This weekend I’ll be attending Legendary ConFusion in Detroit. I am so excited! This is my third year at this convention, and I always have a lovely time.
I’m also going to be a panelist this year, for a few reasons:
1. I remembered to sign up. And I knew I was going far enough ahead that I could sign up.
2. This is a great time for me to get panelist experience because the stakes for me right now are fairly low. I’ve been a panelist (actually, a moderator) at FogCon a few times, but I figured it would be good to give it a try somewhere besides my home con. Plus, the idea makes me a little nervous. I don’t feel very qualified, which means I’m probably experiencing impostor syndrome. So I absolutely have to challenge myself and do it.
3. I really care about gender parity on panels, so I felt I should volunteer to increase the pool of female panelists. And if my schedule is any indication, ConFusion is doing a great job including female panelists this year, which is super awesome.
If you are going to be at ConFusion this year, or if you’re just curious, here is my schedule: (FIVE panels. I’m going to talking a lot this weekend!)
What you might want to be reading RIGHT NOW
Saladin Ahmed (M), Amy Sundberg, Merrie Haskell, Patrick Tomlinson, Gretchen Ash
11am Saturday – Erie
Writers are almost always avid readers, and being in the business sometimes allows more insight into new and exciting authors, series, or just ideas that different people are playing with. If you’ve looked around and wondered what’s good that’s out now and in the near future, this panel may give you a new slew of books to track down.
Who Would Win: YA
Sarah Zettel, Aimee Carter, Amy Sundberg, Courtney Moulton
12pm Saturday – Southfield
Beyond Katniss versus Katsa and Alanna versus Tris–let’s also talk Elisa’s council versus Bitterblue’s council, Tris’s Factions versus Cassia’s Society, Moulton’s Fallen versus Taylor’s chimaera, and whatever else our panelists and the audience can devise.
What does rejection Mean?
Elizabeth Shack, Mike Carey, Amy Sundberg, Nancy Fulda, C. C. Finlay
5pm Saturday – Rotunda
Rejections are a part of the business when writing, but few of us understand what a rejection is – beyond the soul crushing part. We discuss what a professional rejection is and isn’t, and try to help shed light on both the why? and the what now?
How do I find the right fit when looking for an Agent?
Amy Sundberg, Lucy A. Snyder, Aimee Carter, Christian Klaver
7pm Saturday – Ontario
What do you look for? Should you ever consider changing agents or is there a situation where one should find more than one? What are some warning signs or things to avoid?
Amy Sundberg, Wesley Chu, Sarah Gibbons, Doselle Young
10am Sunday – Erie
AI, alien entities, ghosts, and hallucination can all result in narratives with two minds in one body. What about this appeals to us, and what might that say in an era when we are approaching this level of technology?