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text 2014-10-02 12:25
Capclave Schedule

Woefully behind on a lot of things, but very pleased to announce my schedule for the upcoming Capclave...before Capclave is actually here :) In addition to the Dark Quest Launch party being held at 6pm on Saturday, featuring: The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel (L. Jagi Lamplighter), Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn (Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Day Al-Mohamed), Trust and Treachery (edited by Day Al-Mohamed and Meriah Crawford), and With Great Power (edited by John L. French and Greg Schauer). The following is my schedule:

Friday 5:00 pm: Small Press Publishing (Ends at: 5:55 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke (M), Shahid Mahmud, Ian Randal Strock, Sean Wallace
Running a publishing company, publishing a magazine or semi-pro zine. What's worked for you? What hasn't? How do you handle the intellectual property rights? How do you publicize your product? How do you get it into stores? What should your website look like? If you're publishing books do you want to do print copy and e-books? Only e-books (and maybe some POD)?
Friday 9:00 pm: Meet the YA authors (Ends at: 9:55 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Annette Klause, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Jon Skovron, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
Last year's meet and greet YA authors in a casual setting was such an awesome party that we decided to do it again this year!

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Friday 10:00 pm: Meet the YA Authors (Continued) (Ends at: 11:55 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Paolo Bacigalupi, L. Jagi Lamplighter, James Maxey, Diana Peterfreund, Janine Spendlove, Michael A. Ventrella
The meet and greet continues, although some people will have to come and go for other programming.

Sponsored by MidAmericon II, the 2016 Worldcon.

Saturday 1:00 pm: Crowdfunding Dos and Don'ts (Ends at: 1:55 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Bill Campbell, Neil Clarke, Jonah Knight, Alex Shvartsman (M), Lawrence Watt-Evans
So you have a fabulous idea or product and a shortage of funds - what do you do. Panelists will discuss successful and unsuccessful crowdfunding campaigns, either their own or those of other people. Topics include how to set reward levels, how to budget how much money you need and the merits of various crowd funding sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Pozible.
Saturday 7:30 pm: Mass Signing (Ends at: 8:25 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Sarah Avery, Paolo Bacigalupi, Holly Black, Marilyn "Mattie" Brahen, Neil Clarke, Tom Doyle, Andy Duncan, Scott Edelman, Jim Freund, Charles E. Gannon, Max Gladstone, David G. Hartwell, Alma Katsu, Pamela K. Kinney, Barbara Krasnoff, Dina Leacock, James Maxey, Will McIntosh, Mike McPhail, Sunny Moraine, James Morrow, Sarah Pinsker, Benjamin Rosenbaum, Lawrence M. Schoen, Darrell Schweitzer, Alex Shvartsman, Jon Skovron, Alan Smale, Bud Sparhawk, Janine Spendlove, Genevieve Valentine, Michael A. Ventrella, Lawrence Watt-Evans
The Saturday evening mass autographing session.
Sunday 12:30 pm: Reading (Ackley McPhail) (Ends at: 12:55 pm)
Danielle Ackley-McPhail


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url 2014-03-17 18:32
I'm Anne Rice, and You're Not- Pt2

Second in a series deconstructing a kerfluffle that wasn't.  Not the one they're claiming, anyways.

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url 2014-03-10 15:31
I'm Anne Rice and You're Not- Pt1

First in a series of posts examining Anne Rice's Amazon discussions that everyone seem so gaga over.  (Follow the link).

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text 2014-03-06 23:49
Anne Rice Owns Nothing- Least Of All Any Credibility

Enough's enough.


Back in Dec/Jan when all this was still going on I chalked it up to another bout of insanity from the lady who seems hell-bent on becoming the modern-day Nora Desmond, and let it lie.  But now this shit's gone too far.  Now even supposedly reputable sites like the Guardian are parroting this farce.


Hello, I'm Anne Rice- and you're not.

If you've been blissfully unaware of this latest insanity, Anne Rice- author auteur, Goddess of the Night, Mistress of Vampires, blahblahblah- went off the deep end again when she started pontificating all over the Amazon forums about the state of reviewing in general, and how everyone should have to reveal their secret identities in order to post reviews.  No more pseudonyms, aliases or screen names anywhere.  Naturally, a collection of fools, charlatans, frauds and crusaders fell over each other to be the first to pat her on the back about lending her name to the jihad against Teh Bulliez.  She was so tickled she couldn't stop sharing it on FB (here, here and here), ignoring the warnings given to her about the site in question to the point of deleting all comments about them yet left all posts from that site's contributors standing.  Because that site's history of abuse, doc-dropping and yeah- bullying, has nothing to do with nothing; what matters is they're kissing her ass here and now.  One should always focus on what's important.


You'll also notice that not only are the majority of them's talking about how happy they are about this are themselves doing so under false pretenses, the claims of Rice's victory over bullying amounts to a bunch of sound bites. All screenshots of her 'winning' posts are done so in a vacuum without context or reply; trust me when I tell you there's much more to the story.  And it doesn't make Rice look good.


I'll state with 100% certainty that any and all who run around the internet crowing about how Anne Rice showed those meanie-mean poopy-heads over on Amazon never read the entire thread.  It's pretty damn obvious TIME Magazine didn't.  Because a reading of it shows Rice getting her pop-culture intellectualism handed to her on a pretty regular basis.  For the sake of disclosure I'll admit to giving her a few lumps myself during the discussions.


