Convention weekend (Baltimore, again)

b53_web_banner_1Friday starts my fourth weekend in a row on the road. This time, it’s a science fiction convention: Balticon, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

As usual, I’ll be leashed to the Fantastic Books table in the dealers’ room for a significant period of time (we’re scheduled to be open Friday from 2 to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 7pm, and Monday from 10am to 2pm). If you come looking for me, remember that the dealers’ room is actually split into two ballrooms (talk to the convention planning committee about that), and is hidden behind the much more obvious dealers’ room that they call something else, located in the atrium (to get to the actual dealers’ rooms, you have to walk through the they-call-it-something-else-but-it-looks-like-a-dealers’ room; again, talk to the convention planning committee).

I’m also on a bunch of panels, if you’re interested in the expertise side of things. Come see me:

Saturday, 2pm, room 6017: “Practice Your Pitch Workshop” with Joshua Bilmes

Saturday, 3pm, room 7209: “Ask Me Anything: Editors & Publishers” with Michael A. Ventrella, Joshua Bilmes, Scott H. Andrews, Alex Shvartsman, and Hildy Silverman

Saturday, 8pm, room 7029: “How to Self-Edit That Lousy First Draft” with Joshua Bilmes, Jay Smith, Karen Osborne, Scott Edelman, and JL Gribble

Sunday, 1pm, room 7029: “ET Phone God?” With John Robison, John Walker, Jay Smith, and Batya Wittenberg

Sunday, 3pm, Mount Washington room: “Effective Marketing for the Self-Published Author” with Alex Shvartsman, Philippa Ballantine, Ken Altabef, Kim Iverson Headlee, and J.P. Beaubien

Finally, I’ll be doing my best to get into the swimming pool early in the mornings to get a little swimming exercise. You’re welcome to join me, as long as you give me an opportunity to swim (and remember that, since I won’t be wearing my glasses in the pool, I may not recognize you).

Hope to see lots of you there!

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