jpskewedthrone: (Shattering)
OK, so my newest novels (Breath of Heaven, Book 3 of the Well of Sorrows series, and Threading the Needle, Book 2 of The Ley series) are being released over the next few weeks and I've got a few events planned, including conventions and signings. Here's what's on the schedule right now. There will be a bunch of additional guest posts, interviews, and other events online, all of which I'll link to as they happen. Some of those include a chance to win copy of Threading the Needle! If you're near any of the cities below, or attending any of the conventions, feel free to stop by and say hi, ask to have your books signed, or buy me a drink! *grin*

Schedule:

July 5th: Signing: Vestal, NY, Barnes & Noble, 3-7pm, fundraiser for Literacy Volunteers of Broome/Tioga Counties
July 7-10th: Convention: Readercon, near Boston, MA
July 12th: Signing: Scranton, PA, Books-A-Million, 7pm
July 15-17th: Convention: Shore Leave, near Baltimore, MD
July 21st: Signing: Wilkes-Barre, PA, Barnes & Noble, 7pm
July 23rd: Signing: Elmira, NY, Barnes & Noble, 2-4pm
July 24th: Signing: Flights of Fantasy Bookstore near Albany, NY, 3pm
August 15th: Kickstarter for new anthologies begins
August 17-21st: Convention: Worldcon in Kansas City, MO
September 10th: Signing: Vestal, NY, Barnes & Noble, 2-4pm, local author event
September 24-25th: Convention: Robercon in Binghamton, NY
October 27-30th: Convention: World Fantasy in Columbus, OH



jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
I and Zombies Need Brains will be attending Shore Leave, a convention being held in Hunt Valley, MD, this weekend, August 7-9th! Once again, I'll have a table in the dealers room. Here are the dealers room hours and the panels and events that I'll be attending. If you're in the area, come join us at the convention! If you're at the convention, catch me on these panels or find me in the dealers room and say hi!

Dealers Room Hours:

Friday: 2-8pm
Saturday: 10-7pm
Sunday: 10-4pm

My Schedule:

Friday, 4pm: Writing Groups and Beta Readers
Friday, 6pm: Why We Write SF&F
Friday, 10-12midnight: Meet the Pros/Autographing

Saturday, 9am: Star Trek Club Meeting
Saturday, 11am: Writing Tips for Aspiring Writers
Saturday, 1pm: Show Me the Money! (Crowdfunding)

Sunday, 1pm: Writing and Publishing Short Stories
Sunday, 2pm: Switching It Up: Writing in Different Genres
Sunday, 3pm: Writing the Next Book: Sequels and Sophomore Books

And those are the planned shenanigans. I'm certain there will be plenty of unplanned shenanigans as well. *grin* I'm hoping to do fairly well with the ZNB booth this con, since there are a ton of people. I expect to be selling more t-shirts, caps, and totes, as well as perhaps some of the art prints--more so than books--but we'll see. In any case, don't forget that Shattering the Ley is now out in paperback! Check your local Barnes & Noble (which appears to have put 2 copies in every store) and pick up a copy for yourself and one for a friend!



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As most of you know, I'll be attending Confluence in Pittsburgh this coming July 24-26th. Here's a peak at the schedule for me and Zombies Need Brains. Again, ZNB will have a booth in the dealer's room at the con, which will be manned by me and my mom and will have all of my books and all of the ZNB merchandise available at the moment. (Note: We will NOT have the anthology Temporally Out of Order, but you can preorder the Kickstarter edition if you'd like to receive it before the general public release. The Kickstarter edition will be shipping as soon as I receive the order from the printer.) This is what's planned, just remember to check the schedule once you arrive, since things have a habit of changing at the last minute.

Friday:

7pm: "It Came From the Slushpile!" Editors talk about cover letters, writing samples, what works, what doesn't, and more!

8pm: Literary Beer: Crowd-funded Anthologies: Creating successful crowd-funded anthologies.

Dealer's Room: 5pm-8pm

Saturday:

9am: Kaffeeklatch: Zombies Need Brains: Come talk to the founder of ZNB and two of the contributing authors of its anthologies.

10am: Seven Things and SF/Fantasy Novel Always Includes: Checklist or bucketlist, your mileage may vary!

2pm: "As Long As Anyone Can Remember . . .": Surely everyone hasn't REALLY been doing things the same way for thousands of years. Authors talk about the causes and consequences of social evolution in the real world and epic fantasy.

7pm: The Manuscript on the Doorstep: Successful relationships between writers and editors.

Dealer's Room: 10am-6pm

Sunday:

10am: Magic for the 21st Century: No matter how our technology advances, we still want something out of the ordinary. Come explore magic realism, Clarke's law, and alternate sources of wonder.

