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2013: The Parting Glass

Now that 2013 is officially in the rearview, I’m not as hung over as I expected to be, but I’ve long known I’m a social drinker and when the party is small, so are my drinks. The party last night was just that—small—and in a way, quite reflective of the year I’ve had.

I don’t know if that’s necessarily a bad thing.

At any rate, I know a lot of my fellow writers are doing a “this is what I did with my writing” or a “this is what I’m going to do with my writing” post for the New Year and this is kind of like that, sort of, in a weird way.

What do you mean by weird, Chris?

Well, in 2013 I didn’t do shit all in regards to my writing. Oh, I wrote things; I just didn’t publish them. I went to some conventions and sold a few copies of my first novel, Necromancer, and met some cool folks out on the road. The awesome Nelson W. Pyles podcasted a few of my short and flash fiction pieces on The Wicked Library, but that was the extent of where my writing went the last 12 months.

Halfway through the year I freaked out about this. Of course, by the time June/July came around, I’d only subbed one piece (which ended up shortlisted and ultimately rejected). After the PMPress Writer’s Retreat at the end of July, I subbed two more pieces, and then another near the end of August. All three were (obviously) rejected by the respective editors. Looking back now, at the start of the new year, I’m more like fuck it. It is what it is. I did write, I just didn’t publish, and it’s about the former, not the latter.

One thing that I did do was get back into reading novels. Before some of you have a conniption over a writer “not reading,” let me explain: for the past several years, I’d read almost exclusively short fiction as the editor for Title Goes Here: and it was awesome; I was able to read and publish writers like Alison Littlewood, Paul Anderson, and Alexis A. Hunter. But it didn’t leave much time for novel reading. Sure, I’d squeeze in a couple here and there (and those were familiar books I’d read before), but not like I used to read. This year, I’m happy to say I put to rest 32 books over the last 12 months. The only book I attempted to read and didn’t finish was The Talisman by King and Straub. Sad to say this is like my third time trying, though I did make it further than any other attempt.

I will finish that book this year.

But, here’s the list of books I did read. You know, for the curious.

01)  Back Roads & Frontal Lobes by Brady Allen – 5/5
02)  They Thirst by Robert McCammon – 5/5
03)  Lucky Man by Michael J Fox – 3/5
04)  Phantoms by Dean Koontz – 4/5
05)  The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub –
06)  Throttle by Stephen King & Joe Hill – 3/5
07)  Quarantined by Joe McKinney – 3/5
08)  The Hunt by Joseph Williams – 4/5
09)  The Rising by Brian Keene – 2/5
10)  Coraline by Neil Gaiman – 3/5
11)  Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill – 4/5
12)  Pavlov’s Dogs by D.L. Snell & Thom Brannan – 3/5
13)  Red: My Uncensored Life in Rock by Sammy Hagar – 3/5
14)  (dis)Comfort Food by Brad Carter – 5/5
15)  Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist – 4/5
16)  Demons, Dolls, and Milkshakes by Nelson W. Pyles – 5/5
17)  A Trail in Blood by J. David Anderson – 5/5
18)  Losing Touch by Christian A. Larsen – 5/5
19)  Draculas by Crouch, Kilborn, Strand, Wilson – 3/5
20)  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – 4/5
21)  War of the Worlds by HG Wells – 2/5
22)  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – 4/5
23)  1984 by George Orwell – 4/5
24)  Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury – 4/5
25)  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov – 3/5
26)  Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein – 3/5
27)  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick – 3/5
28)  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card – 4/5
29)  The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin – 3/5
30)  Children of Men by PD James – 3/5
31)  Wolf Hunt by Jeff Strand – 3/5
32)  The Hand of God by Tony Acree – 4/5
33)  The Wolf’s Moon by Patrick Jones – 2/5

I started building a reading list for this year a couple weeks ago, which includes several old King books I haven’t read in a decade or so, plus some other things I found on the bookshelves here I hadn’t read. I also received four Jonathan Maberry books for Christmas. They’re on the list, too. I can’t even speak to the number of books I have on my Kindle. I’ll read some of those, too.

