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Saturday, October 17
 

2:00pm EDT

Self-pub to Trad-pub to Self-pub
Pursuing a hybrid publishing model? Here's what you need to know about what to expect from switching processes.

Moderators
avatar for HD Hunter

HD Hunter

Cocoa-Founder, Voodoonauts
Hugh “H.D.” Hunter is a YA author and activist from Atlanta, GA. He is the self-published author of two books and the winner of the 2018 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Fiction and Multicultural Fiction. Hugh is also an alum of the inaugural YA Fiction Workshop at Tin House... Read More →

Guests
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Nicole Givens Kurtz

Author, Mocha Memoirs Press
avatar for L.M. Davis

L.M. Davis

L. M. Davis is a YA/MG author who writes about shapeshifters, aliens, immortals, and witches. She is a scholar of African American and Native American literatures and cultures, with particular interest in the speculative production of these communities. She has spent more than a decade... Read More →
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Ashia Monet

Ashia Monet is a speculative fiction author based in Philadelphia. Her work centers LGBTQ+ people of color and ranges from teenage magicians on epic road trips to 19th century gothic horror characters hunting Dracula. Her young adult debut novel THE BLACK VEINS is available now. You... Read More →
avatar for Eliana González Ugarte

Eliana González Ugarte

Attendee, Constelación Magazine
Short story and screenplay writer. Born in Asunción, Paraguay. Has won around a dozen short story awards in her home country, as well as one for a short screenplay. Is currently working on a LitRPG series and on starting a bilingual, speculative fiction magazine called Constelación... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT
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6:00pm EDT

Writing to Market: BIPOC Writers Navigating Commercial Viability
Acquisition departments in publishing have the job of considering how profitable a work can be. BIPOC face more hurdles than other authors in trying to make their books stand out as profitable. What does that look like from an author agent standpoint? Is it something authors should worry about. This panel explores those concerns.

Moderators
avatar for Arley Sorg

Arley Sorg

co-Editor-in-Chief, Fantasy Magazine
Arley Sorg is co-Editor-in-Chief at Fantasy Magazine. He's also an associate editor at Locus Magazine, where he’s been on staff since 2014. He joined the Lightspeed family in 2014 to work on the Queers Destroy Science Fiction! special issue, starting as a slush reader. He eventually... Read More →

Guests
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Tochi Onyebuchi

Tochi Onyebuchi is the author of the young adult novel Beasts Made of Night, which won the Ilube Nommo Award for Best Speculative Fiction Novel by an African, its sequel, Crown of Thunder, and War Girls, a Locus and Nommo Award Finalist. He holds degrees from Yale, the Tisch School... Read More →
avatar for Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre

Terese Mason Pierre is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in Strange Horizons, FIYAH Magazine, Uncanny, and elsewhere online and in print. She is the senior poetry editor of Augur Magazine, a speculative and surrealism literature journal, and she is the author of chapbooks... Read More →
avatar for Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born... Read More →
avatar for Ayana Gray

Ayana Gray

Ayana Gray is the author of BEASTS OF PREY (Putnam Books for Young Readers, Spring 2022) and a lover of all things monsters and magic. Originally an Atlanta native, she now lives in sunny Florida where she writes fantastical stories, follows Formula One racing, and worries over her... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
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7:00pm EDT

The Art of Self-Promotion
Whether independent or traditionally publishing, there's an art to effective self-promotion. This panel covers the do's, don't's, how's of talking about your own work.

Moderators
avatar for Martin Cahill

Martin Cahill

Marketing and Publicity Manager, Erewhon Books
Martin Cahill is a science fiction and fantasy writer living in Astoria, Queens, and works as the Marketing and Publicity Manager for Erewhon Books. He’s a graduate of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop of 2014 and a member of the NYC-based writing group, Altered Fluid.You can find... Read More →

Guests
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Russell A Smith

Attendee
An Black British author, podcaster and freshly-minted historian, Russell continues to enjoy the wildest of rides. Also a keen gamer, he has spent vast segments of the UK lockdown on Zoom conferences with dice whenever taking a break from fresh writing happening.  A part of the the... Read More →
avatar for Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker

Suzanne Walker is a Chicago-based writer and editor. She is co-creator of the Hugo-nominated graphic novel Mooncakes (Oni Press/Lion Forge) with artist Wendy Xu. Her short fiction has been published in Clarkesworld, and she has published nonfiction articles with Uncanny Magazine... Read More →
avatar for Natasha D. Lane

Natasha D. Lane

Natasha D. Lane is a friend of most things caffeinated, a lover of books, and a writing warrior to her core.As a believer that “the pen is mightier than the sword,” she graduated from Juniata College in 2015 with hopes to become a journalist. Instead, life took her on a different... Read More →
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Shiv Ramdas

Shiv Ramdas is an Indian writer of Tamil and Sikh heritage. His short speculative fiction has been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards and has appeared in publications such as Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Podcastle and others. He has spent several years hosting radio shows... Read More →


Saturday October 17, 2020 7:00pm - 8:00pm EDT
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Sunday, October 18
 

11:00am EDT

What Makes A Great Book Cover
You may not be able to judge a book by its cover but your wallet certainly can. What makes a great book cover? What does it need to do to draw a reader's attention? And how do book covers sometimes work in favor of and against BIPOC creatives?