The undercurrent here fools no one, least of all it's proponents who know they're full of shit.  That's why the vast majority almost never come out and say what's really on their minds: there should be no negative reviews posted.  Ever. (The article is satire but the comments are worth looking at).  And the few that do say so only highlights why the rest don't: it reveals them to be the whiny, spoiled, sniveling, entitled children they are.  After all, they're SOOPER-GENIUSES!  Everyone knows it; back when they were that sunflower in the third-grade play- even the teacher said so!!!  They've got a whole wall of participation trophies that confirms it!

Allow me to introduce myself: I. Ama Author- SUPER GENIUS!

Given Rice's well-documented history and complete denial of her own bullying, it was comically ironic to see this posted on her FB page to try and bolster her argument: Science Confirms Internet Trolls are Narcissistic, Psychopathic and Sadistic.


Another example of Rice's disconnect from her actions is seen in this FB exchange with one Dusty Lee.  Note how quickly Rice condescendingly changes the topic once she's been called on her previous bad behavior:


Dusty Lee well i've definitely seen the rice army go off on negative commenters lol. what harm it actually caused, probably none. i guess for me, i would have a hard time telling THE anne rice to her face that i don't like her latest book. for a lot of people, myself included, writers have rock star status. we worship you guys. and when and author has an obvious presence in a place like amazon, i'm not telling you or any other author to get off amazon, it's just that it can be hard to be honest when you know they're reading it. imagine telling a musician you've totally idolized that you didn't like that song. or maybe you don't have that problem. maybe i'm coming at this from too personal of a place and it's clouded the bigger picture.
Anne Rice Dusty, you can check out any one of my books right now tonight and find all kinds of negative reviews. Believe me, people do not find it difficult to post them on my books, not at all. And I don't see any legion of fans going after these people. --- Take a look right now at any of the review threads. You'll see plenty of negative reviews. I don't think people have any problem at all being honest. ----- And there is something to be said for taking responsibility for what one publishes on line.
Dusty Lee i'm sorry, but what??? you've never seen legions of fans go after people that negatively reviewed your work? don't you remember when you linked that review of "pandora" on this very page, which in turn caused the writer of that review to be harassed and insulted hundreds of times by your fans? or how on the amazon reviews for blood canticle, people that post negative reviews are called things like "bitter out of work editor" "ignorant and illiterate"... surely you see these things, no? does this not constitute as "cyber bullying"?
Anne Rice Dusty, after the Pandora incident and several other attempts on my part to have discussion of negative reviews, I publicly announced that we would never link to negative reviews again. And we haven't. Clearly the reviewers feel ganged up on when we link. And the goal of discussion is achieved but some people do pile on the reviewers and the reviewers in the main feel threatened. So the practice has been stopped. But there are plenty of bad reviews of my work everywhere on Amazon which no one has piled. Look for yourself. You'll find them on every book I've written. The few times I linked, yes, there was piling, and that is why the practice was discontinued. By the way the Pandora person keeps the blog entry on her website along with the comments she received, and I think she quite enjoyed the increased exposure. Maybe you should check out her website. Again, if you go to Amazon you will see scores of negative reviews on every book I've written. And there is no piling on these reviewers by fans of mine or anyone else. You seem completely out of touch. Remember, this thread is about Amazon reviewing. Please do some research.
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So unless it's all about how great the book is, Anne Rice wants you to use your real name when you do a review- for security purposes.
In light of all this, I figure it's time for what I'd thought about doing while the thread discussion was live: blog and post about it for everyone to see.  That way everyone can see for themselves what went on beyond the inanity being slung around the internet and see what she really thinks from her own keyboard.  It'll be fun!- and you'll even get to learn a few new words, like "careerist reviewer".  lol
Stay tuned.
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text 2012-09-21 08:00
Top 5 Ways to Connect with Writers & Authors

by Brittany Lavin


Let’s face it, writing is an isolating experience. As writers, we spend a lot of time in our own heads with little time for the outside world. We are so caught up in the story we are telling and the world and characters we have created that they become a part of us. However, we have to step away from the keyboard eventually. When we do, it’s nice to talk to someone who knows what we’re going through—like another writer.


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If, however, you are like me and don’t have many acquaintances who write, here are some ways who can go about meeting your kindred spirits—writers and authors just like you!


1. Hang out at your local bookstore. Most avid readers (like me) have also tried their hand at writing. 


2. Go to a poetry reading. No, you don’t have to go up and recite anything! Just sit and listen. If you like what you hear, strike up a conversation with the writer and the process they go through. It may be similar to yours. Don’t write poetry? Some bookstores (like Barnes & Noble) also hold monthly writers groups.


3. Online communities. When in doubt, always turn to the World Wide Web! Join any writing forum and you will have millions of other writers right at your fingertips. Of course, this doesn’t get you away from the keyboard—but a connection is a connection!


4. Bookstore events. Keep a close eye on your bookstore events, particularly book signings. Perhaps your favorite author is going to be at a bookstore near you. You will have a chance to not only meet them, but to pick their brain about their writing process and ask questions about how they got their start. 


5. Conferences. What better way to make a connection then a gathering of authors and writers all in one room? You can talk to writers from all over the country and get all of their points-of-view. Plus, it is a great social networking experience.

So don’t worry about spending all of your time in solitude and remember- you are not alone!




Brittany LavinBrittany Lavin has been an In-House Author Representative at Infinity Publishing for two years. Her job is to guide authors through the process of having their book published and provide them with administrative support. Brittany graduated from Cabrini College in 2009 with a BA in English and Communication. A writer at heart, Brittany dabbles in poetry and prose. She also enjoys reading, spending time with loved ones, and being a “Geek.”


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