CONVENTION SCHEDULES – NOVEMBER

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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
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THE WEEK(s) IN REVIEWS


It has been a while since I have done one of these so the span is more like a month in reviews, rather than just a week. We are very pleased to share with you the accolades some of our titles have recently received. Congrats to the authors for this recognition of their hard work.


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“Intriguing magic, gender politics, and historical detail weave together in this coming-of-age fantasy debut […] Readers will especially enjoy Sonnier‚Äôs inventive worldbuilding.
Publisher’s Weekly

 

 

 


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“All the familiar and fun elements of the previous book are there […]¬†Unicorn Precinct was enjoyable.”
SF Reader

 

 

 


Proof-DragonPrecinct

 

“…DeCandido has presented is a police procedural set in a standard Dungeons & Dragons world. And I‚Äôm OK with that. […]¬†A pleasant way to spend a few hours with characters that come to life in a world you can easily lose yourself in.” –SF Reader

 

 

 


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“A fascinating premise, one that plays teasing meta-games with the whole notion of fiction and story. [‚Ķ]There‚Äôs certainly something here for everyone.” ‚ÄďDon Sakers, Analog (The Reference Library, May/June 2018)

 

 

 


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“These stories tackle the emotional minefields that await military personnel in the reaches of space. If you like David Drake, Joe Haldeman, or Jack Campbell, you‚Äôre bound to like this anthology.” ‚ÄďDon Sakers, Analog (The Reference Library, May/June 2018)


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“Danielle teaches a great path for any stage of writer.”¬†-JAnn Bowers, Goodreads

“The conversational tone is appealing and accessible.¬†This book is worth reading as a very broad overview of the writing and publishing process.” -Darcysmom, Goodreads

The Literary Handyman¬†by Danielle Ackely-McPhail is filled with great advises for aspiring writers. The book is structured in small articles and very easy to read.”
– Guy Lou, Goodreads

“Much of the information included in this volume might be a bit basic for more accomplished or connected authors, but I think this could be a handy reference guide for just about anyone — sometimes it’s easy to forget the basics when you’re stuck in a rut.” – Jane, Goodreads


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“All in all, an enjoyable collection of steampunk tales.” – David Lee Summers, Goodreads

 

 

 

 


CONVENTION SCHEDULE – BALTICON 51


It’s that time of year again! Convention time.

This weekend Mike McPhail and Danielle Ackley-McPhail represent eSpec Books at Balticon, in Baltimore, MD.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Saturday May 27, 2017

¬†11:00AM –¬†Book Design 101 Workshop

Sunday May 28, 2017

7:00PM –¬†eSpec Books Launch Party¬†– With John Hemry, Mike McPhail, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Lee C. Hillman, Brian Koscienski, Chris Pisano, Jeff Young, Robert E. Waters, Peter Prellwitz, Chris Hiles, John L. French, Patrick Thomas and more.

Mike McPhail

Saturday May 27, 2017

Sunday May 28, 2017

¬†7:00PM –¬†eSpec Books Launch Party

Monday May 29, 2017

PROJECT UPDATE – IF WE HAD KNOWN


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edited by Mike McPhail

Beyond the Cradle of mankind, the universe is vast, unknown,
dangerous to the unwary…or those caught in the path of intrepid explorers proceeding without forethought.

Thirteen authors explore what it is to pioneer the future with tales fraught with danger and remorse, tempered with hope, luck, and serendipity. We face the monsters. We face the truth. We face ourselves.

Whether the frontier is that of science or space, there is no doubt that at some point one must ask …If we had known, would we have followed this course?


Contents

The Necessary Enemy by Ian Randal Strock

The Steady Drone of Silence by Danielle Ackley-McPhail

The Last Man on Earth by Jody Lynn Nye

Chasing the Ball by Peter Prellwitz

The Janus Choice by Jeff Young

Between Scylla and Charybdis by Patrick Thomas

The Star Gazers by James Chambers

Giraffe Children by Robert E. Waters

Good Advice by John L. French

Egg by Christopher M. Hiles

Youth by Judi Fleming

Meeting the Other by Nancy Jane Moore

The Third Heaven by Robert Greenberger

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


lamp-text-3There isn’t a bad story in here. The tone of the stories ranges from funny to sad to though provoking. Pick this one up! – Amazon Reader


consigned-to-the-sea-2x3Overall this is a fun, albeit very short, collection, well-worth a read. -David Felts, SFReader


proof-front-sisterAs expected this author has performed with excellence. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. –¬†John Krizo, Amazon


mam-proof-finalAnyone who enjoys military science fiction in general, and speculations on the future of machines, and machine/human interfacing and machine intelligence specifically, will be thoroughly entertained. -David Felts, SFReader


Gaslight and GrimmLiked the premise of the book and thought the authors all did a good job of successfully merging fairytale tropes with steampunk ambiance, to create a whole that was greater than the sum of its (carefully geared and lubricated) parts. Anna, Kobo

eSPEC BOOKS WEEK IN REVIEWS


proof-front-sisterAdult author Campbell (the Wrath of the Great Guilds) makes a foray into YA with a breezy contemporary fantasy. […] [The Sister Paradox]  is a light, zippy escapade. Publisher’s Weekly

Wow. This is the best example of the guy who gets sucked into another world that I’ve read lately. 5 Stars, Amazon Customer


New-Proof-DTF1bIf you like to read military science fiction this is a great book to add to your collection! 5 Stars, L. Pierce, Amazon

 

 

CONVENTION SCHEDULE – HELIOSPHERE


heliosphere_logo_wptheme5Hard to believe Heliosphere is just two weeks away, in Tarrytown, NY. I was pretty sure I had at least three weeks to get ready. :::sigh::: 

If you aren’t familiar with the convention don’t feel bad. This¬†is the first year. I’m excited to say I am one of the guests of honor, along with David Gerrold and Jacqueline Carey. I don’t have locations, but below is the current schedule for both myself and Mike McPhail.

Danielle Ackley-McPhail

Autograph Signing – Friday 4:45 – 5:45pm

Meet and Greet – Friday 8:00 – 10:00pm

Reading – Saturday at 10:00am.

Guest of Honor Spotlight (with Keith R.A. DeCandido) – Saturday 2:30 – 4:00pm

The Die Is Cast Launch Party – Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm – There will be food, fun, and prizes, as usual, but this time around the only cooking I need to do is make some nummy baked goods to supplement what will already be there.

Kickstarter 101 – Sunday 10:00 – 11:30am

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Mike McPhail

Starting Your Own Small Press – Saturday Noon – 1:30pm

The Die Is Cast Launch Party – Saturday 6:00 – 8:00pm

Breaking into the Industry as an Artist – Sunday Noon – 1:30pm

Books-n-Brews – to be scheduled