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  • The Highest High—Reaching the Summit of Mount Sherman

    Posted By on August 7, 2017

    “It’s a test of ultimate will, a heartbreak climb uphill”—Rush, “Marathon”

    Yesterday, I led a group of dedicated Rush fans up to the summit of Mount Sherman (14,036 ft) in Colorado. It was a hard climb, especially for the flatlanders—members of our group came from all across the country, from Virginia, Missouri, North Carolina, California, and Colorado. This was our second year in a row, reaching the top of the world.

    In 2011, I climbed a mountain with my long-time friend, Neil Peart, the drummer and lyricist for legendary rock group Rush, when they were in Denver for their Time Machine Tour. During that climb to the summit of Mount Evans (14,265 ft), Neil and I plotted the characters and storyline of our novel Clockwork Angels, based on the Rush concept album Neil was writing at that time. When released in 2012, the Clockwork Angels album became the #1 bestselling album in North America and our novel Clockwork Angels hit the New York Times bestseller list and won several awards. We followed that up in 2015 with Clockwork Lives (a novel we both think is even better), which won the Colorado Book Award.

       

    The story of how Neil and I plotted the novel while climbing a mountain became well known in Rush fan groups. Last year, my friend and fellow Rush fan Chris Reed asked if I might be willing to lead a group of fans on a repeat of the hike up Mount Evans. I was a little skeptical—this is a hard hike if you aren’t used to it—and I asked if he could gauge the interest to see if we might get a few fans willing to sign up, fly out to Colorado, and do the climb. If we got five I would do it. More than a dozen jumped at the chance within the first hour, at which point I frantically cut it off. That’s a very large group! We succeded, and not only had a great and exhilarating climb, we also formed a powerful bond of friendship we hadn’t expected. This diverse group of climbers was bound together by our shared love of Rush, and now we had a personal connection as well.

    “I wish that I could live it all again.”—Rush, “Headlong Flight”

    Not satisfied with climbing only one peak, the group wanted to do it again and soon began pestering me about what mountain I was going to choose for 2017. I tried to find another Fourteener (peaks over 14,000-ft) that might be doable. I have climbed all 54 of the Fourteeners, and I needed to select one that was within the abilities of our diverse group. Last September, on a scouting expedition, I climbed Mount Sherman myself (my third time up to that summit), and I decided this one was it. We began to make our plans. We picked the date in early August 2017, so we could be confident the snowpack would be gone. We reserved our hotel rooms in the only hotel in town (Fairplay, the actual town of “South Park” as satirized in the cartoon). Fifteen people wanted to come, nearly all of last year’s group plus some new climbers. In June, to prepare for the season, I climbed Mount Sherman again (my fourth time), checking the trail, taking video and many photos so the team would know what they were getting into.

    Finally, the first weekend in August arrived. The entire group met in Fairplay after flying in to Denver International Airport, and we immediately rediscovered our fellowship. We had a great introductory dinner in the South Park Brewery while we made our plans for the next day. My brother-in-law Tim, my frequent hiking partner, also joined us as he had done last year. Tim was our co-guide, bringing up the rear. We had brought spare hiking sticks, daypacks, windbreakers, hats, and shared them around to anyone who needed them.

    One of our climbers, Tracy, a longtime friend of mine, went with us last year for Mount Evans, but had suffered serious altitude sickness and had to turn back early on. This year, he was absolutely determined to make it to the top. One of our other hikers, Tara, suffered from severe agoraphobia and couldn’t face the climb last year, although her husband Brian and 11-year-old son Alex made it to the summit of Evans; this year, she was sure she could do it. We were all cheerleaders for each other.

    We met in the hotel lobby the following morning at 5:45 AM, and the hotel desk clerk generously opened the breakfast room for us so we could load ourselves with coffee, orange juice, and carbs for the climb. We packed the cars, managed to fit all fifteen of us into three SUVs, and headed off into the brightening dawn down a 13 mile bumpy dirt road, climbing up to road’s end at 11,680 ft, a gate, some old mining ruins—and about 25 other vehicles parked there, climbers who had gotten an even earlier start. This is a very popular climb.

