CONVENTION UPDATE – PHILCON


This weekend is Philcon, for the first time in forever, our last convention of the year. We will again be having a launch party in the Con Suite so mark that in your calendars. We’ve been cooking since last month ūüôā Available schedules are below.

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Homemade Ginger KICK! Ginger Ale
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Some of our raffle prizes for the eSpec Books Launch Party

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Fri 8:00 PM in Plaza III –¬†WILL MY PUBLISHER EXPECT ME TO GO ON TOUR?
We talk a lot about ways to sell your novel, but what happens after your novel sells? A discussion of debut author questions, issues, opportunities, and challenges

Sat 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two –¬†ASK A SMALL PUBLISHER

What do you want to know about getting into the world of publishing? Here’s a chance to ask the pros what they suggest

Sat 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 –¬†ESPEC BOOKS LAUNCH PARTY
eSpec Books invites you to join us in the Con Suite to celebrate their 2019 releases. There will be food, fun, authors, and prizes

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II –¬†MEET THE EDITORS!

Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions

Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two –¬†BOOK LAYOUT AND DESIGN FOR BEGINNERS

Whether you’re working in the literary profession, creating a family¬†history book, or putting together your own cookbook, you’ll have a much better result by learning the basics

Sun 2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 –¬†READINGS: KATRINA FOREST, ROBERT E. WATERS, DANIELLE ACKLEY-MCPHAIL

Katrina S. Forest (mod), Robert E. Waters, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Mike McPhail

Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza III –¬†HOW TO NOT SELL YOUR BOOK

Common (and not-so-common) mistakes to avoid while approaching publishers

Sat 2:00 PM in Plaza IV –¬†ART AND ILLUSTRATION FOR PROFIT

Book covers? Magazine illustrations? Art shows? Commissions? Prints and posters? How does an artist make money in a genre art field

Sat 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 –¬†ESPEC BOOKS LAUNCH PARTY

eSpec Books invites you to join us in the Con Suite to celebrate their 2019 releases. There will be food, fun, authors, and prizes

Sat 10:00 PM in Plaza II – MEET THE EDITORS!

Magazine and small press editors discuss what goes into creating their publications, from the economics of staying viable in the electronic age to getting appropriate submissions

Robert E. Waters

Sat 10:00 AM in Crystal Ballroom Three‚ÄĒMy Favorite Books

Authors talk about their own literary influences and the works that inspired them to become writers.

Sat 11:00 AM in Executive Suite 923‚ÄĒWriting Branching Narratives for Game Play (3609)

What different considerations do you have to make when creating a story that needs to have multiple middles and possible endings?

Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two‚ÄĒHow Far Can You Suspend Someone’s Disbelief?¬†

How much can you ask a reader to take on faith before they can’t take your story seriously anymore? Are there ways to get readers willing to accept more challenging changes and assumptions? What authors have succeeded at pushing the boundaries without pushing their readers out of the story?

Sun 2:00 PM in Executive Suite 623‚ÄĒReadings: Katrina Forest, Robert E. Waters, Danielle Ackley-McPhail¬†

Keith R.A. DeCandido

Schedule available on his blog.

 

Not going to Philcon? Megan Mackie will be at Grand Rapids ComiCon the same weekend!

 

OCTOBER EVENTS


small_dodo_transparentThe next round of conventions is about to hit. Myself, Mike McPhail, and Christine Norris will be at the Collingswood Book Festival in Collingswood, NJ this Saturday. But our next convention is Capclave in Rockville, MD on October 18-20. An intimate comfortable show where the focus is reading, literature, and the business of publishing.

eSpec, of course, will have a presence in the dealer’s room, as well as on programming.


Our attending authors are:

You can access their schedules by clicking on the above links and then clicking on the link next to their bio on the Capclave site. Please be sure to come by and say hi if you are there. It is the perfect time to get your books signed or to ask us your questions. There is a Meet the Pros event scheduled, and, as the convention is rather informal, most of us tend to hang out and chat in the public spaces in between responsibilities.

For those not attending Capclave, Misty Massey will be at  The Palmetto Pirate Festival in Moncks Corner, SC on October 12 and at MultiverseCon in Atlanta, Georgia October 18-20, along with John Hartness!

If you are at any of those shows, please come be social!

Best,

Danielle

COVER REVEAL – DTF 8 – IN HARM’S WAY


Once more, eSpec is proud to announce our newest title, just now off to press: In Harm’s Way edited by Mike McPhail, the next in the award-winning Defending the Future anthology series.

