Mark Teppo

MisCon 29 Attending Professional

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Creating the Brands of Tomorrow, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
    Panelists: John Picacio, Shawn Speakman, Mark Teppo

    Three leading sf/f creatives will share why they created their own publishing houses, what they're producing, what's next, and where the next frontiers are. Discussion + Q&A.

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Writing to Prompts, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Brenda Carre, David Keck, J.A. Pitts, Mark Teppo

    Prompts are a great way to build and hone your craft, not to mention get published and win contests. In this panel we'll learn how to write original, unique stories based on those prompts. We'll also discuss how to know if you've strayed too far from the original concept.

  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page: Make or Break, 2nd Edition, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Anne Groell, Andrea Howe, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo

    In this panel, you'll get a first-hand look at how editors react when they read the opening page of your submission. Submit the first page of your story or book to be randomly read aloud. Our panelists will stop the reader when they would stop reading the submission and tell you why. Submissions will be handed in at the beginning of the panel. Submissions will not be returned and not all submissions will be read.

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Dave Bara, Carol Berg, S. A. Bolich, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Terry Brooks, Brenda Carre, C.J. Cherryh, Steven Erikson, Jane Fancher, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, David Keck, Todd Lockwood, Peter Orullian (Rock Lord), L.F. Patten (Laurey), John Picacio, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Shawn Speakman, Patrick Swenson, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    All authors are invited. Terry Brooks's signing is moderated, and we will maintain a STRICT 3 item maximum per person--zero exceptions. In order to keep the line moving, Terry can only personalize one item per person per trip through the line.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, Elevator Pitches, Queries, Synopses, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Panelists: Anne Groell, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Mark Teppo

    Panels on these subjects may be ubiquitous, but they’re important. Selling your book through one of these means is hard. In this panel, we’ll learn from authors and editors about how to craft the best pitch possible for your book or short story.

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 11:50 AM, MisCon Workshop: Jumpstart Your Novel, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
    Panelists: Mark Teppo

    This is a two-hour hands-on workshop with author and publisher Mark Teppo. First, you’ll start with a blank page. Then you’ll spend the first hour speed writing the bare bones of an outline. Afterwards, you’ll learn how to layer various structures on top of it until you have an early start to a novel!

  • Break Mon 11:50 - Mon 1:00
  • panel Mon 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Organizing Story Ideas, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Andrea Howe, Mark Teppo, Eldon Thompson

    Writers usually have a tornado of ideas swirling in their heads at any one time. What do you do with all these ideas? How do you organize them? You might get them onto the page, but sometimes they don't live up to what's in your mind. What do you do then? What do you do when your ideas run wild? It's easy to feel defeated. In this panel we'll discuss how to organize those ideas into a coherent story and juggling expectation with reality.

Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 29.

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