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At ReaderCon This Weekend

Monday, July 6th, 2015

This weekend I’m at ReaderCon again! On two panels, discussing magazines and secondary-world settings:

  • Fri 2 PM, The Future of Speculative Magazines also including Leah Bobet of Ideomancer, Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld, and Ellen Datlow of countless countless anthologies.
  • Sat noon, Our Panel of Experts…, answering audience questions about secondary-world settings.

I’ll have BCS and anthology postcards. Feel free to drop by either panel or stop me in the halls (or the bar…)

State of Short Fiction Roundtable at BSFS this Saturday

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

On Saturday night, I will be participating in a roundtable on the State of Short Fiction, at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.

The other panelists include author Erica Satifka, editor and publisher Jonathan Landen (Daily Science Fiction), moderator and author Sarah Pinsker, editor and publisher Neil Clarke (Clarkesworld), editor and podcaster Norm Sherman (Drabblecast), and editor and publisher Bill Campbell (Mothership).

Come to the BSFS clubhouse in east Baltimore and hear about issues in the short fiction field, ideas about readership and authorship and diversity, what editors (don’t) want, and much more!

UPDATE:  the BSFS panel was videotaped, and the video is on youtube:

SFWA Rate Apples Aren’t Oranges

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) yesterday raised their pro pay rate for short fiction from 5c/word to 6c/word. Part of their reasoning was that many mags already pay higher than 5c/word.

What they did not note was that many of those mags that pay over 5c/word are buying extra rights bundled in that same payment, in addition to text publication rights. Like audio podcast rights, and reprint rights.

Comparing those mags’ rates against the pay rates of magazines that buy only the text rights for 5c/word and pay separately for audio rights, and again for reprints, is not an equivalent comparison.