With hope, the book will process in time to also debut at Shore Leave, where authors Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail will be in attendance, along with editor and cover artist, Mike McPhail.

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Cover art and design by Mike McPhail, McP Digital Graphics.

No One Left Behind

When fire and steel meet flesh and bone, a soldier learns a hard truth: you’re not fighting for Glory and Honor, but for survival, for you and your comrades, and you will be damned if you’re going to leave any of them behind.

Join us for twelve tales of military heroism and courage in the face of a hostile enemy.

With stories by Brenda Cooper, Bud Sparhawk, David Sherman, Robert E. Waters, Jeff Young, James Chambers, Lisanne Norman, Robert Greenberger, Aaron Rosenberg, Christopher M. Hiles, Eric V. Hardenbrook, and Danielle Ackley-McPhail

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – SHORE LEAVE 41


All the cool kids are doing it…so…

Here’s our schedule for Shore Leave, as well as links to other eSpec authors who will be there! As always, if we aren’t in a panel, look for us in the dealer’s room! The dealer’s room is closed? Check in the bar!

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Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Friday –

10pm – Hunt Valley Hallway – Meet the Pros

Saturday –

10am – Derby – The Worth of Workshops and Writing Classes
Panelists who have attended writing workshops and/or classes discuss what they got out of the experience, what they wish they would have known going in, and the impact it had on their writing practice and/or career.

Panelists: Kelli Fitzpatrick, Jim Johnson, Derek Attico, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lorraine Anderson

5pm – Derby – Wearing Too Many Hats
Publishing, editing, promoting and writing‚ÄĒwhat happens when¬†your different roles collide? How do you find time for the varying¬†responsibilities needed to independently publish in today‚Äôs crowded¬†market? How do you produce content and get the word out, without¬†dropping the ball somewhere else?

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Jim Johnson, Amy Imhoff, Kim Headlee,
Heather E. Hutsell

6pm – Derby – Meeting eSpec Books
The publishers, editors, and authors of eSpec Books discuss their new and upcoming releases, including novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher Bennett, and Bud Sparhawk and new volumes in their ever-popular Defending the Future and Beyond the Cradle anthology series.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido,
Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward

Sunday –

Noon – Chase – Coming Out of the Desert
Being creative can be difficult when the stresses of life get in the way. How to cope when your muse goes missing and there are still deadlines to be met.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Dayton Ward, Richard White, Lorraine
Anderson, Michael Jan Friedman

1pm – Chase – Building an Anthology
From author-wrangling to story order, cover design to well-balanced
plot lines, how to ensure an anthology or collection comes together
in its best final form.

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Joshua Palmatier, Phil Giunta, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael Jan Friedman

Mike McPhail

Friday –

5pm – Chase – Writing for Themed Anthologies
Many short story markets are themed anthologies, rather than simply SF&F magazines. Panelists discuss how to write a story that fits
the theme and stays within a set word count!

Panelists: Joshua Palmatier, Hildy Silverman, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Mike
McPhail, Susan Olesen

6pm – Belmont – Effective Cover Design
Whether you are creating your own cover or working with the publisher’s art department, how to come up with an effective concept
everyone can be happy with. What works, what doesn’t, and how
much does it matter in the end?

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Aaron Rosenberg, Greg Cox, Joshua Palmatier

10pm – Hunt Valley Hallway – Meet the Pros

Saturday –

1pm – Chase – How Does Fear of Criticism Affect Your Writing?
Authors’ works rarely escape criticism. As a writer, how do you
cope with others ‚Äúcalling your baby ugly‚ÄĚ? Can you separate
negative critiques from personal criticism? Do you ever respond?
And have you ever not written a story because you knew it would
provoke a response?

Panelists: Hildy Silverman, Heather E. Hutsell, Mike McPhail, Phil Giunta,
Susan Olesen

6pm – Derby – Meeting eSpec Books
The publishers, editors, and authors of eSpec Books discuss their new and upcoming releases, including novels by Keith R.A. DeCandido, Christopher Bennett, and Bud Sparhawk and new volumes in their ever-popular Defending the Future and Beyond the Cradle anthology series.

Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mike McPhail, Keith R.A. DeCandido,
Christopher L. Bennett, Robert Greenberger, Dayton Ward

Sunday –

1pm – Chase – Building an Anthology
From author-wrangling to story order, cover design to well-balanced
plot lines, how to ensure an anthology or collection comes together
in its best final form.

