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If you’ll be attending the Shore Leave convention this weekend in Hunt Valley, MD, this is where and when to find me for signings and panels.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

10pm–Midnight
Meet the Pros
Hunt/Valley Corridor
Come chat with the author guests of Shore Leave, buy books from us, and get your books autographed.

The entire creative team behind the new Star Trek: Seekers series — myself, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, and artist Rob Caswell — will be signing books as well as special Shore Leave-exclusive Seekers POSTER PRINTS.

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The prints will be FREE! Just show up at our table on Friday night with at least one copy of both Seekers #1: Second Nature and Seekers #2: Point of Divergence (which will be on sale at the con, another Shore Leave exclusive), and get a free autographed poster print!

(Limit one print per fan; offer good only while supplies last.)

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2

11am–Noon
Star Trek: Seekers — Meet the Creators
Derby Lounge
Come get the lowdown on the newest Star Trek original literary series from the entire creative team. Learn about the two-part opening story and get teases for what’s coming up next.
—David Mack, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore, Rob Caswell

3pm–4pm
The Villain’s Journey
Salon A
A panel of writers and editors talk about whether villains have their own unique story arc, like that of Joseph Campbell’s famed “hero’s journey,” a shadow version of the hero’s journey, or no set paradigm at all.
—Kathleen David, Kirsten Beyer, Jeff Lang, David Mack, Kelly Meding, Marco Palmieri, Amanda Headlee

4pm–5pm
Writing Action Scenes
Concierge Lounge
Find out what tricks and techniques professional writers use to turn various types of action into readable prose.
—Keith DeCandido, Kirsten Beyer, David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Danielle Ackley-McPhail

5pm–6pm
Series in the Sandbox
Derby Lounge
Professional tie-in writers discuss the ins-and-outs of creating new original series spun off from existing media properties. Learn what makes a new series worth doing, what the rewards and frustrations are, and more.
—David Mack, Christopher Bennett, Jo Graham, Kirsten Beyer, Dayton Ward, Kevin Dilmore

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3

Noon–1pm
Novels: Tracking All the Moving Parts
Derby Lounge
What are the moving parts in a novel? Why is it important to keep track of them? What are some techniques professional authors use to ensure that all the moving parts in their novels don’t get out of sync? How do you fix major continuity errors if you discover them late in the writing process?
—Kirsten Beyer, Russ Colchamiro, Jeff Lang, David Mack

 

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Next month, Simon & Schuster will publish Storming Heaven, the final volume in the Star Trek Vanguard saga I helped develop, and for which I’ve written four novels and a novella. I have three complete sets of the saga, with each volume autographed by its authors, and I’m about to tell you how you can become eligible to win one of them.

As part of the big send-off for this literary juggernaut I unleashed with the help of editor/author Marco Palmieri and authors Dayton Ward and Kevin Dilmore (with a Mirror Universe assist from James Swallow), I am planning to record an audio podcast of an authors-and-editors roundtable.

And I’m going to let you, the series’ fans, ask the questions.

All of us involved in the saga have spoken quite a bit about it over the last several years, and we’ve answered the same questions many times. This time, we’re looking for really intriguing questions. Ask us anything about the series, its characters, our creative process, the saga’s in-jokes, and anything else related to the eight-book series. We’ll answer the most compelling and interesting questions during the audio podcast.

To submit a question for our consideration:

I’ll choose one winner from among all those who send in questions that we don’t use; I’ll select another winner from among those whose questions are selected for the podcast.

As for that third complete set of autographed books … I’m still thinking about how to give those away. I’ll let you know what I come up with.

Stay tuned for that, and for more news about special Vanguard-related content and glimpses behind the scenes into the development of the saga, all coming in March 2012!

Bring on the questions, Vanguard fans! We’ll be accepting questions until 11:59PM ET  Tuesday, March 13, 2012. My hope is to record the podcast and have it posted in time for the books scheduled release date, Tuesday, March 27.

(Book giveaway is limited to residents of the United States, because I’m willing to cover domestic shipping costs for a box full of books — but not international costs. Sorry!)

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Quick refresher for those just tuning in: Today is the bound-book date for Star Trek Vanguard: Declassified, an anthology that comprises four brand-new novellas spanning the entire time frame of the Vanguard saga to date:

“Almost Tomorrow” by Dayton Ward

“Hard News” by Kevin Dilmore

“The Ruins of Noble Men” by Marco Palmieri

“The Stars Look Down” by David Mack

To commemorate the book’s imminent release to bookstores everywhere, my friend, former editor, and Vanguard collaborator Marco Palmieri is hosting a contest on his blog at Otherworld Editorial. He’ll be giving away three copies of the new anthology, each one autographed by all four of its authors.

Check out his blog for all the details!

Then keep your eyes open for some kind of clever promotional effort on my part (not to mention Dayton’s) at some point in the very near future…

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