I watched many movies in 2013. I can’t say I’m completely proud of this, but it’s a fact, and I do love movies. The number I watched is about double the number of books I read, but this list does include the few movies I saw at the theater and Netflix movies. Here’s that list, too, for the curious folk.

01)  Diary of a Nymphomaniac – 4/5
02)  Apartment 143 – 3/5
03)  Sector 7 – 3/5 (Korean, subtitled)
04)  Trollhunter – 4/5 (Norwegian, subtitled)
05)  The Tall Man – 3/5
06)  Dead Season – 2/5
07)  In the Spider’s Web – 1/5
08)  Good Neighbours – 3/5
09)  The Rig – 2/5
10)  The Lost Tribe – 1/5
11)  Airborne – 3/5
12)  The Innkeepers – 3/5
13)  The Devil Inside – 2/5
14)  Black Death – 3/5
15)  Cashback – 3/5
16)  Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness – 2/5
17)  Intruders – 3/5
18)  Rango – 3/5
19)  The Day – 2/5
20)  Dead Snow -3/5 (Norwegian, subtitled)
21)  Chernobyl Diaries – 2/5
22)  The Thirst: Blood War – 2/5
23)  Red: Werewolf Hunter -2/5
24)  Cleopatra’s Second Husband – 2/5
25)  Pontypool – 4/5
26)  Total Recall (2012) – 3/5
27)  Jack the Giant Slayer – 3/5
28)  Evil Dead (2013) – 4/5
29)  Byzantium – 3/5
30)  The Lords of Salem – 3/5
31)  Battleship – 2/5
32)  Chronicle -2/5
33)  TMNT (2007, animated) – 3/5
34)  Behind the Candelabra – 4/5
35)  Extinction: The G.M.O. Chronicles – 2/5
36)  The Last Stand – 3/5
37)  Sanctum – 2/5
38)  Hanna – 2/5
39)  Cowboys vs. Aliens – 2/5
40)  Darkwolf – 1/5
41)  Wrath of the Titans – 2/5
42)  Trip to the Moon (1902) – 3/5
43)  The Great Train Robbery (1903) – 3/5
44)  World War Z – 3/5
45)  Frankenstein (1931) – 3/5
46)  The Public Enemy (1931) – 3/5
47)  This is the End – 3/5
48)  The Heat – 3/5
49)  Rear Window – 4/5
50)  His Girl Friday – 3/5
51)  Storage 24 – 2/5
52)  The Frankenstein Theory – 2/5
53)  Oklahoma! – 2/5
54)  Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) – 4/5
55)  Pacific Rim – 2/5
56)  The Wicker Tree – 2/5
57)  Spiders – 2/5
58)  The Conjuring – 3/5
59)  State of Emergency – 3/5
60)  Compliance – 4/5
61)  Shame – 4/5
62)  R.I.P.D. – 3/5
63)  Dredd – 3/5
64)  Infected – 2/5
65)  Stevie – 3/5
66)  Fatso (Norwegian, subtitled) – 4/5
67)  Battledogs – 2/5
68)  Apollo 18 – 3/5
69)  John Dies at the End – 4/5
70)  War of the Dead – 2/5
71)  War of the Worlds (1953) – 2/5
72)  The Sessions – 4/5
73)  Frankenstein (2005) – 3/5
74)  Mimic – 3/5
75)  Children of Men – 4/5
76)  Paranormal Activity 4 – 2/5
77)  The Possession – 2/5
78) War of the Worlds (2005) – 3/5

For the extra curious, you can read my post on how I derive my ratings here. If you don’t care, don’t click.

Overall, 2013 was a decent year for me and I’m happy in the growth I made as a writer. Personally, it was up and down. Probably the best part was finding out that grandfatherhood (BAM! just made up that word) here in a few months (March), while the worst part was fighting against depression and lethargy. I’m used to these spells just not for this long.

