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Westercon 67 & Fantasy Con 2014 Summary

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Well, I meant to post this the week after I attended Westercon, but time got away from me. I participated on one panel at Westercon 67 (“Literacy and Science Fiction”) and one at Fantasy Con (“Mormon Mages”). I think I was rather awkward on both panels this round, to be honest, but everything takes practice. I was super nervous this time. It was fun to be in a big room at the Salt Palace though, that’s for sure. And I was treated quite well by the Westercon staff once I arrived (there was lots of free food for us…that made me quite happy). Kudos to Kate Hatcher, who did an amazing job holding the show together in the end.

The Westercon dealer’s room was quiet, as was the book signing. But I did have a wonderful time sharing table space with Dave Butler, Nathan Shumate, Sara Butler, Graham Bradley, James Bachelor, and Scott Taylor. I also met authors David Boop and David West; did some networking with not only writers and editors, but local paleontologists; and had some really good, humorous conversations with my cover artist Carter and his wife Kelli Reid.

Here are some pics from my adventures at the two fandom conferences earlier this month:

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There were lots of dragons at Fantasy Con. The dragon fountain was my favorite attraction, other than the panels on dinosaurs. I think if I have my own garden someday, I’ll need to acquire a miniature statue for it just like this. :-)

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Chilling with my buddy, Sara Butler (S. A. Butler) at our shared author table at Westercon.

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My stuff at Dave Butler’s Tables of Awesome.

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Sara Butler (whose table tent happens to say “Sonya Fletcher” on it, which is kind of a long, funny story…) and James Bachelor at the author signing event at Westercon.

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The chill authorial and editorial reps from Curiosity Quills Press–they’re pretty awesome, as are their books!

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Nathan and Scott. (Thanks again Scott for the tip about Xchyler! And Nathan–thanks for including me in one of the anthologies you’ll be editing this fall).

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Carter Reid, David West, Dave Butler, and B. Daniel Blatt at the signing.

I’ll be popping into Salt City Steamfest on Saturday, August 2nd just to check it out and connect with people. I’ll also be at Salt Lake Comic Con, paneling and selling books with my indie cluster September 4th-6th. See you then!

Westercon & Fantasy Con Schedules

After much strife and great triumph, here is what my schedule looks like for Westercon 67 & Fantasy Con. If you’ll be at either of these conventions in Salt Lake over Independence Day weekend, be sure to stop by David Butler’s booth or one of the panels I’m on to say hi. See you there!

July 3-6 at the Salt Palace Convention Center and the Marriott City Creek Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.
(Sarah will be attending July 4th-6th)

 

Westercon-67-logo Sarah’s Westercon 67 Schedule

  • Saturday, July 5th at 1:00 PM in Deer Valley I & II (Marriott City Creek Hotel)–Literacy & Science Fiction: Bryce Moore (M), John D. Payne, Jayrod Pernell Garrett, Sarah E. Seeley.
  • Selling books at David Butler’s table in the Dealer’s Room, July 4th-6th.

 

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Sarah’s Fantasy Con Schedule

  • Saturday, July 5th at 4:00 P.M. in room 150 G (Salt Palace Convention Center)–Mormon Mages
    (Schedule link: http://sched.co/1tFZROi)

Look What Came in the Mail!

My contract with Hamilton Springs Press (of which Xchyler Publishing is an imprint) arrived in my mailbox on Thursday. I’m nervous for the edits. Undoubtedly, the “polishing up” portion of this process is going to sting a bit. But I’m excited to sign my story over to this team, with confidence that this is going to be a really good publishing experience as well as a great opportunity to grow and gain more visibility as a writer. Thanks again, Xchyler/Hamilton Springs. I look forward to working with you.

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Currently, I’m working through developmental edits I’ve received from Leading Edge for “Driveless.” (Hence my slight apprehension at receiving more edits to tackle on other stories in the near future…ha ha. But it’s all good exercise for my writerly soul). I’m also awaiting some feedback on a third short story I’ve titled “Fall of Spiders,” written for inclusion in a nightmare-themed anthology. (Right now I’m waiting to hear if “Spiders” is both long enough and otherwise satisfies the requirements for that anthology’s needs).

Next week I’ll have some exciting posts to share.

I’m joining in the #MyWritingProcess blog hop with a special post on Monday. This, courtesy of two authors, James Batchelor and Sara Butler, who tapped me to participate. (Don’t worry if you don’t know what #MyWritingProcess is all about…I’ll tell you on Monday!)

Friday, July 4th thru Sunday, July 6th, I will be up at Westercon 67 and Fantasy Con. I’ll definitely be sharing a booth with Dave Butler and the et. al. of awesome at the Westercon venue. There I will be selling my indie psychological/paranormal thriller Maladaptive Bind, as well as novelette Blood Oath: An Orc Love Story. I will also, with greater than lesser positivity, be on panels at both Westercon and Fantasy Con. I’m still biting my nails a little while waiting to hear what the plans are, exactly. But hopefully, I can get those details posted next week so anyone who’s interested will know where to find me.

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Hope ya’lls are chillin’ on this hot summer Saturday. See you next week!

Events: Salt Lake Comic Con FanX

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I will be attending the Salt Lake Comic Convention FanXperience this coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 17th-19th in Salt Lake City. I’m not on panels, but I will be sharing a little bit of booth space with the awesome Dave Butler, where you can pick up paperback copies of my stories Maladaptive Bind and Blood Oath: An Orc Love Story along with Orc Love greeting cards like the ones I sold at LTUE. There will also be books by a number of cool authors at that table, so come check it out. If you’re planning on going to FanX, come find me and my awesome friends at booth R5!

Other summer plans include attendeing Westercon67, where I will definitely have booth space, selling books. I’m still looking into participating on panels at Westercon, but so far I’ve not heard back from the people I’ve tried to contact about programming so I’m not sure at this point how likely it is that I’ll be on panels there. We’ll see.

I’m also thinking about attending the Salt City Steamfest. That would be a new event for me, and I’m curious to check it out. Seeing how my general life schedule goes. I also have a steampunk short story/novella involving paleontology and time travel that’s slow-cooking on one of my back burners right now while I work through the beginning my next novel, and if I manage to finish the steampunk in time I’d love to bring it to this event.

Sarah E. Seeley is a fantasy and horror author, and an affiliate member of the Horror Writers Association. She has a bachelor’s degree in geology and loves exploring the science of human origins.

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