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Here's my schedule for ConDFW, February 20-22, in Dallas, Texas.

Friday –
6 pm Reading (Winston)

Saturday –
10 am – In the Beginning: How to start a story (Manchester)
Hosted by Lee Martindale (M), Martha Wells, Rie Sheridan Rose, Darlene D. Bolesny
It’s all very well and good to have a world spanning story, but if you can’t start it, it’ll never get written. Our experts relate their tales, and how you can get that story out...and grab attention in the process.

12 pm – Power Trips: How to build a world (Warwick)
Hosted by Lee Martindale (M), Jim Butcher, Martha Wells, Shanna Swendson, Carole Nelson Douglas
Muahaha...the world is under your fingertips. Your creation spans galaxies, and all will tremble! But who, exactly, is in this galaxy, and how many continents does your world have? Has your fictional society invented slood? Our experts tell how to turn your dreams into reality...and how to keep your reality under your control.

5 pm – Fools! I will destroy you all! – Creating Believable Villians (Manchester)
Hosted by Chris Donahue (M), Christopher Fulbright, Martha Wells, Paul Black, Darlene D. Bolesny
Ah, the villain of the piece. Consumate, suave, debonair…they don’t HAVE to be heroic traits. Or do they? Our experts discuss the hero’s worst enemy, what his or her traits are, and how to make them oh-so-hateable.

Sunday –
12 pm Autograph Session

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That 'how to build a world' panel looks great!

Too bad you're not going to any of New England's conventions (that I'm aware of at least). ^^;; That itinerary sounds fun!

Yep, they usually do really good programming at ConDFW.

I usually just go to in-state conventions; it's much less expensive.

Oh, I fully understand that. It's why I only plan on going to AnimeBoston and ConnectiCon (and maybe a couple small local conventions) this year, rather than to the New York Comicon and San Franscisco Comicon.

I must admit some curiosity. When you're doing book signings for a new novel, does the publishing company pay for it, or do they expect you to pick up part of the expenses which are then written off as tax deductions?

Rob H.

If you're a fairly big name or a bestseller, I think they do pay for all or some part of it. I usually had to arrange my own signings and pay for all the expenses, and I think that's probably the case for most authors.

Ooh, those all sound like really interesting and fun panels!

I'm really looking forward to it -- it's been a while since I've been to a convention.

Those all sound wonderful, especially 'Fools! I will destroy you all! (I do like a good villain.)

Will you be reporting back for us? That would be most interesting.

I'll try, if I have time! :)

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