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October 2016 Update

Quick update.

Harper’s book is taking longer than I expected. The themes in this book are very close to home for me and I want to make sure I do it justice. I’m almost done, but considering time for external editing and formatting etc, it’ll be another couple weeks until release, sorry.

Book 8 is in progress also (yay juggling multiple deadlines) though I’ve set it aside for the moment to give Harper full attention at the end here. But I don’t foresee missing any deadlines on book 8, so still aiming for that to release before end of 2016.

Also have a secret project I’m involved in that I think ya’ll will love and that should be revealed soon, too!

In even better news, just approved the audio for book 4 of 20sided, so Hunting Season should be up on Audible within the next two weeks (depends on how long it takes them on their end to get it live). It sounds awesome. 🙂

Also… I’ll be doing a signing with a bunch of other awesome science fiction and fantasy authors at Powell’s on November 20th. For details click this sentence. So if you want signed books or just want to nerd out with me, come hang!

And that is October’s update.

Norwescon 39 Schedule

I’ll be at Norwescon, a science fiction and fantasy convention in Seattle, WA on March 24th through 27th!

Here’s my panel schedule. Also note I’m doing a book signing there on Saturday the 26th, from 3pm to 4pm.

Thu 5:00pm – 6:00pm – Cascade 9
EP13 – Rejection Dejection

Thu 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Evergreen 1&2
WRI17 – Patterns of Success, Patterns of Failure

Fri 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
WRI15 – Writing a Series

Fri 6:00pm – 7:00pm – Cascade 9
EP12 – Writing Is a Long Con

Sat 11:00am – 12:00pm – Cascade 9
EP01 – How to Be an Author on the Internet

Sat 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Cascade 5&6
GAM07 – Video Games 101

Sat 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Grand 2
MISC29 – Autograph Session 2

Sun 3pm – 4pm – Cascade 12
Level Up Your Self-Publishing Skills

When I’m not on panels I’ll probably haunt the game room a little and the bar a lot. Hope to see people there if you are in the Seattle area. It’s a fun convention. 🙂

Orycon Schedule & Book Signing

Okay. Now that book six it out, I can blog about something else. Yay! 🙂

Just a quick note about book 7: it will be out hopefully by end of March, 2016. I’m already working on it and barring more health issues (which at the moment I seem to have a handle on), it will NOT take as long as book six. Thank you all again for your patience!

Other news!

I’m signing books at Powell’s Books Cedar Hills location in Beaverton, OR at 4pm (until about 5:30-6pm) on November 22nd!  I have ten shiny copies of Thicker Than Blood that will be for sale that day. So if you want it, or want the full signed set… show up on time! Or just come say hi, or just come to Powell’s because that bookstore is amazing.  I’ll be giving out free dice!

I’ll also be doing panels at Orycon, the Oregon Science Fiction convention in Portland, OR this coming weekend, Nov. 20th-22nd.

Here is my panel schedule:

Fri Nov 20 3:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm

I Quit My Job to Be a Writer! WHAT HAVE I DONE?

What the full-time writing life is like, how to stay focused when you’re all by yourself, the realities of making a living via the written word, and techniques for forcing yourself to get dressed and leave the house.
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Fri Nov 20 4:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 5:00:pm

I’ll Be Watching You…

From vampire assassins to wizard private eyes to undead thugs, crime has been mixing it up with fantasy for years. What is it about crime, noir, and the paranormal that’s so appealing? Also – what are some really good titles?
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Fri Nov 20 5:00:pm
Fri Nov 20 6:00:pm

How to Jumpstart Your Novel’s Sales

Your self-published book’s sales have plunged. How can you revive them? Will a new cover make a difference? What about targeted advertising? Publishing tie-in short fiction? Appearing in multi-author bundle? Or should you learn to stop worrying and get writing the next book in the series, or even start a new series?
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Sat Nov 21 12:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 1:00:pm

Revision: Path to Better Writing or Way to Never Finish?

Endless revisions can kill good writing, but everyone says polish your work. Besides, the first draft is usually bad, right? How to navigate through the apparent contradictions without going crazy.
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Sat Nov 21 3:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 4:00:pm

Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing

Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn how to let the project choose the path.
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Sat Nov 21 4:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 5:00:pm

How to Write a Series

Where to start, and how long of a series you can (or should?) write. How to make it interesting, different, and hopefully successful, and stay in love with it.
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Sat Nov 21 5:00:pm
Sat Nov 21 6:00:pm

The Magic Goes to Eleven

Defining Magical Systems. Magic is not to be trifled with as far as a reader’s concerned. Discuss how to give your characters powers–but not too much power–and how to keep internal consistency.