    After getting out into a chilly and breezy 40°F, we donned jackets, gloves, backpacks, sunscreen. Fifteen of us trudged up the dwindling road, past mine ruins, streams, always ascending. We were starting well above treeline, and kept going higher. We still had about 2300 ft of elevation to gain.

    We spread out as we climbed, and puffed, and panted, at our own pace. Gradually, the group separated into the faster hikers and the slower hikers. I led the first pack, while Tim shepherded the others. We climbed a relentless trail, up to another set of high mining ruins—an amazing and extensive operation, which made us all wonder about the thriving settlement from more than a century ago. The fast hikers waited, trying to spot the rest of the group with Tim, Tracy, Tara, Brian, and 12-year-old Alex, but we couldn’t find them even though we could see the dirt road many miles behind us. Did they turn back? We couldn’t get a cell signal, couldn’t stay in touch. We waited, but saw no sign of them, and finally pushed on. I was rooting for Tracy, hoping he hadn’t suffered altitude sickness again, and for Tara to see how far she could climb, but they were far behind. We were sure they had given up and gone back to the cars to wait for us.

    My group of ten left the mining ruins and climbed up steeper switchbacks to a glorious saddle between Mount Sherman and Mount Sheridan (13,748 ft—still one of the highest peaks in CO). Suddenly the view opened up for countless miles and mountains in the other direction as well—and the winds roared even harder. We didn’t take time to rest. Ahead of us, we could see the miles-long relentless slope that led to the summit of Sherman. We trudged onward, ever ascending.

    More than an hour later, we reached an elevation of 13,700 ft, where the terrain took a dramatic turn, growing much steeper, rockier, and narrower. Some of our hikers were getting exhausted, lagging behind, and we spread out even more. I tried texting and calling Tim again, but got no response. We still hadn’t seen him, Tracy, Tara, Alex, and Brian. Two more of our group stopped there, feeling altitude sickness, and a couple of others were really lagging, getting exhausted. The rest made the final push to the summit, and when five of us reached a wind shelter near the top, I called a halt, hoping the others would catch up so we could all celebrate together at the summit. Only five of our original 15 had made it this far.

    One member of our “final five,” John, volunteered to head back down the trail to see if he could round up any of our stragglers. At this altitude, he and I could text each other, so he promised to report back as soon as he saw anybody. He headed off back downhill (knowing he would have to climb up all over again!). The rest of us sat down among the rocks out of the wind and ate some snacks and rested. About fifteen minutes later, I received a shocking text from John: “All here! Even Tracy and Tim! Alex, too!” The whole group had made it up after all and were only a few minutes behind us. [It turns out Tim’s group had taken an alternate route to the saddle, where we couldn’t see them. They had made it up by supporting each other, calling themselves Team Dory, by calling out “Keep climbing, keep climbing!”]

    Two had turned back from the altitude sickness, and Tara and Brian had reached the 13,700 point and decided to stop where the terrain grew much more extreme. (It was by no means a small accomplishment and a very tough hike up to that point; they had climbed higher than most peaks in Colorado.)

    The eleven of us pushed to the top. The last few steps were hard, but the group stood on the summit. Tracy had made it, and Alex, to much rejoicing, along with Warren, James, John, Melissa, Ronald, Kelly, Jim, and Tim. We took the requisite pictures, shared snacks, but by now nasty-looking clouds were closing in and we decided to start the descent. Climbing down 2500 feet is just as tough as climbing up.

    We finally made it back to the car a little after 1 PM and drove down the bumpy dirt road to our hotel, just as it started to rain. Taking a hot shower after a tough climb is almost as exhilarating as reaching the summit!