Funny truth…

On 12/31, before the drinking started, I did this Facebook “mental age test” and answered the questions honestly (c’mon, you know you fudge those fucking quiz answers to skew the results to whatever you think they should be) and my mental age was 16. Those of you who know me are aware I’m on the far side of 16 x 2. I don’t feel 16; I certainly don’t act 16 (though my wife may disagree with that). I believe it’s a sign I still hold a somewhat romantic and optimistic view of life and people, while masticating the shit sandwich I have every day for lunch.

Strangely, though, I’m okay with that.

Good night and joy be with you all.

Hello, 2014.

News: Those changes…

Yeah, about those changes I mentioned a few weeks ago…

They are currently in full swing. If you’re reading this (HI MOM), you see it’s a redirect back to my old WordPress URL. It’s gonna be this way for a few weeks for a couple of reasons, such as NaNo and I’m a website/internet dumbass. It’ll take me a bit to figure shit out, but I’ve already started and I’m at least on my way.

And, with all that stuff, I won’t be updating here much as I’ll be busy, I have no pending publications, and overall, I’ve been slacking like a fat, lazy cat in the sun.   But, things will return to normal soon, I imagine. Either that or I’ll give up and go into politics.  Sounds fun.

 

News: A Changing of the Guard

This is kind of my two week notice that, at the end of the month, I’m swapping web servers and doing some crazy stupid shit that I’m totally dumb about. I do have some great people helping me with advice and smacks upside my head when needed, so hopefully there won’t be too big of an interruption.

(Sorry, mom, I know you come here to find out what I’m doing. I promise, I’ll call more instead.)

With that out of the way, I’m going to do NaNoWriMo again this year. Hopefully I win, unlike last year, when I only clocked about 32k or something (maybe even less).

I’ve heard a lot of writers (and non-writers, too) talk some serious shit about NaNo and how “Oh, you only write during November, so you’re A) not a real writer, B) not serious, C) stupid D) unprofessional, E) pretty much any insult out there…”

Well, no, douchebags, it’s none of the above for me. I do writing related tasks everyday, whether it’s reading, editing, or writing new words. But unlike some writers, I have a full time job, a college education to finish, two young kids, a wife I enjoy spending time with (doing things other than screwing, too), plus hobbies such as gaming, drinking beer, and what not. So what November provides for me is EXTRA TIME to write, because my wife allows (yes, I say allows, because if she didn’t allow it, it wouldn’t happen) me to basically say fuck all in regards to “family time” and I go out writing nearly every day. I’m restricted by the Thanksgiving dinner and my kids’ birthday parties. Those are must attend functions.

So, for all those naysayers, there are those of who use November as an enhancement to our already normal regimen of writing, so before you pop off at the mouth and talk some shit, take a moment to think. Sure, NaNo might not be for you (and that’s fine) but it’s a boon to some.

That is all.

News: Fandomfest

Friday marks the start of Fandomfest. The convention runs all weekend and they have this killer literary track that I’ll be taking part in. If you’re local to Louisville, KY or somewhere close, come down and enjoy a day at this huge, huge, huge event.

Movie and television people there, including a semi-reunion of some Firefly cast members (BROWNCOATS FOREVER!) and The Walking Dead, plus some others. William Shatner and, if you’re an old rocker like me, you might enjoy seeing Gene Simmons from KISS.

Oh, did I mention Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes? I didn’t? Well, fuck. They’ll be there, too.

But really, I just want you to come to the Post Mortem Press table, buy some books, and check out all the literary panels, then go back and buy more books. Seriously. The literary schedule is below and for the celebrities (other than me, of course) you can click on the Fandomfest banner.

That is all.

FandomFest
2013 Literary Track Panels, Times, Descriptions, and Participants:

Friday Panels

 

2:00 pm

Meet the Panelists
An informal meet and greet, where attendees at Fandom Fest can get an idea of who’s who on the Literary Track!

 

3:00pm

The Art of Being a Good Panelist

This special session is for those new to being panelists at conventions, those with little experience, or even those with many conventions under their belt who might want to gain some further insights into what makes for effective panel participation.   A great orientation on participating on panels!

