Mr. Suede is headed to all kinds of romance conventions and retreats for the foreseeable future. If you'd like to meet him and hang out, consider tracking him down him at one of the following genre gatherings:
9-11 September 2016: FictionFest (Norwalk, CT)
2-5 February 2017: Coastal Magic (Daytona Beach, FL)
18-19 March 2017: Liberty States Fiction Writers (Iselin, NJ)
30 - 7 May 2017: Romantic Times (Atlanta, GA)
31 May - 2 June 2017: Book Expo America (New York, NY)
26-29 July, 2017: RWA National (Orlando, FL)
Details & descriptions:
Fiction Fest 2016: Presented by the Connecticut
Chapter of the Romance Writers of America (CTRWA), this
annual conference features workshops on craft, industry,
and the writer’s life. We will have an exciting raffle,
manuscript critiques, an editor/agent blind pitch
session, and a few surprises. This conference drew 160
participants last year, so be sure to register early to
reserve your spot!
Date: 9-11 September 2016
Location: Norwalk Inn & Conference Center
Onsite Presence: Indelible Dialogue workshop
Coastal Magic: Coastal Magic is a super casual, urban fantasy and paranormal romance focused convention in Daytona Beach, FL. With panels designed to start interesting discussion, and meet & greets with fun themes, we’ve got something for every fan. You can expect reader, blogger, and author shenanigans, and lots of “supernatural” inspired activities. Saturday’s charity book sale and signing is open to convention attendees, and FREE to the public. Come take a bite out of the beach! Coastal Magic hits Daytona Beach, Florida 2-5 Feb 2017.
Cinema Craptastique, Flash Fiction, parties, panels
Liberty States Fiction Writers: CREATE SOMETHING MAGICAL. Whether you’re trying to sell your first book or your fortieth, the road to publication is never an easy one to navigate. Let Liberty States Fiction Writers guide your way. A multi-genre organization, the Liberty States Fiction Writers is dedicated to the education and support of all fiction writers. We provide workshops, networking events and promotional opportunities to aid both published and yet-to-be published writers. Taking place in Iselin, NJ on 18-19 March 2017
The incandescent Rayna Vause invited me back to
present at this annual craft conference.
I'll be teaching a two-hour Scene & Sequel
workshop, as well as Romance Family Feud and Romance Mad
Libs. Check back for
Barbara Vey's Reader Appreciation Weekend
Join us for year SIX as we welcome 50+ authors to Wisconsin for an
afternoon luncheon filled with fun, gift bags full of
books and door prizes. We will also be raffling off
wonderful donations and many baskets filled with books
and other items. Not only will you enjoy lunch at an
author table, but this event includes a book signing
with NYT best seller Kristan Higgins and the 40
additional best selling, award winning and debut authors
attending. (28 - 30 April 2017)
The Saturday book signing is only open to attendees. This annual luncheon was a dream of Barbara Vey and has become an international event, not to be missed! Proceeds from this event will benefit Sojourner Family Peace Center of Milwaukee, an organization that offers a safe environment for women and children affected by domestic violence.
Romantic Times: A fantabulous fan-focused romance gathering that has become one of my annual must-attends. Its 2017 iteration hits Atlanta! The RT Book Lovers Convention is the premier romance convention for authors, readers and industry professionals. They have an astonishing array of writer and reader events that last almost a solid week. Some business gets done and it's a schmooze-palooza, but the real fun and focus is spending time with passionate genre devotees. (n.b. RT and its editorial staff are incredibly LGBT-romance-friendly) 30 April - 7 May 2017.
The RT folks have been incredibly welcoming and enthusiastic. In 2017, be participating officially in several events:
RT2017 looks to be another unforgettable genre event with LGBT romance playing a big part in the shenanigans. Many of our community's publishers will be making a splash in a big way.
Book Expo America is the largest publishing event in
North America and a veritable ocean of literary mojo.
Althoguh romancer fiction is only one of the flavors on
offer, it remains a cornerstone of this event, and a
real draw for fans and colleagues alike. I'll be
appearing at the Dreamspinner Press booth to give away
books and swag.
BEA 2017 takes place in NYC at the Javits Center, 31 May - 2 June 2017.
RWA National is the big kahuna for professional
authors of romance fiction. The 2017 iteration hits
Orlando and looks to be the biggest yet. The RWA
Conference is the place where career-focused
romance writers meet, mingle, and get down to the
business of being an author. RWA2017 Conference
highlights include the “Readers for Life” Literacy
Autographing; the Keynote speech; hearing from great
speakers; book signings; and the Awards Ceremony.
