Feb
4
9:00am 9:00am

2017 Write to Publish Conference (Portland, OR)

  • Smith Memorial Student Union Building (map)
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From the Write to Publish site

Write to Publish is a yearly conference on publishing hosted by Ooligan Press, the student-run, nonprofit press at the heart of the Portland State University publishing program. Write to Publish began as a fundraiser and open house to inform the public about the program, and in 2009 it grew into a conference providing writers’ workshops, panels, and speeches by authors and industry professionals. Attendees can also participate in the contests and raffle, as well as meet and greet with the vendors.

Write to Publish is focused primarily on the publishing process, rather than on the craft of writing. The goal of the conference is to demystify publishing for emerging writers and industry professionals, offering information on the state of the publishing industry and advice on how to navigate it successfully. If you are looking for practical advice on the business side of writing, this is the conference for you.

At 2:45p.m., I'll be participating in a panel about the ups/downs of self-publishing, with Lieve Maas, Brian Parker, Vinnie Kinsella, and Jessica Glenn:

Self-Publishing: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
With the difficulty of approaching publishers, many writers turn to self-publishing as a way to introduce their work to the world. In this panel, writers will hear from self-published authors and other professionals on their experiences in the world of self-publishing--both the positive and the negative. Topics will range from seeking out editorial and designs services versus doing these tasks yourself to researching distribution platforms.

If you're interested in learning more about publishing, consider attending! Full conference schedule and details will be shared later this year at the Write to Publish web site. Hope to see you there!

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Sep
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bloomsbury Books (Ashland, OR)

(Note: This event was originally scheduled for May 19, 2016, but has been moved to Sept. 7, 2016.)

Join me Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7pm at the lovely Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Oregon! I'll be reading from Eleanor, talking a bit about the book's unique journey to bookshelves, and signing books and meeting readers. Hope to see you there!

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Jun
11
2:00pm 2:00pm

B-Fest Teen Book Festival (Vancouver, WA)

Join me and Robopocalypse author Daniel H. Wilson at the B-Fest Teen Book Festival in Vancouver, Washington, on June 11. Beginning at 2pm, Daniel and I will be signing books, meeting readers—all the things that one does when one is at a book festival like this.

Come see us, but stay for the whole show! The B-Fest runs for three days, from June 10-12, and includes author appearances as well as trivia events, spelling showdowns, a National Writing Workshop, and a whole bunch of other things.

This event is a Bookfair fundraiser to benefit Fort Vancouver High School. Click here to download vouchers to present at Barnes & Noble so that a portion of your purchase proceeds will go to the high school.   

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Jun
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

B-Fest Teen Book Festival (Tigard, OR)

Join me at the kickoff event for the B-Fest Teen Book Festival in Tigard, Oregon, on June 10 at 7pm. I'll be there with Tina Connolly, author of Seriously Wicked, and Daniel H. Wilson, author of Robopocalypse, to meet readers, sign books, dance jigs, and so forth. (Well, no jigs.)

Be sure to check out the festival all weekend long! The B-Fest runs for three days, from June 10-12, and includes author appearances as well as trivia events, spelling showdowns, a National Writing Workshop, and lots more. View the festival flyer for more details!

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May
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Plonk Reading Series (Portland, OR)

On the first Wednesday of each month, the new Plonk Reading Series hosts authors at the Corkscrew wine bar in Portland, OR. Their mantra is nice and simple: Drink good wine. Hear good stories. I love a good author reading, and I'm pleased to have been invited to read alongside Mo Daviau, author of Every Anxious Wave (St. Martin's Press). I'll be reading from Eleanor, and hope you'll join!

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Apr
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Ask Me Anything (Reddit /r/Fantasy)

Note: The AMA has begun! Click here to ask a question. I'll be watching throughout the day, then back at 5pm Pacific to answer questions in real-time.

On Thursday, April 21, I'll be joining Reddit's Fantasy community for an AMA. That is, an "Ask Me Anything" session. If you're familiar with these, please come participate! If you're not, this is a live Q&A session where you can ask me just about anything you like — questions about one of my books, what I'm working on now, what I think of the new Superman movie — and I'll give you a suitably rambling answer. It's a fun way for me to chat with readers and fantasy lovers, and get to meet some of the folks who have read my work. Whether you're a current Reddit user or not, I hope you'll come join!