    We gathered at a small restaurant for our celebratory dinner (very delicious after only granola and beef jerky all day), passed out certificates and special awards, took more photos and said very heartfelt goodbyes. Chris, Jim, and Ethan from northern Virginia, Ronald and Kelly from southern Virginia, Warren, James, and Melissa from Missouri, Tracy from Salt Lake City, Tara, Brian, and Alex from Raleigh, NC, and John, Tim, and me from Colorado. Some people were departing right away. Others would leave at the crack of dawn. I—wisely—had decided to sleep in!

    We’re already planning for next year.

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    Chills in the Heat of Summer: the Bump in the Night Thriller bundle

    Posted By on July 26, 2017

    If you’re ready for summer thrills and chills (ones that don’t even require air conditioning), I’m happy to show off the brand new “Bump in the Night Thrillers” storybundle, which just launched today. Sixteen suspenseful, fun, and entertaining reads. http://storybundle.com

    You name your own price, get the eBooks via instant download in your preferred format. You support indie authors, and a portion of the proceeds goes directly to charity, to support the worthy cause of the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.

    The bundle books include compelling urban fantasy reads with some of the strangest detectives you’ve ever met, including Dan Shamble Zombie P.I. in my own Unnatural Acts, as well as ghosts, elves, vampires, sorceresses, modern-day dragon slayers, immortal Shakespearean characters, and more in Dean Wesley Smith’s The Deep Sunset, R.R. Virdi’s Grave Beginnings, Patrick Hester’s Into the Fire, Susan Sizemore’s Living Dead Girl, J.A. Pitt’s Night Terrors, L. Jagi Lamplighter’s Prospero Lost, Alex Berg’s Red Hot Steele and Cold Hard Steele.

    For thrilling adventures in other times and places, there’s Death Wind by Travis Heermann and Jim Pinto and Lady Sherlock by Brooks Wachtel. For straight suspense with a high-tech or a darker edge, you’ll enjoy the Daredevils Club novel Artifact written by me, F. Paul Wilson, Matthew J. Costello, and Janet Berliner, and The Demon in Business Class by Anthony Dobranski, Whack Job by Mike Baron, and The Devil’s Churn by Kristine Kathryn Rusch. If you like all kinds of fast-paced fiction, there’s the new anthology Pulse Pounders 2: Adrenaline.

    The bundle is only available through August 16. Get a huge bundle of reading material, help support indie authors, as well as the Challenger Center.

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    The Doomsday Cascade

    Posted By on July 24, 2017

    I’m thrilled to announce the sale of THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE, a new high-tech thriller with my frequent coauthor Doug Beason, which deals with the growing international crisis of nuclear waste storage. Bob Gleason, editor at Tor/Forge Books acquired the book via John Silbersack at Trident Media Group. Film and TV rights are being shopped by Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management.

    THE DOOMSDAY CASCADE is a gritty survival story of people trapped inside a high-security nuclear waste storage facility deep inside a mountain, trying to escape as security systems break down, possibly leading to a nuclear disaster.

    The novel is meticulously researched and extremely plausible. Both Doug and Ihave direct first-hand experience with government bureaucracy, the military, and the nuclear industry.  Recent headlines such as the collapse of a nuclear storage tunnel in Hanford, WA, and numerous nuclear-industry mishaps make the novel’s scenario frighteningly realistic.

    If you need to catch up in the meantime, check out some of the other high-tech thrillers Doug and I have published, including the Nebula-nominated ASSEMBLERS OF INFINITY.

     

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    Finding the Way

    Posted By on July 16, 2017

    (Found some unposted blogs from last year’s hikes!)

    On some of my mountain climbs, there isn’t always an obvious trail. The way is marked with cairns, piles of stones that tell hikers they are on the right track. The problem is that not all those who build cairns know where they’re going. You can be easily led astray.

    My hardest hike of the year, circling the beautiful but rugged “Halo Ridge” in the Holy Cross Wilderness, was a 15-mile hike that carried me over four separate 13,000-ft peaks. In order to descend, I had to take a straight shot down off the ridge to a pair of mountain lakes more than a thousand feet below. I had to descend an interminable steep slope of scree and talus that required a lot of route-finding and balance.

