amergina: (reading)
So here's what I got for free:



The Last Page by Anthony Huso
Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll (which is a pen name for wife/husband team Carol Goodman and Lee Slonimsky)
Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell, who was the writer GoH
The Reckoners by Doranna Durgin
Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold
Gil's All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

They're all published by TOR books. The Editor GoH was from TOR. :)

Here's what I bought:



Spy Glass by Maria V. Snyder
A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede (It's a reissue of Mairelon the Magician and The Magician's Ward in a trade omnibus)
The Shifter by Janice Hardy
Phoenix Rising by Jo Lynne Valerie (Self published. Met the author.)
Vipers by Lawrence C. Connolly
Highland Heat by Tilly Greene
The Theory of Cat Gravity by Robin Wood (It's cute!)
amergina: (nuts&bolts)
I went to Context 23 in Columbus this past weekend and had a good time. It's a small convention, generally geared toward the literary, which means there are many panels on writing and a slew of workshops. Tobias Buckell was the GoH and his editor Paul Stevens from TOR was the editor GoH.

I helped out with Paul Stevens's presentation of upcoming TOR releases because the computer cart ended up next to where I was sitting (as in, it was set up after I sat down) so I pressed the forward button. :) I got first pick of the books he brought, and chose a hardback copy of The Last Page by Anthony Huso. Score. I've been eying that book since I saw it, as it has a stunning cover.

Now one of the nice things about small conventions is that you can talk to people... really talk to them. So after the presentation, I helped him carry some book catalogs and chatted. And, you know, having a real conversation is so much nicer than the 5-minute speed-dating version of talking to editors and agents.

I went to several panels that were focused on the business end of writing and, as always, the take-home message was this:

--Be professional.

I don't think that can be said enough, especially in the Internet Age.

The secondary take-home message, which I think is important, was this:

--It is not the job of an agent/editor to make your dreams come true.

That may seem a bit harsh, but it *is* true. They end up with so many people's expectations piled onto them, and it's not really fair. They are *not* in the business of gleefuly crushing dreams. They honestly want to see you succeed. They just can't accept everything.

The other panel I went to was on paranormal romance, which was just a stitch to be at. Very funny and nice folks.

I also took a workshop by Lucy Snyder on writing Urban Fantasy, which was good. She had a nice exercise that got me thinking about idea generation... and also how to pitch my UF once it's done.

One of the best parts of Context is catching up with all the fellow students, alumni, and mentors/instructors from Seton Hill. It makes the six months between residencies more bearable. :)

I'll be back next year.
amergina: (reading)
This is the last of the book bag posts--the books I just plain old bought or won.

I told you I brought back too many books )
And that's it! I do intend to post about what I did (besides end up with too many books) at Context. It was a great convention--better than last year. I had a grand time.
amergina: (reading)
Next up, books by people I met at Context. I probably would not have picked these up had I not been at the con, either because I never would have run across them, or I wouldn't have thought to pick them up.

still too many books )

The next set of books will be ones I just plain bought, and one that I won in a give-away for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.
amergina: (reading)
Idea shamelessly lifted from [livejournal.com profile] calico_reaction.

As I said on Facebook, I brought home far too many books from Context 22. That happens at a con where I know the writers and meet authors. I actually have to break this up into a couple of posts. Probably three.

First up are books from people I know.
Too many books )

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