2023 Nebula Weekend

May 12, 2023

The Case for the Awkward Length

May 12, 2023 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Panelists: William Ledbetter, S.B. Divya, LP Kindred and Marie Vibbert (moderator)

How do you know when a story shouldn’t be inflated or deflated simply to fit traditional market standards? What happens when a manuscript is too long for the short story markets, but too short to be considered a novel? This panel will blend craft and business to explore how authors can approach novella and novelette projects, as well as publication paths in an area with limited opportunities.

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Funding & Crowdfunding your Project

May 12, 2023 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Confused about how crowdfunding works and wondering if there are other options? This panel will discuss current and emerging strategies, crowdfunding campaigns, and other ideas for financing your creative projects.

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Choose Your Happily Ever After: Writing the Interactive Novel

May 12, 2023 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Panelists: Rebecca Slitt, Sydney Meeker, SL Huang and Ruth Vincent (moderator)

What is an interactive novel? How does modern interactive fiction differ from the choose-your-own-adventure books of our childhood? How do we make readers/players feel like their choices matter in the story? Join us to explore how interactive fiction can be a bridge between gaming and reading, change the way we think about linear story structure, and give readers the satisfaction of having agency in creating their own story.

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All Things Critique Groups

May 12, 2023 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

A discussion about all things critique group: How to find one, how to make start one, and how to maintain one successfully. Let’s talk about how to find participants and set expectations. Let’s consider different options for how critiques are approached. What steps can you take to ensure that everyone is welcome and comfortable, especially members of marginalized groups?

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Southern California Science Fiction History

May 12, 2023 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Panelists: Jacob Weisman and David Sandner

From Philip K. Dick in Orange County, Frank Herbert, Ray Bradbury, and Steampunk’s origins in SoCal, to ‘zine history and more. Join us for an overview of Science Fiction history in the Nebula’s home state.

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Prep Tips for Your Debut Indie Book Launch

May 12, 2023 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Panelists: Kyle Massa, Jonathan Brazee, T.J. Deschamps and KC Grifant (moderator)

Whether publishing a small-press or publishing on your own, the debut novel can be intimidating. Learn about tips for marketing, social media, and “must-dos” to prepare for your book launch.

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Perfecting the Pitch: Queries, One-Liners, and More

May 12, 2023 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Writing a novel and marketing a novel are entirely separate skillsets, but all authors must pitch their books at some point – to agents, to potential readers, and other professional connections. Join us to discuss how to distill your narrative into a memorable, compelling concept you can easily deliver.

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Inventing Language

May 12, 2023 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Authors, code-breakers, language lovers (and haters): It’s not as hard as you think to begin crafting a new language. Using simple approaches, we’ll begin building a language together, looking at culture, grammar, alphabets, and more. Tools anyone can use!

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Sauúti: An Afro-centric universe

May 12, 2023 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

The Sauútiverse is an African collective initiative, drawing from the Swahili word ‘sauti’ that means ‘voice’ to create a five-planet system orbiting a binary star. A world rooted deeply in a variety of African mythology, language, and culture. Sauúti weaves in an intricate magic system based on sound, oral traditions and music.

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Authors Growing through Gaming

May 12, 2023 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Video and tabletop games offer their audiences the unique opportunity to engage in the character development, worldbuilding, and direction of a narrative. Game writers and enthusiasts discuss how designing, writing for, and even playing games can improve an author’s skills and imagination.

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