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Friday, May 18 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Often the best conversations at a convention are the ones that carry over after a panel. Here we have provided a space for authors, editors, agents, and our partners to share their expertise in intimate meetings. These can either be a one-on-one about an area of expertise such as hypnotism, sailing, or contract law. Or it could be an offer to talk shop such as brainstorming sticky plot points, world-building dilemmas, or how to set up book tours.

Topics available this hour are:
  • Self-Publishing
  • Story Structure
  • Publishing Non-Fiction
  • Board Games
  • Writing and selling SF/F poetry
  • Hobby Games
  • Marketing
  • Hybrid Author
  • Business Plans
  • Brainstorming
  • Unlocking plot
  • Dialogue differentiation
  • Worldbuilding credibility
  • White Cane Training Exercises - we WILL be walking around
  • Disability inclusion
  • Editing non-fiction
  • Magazine production, automation, title management
  • Hypnosis
  • Writing short fiction
  • Creating alien beings
  • SFWA board
  • Mentor program
  • Music
  • Horses
  • Short fiction
  • How to accurately portray characters with mental Illness
  • Story Development
  • Story Analysis
  • Visual Wikis
  • Collaboration


Speakers
avatar for Sue Hollister Barr

Sue Hollister Barr

Author, SFWA
My sci fi is adult, a touch raunchy/bohemian, and an eclectic mix of sentiment and dark humor. I need help getting my books sold. I can provide help with all aspects of wordsmithing from line-edits to story structure.
avatar for Dave Creek

Dave Creek

Author
Dave Creek is the author of the novels CHANDA'S AWAKENING and SOME DISTANT SHORE, novellas TRANQUILITY and THE SILENT SENTINELS, and short story collections A GLIMPSE OF SPLENDOR and THE HUMAN EQUATIONS.He's also published the Great Human War trilogy, including A CROWD OF STARS (2016... Read More →
avatar for Pablo Defendini

Pablo Defendini

Publisher, Fireside Fiction Company
Pablo Defendini is a designer and developer for hire. He works with clients that sit in the overlap between publishing and technology. In addition to his design and development consultancy, Pablo runs Fireside Fiction Company, a small independent publisher.
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Dr. Shana Feibel

Psychiatrist, Lindner center of Hope, mason ohio
avatar for Scott King

Scott King

Attendee
Scott King is an author, board game photographer, and all around geek!
avatar for Mary Soon Lee

Mary Soon Lee

Author
Mary Soon Lee was born and raised in London, but has lived in Pittsburgh for over twenty years. Her stories and poetry have appeared in Analog, Asimov’s, Daily SF, F&SF, Fireside, and several Year's Best anthologies. Her two latest books come from opposite ends of the poetry spectrum... Read More →
avatar for Nathan Lowell

Nathan Lowell

Author, Durandus, Ltd
Nathan has been a full-time, self-published author since 2012 and working in social media since before it was called social media. His doctoral research involved teasing out the factors that govern how people relate in virtual spaces. That research helped him leverage social media... Read More →
avatar for Dave Robison

Dave Robison

Evil Genius, ARCHIVOS
Dave Robison is an avid Literary and Vocal Alchemist who pursues a wide range of creative explorations. A Brainstormer, Keeper of the Buttery Man-Voice, Pattern Seeker, Dream Weaver, and Eternal Optimist, Dave's efforts to boost the awesomeness of the world can be found through his... Read More →
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Elsa Sjunneson

Attendee
Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind Hugo, BFA and Aurora award winning editor. She has written for tor.com, Fireside, Uncanny and numerous other venues. Her debut memoir ALONE IN THE LIGHT releases in 2021 from Tiller Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.
avatar for Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli

Monica Valentinelli is a writer, artist, and game developer who lurks in the dark. She is a hybrid author who writes both original and media tie-in fiction and works on games, essays, comics, too.A frequent guest at conventions, Monica is best known for creating the Make Art Not War... Read More →

Nominees
avatar for Sarah Pinsker

Sarah Pinsker

Director at Large, SFWA
avatar for Lawrence M. Schoen

Lawrence M. Schoen

Author, Paper Golem LLC
Lawrence M. Schoen holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, is a past Campbell, Hugo, and Nebula, nominee, twice won the Cóyotl award for best novel, founded the Klingon Language Institute, and occasionally does work as a hypnotherapist specializing in authors’ issues. His science... Read More →


Friday May 18, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom