Andrea Howe

MisCon 30 Attending Professional

Andrea Howe has been adeptly wrangling the written word for more than a decade. As a freelancer, she has edited books for such notable publishers as Wizards of the Coast, McGraw-Hill, and Random House as well as for individual authors. She has been called a “natural” and truly enjoys her work. She offers tips and tools for writers on her Web site and posts fun tidbits about language and grammar on her Facebook page. More information can be found at and

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, Ask the Editor, Gallatin
    Moderator: Patrick Swenson; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson

    Ask our panel of editors anything you want about editing and writing!

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page Idol, Third Edition, Ballroom B
    Moderator: Kendra Lisum; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Patrick Swenson, Peter Wacks (pjwacks), Krista Wallace

    Join us for MisCon’s third annual First Page Idol! Here’s how it works: Hand in the first page of your story or book at the start of the panel. Pages will be randomly chosen and read aloud. Our panelists will indicate when, had the submission come across their desk, they’d stop reading and tell us why. Submissions will be anonymous and will not be returned. (All submissions may not be read).

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 1:00
  • moderator Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Editing!, Madison
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Brian Rathbone, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    When is something edited enough to be published? What edits are important, which can be disregarded, and how do you tell the difference? Learn about how to edit your book in order to make it publisher ready. We�ll also touch on the different types of editors and when to engage them.

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Current Trends in Sci/Fi, Fantasy, and Horror, Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: S. A. Bolich; Panelists: S. A. Bolich, Manny Frishberg, Andrea Howe, Frog Jones

    Let’s discuss the current trends in genre. Are we finally leaving grim dystopia behind? Is it possible for SF to imagine hopeful futures again? Is message fiction our future, or is there still room for silly fun? This will be an audience-participation panel where we talk about what people really want to see/read, as opposed to what the media and the big houses are focused on.

  • Break Sun 4:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Whirlygigs and Whatchamacallits, Madison
    Moderator: David Boop; Panelists: Larry Bonham, David Boop, Andrea Howe, Bob Patten

    How is technology used in stories? How can you, without a mechanical engineering degree, sound like you know what you're talking about? Are technological systems something you need to develop like you would a magic system? In this panel let's talk about all kinds of technology (contemporary, ancient, and steampunk, to name a few).

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