I came away from the 3rd annual Limestone Genre Expo this past weekend with plenty of inspiration (for not only writing ideas, but the business of writing too), some great new connections in the sci-fi / fantasy world, and a load of new books to boot!
Top 5 Highlights of the Weekend:
- Panel on Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in Speculative Fiction
Some interesting insight into the state of LGBTQI in science fiction and fantasy by a panel of diverse authors. Probably the panel I appreciated the most of all the bunch.
- Building Your Readership workshop, with Eve Langlois
I thought a two hour workshop would drag on – especially first thing Sunday morning, but Eve – New York Times bestselling author of ‘romance with a humorous twist’ – is a funny, engaging speaker with a lot of great advice on marketing yourself as an author. I could have listened to her talk all day.
- World Building workshop with Alyssa Cooper
Alyssa is an author from right here in Kingston, and demonstrates writing wisdom beyond her years. She truly impressed me during the ‘Fantastic Tales’ panel on Saturday, and so I was ready for an interesting workshop with her on Sunday – she did not disappoint. Plus I got to flesh out one of my novel ideas in the process!
- Pitch Session with MLR Press Editor in Charge, Kris Jacen
My first ever pitch session, for which I was woefully under-prepared L. However, Kris was gentle, and asked the right questions to keep me ‘pitching’ in the right direction. And what do you know – she asked for the full manuscript of Darksea?!?! Must have been my overwhelming charm and panache.
- Meeting Tanya Huff!
Ok, so if you know me, you know that I don’t get celebrity crushes (except for Patrick Stewart, of course), but meeting Tanya – knowing that she’d chosen my short story to win the genre expo writing contest – had me in a bit of a state. I quickly introduced myself to her on Saturday, but only built up enough courage to approach her again Sunday afternoon, to ask her a few things about ‘the business’ of writing. What a relief to find that she is approachable, grounded – not to mention that she very graciously offered to introduce me to some movers-and-shakers at this fall’s Sci-fi / Fantasy convention in Ottawa, CanCon (yep – it’s already on the calendar!).
Big props to Liz Strange, Delina MacDonald, Marlene Smith and all the volunteers for running such a fun expo. I’m already looking forward to next year’s!