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Semi-Final Program Grid for Norm Sherman

This is the Semi-Final program schedule. Norm Sherman 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 4:00 pm: Editors' Pet Peeves (Ends at: 4:55 pm)
Panelists: Mike McPhail, Norm Sherman (M), Alex Shvartsman, Hildy Silverman
The next great story has been sent to the editor. But the author did this…
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 3:00 pm: A Survey of Kickass Animals that Probably Don't Exist (Ends at: 3:55 pm)
Panelists: Thomas Holtz (M), Diana Peterfreund, Norm Sherman, Howard Waldrop, Jean Marie Ward
From the Goatman to the Mothman, Yeti to Yowie, and Dodo to Ogopogo. From Bloops to Blobs, Giant Owls to Lizard men, Chupacabres to Mongolian Deathworms. From the foul smelling Skunk Ape of the Florida Everglades, to the brain eating Nandi Bears of Kenya, this course is a basic introduction into the study of absurd animals which purportedly exist based on the sightings and information gathered by stammering lunatics, drunken peasants and other researchers in the field.
Sunday 2:00 pm: Short Fiction Audio: Podcast Anthology (Ends at: 2:55 pm)
Panelists: Kate Baker, Patrick Scaffido, Norm Sherman (M), Steven H. Wilson
Podcasting is the ability to assume the role of station programmer and turn your computer or mp3 player into your own private radio station.  Talk radio. Hard to find indie music. Tech Tips. Audio books...but we call them Podiobooks.  It can all be found in Podcasting, and it can be as big of a commitment as writing a novel itself. On this panel, experienced podcasters share their own stories with the successes and setbacks in taking your story online with audio.

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