I'm heading out of town again tomorrow morning, this time for RavenCon 2008. This is the convention's third year, but it's been getting rave reviews from guests and attendees alike. The Author Guest of Honor this year is C.S. Friedman; the Artist Guest, Stephen Hickman; and Fan GoH is Filthy Pierre.
Here's where I'll be:
Friday, 6PM: REINVENTING THE PARANORMAL, with J. Jagi Lamplighter and Jean Marie Ward (moderator). The romance authors are doing it. Find out how they develop new stories for the same old ghost, werewolf, vampire, shape shifter or alien by blending genres.
Friday, 9PM: WRITING THE PERFECT BLURB, with Jana Oliver, David Coe (mod), and Edmund Schubert. How does one go about writing that perfect blurb for their book to that coveted editor or agent?
Saturday, 12 noon: BLOGGING FOR THE MODERN-DAY WRITER, with Mike Kabango, Larry Holderfield, Valerie Griswold-Ford, and Jean Marie Ward (mod). Do you blog? How do blogs help new or established writers? What do blogging authors write about and how does it affect their “regular” writing?
Saturday, 3PM: USING PODCASTING FOR PROMOTION, with Rich Sigfrit, Stephen Euin Cobb, Tom Rockwell, and Mur Lafferty (mod). Join our panelists as they discuss how they use podcasting to promote their works.
Saturday, 5PM: KOFFEEKLATSCH, with just me. I'll do a reading, and then sign books or chat with anyone about anything.
Saturday, 7-10PM: 'TIME AND TUNES' LAUNCH PARTY!!! with my roommates Jana Oliver and Jean Marie Ward. Music from every era, a WVMP Radio cake, and drinks aplenty! For the room number, look for flyers posted, well, everywhere.
Sunday, 9AM (good God, nine a.m.??!!): URBAN FANTASY 101, with Jana Oliver, CJ Henderson, L Jagi Lamplighter, Jean Marie Ward. (I'll be moderating, which means I can only ask and not answer questions, which is good, because did you see what time this thing is?) Find out why urban fantasy is hot these days and learn all about demon hunting and bashing. Why are there werewolves, vampires and ghosts in a world that should be primarily the fey?
So stop by the Crowne Plaza at 6531 Broad Street, in Richmond, VA this Friday through Sunday. I guarantee you won't leaving quothing, "Nevermore!"
Now playing: (Nothing But) Flowers - Talking Heads