    Due to the steep angle of the descent and the jumble of rocks, I couldn’t really see what was ahead of me, but I picked my way. I zigzagged, looking for solid rock, and then I found a cairn, a blessed cairn!, which reassured me I was on the right path. From that cairn I spotted the next one, and the next, happily and faithfully following the marked route.

    And those bogus cairns led me right over a cliff.

    Suddenly rock ledges appeared in front of me, and I was forced to work my way down loose rock, sharp dropoffs that required all my mountaineering skills to negotiate. Now I was committed, thanks to the “helpful” other hikers. Rather than judging the best route myself, I had trusted that those hikers knew where they were going. They didn’t.

    What should have been a simple Class 2 hike became a harrowing Class 4 descent that exhausted me further and took me an extra two hours. I had learned my lesson that not all those who lead the way know where they’re going.

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    TALES OF DUNE just released

    Posted By on July 10, 2017

    Brian Herbert and I are pleased to announce the release of TALES OF DUNE, the expanded edition that collects all of our published Dune short stories, ranging from “Hunting Harkonnens,” the earliest chronological tale in the Dune timeline all the way to “Treasure in the Sand,” which takes place at the very end of the long Dune history.

    CONTENTS:

    The Butlerian Jihad time period

    •  Hunting Harkonnens

    •  Whipping Mek

    •  The Faces of a Martyr

    •  Red Plague

    The Dune time period

    •  Wedding Silk

    •  A Whisper of Caladan Seas

    After the Scattering

    •  Sea Child

    •  Treasure in the Sand

    Available in trade paperback and all eBook formats.  A hardcover edition is forthcoming the next couple of weeks.

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    A Day in the Writing/Publishing Life

    Posted By on June 29, 2017

    Several people have asked what my typical day is like. And the appropriate answer is “what’s a typical day?” I wear many hats, work on various projects, and wrestle with countless distractions. So, yesterday I kept a log of my activities from the time I got out of bed to when I went back to bed (i.e., the “work day”).

    • 7:30, get up, coffee and breakfast. While eating breakfast, read and answer the overnight email. (Nine emails since midnight, which was the last time I checked mail: 2 of them about writing projects, including one from my coauthor Doug Beason about revisions to our new high-tech thriller, The Doomsday Cascade; the other 7 are WordFire Press matters, book schedules, author orders, cover questions.)
    • An hour workout in the gym while listening to a writing/publishing podcast. Right now it’s The Creative Penn with Joanna Penn (highly recommended).
    • Write two script pages for Clockwork Lives graphic novel (Insight Editions). Right now I’m working on The Sea Captain’s Tale.

    • Clean up cat barf (keeping it real).
    • Go out on the trail to dictate two chapters in Tastes Like Chicken, the new Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. novel in progress, which WordFire Press will publish.
    • Come home for lunch with Rebecca. Check email. Sigh, in the two hours I’ve been out dictating, I received 29 emails: 2 from my coauthors about writing projects, 3 newsletters, and the other 24 emails are about WordFire Press stuff.
    • After dealing with all the email emergencies, write two more pages in Clockwork Lives graphic novel script, which finishes The Sea Captain’s Tale.
    • Business phone call. Repair guy shows up. Brief surprise visit from another author driving by on the way to Denver Comic Con. Another email flurry. Take out pork chops for dinner.   It’s now 3:45.
    • Edit Chapter 61 in Spine of the Dragon (while sitting out on the back porch as afternoon thunderheads gather overhead).

