MidAmericon II Program Schedule

What is MidAmericon II?

Apex Publications will have a presence in the exhibit hall!

In addition, I am part of the following programming…

The Joys of Running a Small Press

Friday 10:00 – 11:00, 2205 (Kansas City Convention Center)

The old joke is that the way to make a small fortune in publishing is to start out with a large fortune. Small publishers fill an important niche in the world of science fiction, even in this era of self-publishing. Some of the foremost small publishers talk about the trials and tribulations of finding their place and surviving.

Eric T. Reynolds, Catherine Lundoff, Beth Meacham (M), Mr Paul Starr, Jason Sizemore

Rising Stars in SF, Fantasy & Horror

Friday 12:00 – 13:00, 2209 (Kansas City Convention Center)

It’s not just the latest books we crave, but sometimes we’re looking for a new voice, a new style, or something altogether different. Our panelists turn their attention to new and emerging authors, who have published one or two novels or a handful of short fiction works, and discuss what makes them so exciting.

Jennifer Brozek, Ms Liz Gorinsky (M), Jason Sizemore, Bill Campbell

Small Presses & Magazines: Welcoming the Unexpected

Saturday 10:00 – 11:00, 2207 (Kansas City Convention Center)

Authors in the slipstream, weird, magical realism, or speculative literature categories can have a hard time finding the right home for their work. With stories that aren’t always a good fit for the larger genre markets, it’s still important to find quality publishers. Such homes exist in both the literary and SF/F/H publishing communities. This panel will take a “deep dive” into the world of small presses and magazines, presenting fantastic venues and discussing hard-learned lessons such as publishers that promised more than they could deliver. Whether you’re looking for good work a little off the beaten path or trying to find potential new markets for your writing, this panel is for you.

Jamie Lackey, Katherine Wynter, Rich Horton (M), Jason Sizemore, Ron Yaniv

Magazine Group Reading: Apex

Saturday 15:00 – 16:00, 2504B (Kansas City Convention Center)

Our Magazine Group Reading Series continues with a special group reading that features authors from Apex Magazine.

Jason Sizemore (M), Ms Rachel Swirsky, Jason Sanford, Kate Elliott, Foz Meadows, Adam-Troy Castro

Notes

In an effort to highlight live author readings, we are trying something new at WorldCon. These special group readings are designed to maximize exposure for all of the readers involved as well as for the magazine itself. Each group reading is 50 minutes long (max) and includes 5 readers who each receive approx 5 minutes to read a portion of a story that was published by the magazine. Ideally, the introduction and readings should take 30-35 minutes max, which leaves time for a short Q&A session at the end. This format worked really well at Boskone this year and generated nice sized audiences that were very engaged with the reading.

The Evolution of the Editor

Sunday 10:00 – 11:00, 2208 (Kansas City Convention Center)

“An editor […] is an individual who can establish a monopoly position within the minds of a sufficiently large body of contributors so that this position becomes the standard of excellence for that genre,” (Algis Budrys). SF has a tradition of editors in that mould, from John W. Campbell onwards, but is that tradition alive today — and should it be? To what extent do we want editors, authors and readers to define the field?

Participants: Beth Meacham, Jason Sizemore (M), Anna Yeatts, Joe Monti

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