender Award in Japan, and been nominated for the Hugo, Philip K. Dick, and World Fantasy... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Hidden Hills

11:30am

The wider world of publishing
Science fiction and fantasy take us to worlds beyond our own, but often the business of publishing is geographically centered in one or two locations. What are the challenges and opportunities for international authors, and how can those of us lucky enough to attend events like the Nebula Conference expand our reach to our colleagues who don’t have that opportunity? What can we do to encourage a diversity of voices in our literature?

Moderators
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Susan Forest

Laksa Media Groups
Susan Forest has published over 25 short stories (Analog, Asimov's), and is an award-winning fiction editor for Laksa Media. Her novel, Bursts of Fire, will be out in 2019, followed by Flights of Marigolds. Susan loves travel and has been known to dictate novels from the back of her... Read More →

Speakers
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Lee Harris

Senior Editor, Tor.com Publishing
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Xia Jia

Author, Researcher
Xia Jia (a.k.a Wang Yao) is Associate Professor of Chinese Literature at Xi’an Jiaotong University. She has been publishing speculative fiction since college. Seven of her stories have won the Galaxy Award, China's most prestigious science fiction award. So far she has published... Read More →
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Jacob Weisman

Publisher, Tachyon Publications
Jacob Weisman is the editor and publisher at Tachyon Publications, which he founded in 1995. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award three times for his work at Tachyon and is the series editor of Tachyon’s Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and Shirley Jackson Award-winning novella... Read More →
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Darusha Wehm

Author
M. Darusha Wehm is an author, long-distance sailor, and cyborg. They are the author of the interactive fiction game The Martian Job, as well as the science fiction novels Beautiful Red, Children of Arkadia, The Voyage of the White Cloud, and the Andersson Dexter cyberpunk detective... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
I/J Salon

4:00pm

Bending the World to Your Will -- SF Authors and Showrunners
A panel with top SF novelists and SF TV showrunners, comparing and contrasting the creative and business worlds in which they so successfully navigate -- and where their worlds overlap.

Moderators
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Marc Scott Zicree

Writer-Producer-Director, Space Command Studios

Speakers
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Joe Haldeman

writer, MIT
Joe Haldeman is an American science fiction author and combat veteran of Vietnam. He is best known for his 1974 novel The Forever War. That novel, and other of his works including, The Hemingway Hoax (1991) and Forever Peace (1997), have won major science fiction awards including... Read More →
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Margaret Dunlap

Writer
Margaret Dunlap writes for the small and smaller screens. Credits include: television (Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Eureka, The Middleman), new media (The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, Emmy-winning transmedia adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice), animation (Marvel Rising... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ventura - 2nd floor

4:00pm

Introduction to Publishing Contracts
This workshop will cover the basics needed to understand and negotiate your publishing contracts. Topics will include contract definitions, copyright, rights management, warranties and indemnities, and reversion of rights.  

Speakers
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Rosemary Claire Smith

Writer
My interactive choose-your-own-adventure game, T-Rex Time Machine, is available from Choice of Games. My story, “Diamond Jim and the Dinosaurs” (April 2016), placed third in Analog's AnLab Readers' Poll. I draw on my background as an archaeologist to write fantasy, science fiction... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Beverly Hills - 2nd floor

4:00pm

Managing a creative career with mental illness
For all the stressed importance of self care for writers there is relatively little conversation about building a long-term writing career while managing a mental health concern like anxiety disorder or depression. When 'do yoga' and 'get exercise' are not enough, what ways can writers build a satisfying career while caring for neuroatypical needs? What long term structures and support are helpful? 

Moderators
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A. J. Hackwith

Author
A. J. Hackwith is (almost) certainly not an ink witch in a hoodie. She’s a queer writer of fantasy and science fiction living in Seattle. THE LIBRARY OF THE UNWRITTEN, the first in her fantasy trilogy, is coming October 1 2019 with Ace. She also writes sci-fi romance as Ada Harper... Read More →

Speakers
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Tyler Hayes

Author
Tyler is a science fiction and fantasy writer from Northern California, and a Social Justice Bard specializing in the College of Comfort. He writes stories he hopes will show people that not only are they not alone in this terrifying world, but we might just make things better. Tyler’s... Read More →
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Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
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R.R. Virdi

R.R. Virdi is a two-time finalist for the Dragon Award (best fantasy - paranormal) alongside Jim Butcher, and N.K. Jemisin. He's published eight novels, four short stories in The Longest Night Watch, a charity anthology benefiting Alzheimer's research, and one for Stardust, Always... Read More →
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C. L. Polk

C.L. Polk is in a love triangle with fantasy and romance. After short story sales and contributing to the web serial Shadow Unit, she’s written fantasy and contemporary romance novels. She lives in southern Alberta and spends too much time on twitter.Her debut novel, Witchmark... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
I/J Salon
 
Sunday, May 19
 

10:00am

How Indies Can Sell More Books with PublishDrive
Learning how to sell more books is always a top priority for authors. In this session Kinga Jentetics, CEO of PublishDrive, discusses more ways Indies can sell more books with the PublishDrive platform. Kinga will cover new business models, global platforms, marketing tools, and much more to help indie authors and publishers gain more traction in the market. The mission of PublishDrive is to help authors write more, and worry less.