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Hope to see some people there!

Worldcon/Sasquan 2015 Schedule

Hey peeps. You can find me at Worldcon in Spokane this year at the following panels.  I’ll also be signing at various times at the Doomed Muse Press booth in the Dealer’s Room (it’ll be hard to miss I think, we have great banners this year), and I might run a pick-me-up session or two of Pathfinder/D20/whatever if I get enough interest.

What Makes an Effective Cover Image?

Thursday 14:00 – 14:45, 302AB (CC)

Of course you can judge a book by its cover. That’s why we have cover artists! They aim to catch our eye amidst the cacophony of other titles on the bookrack, and they can make us step aside and shudder when done oh-so-poorly! But how do they attract our attention and convey the message when the title is ambiguous? When the author is an unknown? When it is a well-known series with recognizable characters? Learn some of the issues and challenges that face our interdisciplinary panelists as they beguile us into opening the book and reading that first sentence…

Mark J. Ferrari (M), Annie Bellet, Stephen Segal, Karen Haber, Lee Moyer

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We Won: How SF, Fantasy and Comics Have Taken Over TV

Thursday 17:00 – 17:45, 300C (CC)

Not very long ago it was hard to find any SF on TV, let alone good SF. But today, every night has multiple shows. Some of the most talked-about shows on TV — Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead — are genre shows, Doctor Who is a worldwide phenomenon, and even shows that started as thriller shows like Person of Interest are clearly SF. Agents of Shield, Grimm, The Flash, Gotham, Orphan Black … the list goes on. And what about the shows that start of promising and collapsed quickly (Twelve Monkeys)? Is the zombie-takeover of TV starting to peter out?

Darlene Marshall (M), David Peterson, Andrea G. Stewart , Annie Bellet

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Kaffee Klatche – Annie Bellet

Friday 14:00 – 14:45, 202A-KK2 (CC)

Join a panelist and up to 9 other fans for a small discussion. Coffee and snacks available for sale on the
2nd floor.

Requires advance sign-up  (*my note- there might be swag!)

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Game Mastering 101

Friday 17:00 – 17:45, 303A (CC)

What are the basic tools and approaches for running a game of D&D, or other role-playing game? What are the fun-ruining pitfalls to avoid? And how can practice as a gamemaster help inform writing, reading or other elements of fandom?

Annie Bellet , Brian Campbell , John Welker
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Self-publishing — How to Market Your Work

Saturday 16:00 – 16:45, 303A (CC)

Your manuscript is done, you’ve found your printer, uploaded your files, and your book is done. Now how the heck do get people to buy it? Successful self-published authors share their methods.

Sarina Dorie, Doug Farren, Kameron Hurley, Annie Bellet

My Norwescon Schedule 2015

I’ll be in Seattle this next weekend for Norwescon.  I’m on a few panels and will be doing bar-con a bit so hopefully I’ll see some peeps there!

Here’s my panel schedule:

Marketing for People Who Hate Marketing
Fri 12:00pm-1:00pm – Cascade 13
Lola Watson (M), Annie Bellet, Diana Copland, Nicole Dieker

Next-Gen Publishing
Fri 3:00pm-4:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
Tod McCoy (M), Michael G. Munz, Stephanie Herman, Annie Bellet, Kurt Cagle

Women In Science Fiction
Fri 7:00pm-8:00pm – Cascade 7&8
Jonnalyhn Wolfcat (M), Esther Jones, Luna Lindsey, Annie Bellet, Kristi Charish

Level Up Your Indie Skillset
Sat 6:00pm-7:00pm – Cascade 9
Matt Youngmark (M), Annie Bellet, Luna Lindsey, Elliott Kay

Worth the Dues?
Sun 11:00am-12:00pm – Cascade 7&8
Cat Rambo (M), Annie Bellet, Pat MacEwen, Peter Dennis Pautz, Jennifer Brozek

Orycon Panels and Powell’s Signing!

In the Pacific Northwest? Want to see me talk about whatever?  Or come get a signed copy of one of my books?

