For anyone attending Norwescon (the Pacific Northwest’s Premier Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention — says so right there on the web page), I hope to see you there! Norwescon runs from March 24-27 in SeaTac, WA. I’ll be a panelist for the second year running! I had the time of my life doing panels last year, so naturally I was chomping at the bit to do it again.
Hell, I’m even a moderator for three panels this time! (Oh god oh god what have I done?)
My schedule, for those interested (“M” is for moderator):
Thu 10:00 PM-11:00 PM – Cascade 5&6
Invasion From Space
Oh, sure; it sounds easy, but there’s a reason authors writing about space invasion almost always take the defender. Join our panel as they examine what it takes to take a world.
Greg Hallock (M), Elliott Kay, Jason Vanhee
Fri 8:00 PM-9:00 PM – Cascade 10
Young Fans & the Military
This is for the young men and women who wonder if their lives should include some time in uniform. Come ask your questions and our panelists will answer them, as straight as they can.
Elliott Kay (M), Alicia Faires, Jennifer Brozek
Fri 9:00 PM-10:00 PM – Cascade 9
Writing Sex: The Elements of Slash
Most of us have read slash and loved it, but how exactly does it work? What are the nuts and bolts of writing a good sex scene? This panel will examine a few pieces to see how writers create their effects, with an eye toward the basic questions. How explicit should you be? What does “explicit” mean, anyway? Is it about how much metaphor you use? How many body parts you describe and how? Several writers will talk about this scariest of writing tasks.
Berlynn Wohl (M), Elliott Kay, BelladonnaQ, Rachael Sabotini
Special Note: I was on this panel last year. I am still deeply disturbed by some of the things I learned. It was ridiculously, unbelievably fun.
Sat 10:00 AM-11:00 AM – Evergreen 3&4
Violence, Sex, & the YA Audience
Join our panelists as they discuss the boundaries of young adult fantasy and how to maintain a compelling story while still hitting the target audience.
Kristi Charish (M), Elliott Kay, Aibhinn, Frog Jones
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM – Cascade 5&6
Space Cadet Military Training
Military training has often been included in SF stories. How realistic is it? What different kinds of training are there, and why?
Elliott Kay (M), Kevin Mathews, Daniel P. Lynge, Mike Brennan
Sun 3:00 PM-4:00 PM – Cascade 12
Level Up Your Self-Publishing Skills
How do you find a good editor or cover artist? What’s your pricing strategy? Does free work? What are the best keywords to use? How do you get reviews? This panel discusses the best practices for putting out a professional product and the current strategies for finding success.
Elliott Kay (M), K. M. Alexander, Matt Youngmark, Ryan Macklin, Annie Bellet
DEAD MAN’S DEBT UPDATE: Book three in the Poor Man’s Fight series is almost here! It’s all about the cover art now, and that’s projected to be done sometime next week. The book will almost certainly be released on Amazon as an ebook a day or two after I have it in hand, with other formats to follow.
Interior formatting for the paperback is finished, so the paperback option will happen quickly. The contract with Audible is signed and the manuscript is in their hands; I can’t speak to their schedule, but they seem to move pretty quick — and Life In Shadows in Audio will be available March 15, with pre-orders available now!!
Can’t wait to know what happens in Dead Man’s Debt? Well, I’ll tell you this much:
* It’s two years after Rich Man’s War and the war still rages!
* Tanner Malone commits even more appalling acts of heroism in the public eye!
* Gunnery Sergeant Janeka rampages!
* Casey swears a lot!
* Breathtaking heroines are totally not interested in dating the hero!
* Shady shenanigans on all sides!
* Somebody dies!
* Fighting! Face-punching! Nonsense lasers!
* Tanner visits new worlds — and commits blasphemy on all of them!
Hang in there, folks! It’ll be out before I run out of exclamation points!