Dealer's Room: 10am-3pm



jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
OK, it looks like the schedule for Confluence in Pittsburgh this coming July 24-26th is getting finalized. Here's a peak at the current rough draft for me and Zombies Need Brains. Again, ZNB will have a booth in the dealer's room at the con, which will be manned by me and my mom. But my schedule is pretty packed, so it will likely be mostly my mom. This is what's planned, just remember that the schedule may change over the next few weeks.

Friday:

7pm: "It Came From the Slushpile!" Editors talk about cover letters, writing samples, what works, what doesn't, and more!

8pm: Literary Beer: Crowd-funded Anthologies: Creating successful crowd-funded anthologies.

Saturday:

9am: Kaffeeklatch: Zombies Need Brains: Come talk to the founder of ZNB and two of the contributing authors of its anthologies.

10am: Seven Things and SF/Fantasy Novel Always Includes: Checklist or bucketlist, your mileage may vary!

2pm: "As Long As Anyone Can Remember . . .": Surely everyone hasn't REALLY been doing things the same way for thousands of years. Authors talk about the causes and consequences of social evolution in the real world and epic fantasy.

7pm: The Manuscript on the Doorstep: Successful relationships between writers and editors.

Sunday:

10am: Magic for the 21st Century: No matter how our technology advances, we still want something out of the ordinary. Come explore magic realism, Clarke's law, and alternate sources of wonder.



jpskewedthrone: (Vacant)
OK, this weekend is BALTICON! in Hunt Valley, MD. My small press Zombies Need Brains will have a vendor's table at the convention, which I will most likely be at most of the time, when I'm not on panels and such. So, here's my schedule and the dealer's room schedule so that you can all come find me, chat, buy my books, and buy some of the ZNB merchandise. *grin* These panels are what's currently scheduled, although things may change in the next few days, so check the postings at the con in case things get moved around.

First off, the dealer's room schedule, so you can stalk me at the ZNB table (which will be co-run with my mom):

Friday, 4pm-8pm
Saturday, 10am-6pm
Sunday, 10:30am-5pm
Monday, 10:30am-3pm
(My booth will open shortly after 11am, since I have a panel until then.)

And here are my panels. Note that if you catch me at my vendor's booth, I'm also willing to sign books there:

Writing Diverse Characters: Archetypes vs Stereotypes, Saturday, 11am-11:50am in Derby
Putting a Pretty Face on Small Press, Sunday, 12noon-12:50pm in Parlor 1041
Jabberwocky Book Launch Party with Jack Campbell/John G. Hemry, Sunday, 3pm-3:50pm, location TBA
Autographing, Sunday, 6pm-6:50pm at the Autographing Table
Handling the Unavoidable Infodump, Monday, 10am-10:50am in Salon C

That's what I have scheduled so far. If you're going to Balticon, drop a note here and then come say hi at my vendor's table! You can meet my mom and get all of the embarrassing stories of my youth. Or you can try. I was a perfect child. Here's a pretty picture of my latest book cover:



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Hey, I'll be attending Arisia next week in Boston, MA, and thought I'd post my schedule. These are the panels that I'll be on. I don't think I have a read or signing set up, since they haven't contacted me about that. Who else here is going?

Saturday, January 14th:

1pm: Don't Quit Your Day Job
10pm: Mud and Blood: The Grittier Side of Fantasy

Sunday, January 15th:

1pm: Point of View
10pm: Consistent Magic Systems in Fantasy
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We're edging up on the World Fantasy Convention in Columbus, OH, and I figured I'd do a general call-out to see if anyone here is going to the con. I'll be there, with a reading scheduled for Friday at 1:30pm. If you're going, and plan on attending the reading, weigh in here on what you might want me to read. Here are some of the options:

1. Something from WELL OF SORROWS (kind of old, even though its my most recent release)

2. Something from the just handed in sequel LEAVES OF FLAME

3. The short story "Mastihooba" from CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE URBAN KIND

4. The short story "Tears of Blood" from BEAUTY HAS HER WAY (which should be out shortly)

5. The short story "An Alewife in Kish" from AFTER HOURS: TALES FROM THE UR-BAR (coming out March 2011)

And I think that's it. In any case, I hope to see some of you at the con!
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I will be at Balticon this coming weekend and will be throwing a release party along with three other authors with new books out this month, including Laura Anne Gilman, Jeri Smith-Ready, and David J. Williams. Here's my con schedule. If you're in the area, swing on by for the party! You'll have to find one (or all) of the hosting authors in order to get one of the invitations in order to attend. (That way, we can serve alcohol at the party.) And if you intend to drink any alcohol at the party, make certain you bring an ID. Larry Smith is bringing copies of the books, and they will be available at the party for purchase (as well as throughout the rest of the con).