Moderators
avatar for Suzan Palumbo

Suzan Palumbo

Attendee
Suzan Palumbo lives in Canada. Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she is an ESL teacher and a New Wave enthusiast.  Her stories are often inspired by clashes of culture and the gap between expectations and reality.  When she isn’t writing she is walking in the forest or listening... Read More →

Guests
avatar for John Picacio

John Picacio

Attendee
JOHN PICACIO is one of the most acclaimed American artists in science fiction and fantasy over the last decade, creating best-selling art for George R. R. Martin's A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE series, as well as the STAR TREK and X-MEN franchises. Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best... Read More →
avatar for Likhain

Likhain

Likhain is a queer Filipina artist and writer. She migrated from the Philippines to Australia in 2013 and now lives in Euro-Yroke, on the colonised lands of the Yalukut Weelam clan of the Boon Wurrung people. Her artwork has won the Hugo, British Science Fiction Association, and Ditmar... Read More →
avatar for C.L. Clark

C.L. Clark

Cherae graduated from Indiana University’s creative writing MFA. She’s been a personal trainer, an English teacher, and an editor, and is some combination thereof as she travels the world. When she’s not writing or working, she’s learning languages, doing P90something, or... Read More →
avatar for Ashia Monet

Ashia Monet

Ashia Monet is a speculative fiction author based in Philadelphia. Her work centers LGBTQ+ people of color and ranges from teenage magicians on epic road trips to 19th century gothic horror characters hunting Dracula. Her young adult debut novel THE BLACK VEINS is available now. You... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT
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1:00pm EDT

Querying with Color
Panelists talk about traditional publishing's query and submission process through the lens of cultural marginalization

Moderators
avatar for B. Sharise Moore

B. Sharise Moore

Poet, Author, Educator, Curriculum Designer
B. Sharise Moore is a New Jersey native and graduate of Rutgers University. Moore’s poems and short stories have appeared in several anthologies and journals such as Chosen Realities: Summer 2020 and Fiyah Literary Magazine.At present, she is a sixth grade English Language Arts... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Naseem Jamnia

Naseem Jamnia

Naseem Jamnia is a Persian-Chicagoan, former scientist, and current MFA student at the University of Nevada, Reno. Their work has appeared or is forthcoming at The Rumpus, The Washington Post, Bitch Media, The Writer's Chronicle, and Aurelia Leo Originals. They were a 2019 Lambda... Read More →
avatar for Namina Forna

Namina Forna

author
Namina Forna has a MFA in film and TV production from USC School of Cinematic Arts and a BA from Spelman College. She now works as a screenwriter in LA and loves telling stories with fierce female leads. The Gilded Ones is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @NaminaForna, on Instagram @Namina.Forna, and get updates from her website, NaminaForna.com... Read More →
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N.E. Davenport

Nia "N.E." Davenport is the Science Fiction/Fantasy author of the forthcoming The Praetorian Trials and its sequel (Harper Voyager). She attended the University of Southern California and studied Biological Sciences and Theatre. She has an M.A. in Secondary Education, and she teaches... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
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5:00pm EDT

Finances in Publishing: Why It Matters
If you're hoping to make money from your writing or if you already are, then you might want to know how to manage it. This panel discusses how money should always flow to the writer and what that looks like whether it be advances or royalties. It'll discuss predatory practices you should beware of and what practical advice you need to consider when earning income as an author.

Moderators
avatar for J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless

J.R.H. Lawless is a bestselling SF author from Atlantic Canada who blends comedy with political themes — drawing heavily, in both cases, on their experience as a lawyer and as Secretary General of a Parliamentary group at the French National Assembly. A member of SFWA and Codex... Read More →

Guests
avatar for Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell

Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born... Read More →
avatar for DongWon Song

DongWon Song

Agent, Howard Morhaim Literary Agency
DongWon Song is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction and fantasy for adults, young adult, and middle grade readers as well as select non-fiction. They were formerly an editor at Orbit and a product manager for the ebook startup, Zola Books and has... Read More →
avatar for Matt Belford

Matt Belford

Matt is a literary agent with The Tobias Agency. He joined in early 2020 after previously working at the David Black Agency and the Aaron M. Priest Agency. Once he received his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College, he decided to apply his talents in representing... Read More →
avatar for Michael Underwood

Michael Underwood

Attendee
Michael R. Underwood is the author of over twelve books, including Annihilation Aria, Born to the Blade (an epic fantasy serial), the Ree Reyes Geekomancy series and Genrenauts, a series of novellas (a finalist for the r/Fantasy “Stabby” Award).Mike grew up devouring stories in... Read More →


Sunday October 18, 2020 5:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
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