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RavenCon tomorrow!

by Doc Coleman on April 24, 2014 · 4 comments

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Since this post is late, let’s start on a good note: RavenCon tomorrow!RavenCon

After the stresses of the past week, I need to focus on something positive. So let me cover the high points before going into my tale of woe. Perils is back from the editor. Lots of comments and some general notes on some meat of the story that didn’t seem to make it out of my head and onto the page. I need to get back with my editor and discuss some of the issues with her, but first life just had to get busy making other plans for me.

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The 2014 convention season is about to kick off for me. This time around, the year starts off with RavenCon. Last year, I went to RavenCon as a vendor. This year, I’ll be returning as a panelist! And apparently, it is going to be a big year for RavenCon. The con hotel has already sold out, and they are trying to make arrangements with other nearby hotels. The con is less than a month off, but the schedule is starting to come together…

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Life, it has been said, is what happens while you were making other plans. My last post talked about some of the things that life has brought me, recently. This post, is about the other plans I’ve made. Last year, at Balticon, I started what I had termed my “summer project” to get my novel The Perils of Prague ready for publication by the end of the summer. That project did not go off as planned…

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At long last, we have come down to the last episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. We hope you’ve enjoyed the long journey to get there, and that you will likewise enjoy this final episode. For our last episode brought to you from Balticon and Swimming Cat Studios, we bring to you the last panel from the New Media Track at Balticon 47. This panel is entitled Multi-Creatives and it is an examination of why some artists are drawn to create in more than one media, how they manage it, and why they continue with it.

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The end is nigh! But it is not yet. This week Swimming Cat Studios and Balticon are pleased to bring you a special sneak peek at at upcoming anthology release for Balticon 47 Wrap up, part 20. The anthology is titled “The Way of the Gun” and was created by Scott Roche as a special tribute to his love of old westerns and old bushido movies. Scott has created a world where gunslingers govern their actions by the code of bushido, Followers of the Clockworker tinker and invent to improve the word, and Judges are slowly becoming corrupted by the lure of riches. Five authors now bring your their glimpses into this world, and this episode shows you three of those glimpses.

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Time once again for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up. This week, we’re looking at a subject that has come up year after year due to the huge level of interest. Whether you are a writer, podcaster, graphic artist, or some other type of creative, if you’re going to try to make your work available online, or just keep up an online presence to tell people about your works, you’re eventually going to want a content management system. While there are many good content management systems out there, for most people the best combination of power, flexibility, and control in managing your content leads to WordPress. To help you make sense of all these options, Balticon’s New Media Track put together this panel: WordPress 101

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Writing is often a solitary occupation. But periodically, there are events that will bring the writing community together for mutual support and the friendly spirit of competition. One such annual event, is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. Each year, during the month of November, The Office of Letters and Light, and writers everywhere, challenge each other to write a 50 thousand word novel in just 30 days. Some folks revel in the challenge, others despair of meeting their daily word goals, still others despair for the flood of self-published first drafts that are sure to flood the market in December and January, presuming to be finished without editing or review. No matter your view on NaNoWriMo, it still has a lot of good lessons to teach writers who are looking to move their writing up from a hobby to a more professional level of production. Professional quality comes later, as one learns the value of editing…

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Sometimes, at Balticon, an event will come together that far exceeds anything that anyone could have planned. If you’re very very lucky, someone will record that event. If you’re even luckier, that person will let you use that recording in your podcast! This increasingly unlikely set of circumstances is what makes this episode possible for your enjoyment today! One warning before we go any further: The content in this episode is very, VERY funny, but it is also extremely offensive. If you can be offended, you should expect that something in this podcast will offend you. Since you have been warned, anything that happens from this point on is your own fault.

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Our last episode focused on the business of being a writer, but this episode is focused more upon the skills needed in writing. No, we’re not talking about typing skills or penmanship. What we are talking about is the techniques that different authors use in constructing their stories. This is actually an age-old debate about which method is better for plotting out and writing your first draft: creating a detailed outline, or just sitting down and writing?

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If it is Monday, then it must be time for another episode of the Balticon 47 Wrap up, courtesy of Balticon and Swimming Cat Studios. Today’s episode covers one of the most important subjects for any writer who wants to make the transition and become a professional Author: How do you set up your business. Most authors are sole proprietorships, and  without a little business savvy, they can find themselves becoming victims in the marketplace. As an author you make your living selling rights to your stories. While you can have someone else run that part of the business for you, you need to have enough business knowledge to know when they are doing a good job, and when you need to get someone else. As a new author, you usually can’t afford to hire someone to do the business end, so you have to hire yourself.

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