Another beautiful day at Balticon 55! I have three events today, but there are so many awesome things to check out I’ll be bouncing around everywhere. I’ll try to come back between events to leave summaries. Sign up for the entire convention is FREE… details here.

Saturday, May 29 at 1 pm EST: Flash Fiction: Tips, Tricks and Travails
dave ring (moderator)Angela Yuriko SmithMari NessGabriella EtoniruJulia Rios
Flash fiction has increasingly been given the attention it deserves as a distinct, distilled pleasure. Writer Nuala Ní­Chonchúir suggests that “A good flash story is intense, urgent and often a little explosive, but also deep and clear, so the effect on the reader is like that of a poem – as you read it you admire its concision and, afterwards, it lingers.”  Our panel will discuss sterling examples of the genre, pitfalls they’ve encountered, and suggestions for further reading. (in schedule)

Saturday, May 29 at 5:30 pm EST: Freelancing in the Publishing Industry
Angela Yuriko Smith (moderator)Nick MamatasGeneve FlynnValerie FrankelDanielle Ackley-McPhail
How can one survive on their own in the wild, ever-changing world of genre publishing? Get some advice from people who have! (in schedule)

Saturday, May 29 at 8:30 pm EST: Warning Signs for New and Independent Authors
Joshua Bilmes (moderator)D.H. AireAlex ShvartsmanJulayne HughesAngela Yuriko Smith
It’s a jungle out there for new writers. Do you know the difference between a real publisher and a vanity press? What kind of scams are currently circulating? What rights are you giving away when you sign that contract… or even enter that contest? Panelists will give advice on how to navigate these and other pitfalls and give information on resources and communities that can help you out. (in schedule)

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, author, and publisher with over 20 years of experience in newspaper journalism. She is a Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020. She co-publishes Space and Time, a publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction since 1966. Join the community at
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  1. Marge Simon says:

    I signed up for both today (Saturday)! Mari Ness is a friend of many years. Love her stories (fantasy) in DSF, and other places – poems too. You’ll like her!
    I tried yesterday but my AOL was so iffy, I hope it works today all day.

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