I’ll be at Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing on November 9th at 4pm signing books (as will an awesome line-up of other SF/Fantasy authors!). Get the details here: http://www.powells.com/events/6272/

Here’s my schedule for Orycon, Portland Oregon’s Science Fiction and Fantasy convention.
Fri Nov 7 3:00:pm
Morrison
Pseudonyms, Genre and Branding

Can one writing name encompass, say, space opera, high fantasy, military scifi and erotic romance? When to fracture your writing identity, how and why.
(*)Annie Bellet, Theresa (Darklady) Reed, Leah Cutter, Mary Rosenblum

Fri Nov 7 5:00:pm
Fri Nov 7 6:00:pm
Madison
Getting Your First Professional Sale

An author can struggle for months or years before achieving their first success, but even after writing their opus, they can be tripped up by a process which is both entirely new to them and yet critical to their success. This panel describes what an author may experience as they revel in their first success.
(*)Shawna Reppert, Annie Bellet, Erica L. Satifka, Kristin Landon, Devon Monk

Sat Nov 8 2:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
Hamilton
It’s Not Selling!

Oh no! Your book is sliding off the list–ALL the lists! Don’t worry, there are things you can do to turn things around.
(*)William Hertling, Annie Bellet, Frog Jones, Phyllis Irene Radford

Sat Nov 8 3:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Madison
Minor Characters

Do your minor characters take over the scene? Or do you have the opposite problem where they all seem the same or are faceless automatons? Learn the tricks of the trade that help writers populate their fiction with believable, interesting characters that don`t overwhelm the scene.
Doug Odell, David Bara, Annie Bellet, SD Perry, Kier Salmon

Sat Nov 8 4:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 5:00:pm
Lincoln
How to Write a Series

Where to start, and how long of a series you can (or should?) write. How to make it interesting, different, and hopefully successful.
Steve Perry, J. A. Pitts, Annie Bellet, Phyllis Irene Radford, Ken Scholes

Sat Nov 8 7:00:pm
Sat Nov 8 8:00:pm
Hawthorne
Speeding Up Your Output

Fast writing is not necessarily bad writing, and more words per day equals more stories for your readers. Discuss methods for upping your daily word count without sacrificing quality or your life.
Scott Alan Woodard, Annie Bellet, Shawna Reppert, Jennifer Brozek, (*)Leah Cutter

Sun Nov 9 11:00:am
Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Hamilton
Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing

Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn how to let the project choose the path.
Annie Bellet, (*)Anthony Pryor, Elton Elliott, John Hedtke

Sun Nov 9 12:00:pm
Sun Nov 9 1:00:pm
Hawthorne
Audiobooks and Podcasts

Selling the rights, ACX, hiring a narrator or–gulp–doing it yourself!
Todd McCaffrey, Mark Niemann-Ross, Annie Bellet, (*)William Hertling

Book Signing, Anthology Sales, and More!

 

First, I am pleased to announce that I have a story in Fiction River #5: Hex in the City, which comes out today.  It is available at Amazon in both Paperback and Kindle, as well as on other sites like B&N and Kobo as ebooks.  There are a ton of great authors in this, including Jay Lake, Nancy Holder, Annie Reed, and others.

 

Next, I have a story coming out in an anthology though Baen next year.  The anthology is a military fantasy one, titled Shattered Shields and edited by Jennifer Brozek and Bryan Thomas Schmidt. Here are the details and table of contents:

Ashes and Starlight (Runelords) by David Farland

The Fixed Stars (October Daye) by Seanan McGuire

The Keeper of Names by Larry Corriea

The Smaller We Are by John Helfers

Invictus by Annie Bellet

Rising Above by Sarah A. Hoyt

A Cup of Wisdom by Joseph Zieja

Words of Power by Wendy N. Wagner

Lightweaver in Shadow by Gray Rinehart

Hoofsore and Weary by Cat Rambo

Vengeance (Frost) by Robin Wayne Bailey

Deadfall by Nancy Fulda

Yael of the Strings by John R. Fultz

The Gleaners by Dave Gross

Bonded Men by James L. Sutter

Bone Candy (Black Company) by Glen Cook

First Blood (Paksenarrion) by Elizabeth Moon

And finally, I’ll be signing books in Vancouver, WA at Vintage Books (6613 E. Mill Plain Blvd. Vancouver, WA 98661) on December 21st at 1pm.  I’ll be there with other authors and it should be an awesome time. Please come by if you are in the area!