Featuring:

Lee Martindale (M)

 

4:00 Panels

 

Crossing Genres A Forum

There will always be readers of particular genres, whether it be steampunk or epic fantasy, but many storytellers are having wonderful experiences bringing in elements of many genres.  This panel will explore some examples of cross-genre fiction, and also discuss why cross-genre fiction is growing fast in popularity.

Featuring:

John Allen

J.H. Glaze (M)

T.Lee  Harris

Christian Jensen

Bethany Halle

Joy Ward

 

 

Dynamic Dialogue

What are some approaches to writing effective dialogue? This panel will contain a few surprises, as our panelists will demonstrate how dialogue that might look correct on the page can be very different on the ear. Be sure to catch this panel for some moments that are both instructive and entertaining!

Featuring:

Marian Allen

L. Andrew Cooper

Scott Sandridge  (M)

Missy Goodman

Ian Harac

Ren Garcia

Developing A Good Query

Whether looking for an agent, or perhaps a publisher, writing a concise and engaging query letter can often prove the difference in whether your work is taken into consideration.  This panel will break down query letters and offer advice on how to write an effective one.

Featuring:

Ginny Fleming

Eric Beebe (M)

Sean Taylor

Becky Hollada

 

5:30 PM Panels

Effective Social Media

So many social media outlets and so little time.  What is an author to do?  This panel will feature several individuals who are savvy and effective when it comes to social media, to offer their insights on how to approach some specific social media outlets, as well as what not to do.   There is an art to being effective with social media, and this panel will shed some light on that area.

Featuring:

Alicia Justice  (M)

Tony Acree

Marian Allen

RJ Sullivan

Missy Goodman

Jennifer Malone Wright

 

Urban Fantasy Today

The definition of urban fantasy has changed over recent years, and it is the focus of this panel to explore the realms of urban fantasy and where the genre is at today.  What’s popular in urban fantasy now?  What kinds of themes are being explored in today’s urban fantasy.  This will be a fun panel for all who love this genre.

Featuring: 

John Allen

Chris Brown

Eric Garrison

S.H. Roddey  (M)

Georgia L. Jones

Brick Marlin

 

Putting Together a Winning Anthology

Join a group of authors and editors with plenty of anthology experience, as they talk about what goes into the assembly of a solid anthology project.   There’s more involved than just picking some good stories, and if you’ve ever wanted to know how editors think in approach to an anthology project, then this is the panel for you.

Featuring:

T.Lee Harris

Lee Martindale (M)

J.L. Mulvihill

Michael West

Becky Hollada

 

Writing a Series

Whether a trilogy or fifteen books in length, a series involving several installments is very prevalent in the world of speculative fiction.  There are things to keep in mind when creating and developing a series. This panel will involve a discussion with several authors with active series, offering suggestions and approaches to writing effective installments in a solid series.

Featuring:

Terry W. Ervin  (M)

J.H. Glaze

Mark Wandrey

Lisa Morgan

M.B. Weston

S.B. Knight

7 PM Panels

Choosing the Right Path In Publishing

A special extended forum exploring the options of self-publishing, small press, and major press.  The pro’s and con’s of each avenue of publishing will be discussed by panelists who are personally experienced with one or more of those choices.

Featuring:

Janet Harriet

Lee Martindale (M)

Eric Beebe

M.B. Weston

SB Knight

Georgia L. Jones

 

The Writing Business:  A Forum

Yes, as much as writing is a creative endeavor, it is also a business.  Bring your questions on the business of writing, ranging from contracts to sensible ways to planning your year of activity as an author.  Business can be a dry topic sometimes, but this panel promises to include some wild tales and anecdotes that will illustrate the importance of taking a serious approach to the business of writing.

Featuring:

L Andrew Cooper  (M)

Charlie Kenmore

Sean Taylor

Brick Marlin

Michael West

Kayelle McClive

 

Writers Guide to Drinking

What’s the easiest place to find authors at a Con?  Just go to the bar!  Yes, authors have been known to have a drink or two, and we thought we’d include a fun panel featuring authors talking about the topic of drinking!  What they like, whether they drink when writing, and more!   Should be a fun, light-hearted addition to the track!

