Posts Tagged ‘Shore Leave’

24: ROGUE giveaways – ARCs & cover flats

If you’re planning on going to either Shore Leave this weekend in Hunt Valley, Md., or to Dragon Con in Atlanta over the Labor Day long weekend, you might be one of the lucky few to score an ARC (advanced reading copy, aka an uncorrected proof) of 24: ROGUE or one of these gorgeous, glossy cover flats that just arrived in today’s mail:

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I haven’t decided yet exactly what my criteria will be for who gets one of these bad boys. I think I might ask Marco Palmieri to give away some ARCs at his “Coming from Tor Books” panel at Shore Leave tomorrow night; after that, I think I will see who amuses me, or who’s most willing to demonstrate their love of 24.

Let the games begin, and — DAMN IT! WE’RE RUNNING OUT OF TIME! WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?

See y’all at the cons, kids.

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My Shore Leave 37 schedule

For those of you who will be attending Shore Leave 37 this weekend (August 7–9, 2015) at the Hunt Valley Inn in Hunt Valley, Md., here is where and when you’ll be able to find me. Note: This schedule is tentative and subject to change; please check on-site notices for last-minute updates.

FRIDAY

Keeping it Real: Using Facts in Fiction
David Mack, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Amy Griswold, Mary Louise Davie, Kathleen David, Charles E. Gannon, Christopher L. Bennett
5pm / Salon A

Meet the Pros
10pm–Midnight, Hunt-Valley Corridor

SATURDAY

Alternate, Steampunk, Gaslamp: Creating Parallel Worlds
Martin Berman-Gorvine, David Mack, Melissa Scott, Amy Griswold, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Richard White, David Harten Watson, Charles E. Gannon
10am / Salon A

Writing Tips for Aspiring Authors
Russ Colchamiro, Joshua Palmatier, Jim Johnson, John Jackson Miller, Susanna Reilly, David Mack, Mary Fan, Richard White
11am / Derby

What’s Coming from Star Trek
Christopher L. Bennett, John Jackson Miller, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Peter David, Dave Galanter
2pm / Chase

SUNDAY

Etiquette & Netiquette for Writers & Publishers
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Mary Fan, Marco Palmieri, Richard White, David Mack, Aaron Rosenberg, Robert Greenberger, TJ Perkins
Noon / Salon E

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My 2015 Convention Schedule (#SFWApro)

For those interested in meeting me at public appearances for autographs and conversation, here is my current slate of convention appearances for 2015.

FARPOINT CONVENTION
Feb. 13–15, Crowne Plaza Baltimore North, Timonium, MD
Signings: Friday 10pm–Midnight, Saturday 1pm–3pm

SHORE LEAVE 36
Aug. 7–9, Wyndham’s Hunt Valley Inn, Hunt Valley, MD
Signing: Friday, 10pm–Midnight

DRAGON CON 2015
Sept. 4–7, Atlanta, GA

NEW YORK COMIC-CON 2015
Oct. 8–11, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

WORLD FANTASY CONVENTION
Nov. 5–8, Saratoga Springs, NY

I am also waiting to hear whether I will be accepted as a programming guest for Balticon 49 (May 22–25, Hunt Valley, MD) and/or Readercon 26 (July 9–11, Burlington, MA). More on those when I hear back from the conventions’ respective programmers.

My 2014 Shore Leave schedule

If you’ll be attending the Shore Leave convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, MD, this is where and when to find me for signings and panels.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

10pm–Midnight
Meet the Pros
Hunt/Valley Corridor
Come chat with the author guests of Shore Leave, buy books from us, and get your books autographed.

The entire creative team behind the new Star Trek: Seekers series — myself, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and artist Rob Caswell — will be signing books as well as special Shore Leave-exclusive Seekers POSTER PRINTS.

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The prints will be FREE! Just show up at our table on Friday night with at least one copy of both Seekers #1: Second Nature and Seekers #2: Point of Divergence (which will be on sale at the con, another Shore Leave exclusive), and get a free autographed poster print!

(Limit one print per fan; offer good only while supplies last.)

