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Preliminary Draft Program Grid for Alex Shvartsman

This is the Preliminary Draft program schedule. Alex Shvartsman 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 5:00 pm: Humorous SF (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: John Ashmead (M), Norm Sherman, Alex Shvartsman, Jean Marie Ward
It's easy to name the funny fantasy books, but what about the funny SF books and short stories? For instance, Unidentified Funny Objects was an entire anthology of funny SF.
Friday 9:00 pm: Ending Stories - Bang or Whimper? (Ends at: 9:55 pm) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Scott Edelman, Pamela K. Kinney, Dina Leacock, Alex Shvartsman, Ian Randal Strock, Allen Wold (M)
So many short stories start out well but end abruptly or just trail off, leaving the reader to wonder, what's the point. Why does this happen and how can writers avoid this fate? How do you determine your endings? Is a twist ending a cheat?
Saturday 11:00 am: Anthology Builder (Ends at: 11:55 am) Rockville/ Potomac
Panelists: Neil Clarke, Ron Garner (M), Robert Greenberger, David G. Hartwell, Mike McPhail, Alex Shvartsman
So you want to edit and publish an anthology. How do the stories get picked? How do you come up with a theme? What sells and what doesn't? How do authors produce readable fiction in the straitjacket of an original themed anthology? How do you properly curate your anthology?
Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 1:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 4:00 pm: Author Table Maxey / Shvartsman (Ends at: 4:55 pm) Author's hallway table
Panelists: James Maxey, Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 5:30 pm: Reading (Shvartsman) (Ends at: 5:55 pm) Frederick
Panelists: Alex Shvartsman
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm) Salon A
Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.

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