Posts Tagged ‘Conventions’

How do you set up a table at a Con?

I discuss and demonstrate how I set up a 8 foot table at GeekGirlCon 2016 then show off a few items which I got at the convention last weekend.

Geekgirlcon’s mission is to celebrate and honor the legacy of women contributing to science and technology; comics, arts, and literature; and game play and game design by connecting geeky women worldwide and creating community to foster continued growth of women in geek culture.

I know in the video, I promised a link on the Murder She Tote: I’m sorry, I was a dork and lost the dang card. I’m afraid it fell behind my file cabinet since it was sitting on it. As soon as I find it, I’ll post the link.

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Common Author Questions Episode #3: How Do You Pack for Cons?

In this episode of Common Author Questions,I answer Nikki F’s question: How do you pack for a con? I go over how to estimate sales, how to pack product and other topics about tabling a convention.

As promised in the video, I am adding links to more information about running a table at a convention that I blogged about on my ZB Publications Blog:
This is a list of every item I bring.
https://zbpublications.wordpress.com/…
And this post is all about the importance of checklists so I don’t forget to do anything important before the convention.
https://zbpublications.wordpress.com/…

My RadCon Schedule

RadCon “The big Con with the Small Con feel” is a Science-Fiction Convention held annually in Pasco, Washington. They cater to all genres within the SciFi community and have a variety of panels, gaming, films, artist alley and more.

Note: This year I will just be attending on Saturday.

 

Sat Feb 13 10:00:am Sat Feb 13 11:00:am Evaluating Writing Critiques
2203 So you’ve had a manuscript critiqued and you’re trying to decipher the feedback. Some people say one thing. Some people have quote rules. How do you tell the good advice from the bad? This panel will discuss how to keep the advice that benefits your writing while ignoring the bad.
Bruce Taylor Elizabeth Guizzetti Mark Ferrari S. A. Bolich Shannon Page Tom Gondolfi

 

Sat Feb 13 3:00:pm Sat Feb 13 4:00:pm Webcomic Construction
2201 Webcomics can look easy to do, but jumping in blind can sometimes result in cramped pages, aborted plots, difficult file sizes, and a lot of frustration. This is for the people who want a webcomic, but are stuck on where to begin. Meg James will discuss tips for planning, scripting, and other technical aspects of creating your webcomic.
Elizabeth Guizzetti Kenneth Siefring L James Meg James

 

Sat Feb 13 6:00:pm Sat Feb 13 6:30:pm Elizabeth Guizzetti
Reading (2211) Elizabeth Guizzetti reads from The Light Side of the Moon
Elizabeth Guizzetti

RustyCon Schedule

Held at the Seatac Hilton, Rustycon is an annual science fiction and fantasy convention with a smaller, relaxed intimate feel. They have multi–track programming in writing, gaming, films and media. They also have a dealer’s room, art show, and a hospitality room for the general membership. If you’re looking for the convention experience without the crowds of ECCC or the pressure of Norwescon, you’ll LOVE Rustycon.

Hope to see you there!

Fri Jan 15 4:00 – 5:00 pm
What I Would Have Liked to Know? Emerald D 2016
Tips from old pros. What we really would have liked to know when we started out. Things that we would have liked to have someone tell us 30 years that would have made a world of difference to where we are now.

Panelists: Elizabeth Guizzetti, Jeremy Zimmerman, Randy Henderson

6:00 – 6:30:pm
Elizabeth Guizzetti Reading from The Light Side of the Moon

Sat Jan 16 1:00 – 2:00 pm

Craft: Writing Non-Traditional Story Arcs Emerald D 2016
Did you see that episode of Sherlock where John got married and it seemed like a pointless clip show until everything came together? How about the one where Picard’s Enterprise got stuck in a time loop? Fiction doesn’t necessarily move in a fully linear order. Come discuss the less-well-traveled plotting techniques with local authors.
Panelists: Cheryce Clayton, Elizabeth Guizzetti, John Lovett, Michael Ehart

3:00 – 4:00pm
Critique Groups and Meetups Emerald D 2016
How do you find a decent meetup or critique group? What should you look for in a group? Are there red flags to watch for?