"Join more than 2,000 published and aspiring romance writers, editors, agents, and other industry professionals. The Annual Conference is a four-day event filled with educational workshops, career enhancement, and community involvement. At the conference, career-focused romance writers can anticipate: Education and information, Networking with fellow writers, Interaction with editors, agents, publishers, booksellers, and other romance publishing industry professionals.
The 2017 RWA Conference will be held 26-29 July 2017 at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, FL.
Do you have an upcoming genre event you'd like Damon to attend? Do you have panels or workshops for which he'd be a good fit? Drop him a line with the relevant details and he'll do whatever he can to get his behonkus there.
Damon has been teaching for a bunch of years on a wacky variety of topics and will happily opine about most things. You can check out his class schedule here. Some of the genre-writing subjects he's talked about for in conventions and gatherings past include:
THE GENRE PLOT: FORM VS. FORMULA : A plotting class even pantsers love… Even when a happy ending is certain, a great plot keeps your writing fresh while amplifying your voice. Learn how to craft a sure-fire structure and launch your story. We’ll go beyond the bullet points. Rather hammering one “true” blueprint, we’ll break down major story models from Aristotle to Netflix, identify their seven shared points, and help you develop your own narrative strategy.
BRANDING: the cornerstone of any promo and marketing plans. identifying, honing, and crafting an author brand and platform that gets the job done… wielding your brand effectively to build a career for long range goals.
PRESENCE: embodying your brand in a public setting, online and in person. Developing a coherent marketing platform and strategizing public appearances to cultivate your unique audience. Navigating the professional arena and building your A-gang.
CHARACTER: Giving your story a cast that dazzles. Fresh character-building techniques using simple tools that go beyond backstory and stereotypes that’ll flesh out an entire book. archetypes, tropes, and functions of genre characters; casting your story with unforgettable personalities. Character as the simplest way to plot your story and identify your hook.
DIALOGUE: screen/stage tricks for "unforgettable" convos, active and character-driven conversations, pacing and rhythm, establishing distinct voices for your fictional people, using dialogue to build character and advance plot.
COMEDY: the mechanics of humor, comedy archetypes, and comic plotting...along with a bag of tricks for adding levity and sparkle to any scene by unlocking the power of laughter. Using wit, schtick, and tricksters to deepen subtext and raise stakes within your story.
INTIMACY: making love scenes memorable, use of slang, rhythm and logic, working out the mechanics of intercourse form sweet to raunchy, keeping sex in character, balancing kink and vanilla, gauging and manipulating heat levels for meet (and master) expectations.
SCENE & SEQUEL: Explaining and exploring Dwight Swain's analysis of popular fiction. Whether you call it “scene and sequel” or “action and reaction,” this basic storytelling pattern allows you to pace your plot, escalate your action, and find your story’s heat and tone. These old-school genre tools let you manage any story’s natural flow for a book readers can't put down.
TROPES: Uses and abuses of form and formula in genre stories. Narrative patterns and recurring structures specific to certain subgenres. Trope history and evolution. Navigating the border between cliché and archetype.
PITCHING & HOOKS: the importance of a ‘free prize’ in every book, using a high concept premise to anchor a project before and during the writing process…boiling a project into a logline that closes the sale.
VOICE: identifying and developing your unique authorial style for maximum impact. Strengthening distinctive elements (tone, pace, language, tropes, humor) that set your writing apart from the herd.
WORLDBUILDING: for fantasy, paranormal, sci-fi and contemporary all books deserve a fully-fleshed world, prioritizing details for single title and series; language, laws, and meaningful specifics that make stories feel real.
POWERS & TOOLS: Hocus pocus with focus...and science that can stand scrutiny. Adapting or inventing occult traditions and/or technology that drive a narrative and support character development. (cf degree in Religion/Philosophy and 20 years lecturing on magick, tech, and mythology).
MYTHOLOGY & FOLKLORE & ESOTERICA: presentations on religion, ritual, legends, and all manner of cultural belief systems off the beaten path.
Would you like Damon to present to your group, chapter or an upcoming genre event? His rates are reasonable and his NYC location keeps travel costs surprisingly inexpensive. Drop him a line with the relevant details and he'll do whatever he can to get his behonkus there.