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My Farpoint 2018 Schedule

If you’re coming to the Farpoint Convention in Hunt Valley, Md., the weekend of February 9–11, and you’re looking to see me on panels or otherwise interact with me … well, the best bet is to check the hotel bar. But here are a few other times and places where I likely will be found.


Friday, Feb. 9

5pm–6pm, Salon C
Making Magic Feel Real in Fiction

In literary or cinematic fiction, what helps a system of magic feel more real? How much explanation is too much? Has the cinematic preference for “show, don’t tell” resulted in magic systems that seem superficial or overpowered? How does one balance the needs of believability in storytelling with the desire to evoke a sense of wonder (or terror) with one’s depiction of magic?

10pm–Midnight, Hunt Valley Corridor
Farpoint Book Fair

Come meet all of the authors and buy some books for them to sign. Have a few drinks, have a few laughs. Buy more books.

 


Saturday, Feb. 10

Noon–1pm, Hunt Valley Corridor
Author Autograph Session: David Mack

Come see me, New York Times bestselling author David Mack, live in captivity for your amusement and book-signing.

3pm–4pm, Salon C
Creating Memorable Characters

Characters can make or break a story. How do you create a protagonist interesting enough to follow throughout the length of a book? How do you craft supporting characters with traits that make them stand out from a crowd? Our panel will delve into these questions and more.

5pm–6:30pm, Hunt Ballroom
Book Launch Party

Come celebrate the release of several author guests’ newly released works, including my new original novel The Midnight Front.

 


Sunday, Feb. 11

10am–11am, Salon C
Plotting a Trilogy vs. One Book

Many books about the art of storytelling are designed to facilitate the telling of a single, self-contained narrative. How is planning a trilogy or a continuing series different from planning a single book or screenplay? How does one ensure that each entry in such an ongoing narrative feels complete and satisfying on its own while still serving the larger meta-narrative?

Noon–1pm, Hunt Valley Corridor
Author Autograph Session: David Mack

Come see me, New York Times bestselling author David Mack, live in captivity for your amusement and book-signing, before I hit the road for home.

 

To keep up with any last-minute changes to my schedule, check here:

http://myconschedule.com/farpoint2018/#part/87

Midnight Front Blog Tour Roundup

Now that The Midnight Front is out and loose in the world, I’ve begun a blog tour (with help from the wonderful Lauren Jackson at Tor/Forge Books).

Today marks my first few stops, with essays on the blogs of John Scalzi and Mary Robinette Kowal, and on fantasy website The Portalist. Also in the mix is an audio podcast interview conducted with Dungeon Crawlers Radio.

Check them all out, and then, if you haven’t already done so, order a copy of The Midnight Front!

The Portalist: Does realism matter in magick?

Dungeon Crawlers Radio: Q&A

The Big Idea: David Mack

My Favorite Bit: The Midnight Front

Talking Discovery and Dark Arts on TrekZone Spotlight

In late January of 2018 I recorded a video interview via satellite with Australia’s own TrekZone Spotlight, hosted by Matthew Miller. We spoke about my work for Star Trek Discovery, the differences in writing licensed fiction versus original works, and my upcoming new Dark Arts original fantasy series, which kicks off on January 30 with The Midnight Front.

Our discussion was brief (only about 25 minutes), but it yielded some excellent material. I had a great time chatting with Matthew about my work, and I hope you’ll give this interview a look.

My first Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) is Feb. 1

Fun news, folks! In celebration of the release of my new World War II-era epic fantasy The Midnight Front on January 30, I’ll be taking part in my first Reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in the r/fantasy subreddit.

I’ll post a link to the AMA thread during the wee hours of the morning on 2/1, and I’ll update this post with the link at that time. My online response period will start at around 5pm EST or so on 2/1.

DO NOT post your questions here. Save them for the reddit AMA forum.

Desperate Hours is January’s Kindle Monthly Deal

To celebrate the arrival of new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery on January 7, the folks at Simon & Schuster and Amazon have teamed up to bring Star Trek book fans an awesome Kindle Monthly Deal: for the month of January 2018, the eBook version of my Star Trek: Discovery novel Desperate Hours will be on sale for just $1.99!

Make no mistake, that’s a huge savings. The eBook’s price is normally chained to the cost of the print edition, meaning that some sites were charging as much as $15.99 for the eBook. So this is $14 off the cover price.

Bottom line: If you’ve been putting off picking up the eBook of Desperate Hours until the price hit a more reasonable level, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for. Grab a copy of the eBook and make sure to share the news far and wide.

Enter the Goodreads book giveaway for The Midnight Front

For those who are curious about my upcoming novel The Midnight Front, are cash-strapped, living in the US or Canada, and feeling lucky, Tor Books is hosting a giveaway of 9 copies of the book’s Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) on Goodreads:

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/257453-the-midnight-front

Don’t wait too long — the entry period ends on December 29, 2017.

For those acquiring the book the old-fashioned way (buying it, not stealing it), it will be published on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 in multiple formats. There will be a special limited-edition hardcover version, the premium trade paperback version, the eBook version, and a digital audiobook version. All are available now for pre-order, and all release at the same time.