Panelists: Mike McPhail, Joshua Palmatier, Phil Giunta, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Michael Jan Friedman

And Others…

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Schedule

Dayton Ward’s Schedule

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – BALTICON 53


Wow…can’t believe Balticon 53 is rapidly approaching. The following might change slightly, but this is our current schedules. Any time not listed below, you can generally find us in the dealer’s room.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Saturday, May 25

12pm –¬†Book Design 101
Room 8029, 12pm – 12:55pm
2pm –¬†Balticon Short Takes
Kent, 2pm – 3:55pm
8pm –¬†Readings: Ackley-McPhail, DeCandido
St. George, 8pm – 8:55pm

Sunday, May 26

7pm –¬†eSpec Book Launch Party
Baltimore Ballroom A, 7pm – 8:55pm

Mike McPhail

Friday, May 24

5pm –¬†Logistics and Tactics: Writing Campaigns
Watertable BC, 5pm – 5:55pm

Sunday, May 26

7pm –¬†eSpec Book Launch Party
Baltimore Ballroom A, 7pm – 8:55pm

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – FARPOINT


For those heading to Farpoint this upcoming weekend, or just in the area and feel like saying Hi!, below is our schedule. As always, when we aren’t on panels during the day, we are in the dealers room. And, at some point, I’m sure you can find me in the bar! Just hanging out, of course ūüôā

Ackley-McPhail, Danielle

Farpoint Book Fair ‚Äď Fri 10:00 PM ‚Äď Hunt Valley Hallway

Reading (McPhail; Mack; Ransom) ‚Äď Sat 1:00 PM ‚Äď Salon E

Using Social Media Effectively ‚Äď Sun 10:00 AM ‚Äď Salon D

Writing Genre Mash-Ups ‚Äď Sun NOON ‚Äď Salon C

McPhail, Mike

Farpoint Book Fair ‚Äď Fri 10:00¬†PM ‚Äď Hunt Valley Hallway

Come As You Are ‚Äď Sat 3:00 PM ‚Äď Salon F

Military Fact V. Fiction ‚Äď Sat 5:00 PM ‚Äď Salon C

 

If we are lucky, we will be featuring two new books next weekend, Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Mermaid Precinct, and the re-release of James Chambers’ Three Chords of Chaos. Both books release later this year, so these are pre-publication copies.¬† James won’t be at the convention, but Keith will.

CONVENTION SCHEDULES – NOVEMBER

Shattered Dreams: The Shardies War

Whew! November is very busy for us these year. This coming weekend is the only one we don’t have a convention.

Here are the schedules we have been assigned (subject to change without prior notification.) 

As always, we can be found in the dealers room at each convention when we are not on panels. Unless, of course, the dealers room is closed, in which case you’ll find us somewhere if you try hard enough, but I can’t tell you where ūüôā

DerpyCon – November 9 – 11 – Morristown, NJ

Schedule for Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Friday
Opening Ceremony Friday 2 PM-3 PM Main Events
Book Design for Beginners Friday 9:15 PM-10:15 PM Panel 2

Saturday
Crowdfunding for the Beginner Saturday  2:45 PM-3:45 PM Panel 1

Sunday
Publishing Q and A Sunday 10:15 AM-11:15 AM Panel 2
Sunday Morning Mad Libs Sunday 12:15-1:15 PM Panels 3 (Danielle only)