Panelists: Elizabeth Guizzetti, Grant T. Riddell, Manny Frishberg, Tom D Wright

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Vulnerability Via Writing Emerald D 2016
The act of writing makes us vulnerable. Intentionally facing our truest fears and deepest pain can give our stories dimension, meaning, and purpose. While writing can be therapeutic, how much is giving too much of ourselves? How can our work be informed by life experiences, without necessarily being autobiographical? And once the words are on the page, how and why would we let them go? Come prepared to look at writing in a new way.
Panelists: April Daniels, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Sienna Saint-Cyr, Tom D Wright

6:00 – 7:00:pm
Designing Technology for Dystopian Futures Emerald D 2016
Learn how authors design future technology for science fiction and Utopian/Dystopian futures using their imaginations, current tech and new inventions.
Elizabeth Guizzetti, Greg Hallock, Jean Johnson, Mike Birch

Sun Jan 17 10:00 – 11:00 am The Craft of Word Creation & Word Choice
Emerald D 2016
Linguistics is more than the creation of a language. It’s also word choice, dialect, accents, and culture. What’s really modern, and when should you invent words? (Will include Janine’s embarrassing story of adding Shakespearean English to a video game world. Why would she do such a thing? Find out and watch her blush.) Join us as we look at how and why to make a new language, and why you might just want to use an existing one!
Panelists: Alma Alexander, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Janine A. Southard, and Raven Oak

12:00 – 1:00:pm Favorite Female SF/F Authors–New & Old Emerald D
With the change in publishing, access to books has grown exponentially like never before. In a sea of books, how does one discover new female authors? Join us as we discuss our favorites, new and old, and how female writers continue to pave the way for the next generation. Come find out who’s missing from your collection!
Elizabeth Guizzetti, Janine A. Southard, John (JA) Pitts, Michael Ehart

I’m going to Sasquan (Worldcon!)

Sasquan in Spokane WA, is the 2015 Worldcon, an annual gathering of science fiction and fantasy fans August 19 – 23rd. Hundreds of authors, editors, publishers, artists, scientists, game designers, and other creators and intellectual leaders will participate–including me!

I will be running a table in the dealer’s room.

My RustyCon Speaking Schedule!

So my first convention of the year is: RustyDates

Held in Seatac, Rustycon is an annual science fiction and fantasy convention with a smaller, relaxed intimate feel. They have multi–track programming in writing, gaming, films and media. They also have a dealer’s room, art show, and a hospitality room for the general membership.

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Here’s a photo of me and Bruce from Rustycon 2014. I’m the human.

If you’re looking for the convention experience without the crowds of ECCC or the pressure of Norwescon, you’ll LOVE Rustycon.

I hope to see you there.

Friday 1/16

2:00 pm
Sexy or Sexualized
Mercer B

When does the depiction of a heroine stop being sexy and become sexualized?

I will be presenting along with Jon Del Arroz and Michael Suiter

Saturday 1/17 

11:00 am
Part3World Building in Sci-Fi and Fantasy or How to Avoid the Infodump
Orcas B

Too much information and the story bogs down, but too little and the reader is left lost. Writers want to deliver an enthralling alternate world, but how do we do that gracefully? Experts share the details that make a world great, and ways to sneak in the brick and mortar of world-building.

I will be presenting with Verna Mckinnon, Thomas Gondolfi, Tom D Wright with Rick Hipps Moderating

12:00 Noon
Designing Character Backgrounds
Orcas B

When you read, do you fall in love with a story or a character? By designing your characters, major and minor, you shape the story they’re going to carry. But how do you bring them to life? And how much obsessing is too much? Do you really need to know their favorite food, color, and dessert topping? Learn how to design a character.

I will be presenting with A. Maire Dinsmore, Rick Hipps, and Todd Tepper

Sunday 1/18

9:00 am
How do I Finish???

You have the story, the big climax.. how do you end it??  A lot of beginning writers (and some pros) have problems with that.  Come get some ideas.

I will be presenting with Will Mcdermott, Verna Mckinnon, and Rick Hipps

11:00 am
Independent Publishing 
Orcas B

Independent publishing has taken off, especially with the recent rise of the hybrid-author, who is willing to sell work traditionally but not afraid to self-publish and promote. From ebooks to POD, which stories benefit from independent publishing and how do you get them ready? Bring your questions about editing, Kickstarter, cover art, sales price, and marketing.

I will be presenting with Jennifer Brozek Dustin Gross and Thomas Gondola

On my way to Norwescon!

Other Systems CoverSo tomorrow I’ll be on my way to Norwescon I”ll be in the Writer’s Row primarily promoting Other Systems, but I’ll have copies of Out for Souls&Cookies and Faminelands. I’ll have bookmarks and buttons to hand out, so come on by!

Norwescon is held at the Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport April 17–20 2014 and one of the largest Pacific Northwest’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Conventions. If you like science Fiction and Fantasy novels, anime, costuming, art, gaming, check it out.

This year’s theme is Elegance and Entropy and the Guests of Honor Include: elegance and Entropy

Writer: Michael Moorcock
Artist: Robert Gould
Special: Seanan McGuire
Science: Catherine S. Plesko
Costuming: Anima! X
Publisher: 47 North

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