    • Meet with the gardener who drops by to ask about yard work.
    • Upload four Jody Lynn Nye WFP titles and one KJA title to the BundleRabbit site. (I’m slowly adding WordFire Press books to the site, to make them available for other bundlers and boxed sets.) Not a complicated process, but it takes 5-10 minutes for each title.
    • Ahhh. Enjoy an Elephant Rock IPA as I cook dinner, pork chops and sweet corn on the grill. Then dinner together as we watch an episode of Veep.
    • A last stint of work after dinner, wearing my WFP art director hat. Contact artist to commission two cover paintings, one for the new Dan Shamble novel, another for a cool “Goonies meets Jurassic Park with monsters” adventure we’re publishing this Halloween, Monsterland by Michael Okon.
    • Review orientation materials and set up login credentials for the new online MFA classes I’ll start taking in a couple of weeks…another thing to do, but if I don’t have an MFA I apparently am not qualified to teach creative writing at a college level. Sigh.
    • Then, 8 PM, kick back to watch a couple hours of TV with Rebecca and the cats (standup comedy, an episode of Dr. Who, and another episode of Veep).
    • 10:30, hit the Jacuzzi tub for an hour of reading (or rereading—Slimy Underbelly, the fourth Dan Shamble novel, to stay up to speed while writing Tastes Like Chicken).

    • Put the cats to bed and put myself to bed, around midnight.
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    Start your day with a bang! New Military SF Mega Storybundle

    Posted By on May 18, 2017

    Stay on target!  Game over, man! It’s a bug hunt!

    Military science fiction is one of the most gripping subgenres in the field, and now we bring you 15 books in one storybundle, the Military SF Megabundle from storybundle.com, which runs only through June 8  https://storybundle.com/scifi

    Nsme your own price for a big grab-bag of Military SF stories. $5 for the basic six books, or $15 for all fifteen books in the bundle.  Baen Books, the preemininent publusher of military SF, contributed four books to the bundle, with Better to Beg Forgiveness from Michael Z. Williamson, One Day on Mars from Travis S. Taylor, Under a Graveyard Sky by John Ringo, and the Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF edited by David Afsharirad.

    Indie authors LJ Hachmeister contributed TRIORION, which I compared to Ender’s Game, and super-successful ex-marine Jonathan P. Brazee added his novel SNIPER.

    At WordFire Press, we contributed the first book in Robert Asprin’s hilarious military SF spoof (and New York Times bestseller) PHULE’S COMPANY, Jody Lynn Nye’s action-packed Wolfe Pack novel STRONG ARM TACTICS, Brad R. Torgersen’s landmark collection LIGHTS IN THE DEEP, as well as Takamo Universe novel EMPIRE’S RIFT, my own COMRADES IN ARMS and the collection of five military SF novellas, FIVE BY FIVE.  Colonel Doug Beason contributes SF thriller ASSAULT ON ALPHA BASE, David Farland gives THE GOLDEN QUEEN, first book in his military SF space opera series, and Andrew Keith and William H. Keith, Jr. offer the first novel in their bestselling Fifth Foreign Legion series.

    Not only do you get this grab bag of wonderful pulse-pounding books, but a portion of the proceeds goes directly to benefit the Challenger Learning Centers for Space Science Education.  Great reading, great price.  Please help us out.  https://storybundle.com/scifi

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    Witness the Birth of a Novel! SPINE OF THE DRAGON draft chapters

    Posted By on April 8, 2017

    I’ve never done anything like this before: You can read my new epic fantasy SPINE OF THE DRAGON *as I write it*.

    I’m giving unprecedented access to my fans and to aspiring writers who want a deep inside look at the process of creating a novel. As a special Sneak Preview, I will grant subscribers access to my first-draft chapters, one at a time, as I write them. For $30, about the price you’d pay for the published hardcover, you will read each chapter as it comes back from the typist, and you can also participate in a forum discussion as the book develops, where I will interact directly with readers and talk about the changes I am making.

    At a higher level ($150) VIP All-Access Subscribers will have access not only to the draft chapters and the forum, but also my raw audio files each day as I dictate new chapters, whether out on the trail, up in the snow, in the rain, or in the car. No one else has heard this work until the typist gets it. As an early VIP supporter, I will include your name in the acknowledgments of the book and send you a signed copy once it’s published.