Philcon – November 16 – 18 – Cherry Hill, NJ

Schedule for Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Friday
Fri 6:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
THE ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES OF SELF-PUBLISHING (3050)
    [Panelists: Chris Kreuter (mod), Paul Levinson, Danielle
¬† ¬† Ackley-McPhail, April Grey, Michael D’Ambrosio, Russ Colchamiro]
    When is it better to shop your book around to publishers, and when
    does it make more sense to put it out yourself
Fri 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READINGS: FRIDAY 7PM (3331)
    [Panelists: Darrell Schweitzer (mod), Danielle Ackley-McPhail]
Saturday
Sat 12:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
INDIE PUBLISHING 103: THE PUBLISHING PROCESS (3070)
    [Panelists: Alex Shvartsman (mod), Aaron Rosenberg, Danielle
    Ackley-McPhail, Paul Levinson, Ken Altabef]
    From cover design to distribution options, where do you take your
    masterpiece
Sat 4:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
BROAD UNIVERSE RAPID-FIRE READINGS (3280)
    [Panelists: April Grey (mod), Elizabeth Crowens, Sally Wiener
    Grotta, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Roberta Rogow, Elektra Hammond]
Sat 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 (1 hour)
BOOK LAUNCH for SHATTERED DREAMS and STORIES OF FREMONT’S CHILDREN: BY eSpec Books (3303)
    [Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Mike McPhail]
Sunday
Sun 1:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
WHEN LESS IS MORE (3079)
    [Panelists: Vikki Ciaffone (mod), Steven Brust, Marshall Ryan
    Maresca, Bernie Mojzes, Danielle Ackley-McPhail]
¬† ¬† We’ve talked a lot over the years about how to avoid infodumping, or
    at least, giving your readers information in a way that is
    entertaining and easy to parse. But sometimes the question you ought
¬† ¬† to ask is not how to insert all the facts about the world you’ve
¬† ¬† built, but “is it necessary?
Schedule for Mike McPhail
Saturday
Sat 10:00 AM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
INDIE PUBLISHING 101: BECOMING A PROJECT MANAGER (3068)
    [Panelists: Mike McPhail (mod), Chris Kreuter, Leighland Feinman,
    Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, April Grey]
    How to plan the project, manage time, and stay on budget
Sat 1:00 PM in Plaza V (Five) (1 hour)
HOW NOT TO DIE FROM EXPOSURE (3220)
    [Panelists: Nathan Lilly (mod), Lisa Hertel, Heidi Hooper, Tess
    Kissinger, Mike McPhail, Robert Walters]
    Artists are always being asked to work for exposure. When is working
¬† ¬† for free (or ‚Äúon-spec‚ÄĚ) a bad idea? When is it a good idea? How
    do you know the difference
Sat 3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Two (1 hour)
GETTING STARTED WITH DIGITAL ART (3221)
    [Panelists: Ray Ridenour (mod), Alan Beck, Eric Hardenbrook, Nathan
    Lilly, Mike McPhail]
    What are the best art applications? Platforms? Where do I learn to
    use them? Is a digital pen and tablet needed
Sat 7:00 PM in Executive Suite 823 (1 hour)
BOOK LAUNCH: BY MIKE MCPHAIL AND DANIELLE ACKLEY-MCPHAIL (3303)
    [Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (mod), Mike McPhail]
Sat 9:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
THE PARADOX OF WRITING SF (3074)
    [Panelists: Michael Swanwick (mod), Martin Berman-Gorvine, Eric
    Hardenbrook, Mike McPhail]
    Science Fiction is the genre best suited for ideas that challenge
    the status quo, because it is not bound by our reality as we know
    it. At the same time, SF has existed for long enough that it has
    become full of ossified paradigms that no longer force us to examine
    our perspectives. How do we keep our ideas relevant given the
    evolutionary nature of the genre while also dealing with the natural
    tendency of fiction to recycle cliches, frameworks, and touchstones
    that are familiar to us
Sunday
Sun 12:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
HOW TO CHANNEL YOUR COMPULSIVE WORLD-BUILDING HABIT INTO SOMETHING
CONSTRUCTIVE (3076)
    [Panelists: Vikki Ciaffone (mod), Brenda W. Clough, John Monahan,
    Mike McPhail, Russell J. Handelman]
¬† ¬† You’ve got maps, star charts, cultures developed for a multitude of
    different races, and a timeline of the main historical developments
¬† ¬† over the last 1,000 years. But what you don’t have is any clue what
¬† ¬† to do with it all! Let’s see if we can help with that.

ChessieCon – November 24 – 26 – Timonium, MD

Schedule for Danielle Ackley-McPhail
Friday
Running a Small Press Friday 6:45pm GS1
Reading: Broad Universe Rapid-Fire Reading Friday 9:15pm GS2
Saturday
**Moderator Time Management for the Overachieving Creator Saturday 10:00am GS1
**Moderator¬†It’s OK to Not Like Things…¬†Saturday 5:30pm GS1
Group Signing Saturday 6:45pm Atrium
Sunday
Reading: Danielle Ackley-McPhail Sunday 11:15am C1-2
Schedule for Mike McPhail
Friday
Real Life Military vs SF/F Friday 8:00pm GS1
Saturday
Put a Pretty Face on It РCover Design in the Age of Digital Art Saturday 12:30pm GS2
Group Signing Saturday 6:45pm Atrium