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

11am–Noon
Star Trek: Seekers — Meet the Creators
Derby Lounge
Come get the lowdown on the newest Star Trek original literary series from the entire creative team. Learn about the two-part opening story and get teases for what’s coming up next.
—David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Rob Caswell

3pm–4pm
The Villain’s Journey
Salon A
A panel of writers and editors talk about whether villains have their own unique story arc, like that of Joseph Campbell’s famed “hero’s journey,” a shadow version of the hero’s journey, or no set paradigm at all.
—Kathleen David, Kirsten Beyer, Jeff Lang, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Marco Palmieri, Amanda Headlee

4pm–5pm
Writing Action Scenes
Concierge Lounge
Find out what tricks and techniques professional writers use to turn various types of action into readable prose.
—Keith DeCandido, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

5pm–6pm
Series in the Sandbox
Derby Lounge
Professional tie-in writers discuss the ins-and-outs of creating new original series spun off from existing media properties. Learn what makes a new series worth doing, what the rewards and frustrations are, and more.
—David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Jo Graham, Kirsten Beyer, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3

Noon–1pm
Novels: Tracking All the Moving Parts
Derby Lounge
What are the moving parts in a novel? Why is it important to keep track of them? What are some techniques professional authors use to ensure that all the moving parts in their novels don’t get out of sync? How do you fix major continuity errors if you discover them late in the writing process?
—Kirsten Beyer, Russ Colchamiro, Jeff Lang, David Mack

 

My Shore Leave 35 schedule

This weekend I will be one of a great many author guests at Shore Leave 35 in Hunt Valley, Md. My schedule is still slightly in flux as the con makes last-minute adjustments, but here is a fairly good idea of where you’ll be able to find me this weekend.

 

Friday, August 2

Tor Books: New and Upcoming
Hunt Ballroom, 9PM–10PM
I’ll be helping Tor editors Marco Palmieri and Greg Cox run their slideshow presentation of the latest publication and imminent new releases from Tor Books. At the end of the hour, I’ll be taking over the show for a few minutes to announce a major new Star Trek literary project.

Meet the Pros
Hunt-Valley Corridor, 10PM–Midnight
Come say “hi” to the con’s author guests! Buy books from the retailer’s table or directly from the writers, or bring your own books and comics from home. I’ll be selling books, DVDs, and comics — and my autographs are free!

 

Saturday, August 3

Influence of Soundtracks and Scores on Writing
10AM–11AM, Derby Room
An all-star panel of authors including myself, Robert Greenberger, Jim Johnson, Melissa Scott, Steve Wilson, and Greg Cox will discuss the role that music plays in our creative process as writers.

The Future History of Star Trek‘s Past in Prose
1PM–2PM, Chase Room
Will the Star Trek novels continue to chronicle only the prime universe versions of the original series cast, or will the reboot versions of these characters make the jump to the page in the non-YA novels? Join the discussion with yours truly as well as New York Times bestselling author Michael Jan Friedman and veteran Trek scribe Christopher L. Bennett.

Did Man of Steel Tarnish Superman?
3PM–4PM, Chase Room
Some fans disagree vehemently with the depiction of Superman in the new film Man of Steel by Zack Snyder. Was this darker vision of Kal-El a betrayal of his 75-year-long legacy? Or was it a valid new interpretation of a superhero as viewed through a post-modern lens? I will explore this subject with fellow author Christopher L. Bennett (and possibly also Superman comics writer-editor Paul Kupperberg) as well with the panel audience.

 

Sunday, August 4

Star Trek: The Original Series — Where Hundreds of Writers Have Gone Before
2PM–3PM, Belmont Room
This panel might or might not be on the final schedule (check the Shore Leave website to confirm). Keith R.A. DeCandido, Greg Cox and I talk about how a writer continues to tell new stories during the era of the Original Series despite its having been explored in print and on screen for nearly five decades—and I’ll offer the audience one final sneak peek at my upcoming new Star Trek book project.

 

And that’s my schedule for this year’s Shore Leave. See y’all in Baltimore this weekend!

 

TrekCore’s preview of Shore Leave 35

If you’ve ever wondered why the fan-run Shore Leave convention held each summer outside Baltimore has become a favorite annual mecca for Star Trek authors, wonder no more. Read the TrekCore.com Shore Leave 35 preview, which contains lengthy quotes from yours truly, as well as fellow scribes Keith R.A. DeCandido, Greg Cox, Christopher L. Bennett, and editor-author Marco Palmieri.

An excerpt from my praises for my favorite convention:

“There is a camaraderie and a team spirit that arises from [Shore Leave’s] nature as a volunteer show, and I think it makes it feel more like a weekend spent with friends than one spent with mercenaries. I think one can feel the difference when attending a convention that’s being produced out of love and passion for the genre and respect for those who help create it, as opposed to a convention being run to fill a cash register.”

Click forth, ye scoundrels, and read it all!