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ConCarolinas 2016 Recap: Part 2

Fantasy Authors Calandra Usher and Traci Loudin at ConCarolinasWelcome back! This is part 2 in my ConCarolinas 2016 series. Go back to Part 1 for a summary of my second ever author reading, the writers and mental illness panel, Marvel on the Small Screen, Mystic Pregnancies and Magic Babies panel, The Author Dating Game, Epic Questing and Sharp SF. Next week I’ll also share some of my own reflections on where my author career is going.

Let’s dive right into some awesome writing advice on trilogies, brilliant marketing tips, and ideas on how to write a satisfying ending!
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ConCarolinas 2016 Recap: Part 1

As usual, ConCarolinas was awesome. I learned a ton of fantastic writing and marketing tips from my fellow science fiction and fantasy authors, and even took part in a Rapid Fire Reading with the Broad Universe! I read from page 10 of The Last of the Ageless, when Dalan first gets himself into trouble…

Because this post will be long, I’ve decided to break it into two THREE parts. Part 1 covers most of Friday and parts of Saturday. Part 2 contains notes from panels on planning a trilogy, marketing, and how to end your story. And Part 3 will be my own reflections.

Part 1 Table of Contents

 

Rapid Fire Reading

Broad Universe Rapid Fire Reading ConCarolinas 2016When Calandra Usher invited me to the reading and then reminded me it was at 9 pm Friday, I got the jitters. But Cali is awesome and she helped me pick the right scene for the reading!

I’ve only done one public reading before at my old high school. So this was pretty exciting for me, and what I hope is a taste of things to come.

Each member of the Broad Universe went down the line and read 3 minutes’ worth of goodness from their latest work in progress or published novel. And when my turn came, I don’t think I tripped over a single word. Or if I did, I probably skipped it.

Everyone had something awesome to read. Next year we’re going to provide a list of works or pass around some sort of mailing list so people can find the stories they liked best.

I was just super stoked to see my name on a piece of paper with all of these fine folks. Big thanks to the Ardent Alliance for supporting my writing career and giving me the funding for membership with the Broad Universe!

Broad Universe logo

The Broad Universe is an organization dedicated to the support of female science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers. That doesn’t mean Broad Universe is strictly limited to female membership, however, and in fact we had male-identifying authors read on Friday. All speculative fiction authors who uphold the Universe’s mission can join. See the FAQs.
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2014 Reading Retrospective: Year of the Female SFF Author

A year ago, I decided to balance the scales and devote 2014 to reading 18 books by female science fiction and fantasy authors. In 2012 and 2013, the ratio of male to female authors on my reading lists was about 2:1. You can check out my previous series of blog posts for the details:

If you’re looking to expand your own reading habits, check out the lists and articles on women science fiction and fantasy authors at the bottom of this post.

Year of the Female Sci-Fi/Fantasy Author

20 books by female SFF authors started, 17 books by female SFF authors finished!

Although I didn’t read the same 18 books I’d originally planned, I finished reading 17 books by women science fiction and fantasy authors. It’s not uncommon for me to leave a few books unfinished from my planned reading list. I learned a few years ago that there are too many good books out there to waste time on one that’s not to my tastes.

A few books certainly stood out.

The Last Stormlord by Glenda Larke was hands down my favorite novel of 2014. I had a tough time preventing myself from diving right into the sequels, but I wanted to keep with my original goal for the year.

I would say I learned the most from the Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold. The control of tension and the descriptions during fight scenes were masterful.

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