Featuring:

Tony Acree

Mariah Allen

Chris Brown

Christian Jensen (M)

Scott Sandridge

Neil Sayatovich

 

 

Pitch the Publisher Session One

Come and pitch your manuscript/project to an established publisher.  Grimoire Books is the featured publisher for this first session of a popular Fandom Fest Literary Track activity!

 

 

8:30 PM Panels

Author Karaoke

Just fun, informal Karaoke featuring Fandom Fest authors!  Who knows who else might be there?  Rumor has it that Selah Janel and John F. Allen will be dazzling the audience with their hosting and singing talents!

Pitch the Publisher Session II
Pitch your manuscript/project at the second scheduled session at FandomFest, featuring the amazing Dave Mattingly of Blackwyrm Publishing!

Saturday Panels

10 AM Panels

The Changing Landscapes of Publishing

This session explores how much publishing has changed in recent years, where it is now, and what is just ahead.  What kinds of adaptations have publishers undertaken to survive, and even thrive, in today’s climate?  What challenges are looming?  Come and examine trends and speculation in regards to the world of publishing.

Featuring:

Janet Harriet  (M)

Christian Jensen
Eric Beebe

Bethany Halle

Sandy Sullivan

 

 

 

What’s Involved with Publishing a Quality Title

This panel will give you a nice overview of the steps of the publishing process, ranging from the editing phase all the way to the marketing and publicity phase.  This panel will give authors a better appreciation of what publishers have to do on their end, as well as provide a clear perspective for authors pursuing self-publishing on how to do it right.

Featuring:

John Dawson Jackson

Charlie Kenmore

Travis Surber

Sean Taylor  (M)

Mike Patton

Becky Hollada

 

Approaches to Character Development

What is involved in developing compelling, realistic characters?  This panel discussion will explore the elements of character development that apply to all genres of writing.  Make your characters live, breathe, and grow over the course of your story arc!

Featuring:

John Allen

Terry W Ervin

Mark Wandrey

Brad Parnell

Shon Jason Medley  (M)

Dave Creek

 

Cheap Easy Cosplay

Are you an author that likes to “look the part” at conventions, perhaps suiting up as one of your own characters?  Are you simply interested in learning more about Cosplay?  This session takes a look at Cosplay in the kind of light that does not require big budgets or high expertise!

Featuring:

Selah Janel

J.L. Mulvihill

 

11:30 AM Panels

Authors Interviewing Authors

Yes, the title says it all!  Authors will be interviewing Authors in this new addition to the track!  See 3 authors ask questions of three others… and then the table will be turned!

 

Featuring:

L. Andrews Cooper

Selah Janel

Lee Martindale

Michael West

Georgia L. Jones

J.H. Glaze

 

Book Blogging

Book Blogs have become quite a force in today’s publishing climate.   Book Blogs have propelled self-published authors to the heights of the sales charts, and major presses now place a great focus on the book blog community.   This forum will discuss the world of book blogging and why it has become so important for today’s authors.

Featuring:

Alicia Justice  (M)

Rachel Smith

Alexx Miller

Bethany Halle

Mike Patton

 

Evolution of Steampunk

Steampunk has become a very popular area of speculative fiction, and has crossed over into film, games, and much more in the mainstream consciousness.  This panel will offer you an overview of steampunk, but it will also explore the directions that steampunk is evolving, and what kinds of new elements are making their way into steampunk literature now that it is fairly well established.  

Featuring:

Eric Garrison

J.L. Mulvihill

Shon Jason Medley (M)

 

World Building 101

World building plays a key role in all kinds of speculative fiction, from steampunk, to epic fantasy, to science fiction and urban fantasy.   How do you go about creating an interesting and compelling world to set your story in?  There are so many considerations, from geography, to sociology, to technology, and much more.  What world-building elements can be used in developing a story set in our world?  Come and explore the exciting topic of world building with our expert panelists.

