J.A. Pitts

MisCon 31 Attending Professional

John (JA) Pitts is an award winning author of both novels and short fiction.  Selected as one of the nicest people in the business at two different conventions.  Dreams of being a full time writer if for no other reason than chucking his alarm clock into the bin.

John (JA) Pitts is an award winning author of both novels and short fiction. Selected as one of the nicest people in the business at two different conventions. Dreams of being a full time writer if for no other reason than chucking his alarm clock into the bin.

Web site: http://www.japitts.net/

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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(Tentative)

  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Spotlight: Pitts, Peterson, Frishberg, Spotlight
    Panelists: Manny Frishberg, Alyson Peterson, J.A. Pitts

    Meet a few of our authors, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.

  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, How to Spot a Cylon, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: J.A. Pitts; Panelists: Aaron Douglas, David Farland, J.A. Pitts, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Some robots, like Cylons, Replicants, and Terminators, lurk among us. Others, like R2D2 and Johnny 5, are obviously not human. Or are they? We'll take a look at the roles robots play in pop culture. What makes them tick? Why do they hate us so much? Are they going to take over? Do some of them have souls? Are they just possessions? Do they have rights? Why is BB-8 so cute?

  • panel Fri 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Marketing For Writers, Yellowstone
    Moderator: Ann Gimpel; Panelists: Ann Gimpel, Lane Heymont, Michael Hodges, J.A. Pitts

    What are the best advertising venues to sell your work? How much should you spend? How do you develop and manage a review team to help sell your work?

  • Break Fri 5:50 - Sat 11:00
  • panel Sat 11:00 - 11:50 AM, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, Ballroom C
    Panelists: David Boop, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts, Jeff Sturgeon, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Learn all about the upcoming anthology and art book, Jeff Sturgeon's Last Cities of Earth, an upcoming anthology and art book from a bunch of past MisCon GoHs and pros. Our panelists have all contributed to the book, and Jeff Sturgeon himself will be on hand to talk about his project. This thing is going to be big!

  • panel Sat Noon - 12:50 PM, The Everyday Hero, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Aaron Douglas, J.A. Pitts

    The Chief. Neville Longbottom. Samwise Gamgee. These everyday heroes aren't the classic protagonist. They're not rich or flashy and don't get all the glory (just some of it). So what role do they play in stories and why do we love them so much?

  • Break Sat 12:50 - Sun 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
    Panelists: Daniel Bensen, Spencer G. Ellsworth, James Glass, L.F. Patten (Laurey), J.A. Pitts

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • Break Sun 11:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Crisis Escalation as Character Building, Patio Tent (1)
    Panelists: David Boop, Spencer G. Ellsworth, David Farland, J.A. Pitts

    She's up against the wall, everything's at stake, she's all alone, and her life is about to be ruined. Great job, you've got all the necessary points for plot escalation, now how do you pull double duty and use those scenes to build character as well?

  • Break Sun 1:50 - Sun 4:00
  • panel Sun 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Queries, Synopses, and the Difference, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Claire Eddy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Manny Frishberg, Lane Heymont, J.A. Pitts

    A synopsis is different from a query letter in a number of ways. In this panel we'll discuss the difference, as well as elements of a successful synopsis.

  • panel Sun 5:00 - 5:50 PM, The Revision Process, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Carol Berg, Julie Frost, Jason A. Holt, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts

    Whether you write organically or from an outline, you'll have to revise your manuscript at least once before you send it out for publication. For some, this can be a daunting prospect. Let's break it down and discuss how you can revise without getting lost in the project or losing interest.

  • panel Sun 6:00 - 7:50 PM, Evolution of a Writing Career, Rocket Tent (1)
    Panelists: J.A. Pitts

    Bring all your writing-related questions to the indelible John Pitts and he'll help you figure this writing sh#*t out. Nothing is off limits.

  • Break Sun 7:50 - Mon 2:00
  • panel Mon 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Making Characters Resonate, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Claire Eddy, Todd Lockwood, J.A. Pitts, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    How do you make characters resonate with your audience? Let's hear what the pros have to say!


Note: Guest and pro biographical information may have been updated since MisCon 31.


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