World Fantasy Convention Pt 3: “Hybrid Publishing” and “The State of the Industry”

7 11 2023

This is another summary of panels at World Fantasy 2023.

“The Best of Both Worlds: Hybrid/Self-Trad Publishing” with Ginni Koch and Summer Hanford:

Ginni Koch: Go to Absolutewrite forums “Water Cooler”. I learned everything from these forums.

Summer Hanford: Pen names allow for greater flexibility in genre and voice. Reader expectations can limit an author from growing or trying different genres.

GK: Traditional publishing provides more professional, experienced resources paid by others, plus an established distribution network. Book stores still matter!

SH: Do seven months prep before self-publishing; cover, promotions, a mailing list, ARCs.

GK: Hire an editor to edit your damn book!

GK: If you have a traditional agent for your publishers, whenever you self-publish, give 5% to your agent. It will keep your agent invested in your progress.

“State of the Industry” with a representative from Knight Literary Agency:

“Publishers are looking for feel different, look different, and sound different. Translations are very popular now for that reason. If you want to get away from Amazon’s pay scales, try for audiobooks and”

World Fantasy Convention 2023, Pt 2: Writing “Do’s” With Adam Troy-Castro, Usman Malik, More

4 11 2023

With Ted Chiang, Phillip Dunlop, and a really good article by Annie Dillard.

The first panel I attended was Friday’s “The Worst Advice I Ever Received”. Translating the negative definitions were a little tricky, but here is what the panelists said THAT YOU SHOULD DO AND IS QUITE OKAY TO DO:

Adam Troy-Castro: “‘Said-Bookisms’ are OK. Use them.” (‘Said-Bookisms’ are when a character dialogue has ‘explained’ or ‘stated’ or any description of intention versus physicality. I use them sometimes to reinforce physicality, but maybe I’ll use them more).

Usman Malik: Quoting Annie Dillard’s article Write Till You Drop “You were made and sent here to give voice to your astonishment.”

Phillip Dunlop: “Never listen to your own advice.” (I phrase that often as “You got your own ass lost in the woods. To get out, get a Ranger.”)

Ted Chiang: “Writing for a living limits you.” (Meaning having to rely on writing to pay your bills urges you to write what is financially practical and stop experimenting.)

All: “Tax pros are worth the money.”

AT-C: “Do not listen to people who tell you to stop trying.”

UM: “What is ‘success’, anyway? Anyone can make salable art.”

PD: “Know your objective. Know your audience.”

AT-C: “Publishers, answer your emails.”

UM: “You can use slurs, as long as they are necessary to the plot.”

All: “There are no limits. Write your style.”

AT-C: “Editors and editorial staff are your friends. Be nice to them. Bring donuts.”

World Fantasy Con in Kansas City Pt. 1

29 10 2023

I arrived days early with an agenda…..

Oh yeah, and I learned stuff. More to come!