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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.

Available topics this hour are:
  • Copyright, Licensing, Open Licensing, Creative Commons
  • Self-publishing
  • Writing for Kids
  • Historical Research
  • Whimsy
  • Medieval & Byzantine History
  • Structural Issues at Novel Length
  • Hobby Games
  • Marketing
  • Hybrid Author
  • Business Plans
  • Brainstorming
  • Partner/Spouse Roundtable
  • Supporting Your Writer 
  • Trade Terms and More 
  • Taking Care of (the) Business
  • All Things Military
  • Synopses & Queries
  • Writing Comedy
  • Puzzles?
  • Agenting
  • Publishing Tips
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult
  • Director-at-Large general questions of concern
  • Romance and Romantic Elements
  • Writing Cross-Genre
  • Being a Hybrid Author
  • Changing Agents
  • Writing Novels
  • Story Development
  • Story Analysis
  • Visual Wikis
  • Collaboration

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Michelle Appel

Working to connect partners and spouses of writers. I'm just here to set the table... (In my non-spouse role, I crunch data and implement software.)
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Kris Austin

Chief Executive Officer, Draft2Digital
Kris Austin is the CEO and Co-Founder of Draft2Digital, the top ebook distribution platform online. Founded in 2012 and proudly based in Oklahoma City, D2D offers an ever-expanding array of tools and resources to help authors start and grow their indie publishing careers, allowing... Read More →
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Jonathan Brazee

Jonathan is a retired Marine infantry colonel and now a full-time writer living in North Las Vegas with his wife Kiwi and twin infant girls, Danika and Darika. He has been a Nebula and Dragon Award finalist and is the chairman of SFWA's professional education committee.
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Curtis Chen

Secretary, SFWA
Once a Silicon Valley software engineer, Curtis C. Chen (陳致宇) now writes stories and runs puzzle games near Portland, Oregon. He's the author of the Kangaroo series of funny science fiction spy thrillers and has written for the Realm originals Ninth Step Station, Machina, and... Read More →

Barry Goldblatt

Literary Agent, Barry Goldblatt Literary
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Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning, best-selling author who writes fantasy with romantic elements and contemporary romance. She serves on the Board of Directors for SFWA as a Director at Large. Her most recent works include the high fantasy trilogy from Rebel Base books, The Chronicles... Read More →
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Ellen Klages

Writer, self
I write historical fiction for middle grade readers and SF/F for adults. I have won multiple awards in both fields. I love research. I have played poker every Tuesday night for 35 years. I collect lead civilians and other odd, old toys. I sometimes give ultraviolet tours of my dining... Read More →
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Arkady Martine

Arkady Martine is speculative fiction writer and, as Dr. AnnaLinden Weller, a historian of the Byzantine Empire and a city planner. She is currently a policy advisor for the New Mexico Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, where she works on climate change mitigation... Read More →
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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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Ethan Senack

Outreach and Policy Manager, Creative Commons USA
As Outreach and Policy Manager for Creative Commons USA, Ethan's focus is on crafting a message and strategy around open licensing, educating decision-makers about its potential, and expanding use of the Creative Commons licenses in the US. Previously at U.S. PIRG, Ethan worked as... Read More →
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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 →
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Draft2Digital - Dan Wood

Director of Author Relations, Draft2Digital
Dan Wood is the Director of Operations and Author Relations at Draft2Digital. Prior to this he spent many years as a technology advisor in the energy industry and served two years as an AmeriCorps Vista volunteer. Draft2Digital gives over 53,000 authors simple tools to format and... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
Grand Ballroom