Speakers
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Kinga Jentetics

CEO, PubishDrive
Kinga Jentetics is the CEO and founder of PublishDrive, a self-publishing platform that distributes ebooks globally to over 400 online stores. Her number one goal is to help indie authors and self-publishers succeed. She made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Media in 2017 and similarly to... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 10:00am - 10:30am
C/D Salon

11:30am

How to Juggle Parenthood and a Professional Writing Career
A panel of professional writers discuss the challenges of trying to "Have It All" (a thriving career and a meaningful relationship with your children). They'll offer tips on how to juggle a professional writing career and a fulfilling family life. How do you make word count while your teenager yells at you for a ride to the movies? How do you juggle deadlines and 2am diaper changes? What's the key to finding the right balance between being there for your family and holding onto your writing aspirations?

Moderators
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E. D. Walker

Author
E.D. Walker, a native of Los Angeles, is the author of The Fairy Tales of Lyond Series that begins with Enchanting the King. Her short fiction has appeared in the USA Today bestselling anthology Embrace the Passion: Pets in Space 3 and she will also participate in the upcoming Pets... Read More →

Speakers
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Pablo Defendini

Publisher & Art Director, Fireside
Pablo Defendini is the Publisher and Art Director of Fireside Magazine. He is also a designer and developer for hire, with a focus on editorial design for digital media. He helped launch Tor.com, before moving on to work for companies that sit in the overlap between publishing and... Read More →
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Rachel Hartman

Writer
Rachel Hartman is the author of the NYT bestselling YA fantasy SERAPHINA and its sequel SHADOW SCALE. Her most recent book, TESS OF THE ROAD, was just nominated for the Andre Norton and Lodestar Awards. Rachel lives with her family in Vancouver, Canada. In her free time she sings... Read More →
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Mike Chen

Author, HarperCollins
Mike Chen is the author of HERE AND NOW AND THEN (MIRA, 2019) and A BEGINNING AT THE END (MIRA, 2020). He has contributed to major geek websites (The Mary Sue, The Portalist, Tor), covered the NHL for mainstream media outlets, and is super proud of his Star Trek: TNG fan fiction... Read More →
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John Walters

writer
John Walters is a Clarion West graduate (class of 1973) who returned to the United States about five years ago after living abroad for thirty-five years in India, Bangladesh, Italy, Greece, and other countries. He writes science fiction and fantasy, thrillers, mainstream fiction... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
C/D Salon

2:00pm

Productivity tools FTW!
You know you need to do the work. You even want to do the work and yet... When your brain is being derailed by the news, or social media, or just straight-up OMG THIS NOVEL SUCKS, how can you get work done? Our panelists will discuss a variety of tools and the workarounds that they've found to get their brains to just do the work.

Moderators
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Jenn Lyons

I'm a fantasy author and artist. My first book, The Ruin of Kings, is expected in Winter 2019, by Tor Books. I have 20+ years of experience as an illustrator and graphic artist, and am also a veteran of the video game industry. I have an embarrassing number of hobbies.

Speakers
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Vicky Hsu

CEO, HabitRPG
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Meghan Ciana Doidge

Writer, Old Man in the CrossWalk
Indie publishing, branding, urban fantasy
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Daryl Gregory

Writer
Daryl Gregory is an award-winning writer of genre-mixing novels, stories, and comics. His novels include Spoonbenders (upcoming from Knopf), Harrison Squared, Afterparty, Pandemonium, Raising Stony Mayhall, The Devil’s Alphabet, and the World Fantasy Award- winning short novel We... Read More →
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S. Leslie

Leslie is a writer for the video game Tattered Weave, as well as one of the co-founders of Habitica, a fantasy RPG crossed with a productivity app. She is the author of multiple short stories for children, which have been published in magazines such as Spider and Spellbound, and her... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

Art Direction for Authors
So, you need to serve as your own art director? Using real examples from published works, Colin Coyle will step through the process of researching cover art and artists, crafting an art direction document, understanding the language of cover art, and working with an artist to revise and refine art from thumbnail sketches to final work.

Moderators
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Colin Coyle

Publisher, Parvus Press
Colin is the co-founder of Parvus Press. He is a technologist with an education in theater, a more comprehensive but less interesting education in business, and a background in enterprise network design who turned to the dark side of sales and marketing.He fell in love with genre... Read More →

Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
G/H Salon

3:30pm

Lifetime Career Earnings and Beyond
Copyright is life of the author plus 70 years.  Many authors have traditionally published works and need to keep current on the status of their books with their publishers.  These same authors have retained many rights and also have the potential to revert rights and re-publish themselves.  In addition to their traditional print partners they may or can have an entire additional career as a self publisher and/or as a licensor of their retained rights.  Authors must inventory, monitor and exploit this vast amount of intellectual property over their lifetimes.  It even goes beyond that.  With copyright valid life + 70 they will have estates of intellectual property.  It's weird, but key, what will happen to my work when I am dead and how can I leave a living legacy of not only my work, but the revenue that it will still be creating. 

Moderators
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Ethan Ellenberg

President, Ethan Ellenberg Lit. Agency

Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
C/D Salon

3:30pm

The narrative and politics of non-fiction
In addition to writing fiction, many authors write about reality. In this panel, we'll talk about the art of crafting a personal essay or opinion - how much to share? How much not to share? How do you make people interested in actual factual humans instead of unicorns? Sometimes, we even write opinion about fiction, which asks an even deeper question - what to criticize and how while maintaining a fiction career?


Speakers
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Marianne Kirby

Writer/editor
Shoes, body politics, 90s goth music, that show you think I should watch, snacks, fan fic
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Elsa Sjunneson-Henry

Author & Disability Activist


Sunday May 19, 2019 3:30pm - 4:30pm
A/B Salon