"In these pages many mysteries are hinted at.
What if you come to understand one of them?"

"Words let water from an unseen, infinite ocean
Come into this place as energy for the dying and even the dead."

"Bored onlookers, but with such Light in our eyes!
As we read this book, the jewel-lights intensify."

- Rumi

Saturday, August 20, 2011

World Con Day 3

I don't think I'm possibly going to sum up yesterday in one post, so I'm going to break it up.  I'll do the day-time report now, and when I get time later, I'll talk about my awesome experience at the parties.

The morning began with me waiting in line to get into the Lou Anders KaffeeKlatsche.  I used the opportunity to get a little work done on Once We Were Like Wolves.  Two birds with one stone, Mr. Productive, that's me.  As an aside, I'm writing this as I wait to get into the Pat Rothfuss kaffeeklatsche.  If you have not read, The Name of the Wind, you must.  It is a brilliant debut novel; one of the strongest I've ever seen.  But I digress.

After that I went to the "New Pro" Panel.  Several writers and agents were discussing things about contracts that new writers need to know, and exactly why writers need... NEED.. agents in the modern publishing world.  Do not try this at home kids.  After the panel, I spoke with Lucienne Driver of the Knight Agency, and she expressed interest is Dead Weight.  Got her card.  Remember this detail for later.  It's important.

Alright.  So the rest of the morning passed relatively painlessly. I wandered around and spoke with people.

Lou Anders is awesome.  He's the senior editor at PYR.  He is a massive fan boy.  He is excited about Science Fiction and Fantasy, loves to talk about books he likes, both people he publishes and other.  Of all the editors I've seen this weekend, with the exception of David Heartwell, Lou Anders loves our literature with a blinding passion. He was inspiring and had plenty of examples of writers he believes people should read.  I have decided that I really want to work with him.  PYR is going to be the first house I submit any of my long fiction to.

David Heartwell of TOR, didn't speak about anything of the publishing industry.  He spoke about the history and culture of World Con, World Fantasy Con (which he started), and what he believes is needed to save the traditional modes of our genre. We need more regional conventions, and one convention dedicated purely to science fiction.

Ellen Datlow was awesome, especially because she had a semi-pro writer arguing why he was ready for the big time.  Also met a nice lady who edits anthologies and also writes fiction for Fantasy Flight Games.  She and I might be doing some business together.

After Ellen, I went back to the hotel room and chilled out, wrote, and did some social media stuff before parties.

Coming soon: Friday night parties.

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