Friday:

9-11pm: Meet the Guests

Saturday:

10am: Necromancers in Folklore
8pm: BookPushers Book Release

Sunday:

1:30pm: Reading: Well of Sorrows
3pm: Autograph Session

And there you have it! Find us! Come to the party! Come to the panels! I command you to stalk Benjamin Tate! (Just look for the blond hair.)
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So this Thursday I will be getting up, teaching, then climbing on a plane an flying to Seattle to attend NORWESCON!!! I've attended this con for the last five years . . . I think. At least four. I started going the year before The Skewed Throne came out, because DAW was the guest publisher. And I have friends and relatives in Seattle I could visit while there. I loved the con--which contains a literary track, costume track, and game track, everyone getting along with everyone else--and so have returned again and again. For those in the area (or not), I highly recommend it!

And for those attending, here's my schedule:

Friday, April 2nd:

10:00 a.m.: Don't Say It, Have the Characters Say It

How can you avoid big blocks of narrative data-dump? By having characters
dump the data! Come join our panelists as we discuss different ways to have
the characters do the telling, while the author just does the writing.
Joshua Palmatier (M, hmm I should probably prepare for this), Alma Alexander,
A.M. Dellamonica, Jean Johnson, Kevin Radthorne

9:00 p.m.: Hey, Check out the Sex Scene in My Fantasy

Writers discuss the challenges and rewards of writing sex scenes. What do
you need to construct believable sex scenes? How can you tell when they are
a necessary addition to the plot? Is it O.K. to just be hot? How explicit
do you need to be to best serve your story? Examples may be read aloud, so
use your judgment if you are easily embarrassed. Greg Cox (M), Mark Henry,
Joshua Palmatier, Eden Robins

Saturday, April 3rd:

9:00 a.m.: Building a Balanced Mythos

When building a religion for your world, how do you make it balanced and
plausible without riffing off of existing religions? How will myth and
religion impact your plot and motivate your characters? Why should there
be several types of belief systems on a world? Mary Robinette Kowal (M),
Jason Henninger, Joshua Palmatier, Mary Rodgers

6:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Reading: Joshua Palmatier

"Mastihooba," SF Horror short story, Rated: PG; Joshua Palmatier

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The "Mastihooba" short story I'll be reading from comes from the anthology Close Encounters of the Urban Kind, edited by Jennifer Brozek, and is being released on April 4th. I've been told that there will be copies of the anthology for sale at the con. You can preorder the anthology here if you're interested. Or pick it up at the con!





I haven't heard anything about an autographing session, but if you find me at the con at some point, I'm more than happy to autograph books or anthologies for you. They don't even have to be mine! *grin*

Hope to see you all there!
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It appears that a few schedule changes occurred while I wasn't looking. I now have an autographing at Noon on Saturday, so swing on by for that. And the "Franchise Reboots" panel seems to have been dropped. I've updated the previous Albacon post to reflect these changes.

In addition, I've been officially invited to be a pro at Norwescon. Hotel and flight have been booked. Anyone else know that they're going at this point?

Albacon!!!

Oct. 5th, 2009 05:37 pm
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So this weekend is Albacon, the local SF&F convention in Albany, NY. I will, of course, be there, along with some of the usual suspects, such as [livejournal.com profile] pbray and [livejournal.com profile] scbutler. My independent study student has been pressured into coming up for Saturday as well. Here's where I'll be during the weekend:

Friday:

6pm Panel: Finding an agent, or entirely bypassing an agent.

7:30pm Reading: I'll read from my upcoming book.

8pm Ice Cream Social: ICE CREAM!!!

Saturday:

11am Panel: Exposition: One Lump or Two

Noon Autographing: I'll be signing whatever you want me to sign

1pm Panel: Creating Magic Systems

Sunday:

10am Panel: Apocalypse When?

1pm Panel: Cover to Cover

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So who else is attending?
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Ah, Sunday at a Worldcon. We are all zombified, staggering around with only a semblance of life. *grin*

I woke up early and had dinner with my editor. It went well. I'll be sending out the ploty synopses for three books for her to look at and hopefully I'll get a yes on at least one of those projects. Much other business discussion occurred as well. We then headed back to the con and my day of panels, signings, and a kaffeeklatsch began. The first panel was on "Writing in a Culture Not Your Own" and that panel went well and was well attended. I then had a short break that ended up being a long discussion with a freind [livejournal.com profile] newguydave while he had some lunch before heading off to his writer workshop session. I went back to the con and pitched an anthology idea to someone, so hopefully that will get sold and off the ground. I had my signing (some people showed up!) and my kaffeeklatsch (a person showed up!), then wandered down to the art show to talk to good friend Deb and Kev, since it was unlikely I'd see them again this con. After that I hit my last panel "Writing Gender Issues," which was not so good for various reasons, and by then I was ready to call it a day. I met back up with [livejournal.com profile] newguydave and we went to Schwartz's for a smoked meat sandwich (yum) and then drinks and dessert. By the time we were done with that, it was nearing midnight, so I crashed.