    I’ve never done anything like this before, and it feels like walking on a tightrope in my underwear. But you’ll get to see exactly how my process works…and fans will be able to read Spine of the Dragon a full year or more before it’s published.

    When you sign up, I will send you the link and password to the private page. At present, I have 55 of the audio files up, and 35 of the draft text chapters, so you’ll be able to get a good start. I hope you enjoy the story. http://www.wordfire.com/?page_id=53941

     

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    CLOCKWORK LIVES Graphic Novel

    Posted By on April 4, 2017

    Some lives can be summed up in a sentence or two. Other lives are epics.

    And some graphic novels are really epic.

    I am pleased to announce the full graphic novel adaptation of CLOCKWORK LIVES, our companion novel to CLOCKWORK ANGELS. The publisher will be Insight Editions, who have produced some exceptionally fine books—and LIVES needs to be a lavish, impressive book (and not just because Neil Peart says so).

    Insight’s Senior Editor Mark Irwin has always been a huge Rush fan (and in fact that’s how I got to know him years ago). He sees this as the perfect opportunity for us to work together. I will be writing the full script with input from Neil. We don’t have the artist(s) chosen yet.

    CLOCKWORK LIVES is a very personal story to me, sort of a steampunk Canterbury Tales featuring many of the best-loved characters from CLOCKWORK ANGELS, but it has a terrific story of it’s own. The book won the Colorado Book Award, but more importantly Neil told me he feels this is the best work I have ever done.

    Obviously, it needed to be a graphic novel. I’ll start working on the full script in the next month. Stay tuned for more information. (In the meantime, you can read the novel, or the unabridged audiobook.)

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    Superstars Writing Seminar 2017 schedule

    Posted By on January 14, 2017

    Less than three weeks before Superstars 2017 launches, with a schedule and speaker list that’s quite impressive.  This year’s speakers include Jim Butcher, Jonathan Maberry, David Farland, Kevin J. Anderson, James Artimus Owen, Jody Lynn Nye, Rebecca Moesta, Todd McCaffrey, Claire Eddy (Tor), Steve Feldberg (Audible), Mark Leslie Lefebvre (Kobo), Kristin Nelson (Kristin Nelson Agency), Lisa Mangum (Shadow Mountain), and many other experts on specific topics.  For  eight years, Superstars has been the best intensive seminar focusing on the business of writing and publishing, and for the first year ever, we are also adding an “Advanced Craft Day” on Wednesday Feb 1, before the main seminar begins.

    You can still register last-minute online at http://www.superstarswriting.com

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    Here is the schedule for the four days:

    WEDNESDAY – CRAFT DAY (ADD-ON)

    8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

    8:30 World-building with Kevin J. Anderson

    9:30 Plotting, Outlining, and Story Structure with James A. Owen

    10:30 Step One: Blowing Things Up with Jim Butcher

    11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

    1:00 Step Two: Making People Care About It with Jim Butcher

    2:00 Character-building with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta

    3:00 Writing Action and Fight Scenes with Jonathan Maberry

    4:00 How to Enchant Your Reader with David Farland

    5:00 Revising Your Manuscript with Jody Lynn Nye

    5:45 – 6:15 Open Q&A

     

    THURSDAY

    8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks

    8:30 The Harder I Work with Kevin J. Anderson

    9:30 Traditional Publishing panel with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, Lisa Mangum

    10:30 Listen Up! with Steve Feldberg

    11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

    1:00 (3 options)

    • The Art of the Pitch with Jonathan Maberry
    • Adventures in the Trenches of Game Writing & Editing with David Farland and Josh Vogt
    • Scrivener – Beginning Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

     2:00 (3 options)

    • Ebooks and Indy Publishing with Mark Lefebvre
    • Dissecting a Contract with Scott Boone and Nancy Greene
    • Pitch Practice Speed-dating with Jonathan Maberry, Lisa Mangum, Joshua Essoe, Chris Mandeville (not recorded)

