My schedule at Norwescon 37

I’ll be at Norwescon 37 this weekend! Here’s my schedule. Hope to see you there!

FRIDAY

Your Career As A Hybrid Author
Fri 1:00pm-2:00pm Cascade 10
More and more authors adopting a hybrid model–that is, splitting their output between big presses, indies, and self publishing. Come here the varied benefits of this once unthinkable choice and ask yourself, Is a hybrid life right for you?
Karen Kincy (M), Jason Andrew, Tod McCoy, Sara Stamey

What Do Readers Want?
Fri 6:00pm-7:00pm Cascade 7&8
What’s the best way to reach out to your readers online? How do you price an ebook? What tropes are readers sick to death of, and what kinds of stories do they crave but never get to read? Writers, ask your questions directly. Readers, tell us what makes you happy.
Karen Kincy (M), Paul Byers, Susan DeFreitas, Dennis R. Upkins

How to Get Your Book Into Readers’ Hands
Fri 8:00pm-9:00pm Cascade 2
These days anyone can click and publish, but how do you ensure those books are found by the readers who would most love them? Welcome to the art and science of discoverability. Pros who’ve been there and done that share their winning (and not-so-winning) strategies for garnering buzz, reviews, sales, and fans.
Lola Watson (M), Charles “Zan” Christensen, Karen Kincy, Marta Murvosh

 

SATURDAY

Autograph Session 1
Sat 2:00pm-3:00pm Grand 2
Our Attending Professionals are available to sign autographs. PLEASE NOTE: So that as many fans as possible can participate, we will be enforcing a three-items-at-a-time (or single-sketch) autograph limit.
Jason Andrew, Steven Barnes, Bradley P. Beaulieu, Carol Berg, 9k1, Kurt Cagle, Echo Chernik, Cassandra Clarke, Erik Scott de Bie, Cymbric Early-Smith, Elton Elliott, Erin Evans, Steve Gillett, James C. Glass, Jude-Marie Green, Jeff Grubb, Rhiannon Held, Frog Jones, Karen Kincy, Nancy Kress, Pat MacEwen, Edward Martin III, Lish McBride, Angel Leigh McCoy, Darragh Metzger, G. David Nordley, Margaret Organ-Kean, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kevin Radthorne, Jon Rogers, Mike Selinker, Sara Stamey, G. Willow Wilson, Gregory A. Wilson

The Young Adult Heroine
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm Cascade 2
How does the new female hero in YA fantasy break traditional stereotypes and offer new challenges for teen readers? Are these female heroes really new or are storytellers doing a kind of role reversal, exchanging handbags for hand grenades? This panel takes an in-depth look at the challenges authors face when creating a female hero for modern day readers.
Tori Centanni (M), Steven Barnes, Lauren Dixon, Karen Kincy

Reading: Karen Kincy
Sat 4:00pm-4:30pm Cascade 1
Shadows of Asphodel. In her work as a mercenary for Austria-Hungary, Ardis has killed many men without hesitation. One more man shouldn’t matter, even if he manages to be a charming bastard while he stands dying in the snow. But when he raises the dead to fight for him, she realizes she must save his life. If a necromancer like Wendel dies, he will return as a monster–or so the rumors say. Rated PG
Karen Kincy

The Heroine’s Journey
Sat 8:00pm-9:00pm Cascade 9
Is the Heroine’s Journey different from the Hero’s? How does gender affect plot and character development? Join us as we talk about how and why a strong female protagonist is not the same as a guy who looks good in a dress.
Nisi Shawl (M), Susan DeFreitas, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Karen Kincy, Stina Leicht, Cassandra Clarke

 

SUNDAY

Queen Victoria’s Fantastical Fiction
Sun Noon-1:00pm Cascade 10
Steampunk is no longer a fad, but its own subgenre. What makes it so appealing and is steampunk different from other forms of fantasy? Join our panelists as they look at recent works and discuss where steampunk is going and who might take it there.
Nisi Shawl (M), Phil Foglio, Karen Kincy, Marta Murvosh, Dean Wells

Deadly Delicious by K. L. Kincy

Happy Book Birthday! Today is the release day of the middle grade historical fantasy Deadly Delicious by K. L. Kincy. And yes, I’m writing my children’s fiction under that pen name to keep it separate from my books for adults.

Check out Kirbi Fagan‘s gorgeous cover art!

Deadly Delicious - ebook cover

Twelve-year-old Josephine DeLune can’t take the heat this sweltering summer of 1955, and she was out of the kitchen long ago.

An awful cook, she ruins recipes left and right, and she certainly can’t compete with her family’s reputation for extraordinary food. Her daddy’s parents ran one of the best restaurants in all of Paris, but Josephine lives in Paris, Missouri. On her mama’s side, she’s up against a long tradition of sinfully delicious soul food. Rumor has it, her Creole ancestors cooked up some voodoo to make tasty even tastier. Josephine knows the secret ingredient: she comes from a long line of conjure witches with spellbinding culinary skills.

Disenchanted, Josephine works as a carhop at Carl and Earl’s Drive-In. Just plain old hamburgers, hot dogs, and curly fries, nothing magical about them. She’s got bigger fish to fry, though, when a grease fire erupts into a devilish creature who hisses her name with desire. Turns out he’s the Ravenous One, the granddaddy of all voodoo spirits, and he’s hungry for her soul. Josephine thinks he’s got the wrong girl–she’s no witch–but a gorgeous, dangerous night-skinned lady named Shaula sets her straight. Josephine is one of the most powerful witches alive, so overflowing with conjure that her out-of-control cooking simply catches fire.

Josephine would love to laugh this off, but Shaula warns her that she must learn to master her magic before the Ravenous One devours her soul. Spurred into action, Josephine breaks out her grandma’s old conjure cookbook and starts cooking. Nothing grand, just the usual recipes for undying friendship and revenge. But soon Josephine can’t escape the consequences of her conjure. When the people of Paris start turning into zombies with a strange fondness for cake, Josephine looks pretty responsible for their undead reawakening…

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Want to see how Kirbi whipped up the cover? Visit Candace’s Book Blog.

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