Today, I'm going to pick up my promo stuff that wasn't picked up during the weekend and then I'll head out for the long drive home. It's raining now, of course, because I'm going to be driving. Oh well. It was a good con overall.

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And now, the last day of the contest.

The winner for Sunday is [livejournal.com profile] comradecharlie! Congrats! Get in touch with me here on LJ in a message or email me at jpalmatier@sff.net with the address I should mail the book to and a name if you want me to personalize it. Otherwise I'll just send a signed copy.

For everyone else, there's only day left! I will be giving away a first edition signed hardcover of The Skewed Throne for this one last day. The drawing will be done at random based on the comments received on that day's LJ entry. So if you enter today, you're in the drawing for today only; you have to come back tomorrow and enter again for a chance to win in the drawing tomorrow; then come back again for the next day, etc. You have to comment on that day's LJ post to enter for that day, so if you stop on by and I haven't had a chance to put up the post for that day yet, you'll have to come back when it's up to enter. You can enter as many days out of the 10 as you wish, even if you win on one of the days (if you win multiple copies, or already have a copy of the book, I assume you have some friends you can give the book to, or perhaps you can donate it to your local library, etc).

This contest is to celebrate finishing the revisions of the new book Well of Sorrows, coming out in May 2010 in trade paperback, AND to celebrate the release of Die Assassine, the German version of The Skewed Throne, which will hit the shelves on August 11th in Germany. Here's the incredible cover:





So if you're in Germany or can read German, RUSH--I say again RUSH--out and buy Die Assassine! Once it's out of course. (It is available for preorder on the German Amazon.com, along with book 2, "Die Regentin," to be released in January 2010.) And please, please tell all of your friends about it, since it's going to be impossible for me to do many signings and other stuff to promote it in Germany. Especially since I can't speak or read German very well.

And there you go! Enter the contest (just comment!) and buy my German book!

That is all. Carry on.
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So yesterday was my light day at the con. I got up and around and headed over to the Delta hotel for the writing workshop. Basically, three aspiring authors had submitted their material for critique and I'd read them and now we were getting together for two hours to go over what everyone thought. Except that our session went longer than two hours. We needed three. I think it's simply because everyone had some good things to say on all three of the projects. In any case, once we finished I had a break and went back to my room to take a small rest and to change for the DAW dinner. The DAW dinner is always spectacular and is at a good four-star restaurant. I always feel like I'm on Top Chef. And last night's dinner was no exception. I sat between the two Pats: Patrick Rothfuss and Pat the Blogger, from Pat's Fantasy Hotlist. Since I was on a corner of the table, I also got to chat with Kristen Britain and Betsy Wolheim (one of the editors from DAW). I think a good time was had by all and the food was excellent. There were three courses and I had the wild mushroom pie (with beef tartar and foue gras), guinea hen (with assorted accoutrements), and a chocolate club sandwich with pineapple french fries. I would have liked to have tried the white asparagus soup as well, but . . . *shrug* The dinner usually runs for three to four hours, so by the time this one was done I headed back to my hotel and crashed. Mostly because I have a meeting with my editor this morning and need to be somewhat coherent and awake. *grin*

But you don't care about that! You want the contest. So here it is!

The winner for Saturday is [livejournal.com profile] calendula_witch! Congrats! Get in touch with me here on LJ in a message or email me at jpalmatier@sff.net with the address I should mail the book to and a name if you want me to personalize it. Otherwise I'll just send a signed copy.

For everyone else, there's still 2 days left! I will be giving away a first edition signed hardcover of The Skewed Throne, one per day, for the next two days. The drawing will be done at random based on the comments received on that day's LJ entry. So if you enter today, you're in the drawing for today only; you have to come back tomorrow and enter again for a chance to win in the drawing tomorrow; then come back again for the next day, etc. You have to comment on that day's LJ post to enter for that day, so if you stop on by and I haven't had a chance to put up the post for that day yet, you'll have to come back when it's up to enter. You can enter as many days out of the 10 as you wish, even if you win on one of the days (if you win multiple copies, or already have a copy of the book, I assume you have some friends you can give the book to, or perhaps you can donate it to your local library, etc).

