Panels

One of the best things an author can do, besides cashing royalty checks, is to sit on panels for conventions. I’ve had the pleasure to participate and, in some cases, moderate the following panels:

SpoCon, WA 2017:

  1. TBD, see you there!

Ghost Town Writers Retreat, CO 2017:

  1. TBD, see you there!

Archon 41, St. Louis, MO 2017:

  1. TBD, see you there!

Archon 40, St. Louis, MO 2016:

  1. Harassment in Fandom
  2. I.C. Wiener: Selecting a Pseudonym
  3. Turning Up the Heat: Writing Adult Content (21+)
  4. Mastering Story Conflict
  5. Writing Damaged Characters

Archon 39, St. Louis, MO 2015:

  1. Navigating Conventions While Differently Abled
  2. Pulp Stories: Remo Williams, The Phantom and Beyond
  3. Websites for Writers
  4. I Love It!: How I Developed my Best Idea
  5. E-Readers: Which is Best And Why?

Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO 2015:

  1. The Better Half: Sidekicks in Fiction.
    Films and literature and full of awesome sidekicks, but what is their role is storytelling?
    Travis Heermann, Lou Berger, Tonya DeMarco, Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Amalie Howard, Mario Acevedo, Jeanne Stein
  2. Speedy Stories – The Craft of Flash Fiction.
    Flash fiction is an amazing form for genre stories…but here’s what you need to know to pull it off!
    Josh Vogt, Vivian Trask, David Boop, Guy Anthony De Marco, Tonya DeMarco, Quincy J. Allen, Peter J. Wacks, Stephen Graham Jones
  3. Fearing Your Own Voice.
    When the Novel of Your Dreams Consists of Nightmares.
    Alexis Newton, Rob Peaslee , Rob Weiner, Sam Knight, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Stant Litore
  4. Finding Firefly: mixing genres in fiction.
    Discussion of the best instances of genre mash-ups and why they work.
    Sherry Ficklin, Sarah Hoyt, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Jim Butcher, Molly Tanzer, Mario Acevedo
  5. Going Down the Research Rabbit Hole.
    A discussion of research tools, techniques, and tribulations for writers.
    Travis Heermann, Jeanne Stein, Warren Hammond, Betsy Dornbusch, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Mario Acevedo
  6. The Facts About Media Tie-In Writing.
    Does media tie-in writing make you a sellout or is it a viable career move?
    Josh Vogt, David Boop, Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Dan Wells, Kevin Anderson
  7. Wish You Were There: Worldbuilding.
    Learn the two types of worldbuilding to make your fictional world not only come to life but make people want to be there.
    Josh Vogt, Betsy Dornbusch, Travis Heermann, Mark Ryan, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Tonya DeMarco

Denver Comic Con, Denver, CO 2014:

