06 August 2008

WorldCon Day 1

My first day of WorldCon is over. Phew! It was busy, starting with the ginormous crowd at check-in, end ending with the SFWA pizza & beer party. Too much went on to really do it justice here. But, some brief highlights follow.

The Writers as Readers panel featuring Connie Willis, George RR Martin, Lois McMaster Bujold and moderator Mary Morman. Suffice to say, writers ARE readers.

2008 The Year in SF panel, featuring Charles Brown, David Hartwell, and Jonathan Strahan gave us lots of reading suggestions. All the editors seemed to think a strong voice is terrific. (Haven't I been saying that all along?) They also mentioned that an editor's job is important and involves more than just selecting. Here at Electric Spec we totally agree, as our authors know! Something the editors said that surprised me was: editors want more short novels. Who knew?

Survival Tips for Beginning Writers featuring authors Darlene Marshall, David Coe, and Mary Robinette Kowal had a lot of good basic advice. This group let the audience ask questions, which was nice. The gist of this panel was authors should keep at it and don't give up. I couldn't agree more. :)

That's it for now. I have to rest up for tomorrow...

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