This contest is to celebrate finishing the revisions of the new book Well of Sorrows, coming out in May 2010 in trade paperback, AND to celebrate the release of Die Assassine, the German version of The Skewed Throne, which will hit the shelves on August 11th in Germany. Here's the incredible cover:





So if you're in Germany or can read German, RUSH--I say again RUSH--out and buy Die Assassine! Once it's out of course. (It is available for preorder on the German Amazon.com, along with book 2, "Die Regentin," to be released in January 2010.) And please, please tell all of your friends about it, since it's going to be impossible for me to do many signings and other stuff to promote it in Germany. Especially since I can't speak or read German very well.

And there you go! Enter the contest (just comment!) every day for the next 2 days, and buy my German book!

That is all. Carry on.
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Day 2 of the con! And it was hectic. I started by wandering to the green room, which had no food. I snacked on a fibre bar I'd brought with me for just such an emergency. Then I wandered toward the dealer's room because I had a signing at the SFWA table there at Noon. But I ran into a bunch of people along the way (the great thing about cons) and chatted and chatted and eventually made the Noon signing, where I met even FURTHER people (mostly DAW authors) and verified that, yes indeed, no one in the dealer's room had my books for sale. In fact, no one in the dealer's room had many English versions of the book for sale at all. So after the signing I attacked the lone dealer with new books, Indigo (Chapters), and plied them with my business card and asked if they could find some and bring them in. I think they did, but I'll verify that today.

Then I ran to my 2pm reading, running into people along the way. The reading went well, but long, and I read last, so I had to rush to my 3:30pm panel on "Preparing to Write a Series," while at the same time stopping by the "DAW Presentation" (which I couldn't attend obviously) to let my editor know that I couldn't attend and why. The panel went well, with George R.R. Martin moderating, and other panelists Laura Anne Gilman, Fiona Patton, Mindy Klasky, and M.D. Benoit. I THEN had to run to a 5pm reading by David J. Williams, because it was going to be the only chance to see him here. While all of this was happening, my editor tried to call and tell me they were getting together at around 8:30pm after the Aurora awards to go to the parties. So I had dinner with David J. Williams and a few fans and then hit the Aurora awards, arriving at the very end. I spent the rest of the evening with my editor, but not at the parties. We never made the parties. We hit the bar instead and tried absinthe (not as green as you think, and tastes like licorice) and talked long into the night, but not about writing or publishing. I crashed around 1am.

Again, I'll report on the panel after the con with my thoughts on the topic.

But now, the on-going contest!

The winner for Friday is [livejournal.com profile] unpissenlit! Congrats! Get in touch with me here on LJ in a message or email me at jpalmatier@sff.net with the address I should mail the book to and a name if you want me to personalize it. Otherwise I'll just send a signed copy.

For everyone else, there's still 3 days left! I will be giving away a first edition signed hardcover of The Skewed Throne, one per day, for the next three days. The drawing will be done at random based on the comments received on that day's LJ entry. So if you enter today, you're in the drawing for today only; you have to come back tomorrow and enter again for a chance to win in the drawing tomorrow; then come back again for the next day, etc. You have to comment on that day's LJ post to enter for that day, so if you stop on by and I haven't had a chance to put up the post for that day yet, you'll have to come back when it's up to enter. You can enter as many days out of the 10 as you wish, even if you win on one of the days (if you win multiple copies, or already have a copy of the book, I assume you have some friends you can give the book to, or perhaps you can donate it to your local library, etc).

This contest is to celebrate finishing the revisions of the new book Well of Sorrows, coming out in May 2010 in trade paperback, AND to celebrate the release of Die Assassine, the German version of The Skewed Throne, which will hit the shelves on August 11th in Germany. Here's the incredible cover:





So if you're in Germany or can read German, RUSH--I say again RUSH--out and buy Die Assassine! Once it's out of course. (It is available for preorder on the German Amazon.com, along with book 2, "Die Regentin," to be released in January 2010.) And please, please tell all of your friends about it, since it's going to be impossible for me to do many signings and other stuff to promote it in Germany. Especially since I can't speak or read German very well.

And there you go! Enter the contest (just comment!) every day for the next 3 days, and buy my German book!

That is all. Carry on.
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Well, I survived the 6 hour drive, which was uneventful until I hit Montreal itself where, about 5 miles from the hotel, everything came to a dead stop on the highway. And it started pouring rain, just when I needed to start looking for signs. Why didn't it rain on the 170 miles stretch on the same road? Hmmm?

