This year I will be kicking off my conference and convention season the weekend of the 18th with RoundCon, a fantasy and gaming convention right in the heart of Columbia, SC. Faith Hunter (Rogue Mage and Jane Yellowrock series), Misty Massey (Mad Kestrel), and I met not so long ago to plan and propose some topics for the con's creative track, and it looks like everything is set to go. There will be a great selection of creative guests (as well as gaming and anime tracks if your geek-nature swings those directions) so it looks like it will be a great weekend. Here are some of the topics planned:
- Pitch Session Tactics Pitch like the major leagues and learn how to increase your chance to sell your book.
- Fiction to Gaming, How Hard Can it Be?
- Books with Pictures The new popularity of comics and the novel-to-comic transition.
- The Flawed Hero
- Building Magic Systems Learn how to develop you own magic system for your fiction or game universe!
- Post Apocalyptic / Alternate Reality What? My world isn't weird enough already?
- The Battle Over Sex Paranormal Romance vs. Urban Fantasy, vs. Erotica
- Open Forum - Ask the Writers You have questions. We have answers.
This will be my first time as a guest at RoundCon, but as this is a smaller con, I have the feeling the panelists will have more time and availability to interact and address questions from the attendees--especially in the open forums!--than at some of the larger cons, so if you have questions you've always wanted to ask a published writer, this would be a great opportunity.
I hope to see you there!