Balticon is this weekend, at the Habitrail Hunt Valley Inn, in Hunt Valley, Maryland. I’ve got some panels to do, the Dark Quest launch to help out with on Sunday night, and I’ll be helping with the Phoenix in 2014 NasFic bid table (and the Saturday night party!) and the Masquerade. I also hope to be at the Fortress Publications meet-and-greet Friday night.

Here’s my schedule (this is subject to change–I’m pulling the panels off the published schedule on the website):

FRIDAY, 24 May
3pm (1 hour, 50 minutes)
Salon D
Steampunk Mini-Hat Workshop
[Presenters: Lisa Ashton, Nancy Frey, Gaia Eirich, Elektra Hammond, Ron Robinson, Kate Szkotnicki, Jeanette Holloman]

6pm
Pimlico
Project Tracking for Editors
[Panelists: Trisha J. Wooldridge (M), Lesley Conner, Michael A. Ventrella, Brian Koscienski, Neal Levin, Elektra Hammond]
How to make sure all the ducks line up in a row when working on a project. Editors share war stories and recommendations on how to get organized, stay organized, and how to deal with the unexpected

7pm
Salon B
An Inside Look at Editing
[Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M), Lesley Conner, Elektra Hammond, Neal Levin, Damien Walters-Grintalis]
What does an editor do anyway? A look at the different types of editors and the roles they play in the publishing process. Copy Editors, Line Editors, Project Editors, Acquisition Editors, Managing Editors

SATURDAY, 25 May
—no scheduled panels—

SUNDAY, 26 May
9am
Salon D
Using SF&F to Protest War and Conflict
[Panelists: Elektra Hammond (M), Marttin Berman-Gorvine, T. C. McCarthy, Joy Ward, Jack Campbell (John Hemry)]
How has our war torn era shaped fantasy and SF literature? How have authors used fiction to express their concerns, help readers see the horror of war, and show their support for peace?

10am
Salon B
Standard Submission Guidelines
[Panelists: Christine Norris (M), Patrick Thomas, Elektra Hammond, Eric V. Hardenbrook, Brian Koscienski]
What are these anyway? Why are things done a certain way? How come they are different from publisher to publisher?

7pm (2 hours)
Frankie & Vinnie’s
The Dark Quest Books Mega-Launch
Dark Quest Books launches their Spring 2013 titles with guest editors and authors: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (“The Eternal Cycle”), Danny Birt, Jack Campbell (“The Lost Fleet series”), Myke Cole, Judi Fleming, Charles E. Gannon, Elektra Hammond, Eric V. Hardenbrook, C.J. Henderson (“Teddy London”), Mike McPhail, Bernie Mojzes, Christine Norris, KT Pinto, James Daniel Ross (“Radiation Angels”), Alex Shvartsman, Maria V. Snyder, Jim Stratton, Patrick Thomas (“Murphy’s Lore”, Robert E. Waters, and John C. Wright (“Chronicles of Chaos”), Jeff Young

MONDAY, 27 May
12noon
Salon B
Editing Anthologies
[Panelists: Danielle Ackley-McPhail (M), Bob Greenberger, Elektra Hammond, Richard Allen Leider, Darrell Schweitzer]
Want to edit an anthology? Pick the panel’s brains about what kind of work goes into the process and what challenges to expect along the way. Learn about the different types of anthologies, submission methods, organization, and promoting the finished product.

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