I’m so excited for WorldCon, woot! Four panels and lots of friends and parties. Here’s where you can find me for certain; otherwise you know I’ll be on the dealer’s floor and maybe at a bar and party or two. 🙂 I usually sit in at the SFWA table at some point, too, but no word on that yet. My books will be for sale at the DreamHaven booth.
Follow that Clue! The Making of a Great Mystery
Thursday 15:00 – 16:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)
Part of the fun of reading mystery novels is to discover the clues and figure out the resolution before the detective reveals what happened. As an author, how does one make sure the clues are planted properly without falling into the Holmesian trap of keeping the main clue hidden from the reader.
Toni L. P. Kelner
Betsy Dornbusch (M)
"I’m your Biggest Fan!" Fandom in TV
Friday 18:00 – 19:00, 2210 (Kansas City Convention Center)
From the cast of The Guild to the depiction of congoers in Big Bang Theory, to geeks in Supernatural and fans of the Doctor in Doctor Who; entertainment is getting intertextual with representations of fandom. Fans are gradually becoming more visible in pop culture. Our panel thinks about the limits and strengths of fan service, and the growing complexities of representing fans in some of our favorite shows.
Betsy Dornbusch (M)
Flash Fiction: Short, But Not Easy
Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 3501D (Kansas City Convention Center)
Many people think that Flash Fiction must be easy to write since the stories are so short. It takes real skill to be able to tell a compelling story in only a few hundred words. Our panel will discuss some of the key skills needed, and the best places to get your flash fiction noticed.
Mr. John Wiswell
Caroline M. Yoachim (M)
Submitting the Short Story
Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, 2206 (Kansas City Convention Center)
The big secret to getting a short story accepted is to write an amazing story. But are there simple things an author can do to make sure their story isn’t dismissed out of hand? We’ll also look at some of the best techniques for finding the right market to submit your work and for tracking your submissions.
Eric T. Reynolds (M)