October 14th, 2014

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Writing Excuses 9.42: The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen

Writing Excuses 9.42: The Convention-Author Relationship, with Deirdre Saoirse Moen

From http://www.writingexcuses.com/2014/10/12/writing-excuses-9-42-the-convention-author-relationship-with-deirdre-saoirse-moen/

Key Points: Convention needs interesting discussions. Authors want to sell more books. Programming needs to know how the author is interesting and unique. Don't think of it as fans vs. pros -- cons are a community, a conversation, and you need to be part of that conversation. Learn to listen. Jot down an idea or two ahead of time, take notes during the panel. Panels need a good moderator, and topics that lead to a conversation, not hobbyhorses. The moderator and panel members need to make sure everyone talks. Keep on topic and keep the discussion going. Volunteer for early and late panels, and to moderate.
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[Brandon] Well, we are out of time. Mary, you're going to give us a writing prompt.
[Mary] Yes. Your writing prompt is to write your bio or rewrite it. I want you to actually write it in four lengths. So what you're going to do is you're creating a press kit for your page. So you've got one at 25 words, 50 words, 100 words, and then long form, which is 400 to 500 words. These are the lengths that panels... Programmers will look for. Nice lengths to slot into program books, to go on your twitter website, whatever. Try to make sure that you include something about yourself that is not your writing to make yourself interesting. Include some of your interests.
[Howard] This is actually a thing that I still need to do.
[Mary] Yes, you do.
[Brandon] This has been Writing Excuses. Howard's out of excuses. Now go write.

[Brandon] But also go on a cruise with us. What follows is the exact same post that we put up last week talking about the cruise. We just want to make sure that you all had heard it. So, going into this, an advertisement for the Writing Excuses Retreat 2015, we're on a boat.

See http://wetranscripts.livejournal.com/93742.html
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