Heading to Capclave in Maryland This Weekend

Capclave Dodo: "Where reading is not extinct"

Capclave Dodo: “Where reading is not extinct”

This is where I’ll be hanging my hat this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday…

Capclave 2013: Where Reading is Not Extinct

Location: Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg,
620 Perry Parkway, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

At the Door Rates:
Friday: $25
Saturday: $50 ($20 for students, active military, and active military dependents)
Sunday: $20
(A special whole-weekend rate of $30 is available for Active Military, dependants of Active Military, and Students; or $20 for Saturday alone)

Here’s my schedule of activities:

Friday, October 11

Are Prose Superheroes Still Novel?
7:00 pm – 7:55 pm
Panelists: Day Al-Mohamed, Matt Betts, Andrew Fox, James Maxey (M), Sherin Nicole
Although more frequent now, why are there so few costumed superheroes in prose? Do fancy costumes just work better in visual media? Or does urban fantasy featuring people with paranormal abilities satisfy the need?

(This panel sounds pretty darned interesting; I haven’t seen this subject come up as a discussion topic before. One of my favorite novels is Robert Meyer’s wonderful Superfolks, the book which helped to inspire Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and all the revisionist superhero stories of the 1980s through today.)

Perishing Publishers
8:00 pm – 8:55 pm
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Andrew Fox, James Maxey, Ian Randal Strock (M), K. Ceres Wright
Do authors still need publishers in the kickstarter/ebook age? What are the success rates of these projects? Are publishers consolidating themselves to irrelevancy? Is there still a stigma to self-published novels?

(I’m scheduled for several panels discussing author-publishing/self-publishing/independent publishing during Capclave. Given that Dara and I have just gotten MonstraCity Press off the ground, it’s a timely subject for me… although I don’t have much in the way of extensive experience to share just yet.)

Saturday, October 12

Writer’s Workshop
11:00 am – 1:55 pm
Panelists: David Bartell, Andrew Fox, Allen Wold (M), Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper.
Session will be for 3 hours on Saturday from 11am to 2pm and for those interested, a 1 hour follow-up on Sunday at 9am.

(Alan’s writing workshops are wonderful. This’ll be the second time I’m helping to facilitate one. A good time is had by all, and much learning takes place.)

Blood in Southern Waters
6:00 pm – 6:55 pm
Panelists: Meriah Lysistrata Crawford, Andrew Fox (M), Sherin Nicole, Betsy A. Riley
Is it something in the water, but why are there so many vampires in the South? From Anne Rice to Charlaine Harris to L.J. Smith it seems all vampires that don’t sparkle live in the South. Why?

(If there’s one panel I’m scheduled into at almost every con I attend, it’s this one. But having just finished my third Fat White Vampire book, Fat White Vampire Otaku, I’ve got something new to share.)

Mass Signing

7:30 pm – 8:25 pm
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Catherine Asaro, Eric Bakutis, Philippa Ballantine, Matt Betts, Matt Bishop, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andrew Fox, Charles E. Gannon, Carolyn Ives Gilman, Laura Anne Gilman, John G. Hemry, Alma Katsu, Annette Klause, John Edward Lawson, Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Marianne Mancusi, George R.R. Martin, James Maxey, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller,James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Patrick Scaffido, Lawrence M. Schoen, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale,Michelle D. Sonnier, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Michael Swanwick, Michael A. Ventrella, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steven H. Wilson, Leona Wisoker, K. Ceres Wright
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.

Name Drop and Quote Panel
10:00 pm – 10:55 pm
Panelists: Scott Edelman, Andrew Fox (M), Steve Stiles, Ian Randal Strock, Michael Swanwick
Nothing but bragging rights here as the panelists drop names and share quotes as they discuss the best experiences, novels, stories, and conventions they have ever seen. Or not.

(My best convention experience ever was ConDFW III in February, 2004, when I had coffee with Robert Sheckley and got to meet my dear friend and childhood idol, Barry Malzberg, for the first time.)

Sunday, October 13

Writer’s Workshop Follow-up

9:00 am – 9:55 am
Panelists: David Bartell, Andrew Fox, Allen Wold, Darcy Wold
Allen Wold will lead a panel of authors in a hands on workshop. Learn many skills as you work on a short story. All you need is a pen and paper.
Session will be for 3 hours on Saturday from 11am to 2pm and for those interested, a 1 hour follow-up on Sunday at 9am.

Self Publishing and You / DIY Publishing
12:00 pm – 12:55 pm
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Andrew Fox (M), Jason Jack Miller, Betsy A. Riley, Steven H. Wilson
Self publishing offers authors new opportunities, but also pitfalls. Is self publishing right for you? Should readers consider self-published books? Do genre and author experience matter?

Reading: Andrew Fox
1:30 pm – 1:55 pm
Panelists: Andrew Fox
I’ll be reading a selection from my newest book from MonstraCity Press, the steampunk Civil War suspense novel, Fire on Iron.

Hope to see some of you there!

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