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CapClave Report


Last week I had the pleasure of attending CapClave 2009 at the Executive Meeting Center in the Hilton Washington DC/Rockville in Rockville, Maryland.

CapClave is not a big convention if you are going to compare it to other conventions, but some of the biggest movers and shakers in the speculative fiction community attend and it is a great place to network. Though I did not reach the goals I had set for myself, nonetheless, I consider the time well spent and it opened doors for future opportunities.

I did assist in some panels this year, the first being Friday evening and titled Library Thing, Goodreads, and Other Book Conversations. As I am a member of Shelfari I was able to contribute to the basic conversation as well as put in a good word for ManyBooks.

Things were rather quiet until my book signing at Saturday, Noon which I shared with author, Andrew Fox (his website appears to be down). I set up my display, my free candy as bait, my most winning smile, my poster, and I sold ....

Wait for it, wait for it ...

One book.

That's okay. Andrew only sold three, but he was assisted by his five-year-old son who is living proof that cherubs are real. :-)

One hour later. I was on a panel entitled Just Whose World Is It? about the advantages and disadvantages on writing in a shared universe. I had a good time and was able to discuss the work that Ken Pick and I do in writing tales in WebFed (now being joined with Eric Hinkle (aka ardashir) with a work-in-progress, Pouch of Wails. My hope is that you will see the latter soon in a magazine or anthology somewhere.

The next hour, I participated in Save The Magazines!, but I was way out of my league. First, the other participants were big name editors that spoke authoratatively on the classic magazines of the Golden Era. The circulation of the magazine, Asimov's Science Fiction, once 100,000, is down to 17,000 F&SF magazine even fewer. What I wanted to do was hold up Teresa Ford's Ethereal Tales as a model for modern magazines where she is not only branching out into other media, but she is also busy creating an Ethereal Tales community. I did have an opportunity to mention her and her work, but as her market is not "big bucks," I was reduced to being an onserver on the panel.

Also, I wanted to be respectful, so I did not say that with today's young readers, the name Asimov does not carry the weight he used to as he died in 1992. It would have been interesting to see if I would have been burned alive if I asked why they didn't kill the magazine and do a restart with Giaman's Science Fiction or use some other big name.

My reading was to be held at 5:30 p.m. where I was going to read from Dyads, the sequel to Mask of the Ferret and being released in the Twilight Times anthology Infinite Space, Infinite God, II. Alas, it was not to be, but I do not consider it a failure at all. First, I followed Mindy L. Klasky who read from her online series, As You Wish.

Let me tell you. It was very, very good.

So when 5:30 rolled around and nobody showed up for my reading, I asked Mindy to continue and she used my time to complete reading her story much to everybody's delight. In fact, we were so rapt in her tale that when my cell phone rang right at 6:00 p.m., we all jumped to the point we almost needed a spatula to get us off the ceiling. She's very good. Read her stuff.

I had not been told, but I found out that I was supposed to be on a panel about literary villains at 8:00 p.m., but I felt it was time to head home to get enough sleep for work on Sunday.

So what to do with all those extra copies of The Substance of Things Hoped For and Other Tales? They're going to be sold on consignment at Anthrocon.

CapClave. It was all good.

Comments

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eric_hinkle
Oct. 19th, 2009 11:32 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed it, but I wish it could have gone better for you.

And thanks for mentioning my story here.
loveyouenola
Oct. 20th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
A mixed bag, from the sounds of it. It seems one should never underestimate the power of toddler marketing!

I'm sure AC will see copies dissappear quickly.

Thanks for the update.
mindyklasky
Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:17 am (UTC)
::grin::

May I just say, your generosity *made* my convention!
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