It used to be that everyone on the panel would give the same answer to basic questions. On the basic how-to-get published questions, there was only one answer, and it was the same for writer after writer after writer. Now, the basics differ depending on who you talk to. We all agree on craft issues. But when we move to how to get published, writing panels actually get contentious….
It’s a very different world, so different, in fact, that I have to weigh each and every trip for the time it will take away from the connectivity. Conventions often mean that I’ll be slow to respond to business contacts and I’ll get behind on the projects I already have lined up. Instead of being something that generates work, conventions have become something that interfere with work.
I’ve been a bit lax in letting you know about my recent nonfiction. My bimonthly column just appeared on the Grantville Gazette website. This column deals with the influence of teenagers on the formation of both fandom and conventions. You can find it here. The other bit of nonfiction isn’t really mine so much. It is an interview with me also about conventions. This one […]
I’ll be joining my husband Dean Wesley Smith, editor Ellen Datlow, and Tim Kirk as Guests of Honor at Radcon, a science fiction convention held in Washington State, on February 12-14. There will be a booksigning on February 11. We’re stepping in for a few guests who’re having health issues. It should be a grand time–Radcon usually is–and it’s small, so that everyone can interact. […]