Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Nearing publication

Young Adult Literature Review is getting ready to publish their next issue - scheduled for May 1st - and I have to send them a biography today.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Latest contract

I received my contract via email for an upcoming anthology called "28th Dimension: Tales from the Texas Zone" to be published by Cyberwizard Publishing. The story is "The Man Who Machine-Gunned the Lady of the Lake." Have to read and return the contract in the next few days.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Back from Conestoga

Although as I write at 10 a.m. Sunday Conestoga XIV is still going on in Tulsa, I'm back home. I arrived there at 7:15 p.m. Friday evening and left Saturday at 1:30 p.m. There just wasn't enough going on, and enough people there, to keep my attention.

I attended Conestoga in 2006, 2007 and 2008, but skipped last year after it moved from its previous summertime date to April. Those previous Conestogas were some of the best cons I ever attended.

Last year I went to SoonerCon in Oklahoma City instead; after what happened on the road (my car's transmission melted down and I was stranded overnight in Henryetta, I decided to skip SoonerCon and return to Conestoga.

I'd say attendance this year at Conestoage was half of what I had last seen, not more than, say 60% of Con DFW. The guests were equally sparse, and so the panels were fewer. There were a handful of old chums to chat with - Bill Ledbetter, Brad and Sue Sinor, James K,. Burk - but attendance was really puny.

I wasn't scheduled for an autographing - which in light of the fact I've got "Fantastic Texas" to tout was a big negative in my 'book', pardon the pun - and only two panels, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. Hence Saturday after lunch I looked around and decided it wasn't a good investment of my time to hand around any more,

The good news is that the two panels I participated went very well - the panel at 9 a.m. Saturday on "Is Literacy in Decline?" - which I moderated - was well received by the faithful who attended. The panelists were all bright, helpful and infornative - Matthew Bey from Austin, of "Space Squid" fame - Stacy Nyikos of Tulsa, a young adult author - and Gary Babb. Two of the listed panelists didn't show. Bill Eakin said he had gotten an email that said he could be on the panel, but he wasn't on the program. He sat on the front row and still helped out a lot.

I wasn't in the program book myself, and had to ask to get my schedule last week. Apparently the con has had some sort of implosion in regards to its programming. I understand one of the key organizers had to move away. This kind of ball-dropping happens in all sorts of volunterr organizations, you just take it in stride.

The panel at 11 a.m. was in the main ballroom, on the subject of E-Books and Kindles and Nooks and all that sort of stuff. There were only three of us on the panel, myself, moderator Steve Wedel and Will Thomas. Although the attendance was smaller than you might expect at mid-day on Saturday in the main ballroom of the con, everyone enjoyed it. The small size actually helped, the members of the audience were able to participate and contribute very well to the discussion.

Overall, I'm glad I went; I picked up some useful gossip, tips and ideas; but in light of the size of the event, I didn't think it was worth staying the whole weekend. I hope they do better next year.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Books-a-Million

Glad to find out that Books-a-Million now stocks "Fantastic Texas". This is potentially very helpful because the two largest book stores in this northeast Texas area are BAMs, one in Texarkana and one in Longview.

Barnes & Noble took "Fantastic" right off the bat, but my publisher has to sign an agreement with the distributor for BAM, their terms weren't the same. Glad that got taken care of.

I did five signings in February and March, I will probably start up again in May sometime.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Conestoga

Looking over my schedule for Conestoga in Tulsa next weekend, I only have two panels, both on Saturday morning, so I will probably just stay overnight Friday and come back Saturday night. No reason to stay Sunday with no panels. They didn't give me an autograph session. I'm not listed on their web site as a guest. Overall, looks like not a whole lot shaking there for me this year. Shame, Conestoga in 2006 and 2007 were some of the best cons I'd ever been to. I'm looking forward to ApolloCon in June.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sorry

Apologies to my friend who may follow this blog, but I simply haven't had time to blog. My department at work only has eight people; one person took this past week off for vacation - not a problem, you would think, but then the piling on started. Turns out two other people called in sick a total of eight days last week; taking into account normal days off, we were three people short-handed all week long. Nobody took a sick leave, it was a day by day thing, but it definitely made things difficult.

Not looking for sympathy here, just explaining.

On the positive note, got my schedule for Conestoga next weekend, and the "Fantastic Texas" fan page got its 200th Facebook fan.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Final version

I got "Scouts Honor" back with editor's revisions and questions, which I worked over. I also trimmed 400 words at their request. The stiory should be published May 1st at Young Adult Literature Review. I also got the contract, which I must read and sign and send back.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Revision completed

I've completed rewriting the ending of "Scouts' Honor" and will send it back to Young Adult Literature Review. Otherwise I'm pretty with some other writing projects.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Rats!

It's already April 1, I need to do a final edit on my YA story fixin' to be published in Young Adult Literary Review.

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