In any case, I registered, ran into a ton of people, checked out the dealer's room (lame), put out promo stuff, went to a reading by friend and fellow OWWer Ian Tregellis (the first book of his trilogy is coming out from Tor in April 2010), went to the Opening Ceremonies, then HIT THE PARTIES! *grin*

Last night was the Tor party, so I spent most of the night there, talking to Ian. Just to name drop, George R.R. Martin was there. Neil Gaiman was there. Tom Doherty was there. I didn't talk to any of them because mostly they were surrounded by groupies and fans, but still. . . . *grin*

I got back to the hotel room around 2pm, talked with my roommate S.C. Butler ([livejournal.com profile] scbutler), and crashed. I had no panels or anything yesterday. Here's my schedule for today:

12Noon: SFWA Table Signing
2pm: Reading
3:30pm: Preparing to Write a Series

There were requests for posts on my panels topics, which I plan on doing after the con. These posts will be mostly my thoughts on the topic, but I'll take notes if anything interesting gets said and report on that, too. Now, off to the con!

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But first, the on-going contest!

The winner for Thursday is [livejournal.com profile] dogzilla30! Congrats! Get in touch with me here on LJ in a message or email me at jpalmatier@sff.net with the address I should mail the book to and a name if you want me to personalize it. Otherwise I'll just send a signed copy.

For everyone else, there's still 4 days left! I will be giving away a first edition signed hardcover of The Skewed Throne, one per day, for the next four days. The drawing will be done at random based on the comments received on that day's LJ entry. So if you enter today, you're in the drawing for today only; you have to come back tomorrow and enter again for a chance to win in the drawing tomorrow; then come back again for the next day, etc. You have to comment on that day's LJ post to enter for that day, so if you stop on by and I haven't had a chance to put up the post for that day yet, you'll have to come back when it's up to enter. You can enter as many days out of the 10 as you wish, even if you win on one of the days (if you win multiple copies, or already have a copy of the book, I assume you have some friends you can give the book to, or perhaps you can donate it to your local library, etc).

This contest is to celebrate finishing the revisions of the new book Well of Sorrows, coming out in May 2010 in trade paperback, AND to celebrate the release of Die Assassine, the German version of The Skewed Throne, which will hit the shelves on August 11th in Germany. Here's the incredible cover:





So if you're in Germany or can read German, RUSH--I say again RUSH--out and buy Die Assassine! Once it's out of course. (It is available for preorder on the German Amazon.com, along with book 2, "Die Regentin," to be released in January 2010.) And please, please tell all of your friends about it, since it's going to be impossible for me to do many signings and other stuff to promote it in Germany. Especially since I can't speak or read German very well.

And there you go! Enter the contest (just comment!) every day for the next 4 days, and buy my German book!

That is all. Carry on.
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First, here's my Worldcon Schedule! I'm packed (mostly) and ready to go! I'll mostly be on the road today, but I'm taking my laptop with me because, of course, I need to keep the contest going while I'm there. I'll try to keep people apprised of all of the antics and activities of your favorite authors while I'm there. I'm going to take a camera as well, but if past experience is any indication, not many pictures will get taken. I'll be too busy having fun!

Friday, August 7th:

12Noon: SFWA Table Signing: Joshua Palmatier
2pm: Author Reading: Joshua Palmatier
3:30pm: Preparing to Write a Series: Joshua Palmatier

Saturday, August 8th:

11am: Writing Workshop: Joshua Palmatier

Sunday, August 9th:

11am: Writing in a Culture Not Your Own: Joshua Palmatier
1:30pm: Signing: Joshua Palmatier
2pm: Kaffeeklatsch: Joshua Palmatier
4:30pm: Writing Gender Issues: Joshua Palmatier

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Small update on the novel and short story: I managed to cut the short story down to 6997 words, so I'm under the 7000 words limit. Sort of. I sent the short story in by email, and actually forced myself to go to the post office and mail the revisions to Shattering the Ley. So all project that had deadlines are out the door. I'm hoping to generate a few more projects while in Worldcon, so it's not just all fun and games, just mostly fun and games. *grin*

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And now, the on-going contest!

The winner for Wednesday is [livejournal.com profile] amguynes! Congrats! Get in touch with me here on LJ in a message or email me at jpalmatier@sff.net with the address I should mail the book to and a name if you want me to personalize it. Otherwise I'll just send a signed copy.

For everyone else, there's still 5 days left! I will be giving away a first edition signed hardcover of The Skewed Throne, one per day, for the next five days. The drawing will be done at random based on the comments received on that day's LJ entry. So if you enter today, you're in the drawing for today only; you have to come back tomorrow and enter again for a chance to win in the drawing tomorrow; then come back again for the next day, etc. You have to comment on that day's LJ post to enter for that day, so if you stop on by and I haven't had a chance to put up the post for that day yet, you'll have to come back when it's up to enter. You can enter as many days out of the 10 as you wish, even if you win on one of the days (if you win multiple copies, or already have a copy of the book, I assume you have some friends you can give the book to, or perhaps you can donate it to your local library, etc).