Orycon 35 Schedule

My one convention appearance this year will be at Orycon in lovely Portland, Oregon. Here’s the info: http://35.orycon.org/

I’ll be on six panels over the course of the three days. Here’s my schedule:

Publishing Your Ebook
Roosevelt            Fri Nov 8 2:00pm-3:00pm
You’ve just gotten back the rights to your backlist! Or you have a
manuscript you KNOW will find its audience. What next? Make it into an
ebook and get it out there making you some money. Where to publish, how to
publish, and how to get help.
MeiLin Miranda, Annie Bellet, Dave Smeds, (*)Kamila Z. Miller, Tod McCoy,
Peter A. Smalley

One Lump of Science, or Two?
Ross Island          Fri Nov 8 4:00pm-5:00pm
How much science does science fiction need? What’s more important, the
tech or the story?
Richard A. Lovett, Patrick Swenson, (*)Gordon Eklund, Annie Bellet, David
W. Goldman

Hybrid Vigor: Choosing Both Traditional and Self-Publishing
Hamilton             Sat Nov 9 1:00pm-2:00pm
Don’t believe the True Believers on both sides of this non-existent
divide: you can be both a traditional AND a self-published writer. Learn
how to let the project choose the path.
(*)Annie Bellet, Phoebe Kitanidis, Tod McCoy, Ken Lizzi, Jennifer
Brozek

The Real Middle Ages
Ross Island          Sat Nov 9 6:00pm-7:00pm
Why do writers love the Middle Ages?  What do writers leave out or get
wrong?
Annie Bellet, (*)Blake Hutchins, Renee Stern, Alma Alexander

Audiobooks
Madison              Sun Nov 10 11:00am-12:00pm
Selling the rights, ACX, hiring a narrator or–gulp–doing it
yourself!
David D. Levine, Annie Bellet, Mark Niemann-Ross, Phoebe Kitanidis

BBC Sherlock, Orphan Black, Etc.
Morrison             Sun Nov 10 12:00pm-1:00pm
Which new shows are the best?
(*)Dave Bara, Annie Bellet, Brian J. Hunt

 

(Yeah, that little * next to my name up there? They made me a moderator of one of the panels. Mwahahahaha…ahem. I’ll be good. Probably. Maybe. I’ll try at least 🙂 )

Until then, writing ALL the things. Also attending a week long workshop on writing Science Fiction. Because hopefully I never stop learning.

Orycon 2012 Panel Schedule

I have my probably final but no promises panel schedule for Orycon 2012.

 

Theme
Ross Island          Fri Nov 2 2:00pm-3:00pm
What is theme?  How do you develop theme in your writing, or should you
even try?  For the sake of future graduate students studying your
brilliant prose, learn about this often-neglected aspect of
storytelling.
(*)Richard A. Lovett, Annie Bellet, Aimee C. Amodio, Wendy N.
Wagner

Writing with all your senses
Lincoln              Fri Nov 2 4:00pm-5:00pm
Writers are always reminded to write with all their senses.  But how far
should they go?  And what about altered senses?  What about characters
that are blind, or in constant pain, or have numbed senses, deafness, or
other disabilities?  Are constant reminders necessary?  What writers can
take for granted, and what they should use to enrich their writing.
(*)Annie Bellet, K.C. Ball, Adrian Phoenix

I Forgot to Get A Real Job
Roosevelt            Sat Nov 3 12:00pm-1:00pm
How to stay alive while waiting to be published
Edward Morris, (*)Nisi Shawl, Annie Bellet, Bill Johnson

How a writer’s workshop affected my life
Hamilton             Sat Nov 3 5:00pm-6:00pm
The pros and cons of attending writer’s workshops. Can attendees be
productive and have fun at the same time or it is all work and no play? Do
online workshops count?  What about workshops that break writers?
Annie Bellet, John C. Bunnell, Grá Linnaea, Edward Muller, Edd Vick

Geeks v nerds v freaks
Madison              Sun Nov 4 12:00pm-1:00pm
To which do you aspire?  What are the differences and similarities, and to
what proportion are they found?  What function (or anti-function?) do we,
er, they, serve?
Annie Bellet, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, (*)Janet Freeman, Anthony Pryor

Worldcon Panel Schedule

To the best of my knowledge, this is my panel schedule:

Sat Sep 1 1:30:pm Sat Sep 1 3:00:pm Effective Habits For Aspiring Authors
Columbus CD A nuts-and-bolts panel discussing work habits for the aspiring professional author. How to organize, prioritize, set goals, avoid distractions, and make valuable networking connections in the industry. The panel will also discuss mistakes to avoid.
Annie Bellet Brad Aiken Brad R. Torgersen David McDonald Lillian Cauldwell

 

Sat Sep 1 4:30:pm Sat Sep 1 6:00:pm Creating Formidable Women Protagonists
Buckingham How do you portray a formidable women in fiction. How do you make sure she’s still a woman and not just a guy with different plumbing?
Annie Bellet Brenda Cooper Joan Slonczewski Karen Haber Tina Jens