LepreCon 39 will be held in Mesa, Arizona at the Mariott on 200 North Centennial Way from May 9-12, 2013. The guest of honor are writer Jack McDevitt, artist Raymond Swanland, artist Jeff Perryman, and musician Nancy Freeman. There are lots of great panels and events. Be sure to check out the Leprecon website to get all the details!
I will be on several great panels:
Friday, May 10
- 3-4:30pm – Self-promotion & Marketing for Today’s Books – Ballroom B
How much self-promotion is worth it, what works now, and when is it a career in itself? Panelists: PJ Hultstrand, Zachary Jernigan, Tina Williams, David Lee Summers, Bob Nelson (moderator).
- 6-7:30pm – Writing vs Editing in the Internet Age – Ballroom A
The Internet Age has allowed writers to get their works out faster, but at what cost? Why everyone needs a good editor and why you should NEVER edit your own work? The price of getting work into public too quickly. How can the reader spot shoddy editing? Panelists: David Lee Summers (moderator), Leigh Strother-Vien, T.L. Smith, Francis Hamit.
Saturday, May 11
- 10-11am – ReAnimation: Science Farce or Science Fact – Ballroom A
On the heels of The Walking Dead and all the other movies, comic books, and stories, what is the reality of zombies. We will discuss the fantasy of zombies and the science reality of what is really possible. Why aren’t there any rules to the creation of zombies, like there had been for other monsters, such as vampires and werewolves? Why are we fixated on these monsters? Panelists: Daniel Kings (aka Commodore Max) Moderator, Ernest Hogan, David Lee Summers, Vaughn L. Treude.
- 11a-noon – Independent Publishing Update 2013 – Ballroom A
What’s new on the horizon for the Indie authors and publishers? There is so much changing that it’s hard to keep up with the technology used to support the pros and entertain the masses. Panelists: Bob Nelson (moderator), PJ Hultstrand, Greg Lundberg, David B. Riley, David Lee Summers.
- Noon-1pm – Introduction to Poetry Slams & Short Flash Fiction – Cabana
What are they Poetry Slams and Flash Fiction? Why they are poetry slams popular with the younger generation? An introduction to the poetry slam groups in Arizona. Also a look at the concise world of Flash Fiction. Why short fiction is working now and how authors can make it work for them? Panelists: Bob Nelson (moderator), Sharon Skinner, Gary B. Phillips, T.L. Smith, David Lee Summers.
- 3-4pm – Autographing Session in Dealers’ Room
- 10-11pm – Dressing your vampire for his first kill – Ballroom B
Would you dress him/her in a cape or a bib? If a bib, then full length or lobster-style? And should you supply the toothbrush or put one in his/her pocket for afterwards? Panelists: David Lee Summers (moderator), Zachary Jernigan, Gary B. Phillips, JoAnn Senger.
- 11:30a-12:30p – Discovering New Worlds with David Lee Summers – Canyon Room
A presentation on how planets are discovered around other stars and what’s known about them.
Don’t forget, if you’re on Goodreads, be sure to sign up for the Dragon’s Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order giveaway. One lucky person will get a signed copy of the novel. The giveaway is at: http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/50183-dragon-s-fall-rise-of-the-scarlet-order