If you're new to Reddit's Fantasy community, or to the AMA process in general, the moderators of /r/Fantasy have provided a terrific guide to getting started

 

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Apr
12
4:30pm 4:30pm

Barnes & Noble Educator Appreciation Night (Vancouver, WA)

From Barnes & Noble's event description: 

Pre-K to grade 12 educators, we'll host a massively enjoyable lineup featuring special personal Educator Discount Card discounts throughout the bookstore, tons of prizes, free treats from our Cafe, fun coloring, readings of winning My Favorite Teacher essays, and two authors: sci-fi/fiction writer Jason Gurley (teens/adult) and elementary author Julia Cook! RSVP to crm2679@bn.com.

Also open to the general public!

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Mar
3
7:00pm 7:00pm

SFWA Reading Series (Portland, OR)

The Pacific Northwest is home to many science fiction and fantasy writers, who are celebrated each quarter with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America's Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free events provide an opportunity for science fiction and fantasy readers to gather and enjoy readings by local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle. 

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

Come join us! I'll be reading from Eleanor, and joining authors Fran Wilde and Susan Forest.

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Mar
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

SFWA Reading Series (Seattle, WA)

The Pacific Northwest is home to many science fiction and fantasy writers, who are celebrated each quarter with the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America's Pacific Northwest Reading Series. These free events provide an opportunity for science fiction and fantasy readers to gather and enjoy readings by local and visiting authors in Portland and Seattle. 

Each event features three authors who read from their latest work, interpreting and explaining their concepts and vision. Booksellers will be on hand with fresh copies of the authors’ books for you to buy and get autographed.

Come join us! I'll be reading from Eleanor, and joining authors Fran Wilde and Susan Forest.

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Jan
24
3:00pm 3:00pm

Oregon Legacy Writers Series (Lincoln City, OR)

Join me on the lovely Oregon coast in January for the Oregon Legacy Writers Series, held annually by the Friends of Driftwood Public Library In Lincoln City. The Legacy series is over twenty years old and has featured authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, Smith Henderson, Garth Stein, Molly Gloss, and many others. 

I'll be there on Sunday afternoon, January 24, to talk about my novel Eleanor and meet readers. 

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Jan
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Eleanor Book Launch (Portland, OR)

Join me on January 14 at Powell's City of Books in downtown Portland to celebrate the publication of Eleanor! I'll be talking about the experience of writing this fourteen-years-in-the-making novel, as well as reading from the book. Q&A will follow, and afterward I'll sign copies of Eleanor.

This will be a special night for me, a celebration of my publishing debut. I hope you'll come out and share it with me!

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Nov
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Authorfest 9 (Portland, OR)

Every year for the past nine, Powell's City of Books has celebrated authors of the Pacific Northwest with Authorfest, a meet-and-greet/booksigning event held at the close of our own SF&F convention, Orycon. Past guests have included Daniel H. Wilson, Jason Hough, Brent Weeks, Annie Bellet, and many others. This will be my second year to participate.

I'll be there signing copies of my books...and may have some advance copies of Eleanor to give away to a few lucky readers! Don't miss this!

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Mar
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Books & Beers Author Event

On Saturday, March 28, local authors will appear at Three Mugs Brewing in Hillsboro, Oregon, to read selections of their works, mingle with readers, and sign books. The event is sponsored by the Willamette Writers. 

I've done this event once before—in fact, the previous event was my first author reading anywhere, ever—and it's a great way to meet some of the writers working in the area and to sample some local beer. 

Come check it out! I'll be there with books to sign, and will most likely be reading a brand new short story!

More info at www.threemugsbrewing.com.

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Jan
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Mt. Vernon Library Reading and Q&A

In January I'll be appearing at the Mt. Vernon City Library in Mt. Vernon, Washington, as part of their author series. I'll be reading something from my short story collection Deep Breath Hold Tight as well as a sneak peek of Eleanor, followed by some Q&A (hopefully about things like Darryl Strawberry's early years or Superman's official costume color palette). 

