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Semi-Final Program Grid for Neil Clarke

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Neil Clarke 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.

Friday 7:00 pm: New Media, New Markets, New Business Models (Ends at: 7:55 pm)
Panelists: Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Norm Sherman (M), Sean Wallace, K. Ceres Wright
A Review of notable genre ezines, the forms they are taking and the business models they are adopting. There was a time when the word "Google" was not ubiquitous-- when bored, mopey teenagers didn't have Myspace, and huffy, choleric left and right wingers didn't have blogs. When people would have responded to the word "Youtube" with an angry "What'd you just call me buddy?!" It was in these prehistoric times that young speculative fiction ezines began to emerge from fetid, shallow waters on their stumpy leg-like fin structures to the promising shores of the internet. There has been an enormous boom of new markets online, many which pay professional rates to authors and have large and dedicated audiences. How has the genre ezine structure and business model changed? Are these models and structures working?
Saturday 9:00 am: Short Fiction Sources (Ends at: 9:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Mike McPhail (M), Alex Shvartsman, Sean Wallace
Aside from the not so big anymore three magazines, where do you go for short fiction? What online sources have the best stories?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Kickstarter: The Pro's and Con's (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Panelists: Jennifer Barnes, Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Watt-Evans
Kickstarter has become a new way to fund creative projects, but before you decide "Hey, I want to fund XYZ" consider what you are getting yourself into. Are you spending more money on stretch goals than you are on the project itself. What is your project? How often will you update? There is a lot of planning that goes into Kickstarter, and there is a lot to be learned not only from the success stories but the failures as well.
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 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.
Sunday 10:00 am: Creating Your Ebook (Ends at: 11:55 am)
Panelists: Neil Clarke (M)
In this workshop Neil Clarke, ebook designer for Clarkesworld Magazine, Wyrm Publishing, Prime Books, Masque Books, Cheeky Frawg, and Lightspeed Magazine will teach participants how to create ebooks and avoid common pitfalls. Will include topics such as document cleanup, basic styles, advanced search and replace, building a custom TOC, formatting a cover, meta tags, etc.

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