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Semi-Final Program Grid for Alan Smale

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Alan Smale may or may not actually be on these items, but probably will. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, modifications to the program can occur throughout the convention.

Saturday 11:00 am: Rejection (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Eric Choi, Alan Smale, Gayle Surrette (M), Sean Wallace
Thank you for submitting your story, unfortunately… Nobody sells everything. How do authors cope with rejection? What do editors do to help?
Saturday 3:00 pm: Multiple Personalities (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Ron Garner (M), James Maxey, Alan Smale, Allen Wold
Introverts extroverts and creating a persona for public consumption. Many authors need to be in the public, even if they would prefer to be reclusive. How do you overcome your fears and hangups. Additionally, how much of your controversial beliefs should you share. Are ideals worth the loss of sales?
Saturday 4:00 pm: Has Steampunk gone mainstream? (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: John Ashmead, Jonah Knight (M), Alan Smale, Elaine Stiles, Jean Marie Ward
New York editors are acting like gears and coal-fired engines are the new vampires. Has the genre become too popular--and is that a bad thing? And what exactly is steampunk and is it fantasy or science fiction?
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Eric Choi, Brenda Clough, David Louis Edelman, Andrew Fox, Ron Garner, Morgan Keyes, Dave Klecha, Jonah Knight, Yoji Kondo (Eric Kotani), Dina Leacock, Edward M. Lerner, Craig Alan Loewen, James Maxey, Mike McPhail, James Morrow, Diana Peterfreund, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Jean Marie Ward, Lawrence Watt-Evans
This is the mass signing held before the presentation of the WSFA Small Press Award.
Sunday 9:00 am: Mirror Mirror, the Reverse panel (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Katie Hartlove, Alan Smale
What do authors/editors etc. want to know from fans? What do fans want authors to know about them? The panelists pose questions and the audience answers.
Sunday 11:00 am: Research to Write (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Iver Cooper (M), A. C. Crispin, Darrell Schweitzer, Alan Smale
When writing historically based fiction, the details matter to many readers. What are the best sources for the different eras of Earth?
Sunday 12:00 pm: My First Time (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Panelists: Larry Hodges, Diana Peterfreund (M), Alan Smale
Authors discuss their first science fiction and fantasy novels. Have those novels stood the test of time. Did they spur you to become a writer.
Sunday 1:00 pm: How Many Years in the Business Before They Stop Calling Me a New Writer? (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Pelland, Diana Peterfreund (M), Jamie Todd Rubin, Alan Smale
Authors that have only been at it a couple years share their experiences and offer advice. How did they break into writing? How have they learned how to improve their craft? What would they have done differently if they had only known…

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