 

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Nov
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Authorfest 8

Every year for the past eight, Powell's City of Books has celebrated science fiction authors of the Pacific Northwest with Authorfest, a meet-and-greet/booksigning event held at the close of Orycon. This year, joyously, I'll be a part of this event, joining a dozen or more authors who are way, way more well-known than me, including Daniel H. Wilson, Brent Weeks, Annie Bellet and others!

I'll be there signing some of the last self-published copies of Eleanor and other titles, so come say hello!

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Nov
7
to Nov 9

OryCon 36

  • Lloyd Center DoubleTree Hotel (map)
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Orycon is Oregon's premier science fiction convention. This year's guests of honor include William F. Nolan, Mark Roland, Jason Andrew, and pays tribute to the memory of Jay Lake. The event includes a dealer room, cosplay competitions, writing workshops, and many panels and sessions worth your time. The full event schedule is here

I'll be there all three days, participating in various panels, readings, signings and other fun things, or just wandering around, listening to other smart people and checking out their amazing toys. If you'd like to say hello, here's my own schedule at OryCon.

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Oct
18
10:30am10:30am

StoryCon

StoryCon is a new convention designed to help readers find their next good read. The inaugural event will be held at the Vancouver Community Library, and is organized by local novelist and Geek Dad blogger Erik Wecks. The event is not focused on the business of publishing, but on readers themselves, connecting them directly to authors and showcasing books that might appeal to them. 

Other confirmed authors include Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse), MeiLin Miranda (An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom) and Ernie Lindsey (Sara's Game).

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Aug
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Bards & Brews Reading

Join me and other authors for an evening of wine, beer, and storytelling! I'll be at Primrose & Tumbleweeds with my fellow Oregon authors, including Katherine Boyer, Batya Podos, Jo Barney, and JC Andrijeski. We'll all be reading from our latest work. I'll be reading an excerpt or two from Eleanor.

If you're in the area, come out for a drink and some author hubbub. I'll have a few books on hand to sign as well. 

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Jul
26
11:00am11:00am

Animania

The Vancouver Community Library in downtown Vancouver, Washington, will host its second annual mini-comic-con for teens on Saturday, July 26. 

This year, in addition to the mini-con's other events (including an art and cosplay contest, gaming tournaments, and virtual comics artist visits), author Erik Wecks will host a self-publishing panel for teens. I'll be joining Erik, author MeiLin Miranda and Jake Richmond to answer questions and talk about self-publishing books and comics. 

The event will take place in the Columbia Room, on Level 1 of the Vancouver Community Library. All fandoms are welcome! For more information about the event, visit the Vancouver Community Library web site. 

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Jan
26
1:30pm 1:30pm

Wizard World panel: Speed Dating w/Speculative Fiction Authors

 I'll be joining several Portland authors for this panel at Wizard World Portland. Here's the official description:

Speed Dating with Speculative Fiction Authors

Need a new book to read? Are you tired of looking for the needle in a haystack of drivel? Here's your chance to hear an elevator pitch and a short reading by local fantasy and science fiction authors. Ask questions, find a great read, and purchase the books you want on the spot. (Room C120)

There's a good chance I'll be reading from Eleanor, my novel-in-progress.

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Jan
25
2:00pm 2:00pm

Wizard World panel: Does the Sci in Science Fiction Matter?

I'll be joining Annie Bellet and Erik Wecks for this panel at Wizard World Portland. Here's the official panel description:

Does the Sci in Science Fiction Matter?

Why is it everyone loves Star Wars, but comparatively few will read a science fiction book? Lovers and haters, gather with three local science fiction authors to discuss what works and what doesn't, and tell us what would make science fiction sing. (Room C120)

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Dec
5
1:00pm 1:00pm

Kindle Worlds Author Webinar

I will be participating in a special Amazon Publishing webinar about Kindle Worlds and what it's like to write and publish stories in a licensed World. Here's the official description of the event:

Discover a New World for Writers

Watch the first Kindle Worlds webinar for authors. This webinar features bestselling authors J.R. Rain and Jason Gurley, as well as Philip Patrick, Publisher of Kindle Worlds. We will discuss the following and more:

• Benefits of submitting to Kindle Worlds

• Top tips from Amazon editorial

• New Kindle Worlds

(This event has passed, but a video of the webinar is available from Amazon.)

 

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