     3:00 (3 options)

    • Traditional, Indy, and Hybrid Author panel with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, James A. Owen, David Butler, Mark Lefebvre
    • Working with a Freelance Editor panel with Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Joshua Essoe, Pam McCutcheon
    • Manuscript Formatting/Styles Management with Quincy Allen (not recorded)

    4:00 Agenting in a Changing Industry with Kristin Nelson

    5:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

    6:00 OPENING MIXER/RECEPTION (Sponsored by Kobo Writing Life)

     

    FRIDAY

    8:30 Self-promotion and Tribe Building with Kevin J. Anderson, Jim Butcher, Mark Lefebvre, Jody Lynn Nye

    9:30 (4 options)

    • Building Your Personal Brand with Jonathan Maberry
    • Ergonomics with Rebecca Moesta and Lisa Mangum
    • Uploading Ebooks with Mark Lefebvre, AJ Mayall, Quincy Allen (not recorded)
    • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

    10:30 Discoverability panel with Kristin Nelson, Jim Butcher, David Farland, Pam McCutcheon

    11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

    1:00 (3 options)

    • What Editors Are Looking For panel with Claire Eddy, David Butler, Lisa Mangum
    • Booksignings, Social Media, and Other Promo panel with David Farland, Alexi Vandenberg, Jody Lynn Nye, Kevin Ikenberry
    • Scrivener – Intermediate Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)

     2:00 (4 options)

    • An Agent Reads the Slush Pile with Kristin Nelson
    • Bookbub with Kevin Ikenberry and Pam McCutcheon
    • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 1 (not recorded)
    • One-on-One Pitches with Claire Eddy (by appointment, not recorded)

     3:00 (4 options)

    • Jim Butcher Saves the World (or something like that) with Jim Butcher
    • Dirty Secrets of Publishing with Kevin J. Anderson and Rebecca Moesta
    • Formatting for Print with Quincy Allen – Part 2 (not recorded)
    • One-on-One Pitches with Kristin Nelson (by appointment, not recorded)

    4:00 Open Q&A with faculty (TBD)

    4:45 Drawing Out the Dragons with James A. Owen

    7:00 VIP Dinner (ticketed event – now sold out)

     

    SATURDAY

    Eggs Benedict Breakfast (ticketed event, now sold out; not recorded

    8:30 The State of the Industry & What’s Next with Claire Eddy, Kristin Nelson, James A. Owen

    9:30 (4 options)

    • Comics & Graphic Novels with Jonathan Maberry, Kevin J. Anderson, James A. Owen
    • Writing for the Ear with Steve Feldberg
    • Live Editing with Lisa Mangum (not recorded)
    • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

    10:30 Editing, Publishers, the Industry, etc. with Claire Eddy

    11:30-1:00 LUNCH “on your own”

    1:00 (4 options)

    • Hollywood Gotchas with David Farland
    • Pros & Cons: How to Make the Most of a Convention Appearance with Jody Lynn Nye
    • Scrivener – Advanced Level with Patrick Hester (not recorded)
    • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

     2:00 (4 options)

    • Collaboration panel with Rebecca Moesta, Jody Lynn Nye, Todd McCaffrey
    • Podcasting panel with Jonathan Maberry, Steve Feldberg, Patrick Hester
    • Productivity with Kevin J. Anderson (not recorded)
    • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

     3:00 (4 options)

    • How to Build an Intellectual Property panel with Jim Butcher, Kevin J. Anderson, Todd McCaffrey, Jonathan Maberry
    • Ask A Lawyer panel with Nancy Greene and Scott Boone
    • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)
    • Small Group Critique (pre-registration required, not recorded)

    4:00 Finding the Balance: Being a Writer in the Real World panel with all faculty

    4:45 Open Q&A with all faculty

     

    Final price increase takes effect Jan 15, so don’t procrastinate!

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