Featuring:

John Allen

Terry W. Ervin  (M)

Scott Sandridge

Mark Wandrey

Brad Parnell

Ian Harac

1 PM Panels

Contracts:  An Overview

We can’t offer official legal advice, but we can explore the common clauses to publishing contracts, and what to keep in mind when evaluating whether a contract is fair or not.  This panel discussion will also give you some insight regarding red flags to look out for.

Featuring:

Janet Harriet

Lee Martindale

Charlie Kenmore (M)

Eric Beebe

 

 

Young Adult Fiction: A Forum

YA is without question one of the strongest and hottest areas of the publishing world, with many popular books series taking off as major film franchises.  Come and discuss YA fiction, including what it is, what kinds of changes it has gone through, and even how highly mature themes are worked into YA literature.

Featuring:

Ali Justice  (M)

Brad Parnell

Terry W. Ervin

Mark Wandrey

Brick Marlin

 

Plotter or Pantser

When writing a short story, novella, or novel, there are some who heavily outline, and some who largely go with the flow, as well as all levels in between.  This discussion will explore the development of plot in regards to a new writing project, as authors discuss what kind of approach they take.

Featuring:

Chris Brown

Jennifer Malone Wright  (M)

Giny Flemming

K.B. Miller

Pamela Turner

Lisa Morgan

 

2:30 PM Panels

Working Well With Editors

What do editors expect?  What’s the right etiquette when working with a professional editor?   What are the editor’s expectations of an author?  This discussion will give you insights that will help you improve your approach to editors as well as your experience working with them.

Featuring:

Janet Harriet

Scott Sandridge  (M)

Sean Taylor

Shon Jason Medley

Dave Creek

Becky Hollada

 

Episodic Fiction

The explosion of eBooks has brought along with it a great potential for publishing stories as episodic fiction.  This panel will give an overview of episodic fiction, and also discuss why the digital media world makes episodic fiction increasingly attractive for many authors.

Featuring:

Jennifer Malone Wright 

J.H. Glaze  (M)

K.B. Miller

RJ Sullivan

Travis Surber

Genre Fiction as an Effective Aid for Those With Disabilities

From special literary programs, to themes in stories, science fiction and other genre fiction has long been of help and comfort to those with special needs or disabilities.  This panel will explore some of the ways in which genre fiction plays a wonderful role in helping many who are contending with disabilities.

Featuring:

T. Lee Harris

Lee Martindale (M)

J. L. Mulvihill

Joy Ward

Marian Allen

4:00 PM Panels

Exploring Horror

Explore the realm of creating compelling horror with a cross-disciplinary group of panelists!  Panelists with backgrounds in books, movies, and games will participate in this special forum to examine what elements go into the foundation of effective horror, in a way that’s relevant to all types of creative expression.

Featuring:

L. Andrew Cooper

Selah Janel  (M)

S.B. Knight

Michael West

Brick Marlin

John Mulhall

 

Alternate History

Alternate History is a very exciting genre that challenges writers to explore the big “what ifs?”  What if a different side won a battle or war?  What if a different president was elected?  What if a different choice was made at a critical juncture in history?   All kinds of scenarios are explored by writers of alternate histories, and this panel will take a look at the unique challenges and considerations when writing in this genre.

Featuring:

Eric Garrison

J.L. Mulvihill

John Dawson Jackson

Shon Jason Medley (M)

Ren Garcia

Neal Sayatovich

Game of Thrones

Be prepared for spoilers!  A panel discussion comparing the highly popular HBO series adapting George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire Series.  What do you like and not like about the television version?   Perhaps the television version has some things that you liked better than the books?  This promises to be a fun panel for fans of the show, books, or both!

Featuring:

Tony Acree

Lee Martindale  (M)

Ian Harac

Lisa Morgan

Fan Fiction

A panel focused on writing fan fiction, including the reasons why it can be a useful endeavor for some writers, and why other writers advise strongly against it.  An honest discussion of a very popular pursuit in the world of creative writing today.

Featuring:

Marian Allen

Alicia Justice

Kayelle McClive

S.H. Roddey  (M)

 

5:30 Panels

Improv Storytelling

A fun and entertaining session that will feature a number of our author guests collaborating in a live, improve storytelling session!  Sure to be one of the most popular features on the literary track!  Don’t miss this one!