This contest is to celebrate finishing the revisions of the new book Well of Sorrows, coming out in May 2010 in trade paperback, AND to celebrate the release of Die Assassine, the German version of The Skewed Throne, which will hit the shelves on August 11th in Germany. Here's the incredible cover:





So if you're in Germany or can read German, RUSH--I say again RUSH--out and buy Die Assassine! Once it's out of course. (It is available for preorder on the German Amazon.com, along with book 2, "Die Regentin," to be released in January 2010.) And please, please tell all of your friends about it, since it's going to be impossible for me to do many signings and other stuff to promote it in Germany. Especially since I can't speak or read German very well.

And there you go! Enter the contest (just comment!) every day for the next 5 days, and buy my German book!

That is all. Carry on.
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First up, Julie E. Czerneda--who has a new book out this month, Rift in the Sky--is offering up a copy of the book as a prize over at the [livejournal.com profile] dawbooks community. In addition to entering her contest by commenting with what you think the answers are, any comment automatically enters you into the running for the montly free DAW paperback for July! So two contest entries in one over there. But you have to enter at that post to be qualified.

In addition, and to my utter shock, I've been put on programming at Worldcon. I figured I'd registered a little too late to be included in the planning process. Here's my tentative schedule for the con so far. I need to discuss this with my partner to see if we'll be there for all of the days and whatnot, but if there are any changes made to this, I'll announce them when it's a little closer to the con. But here you guys go. They seem to have really thought about what panels I'd be good for, based on what I write. I'm impressed.

Friday, August 7th:

2pm: Author Reading: Leah Bobet, Elaine Isaak, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Joshua Palmatier will do readings for this hour and a half event held in P-512AE. (English)

3:30pm: Preparing to Write a Series: M.D. Benoit, Laura Anne Gilman, Joe Haldeman, Mindy Klasky, Joshua Palmatier, and Fiona Patton discuss the following in a one hour event held in P-522B: How does a writer plan to write a series? Or is it unplanned until you sign the contract? Writers discuss how they set up and wrote novels that are part of a "series." (English)

Saturday, August 8th:

11am: Writing Workshop U: M.D. Benoit and Joshua Palmatier will run a critique session for previously submitted manuscripts at this two hour event held in D-Vitre. (English)

Sunday, August 9th:

11am: Writing in a Culture Not Your Own: Emma Hawkes and emma_in_oz, David D. Levine, Joshua Palmatier, David Sklar, and Kaaron Warren comment on the following for this one hour event held in P-522B: How does a writer get into the head of a character from a different culture, race, planet, gender? How can writers include diversity in their writing without using stereotypes? Or should they not try at all? (English)

1:30: Signing: For 30 minutes, Joshua Palmatier will be nailed down at a table and will sign copies of his books, or whatever else you have for him to sign. But never fear, if you miss him at the official signing, you can catch him at the succeeding Kaffeklatsch, where he'll also be willing to sign whatever you've got. I'm not sure where the signings are going to be held. It only says "other" in my information. It also says I'll be signing for twelve hours and thirty minutes, but I'm assuming that's a typo. (English)

2pm: Kaffeeklatsch: Come drink coffee, hot chocolate, or even a White Russion with Joshua Palmatier for this day long *ahem* I mean one hour event held in P-521B. Ask anything you want, all those burning questions. You may even get a coherent answer. (English, or an approximation thereof)

4:30pm: Writing Gender Issues: Jason Bourget, Jane Carnall, Lila Garrott-Wejksnora, Anne Harris, Nancy Johnston, John Kessel, and Joshua Palmatier answer the following questions for this one hour event held in P-513B: How do writers approach gender and gender issues? What’s taboo? Can women write men and men write women without making a mess of it? How do you write a story that explores gender issues without hitting the reader over the head? (English)

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So that's my schedule according to them. And OMG, I've got a reading with Guy Gavriel Kay! *pause while I hyperventilate* Someone might actually be there! So who else is going to Worldcon?
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Here's my Confluence schedule for this coming weekend in Pittsburgh, PA. I plan on arriving on Friday after hitting a bunch of bookstores on the drive down. So if you live in Wilkes-Barre, you'll be able to find signed copies of my books in the B&N and Waldenbooks after Thursday. In Bloomsburg, I'm actually doing a short signing on Thursday at the local independent bookstore Cloak & Dragon right downtown starting at 2pm and lasting for about an hour. After that, they should have signed copies as well.

After that I'll be hitting the B. Dalton in State College (and possibly Webster's downtown), the B&N and Waldenbooks in Altoona, the B. Dalton in Johnstown, and the Borders in Monroeville. They should have signed copies after Friday.