  1. In the Trenches of RPG Writing
    How to break in and build a portfolio of RPG writing.
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Josh Vogt, David Boop
  2. Writing RPG Tie-in Fiction
    Pros and cons of writing RPG tie-in short stories and novels.
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Josh Vogt, David Boop
  3. Plotting & Design of Tabletop Games
    How to write modules and design entire tabletop RPG games.
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Paul Lell, Josh Vogt
  4. Character Building
    Workshop. Steps to take when constructing engaging characters in a novel, manga, or comic.
    Vivian Caethe, Quincy J. Allen, Sam Knight, David Boop, Travis Heermann, Guy Anthony De Marco
  5. Flash Fiction: Writing at the Speed of Light
    Lecture. Ever wanted to get into writing but don’t know where to start? Flash fiction might be your gateway into the world of
    writing fiction.
    Vivian Caethe, R. Trask, Guy Anthony De Marco, Sam Knight, David Boop, Travis Heermann, Josh Vogt
  6. Have Sparkly Vampires “Bitten” the Dust?
    Discussion. Is Twilight a passing fad, or simply another version of the ages-old fascination with the vampires?
    L. Hilburn, David Boop, Guy Anthony De Marco, Carol Heightshoe
  7. How NOT to Get Published
    Laugh along with the panel as they discuss things not to do when submitting a manuscript or a portfolio.
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Quincy J. Allen, Sam Knight, David Boop, Travis Heermann, Peter J. Wacks
  8. Marketing for Authors and Artists
    Discussion. You’ve published a story, novel, or comic…now what? An open discussion on marketing your work without it taking over your life.
    P. Wacks, Q. Allen, S. Knight, G. De Marco, T. Heermann
  9. Mind-Melding an Author and an Artist
    Lecture/Q&A. Working together with other creative talent to make a comic, manga, cover or graphic novel.
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Sam Knight, Stan Yan, Kathryn S. Renta, Chaz Kemp
  10. Unlocking the Story Within
    Lecture/Q&A. You’ve got a story inside you yearning to come alive. But you don’t have time. You’re blocked. The inspiration isn’t coming. This panel will offer techniques and inspiration for creative people who need a little nudge.
    Travis Heermann, Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco
  11. Who’s the Villain
    Lecture. How does a writer shape who the villain is versus how our societal baggage shapes who we “think” the villain is. The inner life of your villain; motives, strengths, conflicts, and more. What makes a villain thrilling?
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mark Everett Stone, Kathryn S. Renta, Sam Knight

SpoCon, WA 2014:

  1. Plotting & Design of Tabletop Games
  2. Guy Anthony De Marco – Reading
  3. Sitting at the Cool Kids Table
  4. Whose Plot Is It Anyway?
  5. Gory vs. Eerie: Effective Character Use in Horror
  6. Plot in an Hour
  7. H.A.S. Entertains Your Children
  8. Writer’s Q&A

Animeland Wasabi, Denver, CO, 2014

  1. Working with Others in a Group/Consortium
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, Tonya L. De Marco
  2. Writing 101
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Tonya L. De Marco
  3. NaNoWriMo
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, Tonya L. De Marco
  4. Professionalism in the Face of Adversity
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, Tonya L. De Marco
  5. The Hobbit: 2 Movies or 3?
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, Tonya L. De Marco
  6. Plot in an Hour
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks
  7. The Birth of a Graphic Novel
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta
  8. Mining for Story Nuggets
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Tonya L. De Marco
  9. World Building
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Tonya L. De Marco
  10. Mind-Melding: an Author & Artist
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta
  11. Who’s the Villain?
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Tonya L. De Marco
  12. Indie or Traditional?
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Tonya L. De Marco
  13. Marketing & Social Media
    Quincy J. Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Lou J. Berger, Peter J. Wacks, Kathryn S. Renta, Tonya L. De Marco

AnomalyCon, Denver, CO 2014:

  1. The Villian Dilemma: The inner life of your villain.
    Motives, strengths, conflicts and more.
    G. De Marco, P. Lell, C. Salas
  2. Plotting/Design of Tabletop Games
    Paul Lell, Guy Anthony De Marco, Tracy Hickman
  3. Revolution Paradigms
    S. Knight, G. De Marco, K. Major
  4. The Secret Love Lives of Zombies
    G. De Marco, M. Acevedo, S. Yan, M. Stone, P. Nihiser (Random Audience Member Stand-In for Pam)
  5. Dark Fantasy
    C. Salas, G. De Marco, T. Heerman, A.M. Schilling
  6. Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly
    J. Stein, C. Vaughn, Q. Allen, G. De Marco, T. Heerman
  7. Writing Real Science
    R. Browning, G. De Marco, K. Major, A. Spriggs
  8. Build a Story on the Spot with Guy Anthony De Marco
  9. Editing Nightmares: The Worst Manuscript Ever
    V. Caethe, G. De Marco, T. De Marco, S. Knight, A. Kessler
  10. Writing the Graphic Novel: Story to Vision
    Guy Anthony De Marco
  11. Science of Time Travel
    G. De Marco, R. Browning, S. Knight, A. Spriggs
  12. Flash Fiction: Telling a Story at the Speed of Light
    V. Caethe, Q. Allen, G. De Marco, S. Knight