Featuring:

Tony Acree

L. Andrew Cooper

Selah Janel  (M)

Christian Jensen

Lee Martindale

J.L. Mulvihill

Susan Roddey

 

Avoiding Scams in Publishing

There are more scams than ever, looking to prey upon new authors.  This panel will discuss what to look for, in terms of red flags, when it comes to possible scams in the publishing industry.   Don’t be suckered into a bad situation, especially when it involves the rights to your work!

Featuring:

Ginny Flemming

Janet Harriet

Eric Beebe  (M)

Charlie Kenmore

Sandy Sullivan

Heavy Metal and Its Relationship With Speculative Fiction

Dio, Iron Maiden, Nightwish, Black Sabbath, Rush … the list goes on and on of hard rock and heavy metal bands who have incorporated fantasy and science fiction themes into their music and artwork.  This panel will explore the relationship of hard rock and heavy metal with speculative fiction,

Featuring:

Chris Brown

Scott Sandridge

Brick Marlin

Stephen Zimmer  (M)

Neil Sayatovich

 

Paranormal Explorations

From the popularity of paranormal investigations, to the popularity of paranormal-themed literature, the realm of the paranormal is certainly at the forefront.  Come and join in a discussion of the paranormal as it applies to literature and investigations!

Featuring:

K.B Miller

RJ Sullivan

Eric Garrison  (M)

Joy Ward

7:00 PM Panels

Book Publicity

This session, featuring Jitterbug PR, will take you through a survey of book publicity in all its forms, including traditional PR and campaigns involving New Media.   Publicity is a critical component to book sales, and authors of all levels would be wise to gain an understanding of the art of publicity!

Featuring:

Alicia Justice  (M)

Rachel Smith

Alexx Miller

Missy Goodman

John Mulhall

Mike Patton

Love and Sex For Geeks

A panel of an adult-themed variety, led by Alexandra Christian, exploring the topic of sex in the context of writing.  Should be a highly entertaining and informative panel if you are looking to write more effective romance, erotica, or spice up other genre fiction.

Featuring:

Christian Jenson  (M)

Kayelle McClive

Pamela Turner

Bethany Halle

Sandy Sullivan

 

 

Pitch the Publisher Session III

Come and pitch your manuscript/project to an established publisher at the third session of Fandom Fest’s Pitch the Publisher.  This session will feature none other than Post Mortem Press!

 

Sunday Panels

9 AM

FandomFest Church Service

Come join us for a non-denominational worship service co-hosted by the Christian Gamers Guild and Fans for Christ. We’ll read scripture, sing familiar hymns, hear a sermon, and offer an optional communion. Stick around afterwards to meet fellow Christians and learn more about the ministries.

10 AM Panels

Effective Ebook Marketing

Explore the ways that authors with success in eBook sales promote and market online.  There are things specific to different platforms such as Kindle and Nook, and there are very cost-effective techniques for getting the word out there.  Find out about things that are good to do, and also what is a waste of time and money.

Featuring:

Alicia Justice (M)

Chris Brown

J.H. Glaze

Amy McCorkle

 Bethany Halle

Sandy Sullivan

Beta Reading

What is beta reading?  Why is it so important to an author?  What is involved in being a good beta reader?  This panel will explore the world of beta reading, from panelists with experience! 

Featuring:

Terry W. Ervin

Eric Garrison

S.H. Roddey

RJ Sullivan

Alexx Miller  (M)

 

Screenplay Writing

Come and find out what’s different about writing a screenplay as compared to a novel.  This panel will show you why the movie and the book will inevitably have significant differences.  The approach to writing a screenplay entails some special considerations and is an art in itself.  You might even find yourself inspired to begin writing one!

Featuring:

Ginny Fleming

Pamela Tuner

M.B. Weston

Lee Martindale (M)

Dave Creek

11:30 Panels

Successful Self pub

Self-publishing does not carry the stigma that it used to, but those who have bought many self-published titles know that it can be quite a minefield in terms of the range of quality offered.   Self-publishing successfully involves some key elements, and this panel will explore them.

