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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:

  • Thursday noon - Ann Crispin's Beginner Writers workshop, "The Secret to Having your Short Fiction Published."

  • Friday 9/2, 8:30PM - "Censorship: Who should decide what's appropriate for kids or teens to read?"  With Kathleen David, Jo Sherman, and Todd McCaffrey.

  • Saturday 9/3, 1:00PM - "So, You Want to Write a Kid's Book."  With Kathleen David, Jo Sherman, Donita K. Paul, and Paul Alan Gratz.

  • Saturday 9/3, 8:30PM - "Fairy Tales: Not Made for Children."  With Dennis Keppel, Heidi Heiner, and Jo Sherman.

  • Sunday 9/4, 10:00AM - "Urban Fantasy and Faeries. " With Phil Brucato, Scott Haven, and Jo Sherman


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.


In other, non-panic-attack-inciting news, I had a very good sales day yesterday.
56-day SALE to the Thou Shalt Not anthology--my second to this project. Very pleased 'bout this as I wrote both flash stories expressly for it.
63-day SALE to the premiere issue of Fantasy Magazine, slated to debut at the World Fantasy Convention in November. It promises to be a beautiful production. Here's a mock-up of the cover:

I'm feeling:
anxious anxious
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On August 23rd, 2005 11:39 am (UTC), affinity8 commented:
Congrats on the sales! Amd that's a very pretty cover.
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:37 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! I'm definitely jazzed to be in Fantasy. Pretty and shiny!
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On August 23rd, 2005 11:46 am (UTC), tstauffer commented:
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.
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:40 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
We're looking forward to seeing you too! Bummed that you're only going to be able to make it for one day, though. Fooie.
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On August 23rd, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC), terracinque commented:
Trying to hold off the obligatory panic attack at the notion of speaking in public

And who can blame you? All those strangers in a room...
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On August 23rd, 2005 12:32 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
*kicks Glenn* NOT HELPING!
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On August 23rd, 2005 12:44 pm (UTC), pleroma commented:
Still a bit bummed I missed the cutoff date by a day or two.

Either way, you'll give a kick ass presentation!
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On August 24th, 2005 11:09 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, Dude. Yeah, I wish you could've gotten in too. It's a good workshop, and I wouldn't have minded a friendly face in the audience . . .

Well, there's always next year.
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On August 24th, 2005 11:10 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Aw, shucks. Thanks. I'm still all a-fret-and-twitch, but thanks.
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC), aimeempayne commented:
Congrats on the sales. Now I can doubly look forward to the premier of Fantasy Magazine
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On August 24th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie! Yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to it. I hope it's as beautiful as the mock-up promises.
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:18 pm (UTC), palmerwriter commented:
Dragon*Con
Wow, Eugie. You're D*C schedule sounds intense, though it is about the same number of panels as I am on. Sadly, no writing panels, as I am but a lowly nonfiction hack, but hopefully that will soon change. See you at the con.
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC), eugie replied:
Re: Dragon*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"!
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On August 23rd, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC), gardenwaltz commented:
Congrats on another sale, and that is one AMAZING cover. i hope they do well.
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On August 24th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! Me too!!
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On August 23rd, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC), shawn_scarber commented:
That "YES!" means anything and everything.
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On August 24th, 2005 11:12 am (UTC), eugie replied:
"YES!" check. Hee!
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On August 23rd, 2005 03:04 pm (UTC), whitecrow0 commented:
Oooh I'd love to sit in on the urban fantasy and fairies panel. :}
(Sorry, I have no advice...)
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On August 24th, 2005 11:13 am (UTC), eugie replied:
I'm actually a bit unsure what to say at that one. My fate is in the hands of the moderator . . .
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On August 23rd, 2005 04:18 pm (UTC), merebrillante commented:
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."

Good luck!
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On August 24th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC), eugie replied:
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.
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On August 23rd, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC), raecarson commented:
Woohoo!

And...Woohoo!!!!
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On August 24th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks, sweetie!
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On August 23rd, 2005 07:18 pm (UTC), desayunoencama commented:
Congrats x 2!
Woo! Woo!
:-)
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On August 24th, 2005 11:15 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you. Thank you!
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On August 23rd, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC), lanyn commented:
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! :)
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On August 24th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thanks! And I'm way ahead of you on the "extra skunk therapy" front. Hobkin's currently curled up at my side, oozing serenity and tranquility. It helps that he's just had a big breakfast, of course.
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On August 24th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC), ogre_san commented:
Congratulations!
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On August 24th, 2005 11:17 am (UTC), eugie replied:
Thank you!
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