Rocky Mountain Con, Denver, CO 2013:

  1. Self Publishing 101
    Guy Anthony De Marco, solo series of panels
  2. Writers working with Authors
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Mike Baron, SpringLea Henry, J. Zoe Frasure, Eric Orton
  3. Character Building
    Guy Anthony De Marco, solo series of panels

MileHiCon 45, Denver, CO 2013:

  1. Animation for Adults
    M. Dane, G. De Marco, L. Givens (M), C. Kemp, J. Stith
  2. Autograph Alley/Meet-Munch-Mingle 
  3. Microfashion Geekery
    M. Bethards, G. De Marco,R. Lee (M), Mishalak, R. Rice
  4. Beyond Brass and Goggles
    S. Chambers, G. De Marco, J. Heller, S. Knight, D. Riley (M)

MalCon, Denver, CO 2013:

  1. Pirates, Airships, and Cannons
    The frigate, cutlass, zeppelin, the cannon…how much do the accouterments make pirate stories “pirate” stories?
    Travis Heermann (m), Alan Mayer, Mark Everett Stone, Guy Anthony De Marco 
  2. Turning Your Hobby into a Business
    How does one go about making a living using their hobbies?
    Kronda Seibert (m), Travis Heermann, Thomas Fowler, Guy Anthony De Marco

KillerCon, Las Vegas, NV 2013:

  1. Impromptu Novel Writing
    During my half-hour reading slot, I read one short story, then involved the audience in creating the beginning of an upcoming novel, which I dictated to a recorder.
  2. Stop Killing White Women!
    Hal Bodner (m), Chris Rice, Darryl Dawson Brown, Ellen Datlow, Guy Anthony De Marco

Salt Lake Comic Con, Salt Lake City, UT 2013:

  1. The Appeal of Horror: Why We Like to be Scared
    Brendan Cook, Kenny D., Michaelbrent Collings, Carter Reid, Nathan Schumate, Andrea Ciliberti, Guy Anthony De Marco 
  2. Effective Horror: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why
    Michaelbrent Collings, Mike Baron, Carter Reid, Nathan Schumate, Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony De Marco
  3. Advice I’d Give Myself
    Kevin J. Anderson, Larry Correia, Obert Skye, Richard Paul Evans, Guy Anthony De Marco

OSFest 6, Omaha, NE 2013:

  1. Need to find the program guide.
    Guy Anthony De Marco 

 

World Horror Convention, New Orleans, LA 2013:

  1. Social Media for Writers
    Anita Siraki (m), Alma Katsu, John Prescott, Sèphera Girón, Guy Anthony De Marco 

Denver Comic Con 2013:

  1. The future of storytelling
    James Rourke, Jesse Bullington, Molly Tanzer, Guy Anthony De Marco, Stephen Graham Jones (m)
  2. Creating an indie publishing co-op
    Bryan Young, Dave Jackson, Paul Lell, Travis Heerman, Guy Anthony De Marco (m)
  3. Horror and dark fiction
    Jeanne Stein, Stephen Graham Jones, Lee Collins, Guy Anthony De Marco, Mario Acevedo (m)
  4. Marketing and Crowdsourcing for Authors
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Peter J. Wacks, W.L. James, Paul Lell, Kevin J. Anderson (m)
  5. Fairytales retold, the new trend
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Sam Knight, W.L. James, Dave Jackson (m)

AnomalyCon 2013:

  1. Ebook Creation and Pitfalls
    Guy Anthony De Marco (m), Quincy Allen, Peter J. Wacks
  2. Science of Steampunk
    Quincy Allen (m), Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony De Marco
  3. Finding a Winning Team: Authors and Artists
    Guy Anthony De Marco, R Joseph, Ash
  4. Self-Publishing 101
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Quincy Allen, Peter J. Wacks (m), Sarah Hoyt
  5. Creating an Author Co-Op
    Guy Anthony De Marco, Quincy Allen, Peter J. Wacks (m), Daniel Hoyt, Robert Hoyt
  6. Mash-Ups: Mixing Genres for New Ideas
    Peter J. Wacks, Quincy Allen (m), Guy Anthony De Marco, Robert Hoyt, Sherry D. Ficklin, Tyler Jolley
  7. FairyPunk: Steampunked Fairy Tales
    Guy Anthony De Marco (mod) , Peter J. Wacks, Sam Knight, J. Zoe Frasure, David Boop, Pandora Celtica
  8. Plot in an Hour: The Audience Generates a Story
    Guy Anthony De Marco (m), Peter J. Wacks, Quincy Allen, Terry Kroening
  9. NANOWRIMO For Beginners
    Quincy Allen (m), Peter J. Wacks, Guy Anthony De Marco, Terry Kroening
  10. Fireside Reading with Guy Anthony De Marco
  11. Character Building
    Peter J. Wacks (m), Guy Anthony De Marco, Carrie Vaughn, Gail Carringer
  12. Did Harry Potter Spawn Twilight?
    Sam Knight (m), Guy Anthony De Marco
  13. Marketing for Writers
    Peter J. Wacks (m), Quincy Allen, Guy Anthony De Marco, Carrie Vaughn, David Boop
  14. Writers Groups
    Guy Anthony De Marco (m), Quincy Allen, Peter J. Wacks, Sarah Hoyt
  15. The Secret Sex Lives of Zombies
    Stan Yan (m), Guy Anthony De Marco, Pamela Nihiser
  16. Author Free-for-All
    All authors at the convention
  17. Flash Fiction and Short Shorts
    Quincy Allen (m), Guy Anthony De Marco, David Boop

 

CoSine 2013:

  1. Cross genre, cross dressing, and Charing Cross Road – what works and what sells?
    David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Sarah Hoyt (M), Sam Knight
  2. The Science of Steampunk or Aerodynamics in the World of Steam
    Quincy Allen, Kevin Anderson, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Sam Knight, Peter Wacks (M)
  3. Ebooks, podcasts, and online publishing – the effects of technology on SF publishing
    Kevin Anderson (M), David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Travis Heemann, Daniel Willis
  4. Supernatural, horror, and paranormal – the shifting borders
    Ed Bryant, Guy Anthony DeMarco (M), Lynda Hilburn, Christopher Salas, Daniel Willis
  5. Author Reception, Raffle, and Mass Autographing
    Quincy Allen, Kevin Anderson, Dana Bell, David Boop, Ed Bryant, Marie DesJardin, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Travis Heemann, Carol Hightshoe, Lynda Hilburn, Nikki Hohl, Sarah Hoyt, Paul Lell, Rebecca Lickiss, Nathan Lowell, Wil McCarthy, Rebecca Moesta, Pamela Nihiser, Christopher Salas, John Stith, S M Stirling, Peter Wacks, Connie Willis, Daniel Willis,Shelly Goodman Wright
  6. Has the Internet killed local SF groups?
    David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco (M), Jack Heneghan, Sourdough Jackson, Joe Sokola
  7. Lovecraft, a retrospective
    Ed Bryant, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Travis Heemann, Nikki Hohl, Pamela Nihiser (M), Chris Salas
  8. What’s the best market for short SF – magazines, anthologies, or online?
    David Boop, Guy Anthony DeMarco, Carol Hightshoe (M), Pamela Nihiser, Peter Wacks

Galaxyfest 3:

  1. The Doctor Who Panel
  2. Writing Organizations

StarFestDigiFest 2013:

  1. FairyPunk Stories
    DigiFest – with Sam Knight, Peter J. Wacks, David Boop, Quincy Allen, Kathryn Renta, Chaz Kemp, J. Zoe Frasure, Rion Berquist, Nessa Nixiefae 
  2. Epic Fantasy
    StarFest – with Betsy Dornbusch, Peter J. Wacks, Molly Tanzer, Jesse Bullington
  3. Author Free-for-All
    DigiFest – Every author who is not drunk, kidnapped, or on a panel.
  4. Flash Fiction
    StarFest – with David Boop, Betsy Dornbusch, Peter J. Wacks
  5. The Villain’s Journey
    StarFest – with Betsy Dornbusch and David Boop
  6. How Not to Get Published
    StarFest – with Peter J. Wacks, Betsy Dornbusch, David Boop, Quincy Allen 