Featuring:

Janet Harriet

Amy McCorkle

John Dawson Jackson

Travis Surber

Lee Martindale (M)

John Mulhall

 

Challenges of Co-Authoring

Co-authoring a book has many unique aspects, and this panel features authors familiar with the co-authoring process.  What should you expect?  How do you develop an effective collaboration?  How can you keep organized during a project?  Methods and tips on the dynamics of co-authoring will take center stage in this session.

Featuring:

Jennifer Malone Wright  (M)

K.B. Miller

Bethany Halle

Christian Jensen

Selah Janel
Susan Roddey

Animals in Fiction

This panel will explore the topic of animals in fiction, including animals that are characters and the use of animals in stories.  Some of the most heartwarming stories in literature have involved animals who have been main characters (Watership Down, for starters), or important parts of the cast (Shadowfax in LOTR).  Join this panel for a fun and interesting overview of the use of animals in fiction.

Featuring:

JH Glaze

T. Lee Harris

Scott Sandridge  (M)

J.L. Mulvihill

Brad Parnell

Ren Garcia

1 PM Panels

The Future of Physical Books

In a realm increasingly dominated by eBooks, physical books and bookstores still have a very viable place in the literary world.  This panel will explore the reasons why physical books will continue to survive, and perhaps even thrive!

Featuring:

Eric Garrison

Janet Harriet

T.L ee Harris  (M)

Shon Jason Medley

 M.B. Weston

Writing Good Book Reviews

Whether you are leaving a few sentences on Goodreads or Amazon, or run a regular book blogging site, good book reviews are an art in their own right.  This panel will explore insights and techniques for writing engaging and effective book reviews.

Featuring:

Alicia Justice

Scott Sandridge  (M)


Rachel Smith

Alexx Miller

I See Authors… at Days of the Dead

Days of the Dead: Indianapolis is in the history books.

Each show has its merits and pitfalls and DotD was no different. I sold a few copies of Necromancer, signed them, and did the whole author thing. That’s always a joy. Saw Danny Trejo a few times as he wandered around, Lita Ford, Twiztid, Jake Busey, and Keith David. It’s important to note that it was Keith David and not David Keith.

dodauthorshotEven better, though, I was able to meet some more of my fellow Post Mortem Press authors this weekend. Chris Larsen, J. David Anderson, and Brian Dobbins helped the time fly at the table as we discussed the merits of “I am Legend” and PC vs Mac. You can find all of their books over at the Post Mortem Press online bookstore. Here’s a group shot of us, in case you’re one of those pictures or it didn’t happen people.

Best part, by far, was that I found a Pumpkinhead tee shirt that will fit my unusually large ass. Perhaps if Lance Henrickson ever does one of these conventions, I can get a picture or something.

Days of the Dead, Indianapolis

Saturday I’m traveling down to Indianapolis to sign books at the Days of the Dead convention. I’ve never been to this one, so I’m looking forward to it. If you’re in or around Indy, you should come on out and buy a few books at the Post Mortem Press table. I have it on good authority Post Mortem Press is going to have more than just a few authors present this weekend.

I also hear Days of the Dead is the official release of J. David Anderson’s “A Trail in Blood.” I’ll be picking up a copy this weekend and you should, too. Brian Dobbins is going to be there, no doubt signing his book Jasmine’s Tale: Darkness and Light.

And yes, of course I’ll sign copies of Necromancer for anyone who buys it. You just have to wait until Saturday since corporate ‘Merica insists I work tomorrow to round out my weekly schedule. If you can’t make Indy, though, pick up a copy of Necromancer anyway at Amazon! (just click on the cover!)

New Signings Added!

Just updated the Appearances page with the Days of the Dead Indy in July.

Also, trying something a bit different with another one, which is the Canal Days in Canal Fulton, Ohio. I made a Facebook event for that one, which you can find here.

Hope to see you at one or the other, maybe both!