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My Philcon Schedule

All the cool kids are doing it, so here's my Philcon schedule. I would also like some feedback from writers and editors for the panels I'm on.




Sat 11:00 AM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
DO YOU WRITE WITH A READER IN MIND?


[Panelists: Oz Drummond (mod), Gary Frank, Linda Bushyager, Gordon
Linzner, Alyce Wilson, Larry Hodges]

Is an awareness of the reader actually part of the creative process? Or
does a writer seek out an audience later?


Sun 3:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
IT CAME FROM THE SLUSH PILE


[Panelists: Hildy Silverman (mod), John Gregory Betancourt, Alyce
Wilson, Neil Clarke, Brian Koscienski]

Killer toilets. Vengeful roadkill. What stories keep getting
submitted to editors? Are there any hot new trends hiding in the
rejection pile

And now, the polls:

Poll #1645253 Philcon Poll for Writers

Do you write with a reader in mind?

Yes; I have a specific audience in mind.
0(0.0%)
Yes; I have a general sense of my audience.
2(20.0%)
Sometimes; it depends on the piece.
4(40.0%)
No; I write for myself.
3(30.0%)
Other (leave in comments)
1(10.0%)


Poll #1645254 Philcon Poll for Editors

What's the worst mistake writers make in their submissions?

Failing to read or understand the magazine/market.
3(30.0%)
Failures of storytelling: character & plot development.
3(30.0%)
Overly wordy openings that fail to capture attention.
2(20.0%)
Inappropriate/offensive material.
1(10.0%)
Other (leave in comments)
1(10.0%)


In addition, I'd appreciate it if editors would share their stories of some of the worst submissions they've received. Leave those in the comments or, if you prefer, send them in a private message.


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brni
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)

Your slush pile panel looks worthwhile. Alas, I'm scheduled for a panel at the same time.

As for my ambiguous "other" response - I'm one of those weird people who listen to what their characters say. So in a sense, I'm writing for the characters so that they can express whatever metaphysical selves they might have into some form of existence.

On re-write, if I know who I'm sending it to, I may temper or shift things to better catch the eye of a particular editor. But if the characters start giving me the hairy eyeball and say, "You want me to do what? - well, then, I know it's time to take a step back and rethink things.
alycewilson
Nov. 16th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
I left "sometimes" as an option because I occasionally write for a very specific audience. At other times, though, I simply write what I feel I need to.
teaberryblue
Nov. 16th, 2010 06:41 pm (UTC)
I generally write with a reader in mind if I know who the audience is going to be ahead of time. For example, when I'm writing for my blog, I know who my readers are and try to write things that they will find interesting. But if I'm writing a story, I usually finish the first draft and then decide.

I have slush pile horror stories, but they're from comics and porn, so I'm not sure they work.
alycewilson
Nov. 16th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
Actually, comics would work, because this is primarily a SF con, and there are several panels devoted to comics. Dish, dish!

Like you, I write for a specific audience when I have one for a given piece. I write differently when I'm just writing in a vacuum.
theafaye
Nov. 16th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
You missed out typos! It's a silly thing, but it's an automatic no from me. Also just simply not reading submission guidelines and thinking I'll be so blown away by their work, I won't care.
alycewilson
Nov. 16th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Hmm. I guess I was showing my own prejudices. If it is egregious, typos and grammatical errors can be a factor. If it's a simple mistake, a flaw in an otherwise compelling story or poem, I'm willing to cut the author a break.
theafaye
Nov. 16th, 2010 09:06 pm (UTC)
It has to be REALLY amazing for me to overlook it. And if I have a choice between two amazing pieces and one has typos, guess which one I'll go for?

If someone can't even use a spellcheck sensibly, I have little time for them.
alycewilson
Nov. 16th, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
*nods* Worse than that, for me, are grammatical errors. I have a hard time getting past them.
amysvoice
Nov. 16th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
See you there! =^_^=
alycewilson
Nov. 17th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Looking forward to it!
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