MileHiCon 2012:

  1. Writers Networking
    A general gathering at the con bar for authors.
    (with David Boop, Travis Heermann, G. Sixbury, J. Stith, and M. Stone)
  2. SFWA Business Meeting (Not a panel)
  3. Speed Meet an Author
    Just like dating, except you discuss writing and publishing.
    (with Matt Boroson, Steven Brust, Julie Campbell, M. Kirk, Dani and Eytan Kollin, and other talented authors)
  4. Science Travesties in Current Media
    The latest boneheaded mistakes made by the movie gurus. An example is using a Mac with a modem to hack the aliens in the movie Independence Day.
    (with Mario Acevedo, Rebecca Lickiss, R. Acks, and Dan Dvorkin)
  5. Small Press Onward
    Discussions on small presses and what they can do for you.
    (with Peter J. Wacks, Carol Hightshoe, M. Bonham, J. Erwine, and David Riley)
  6. Fairy Tales Reimagined
    A discussion on updating fairy tales for a new audience.
    (with Peter J. Wacks, Theda Hutcheson, J. Kazimer, and P. Merrick)

OSFest 2012:

  1. The Science of Steampunk
    Airships, Steam Cannons, Clockwork Limbs: Understanding the science behind steampunk gadgets. Developing unique items when worldbuilding.
  2. Creating an Author Co-Op
    Instead of going it alone, work together with other authors and artists to pool resources. Buying ISBNs, licensing cover art, and cross-marketing your way to success.
  3. Mash-Ups: Mixing Genres for New Ideas
    Thinking about writing yet another zombie ebook? Be different – combine different genres to make your novel stand out.
  4. Marketing for Writers
    You’ve published a story or novel…now what? A frank discussion on marketing your work without it taking over your life.
  5. Writing Professionally
    Do you have what it takes to write at the professional level? Topics will include routines, goals and schedules, overcoming writer’s block, professional organizations, and doing interviews.
  6. Self-Publishing 101How to self-publish your work, including publication venues, ebook versus print, editing, cover design, and the details that make a book appear to be professionally produced.
  7. Ebook Creation and Pitfalls
    Should you use Smashwords to create your ebook, or should you take the time to craft a professional-quality version of your work? Different tools for ebook creation and custom HTML tricks will be covered.
  8. Strong Women in Fiction
    An open discussion on crafting a female character who is not the stereotypical Mary Sue. Topics include understanding motivations and reactions without turning characters into women who act like men.
  9. Writers Groups
    A panel on local, regional, national and international writers groups, including the genre-specific heavyweights such as the Horror Writers Association and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Understanding what a member can expect from membership, membership requirements, and volunteer opportunities.
  10. Where Worlds Collide – The Art of Writing Parallel & Alternative Timelines
    Creating an alternative or parallel timeline story without falling into the common traps.
  11. Character Building
    Steps to take when constructing engaging characters in a novel.
  12. NANOWRIMO For Beginners
    Tricks, tips, and pre-planning to complete the goal of writing 50,000 words in one month.
  13. Plot in an Hour: The Audience Generates a Story
    An interactive hour where the audience constructs the framework for a novel.

AnomalyCon 2012:

  1. Breakfast with Brilliance: Donuts and Authors
  2. Author Free-for-All
  3. Science of Steampunk
  4. Aerodynamics in the World of Steam

StarFest 2012:

  1. FairyPunk: Steampunked Fairy Tales
  2. The Hero’s Journey

World Horror Convention 2012:

  1. Music in Horror

GalaxyFest 2012:

  1. Strong Women in Fiction
  2. Writing Organizations
  3. Zombies: The New Black