Ann Crispin called last night asking me to reprise my "The Secret to Having your Short Fiction Published" guest lecture for her Beginner Writers workshop at Dragon*Con. So now my tentative D*C guest schedule looks like this:
Oof. Busy schedule. I may need to beg out of one of these so I can attend my DC2K writers group annual reunion dinner. 'Cept I don't know what day that's been scheduled for yet.
I was looking over my notes from the talk I did last year for Ann, and I'd like to update the content, but I'm not sure what I should add. So here's a shiny poll for all you writers out there:
What would you want to hear about/what should I discuss at my talk on marketing short fiction?
Trying to hold off the obligatory panic attack at the notion of speaking in public, but I feel the sharp anxiety claws beginning to dig in. Gleep.
I'm not going to be able to go to the workshop. Very little money this year. I may just go Saturday and leave it at that since I can't afford a room. Good luck on your speech. I'm sure you'll do just fine. :) I look forward to seeing you and Matt at the con.
Heh. The panels wouldn't be a biggie except that I'm having to schedule my Daily Dragon director/editor duties around my guest stints.
What's your panel schedule looking like? Definitely swing by Hyatt 219 to say "hi"!
Mega-congrats on the multi-sales!
I thought about answering your poll, but it was too difficult without knowing the level of the writers involved in the class. If by "beginning" they mean they've never submitted anything anywhere yet, formatting, how to do a cover letter, how not to deal with editors -- all of that would be good and useful. But on the other hand, sez Libra, if by "beginning" they mean just not published yet, that opens up a whole new can of worms. In that case, the best thing to do is take questions from the participants, and try and be a "submission doctor" to figure out what they're doing wrong. Maybe they're not targeting the right markets, maybe they're ignoring submission guidelines, maybe they're sending their stories out before they've been thoroughly revised and polished.
As Deep Thought said, "Hmm. Tricky."
Yep yep. I'm allowing 'bout half an hour for questions. Last year I gave them more, and I'm incorporating some of the questions into the content of my talk. If previous experience is anything to go by, the range of "beginner" will be all across the board.
Major congrats on the two sales! That mock-up cover to Fantasy looks great. And you'll do awesomely on your panel once you get there. It's keeping the nerves at bay until then that's the hard part. I have yet to find a solution to nerves, but I think extra skunk-therapy is required for you! :)