In Pittsburgh, I'll be hitting the B&N in Squirrel Hill, Waterfront, and N Fayette (although I'm not sure the N. Fayette is getting books in or not), along with the Joseph-Beth in downtown Pitt. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to hit these on Friday night (depends on how fast I get down there) or if I'll have to wait and catch them on Sunday. I'll definitely catch them on Sunday at the latest, so they should have signed copies after that.

OK, that alone should keep me busy. However, I'm also doing some panels and a kaffeeklatsch, and a reading. Check it out!

Friday 7:00pm Rhyme, Meter, and Language in Fantasy (Herb Kauderer, Joshua B. Palmatier (M), Tamora Pierce, Michelle (Sagara) West)

In her essay "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie," Ursula Le Guin
discusses the importance of style in fantasy. She contends that
fantasy requires a style that, if not followed, can hurl the reader
out of Elfland and send him or her to Poughkeepsie. (She cites the
way characters in fantasies by Zelazny and Leiber break into
contemporary slang as examples.) The panel discusses the importance
of style in fantasy.

Saturday 11:00am Making It Real: Bringing a Fantasy or SF Setting to Life (Kenneth B. Chiacchia, Joshua B. Palmatier, Tamora Pierce (M), Michelle (Sagara) West)

To be believable, fantasy relies on an underlying sense of reality.
What does it take to make fantasy real?

Saturday 12:00 noon Kaffeeklatsch/Literary Beer

Saturday 2:00pm Comedy in High Fantasy (S. C. Butler (M), Susan Dexter, Joshua B. Palmatier, Tamora Pierce, Karina Sumner-Smith)

We have Merry and Pippin in LOTR, and Fred and George Weasley in
Harry Potter, but what other comic figures are there in High
Fantasy? Are there enough? Should there be more? What, if any, is
the purpose of comedy in High Fantasy? With any luck the panel will
answer all these questions, and provide a few laughs as well.

Saturday 5:00pm Reading (Joshua B. Palmatier)

I'll be reading from both the newest book The Vacant Throne and the new novel I just handed in to my editor Well of Sorrows. Come get a sneak peek at the new project!

Sunday 2:00pm My Favorite Series: The Best Current Fantasy and SF Series (S. C. Butler (M), Susan Dexter, Timothy Liebe, Joshua B. Palmatier, Karina Sumner-Smith)

What are your favorite series -- both recent and classic. George
Martin's Song of Ice and Fire? Lois Bujold's Miles stories?
Repairman Jack? What about series you really like that you feel are
very underrated?

Hmm . . . lots of panels with Tamora Pierce, Michelle (Sagara) West, and some guy named S.C. Butler. Plus that panel I'm moderating about the essay "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie". I suppose I should read that. Anybody got a copy or know where I can find one online?

ETA: Thanks for [livejournal.com profile] kathleenfoucart for sending me the essay. That panel may not suck now. *grin*
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I'm attending both Confluence at the end of this month, followed by Worldcon in Denver at the beginning of August. It's a little early, but others seem to be posting their panel schedules and seeing who else is going, and since I am a giant lemming ("I'll go get my ball" for those who've seen the trailer for Bolt), here we go!

Confluence Panel Schedule:

Friday 7:00pm Rhyme, Meter, and Language in Fantasy (Herb Kauderer, Joshua B. Palmatier (M, GAH!), Tamora Pierce, Michelle (Sagara) West)

In her essay "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie," Ursula Le Guin discusses the importance of style in fantasy. She contents that fantasy requires a style that, if not followed, can hurl the reader out of Elfland and send him or her to Poughkeepsie. (She cites the way characters in fantasies by Zelazny and Leiber break into contemporary slang as examples.) The panel discusses the importance of style in fantasy.

Saturday 11:00am Making It Real: Bringing a Fantasy or SF Setting to Life (Kenneth B. Chiacchia, Joshua B. Palmatier, Tamora Pierce (M), Michelle (Sagara) West)

Saturday 2:00pm Comedy in High Fantasy (S. C. Butler (M), Susan Dexter, Joshua B. Palmatier, Tamora Pierce, Karina Sumner-Smith)

Saturday 5:00pm Reading (0.5 hrs) (Joshua B. Palmatier)

Sunday 2:00pm My Favorite Series: The Best Current Fantasy and SF Series (S. C. Butler (M), Susan Dexter, Timothy Liebe, Joshua B. Palmatier, Karina Sumner-Smith)

What are you're favorite series -- both recent and classic. George Martin's Song of Ice and Fire. Lois Bujold's Miles stories? Repairman Jack? What about series you really like that you feel are very underrated?

Denvention Panel Schedule:

Writers reading from their juvenalia Thur. 10am

Using Myths to Kick Off a Fantasy World Fri. 4pm



So who else is going to either of these?

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