Pikes Peak Writers Conference 2016

PPWC2016 or Bust!

Tomorrow morning, I’ll be headed over to the Pikes Peak Writers Conference for another year on the amazing faculty.  I’m so honored to have been asked to share my love of writing and teaching again this year.  Things are very different this year, as in years before I’ve been a writer without a published title.  That’s certainly different now.  Still, I’m looking forward to meeting writers, editors, and agents as much as ever.  This is one of the best writing conferences in the country, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.

My teaching schedule for the weekend looks something like this:

Thursday 9am-12pm (yes, three hours!)

Foundations of Science Fiction – this is part of the PPWC Prequel Day and I’m thrilled to get a chance to talk Science Fiction 101 with writers.  This is going to be a fun class!

Friday 8:45am-9:45am

Read and Critique With An Author – I’ll be listening to the first two pages of manuscripts from a group of writers and providing insights and opinions.  This is a scary thing for most writers, but I’m going to do my best to put them at ease and have some fun along the way.

Saturday 9:10am-10:10am

Dealing With Multiple Publishers – I never thought I’d be in that position, but the editing and revisions for both Sleeper Protocol and Runs In The Family happened concurrently.  I’ll be talking about my approach to this unique situation and how I managed to get both books completed without losing my mind.

Saturday 3:00pm-4:00pm

Letting Fan Love Shine – This is a panel on media tie-in writing I’ll be participating on along with bestselling author (friend and mentor) Kevin J. Anderson and Titan Books Editor Steve Saffel.  Hugo Award winner Patrick Hester will interview and record our panel for a podcast.  My tie-in experience is limited to Kindle Worlds so far, but what I’ve been able to do there has been a great experience.  Looking forward to this!

Saturday 4:30pm-6:00pm

Author Signing Event – I will have copies of Sleeper Protocol and Runs In The Family available for $15 each.  Cash and cards accepted. If all goes well, you’ll even walk away with a custom, hand-made bookmark and free gift from my eight-year old marketing guru!

Sunday 10:10am-11:10am

The Dating Game – Angie Hodapp (Nelson Literary Agency) and I will teach this class on literary contracts.  We’ve been planning this since last year’s conference based on her knowledge and my experiences in actually turning down a contract.  This looks to be one of the highlights of my conference.

There will be a lot of other great panels and speakers this year, so I’ll be bouncing around to those and spending some time in the “Library” as well.  Even if my headphones are in, stop by and say hello.  I’d love to meet you.  See you at #PPWC2016!