Claire Eddy

MisCon 31 Guest of Honor

Claire Eddy is a senior editor at Tor Books and has edited such authors as Jacqueline Carey, Sara Douglass and Juliet Marillier (among many others).

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Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • panel Fri 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Do I Need An Editor?, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Guy Pace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Guy Pace, L.F. Patten (Laurey), Tex Thompson

    You might be asking yourself this question whether you're self published or going the traditional route. If you need one, what kind of editor do you need? How do you know when you're ready for an editor? There are lots of different kinds of editors, how do you know which one is the right one for you at what stage in the process?

  • panel Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Similes and Metaphors, Jefferson
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Julie Frost, Krista Wallace

    Sprinkling your writing with similes and metaphors can add vivid detail and make your writing come to life. Let's discuss how you write unique similes and metaphors and come up with some of our own!

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Fri 7:00
  • panel Fri 7:00 - 7:50 PM, Opening Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Panelists: Justin Barba, Philo Barnhart, Aaron Douglas, Claire Eddy, David Farland, Amy Farrington

    Calling all Cylons, Replicants, and Teerminators! Come on in, grab a seat, and find out what's in store for you at MisCon 31. We'll meet our Guests of Honor, hand out some Golden Squid Awards, and have a little fun. Our seers, scientists, and sages tell us this will likely only run about half an hour unless the forces of chaos make us go longer.

  • Break Fri 7:50 - Sat 10:00
  • panel Sat 10:00 - 11:50 AM, Writers' Workshop, Presidential Room 436 (436)
    Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Tex Thompson

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

  • Break Sat 11:50 - Sat 1:00
  • panel Sat 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Ask the Editor, Jefferson
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Sanan Kolva, Patrick Swenson

    It's back! Ask our panel of editors anything you want about editing and writing!

  • panel Sat 2:00 - 2:50 PM, Popular Books and Movies: The Elevator Pitch, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Spencer G. Ellsworth; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Spencer G. Ellsworth, Randy Henderson, Lane Heymont

    Before we learn how to write a good elevator pitch, let's first discuss some examples using popular books or films. Join us for what promises to be a fun time!

  • Break Sat 2:50 - Sat 4:00
  • panel Sat 4:00 - 5:50 PM, First Page Idol, Fourth Edition, Rocket Tent (1)
    Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Andrea Howe, Tod McCoy, Krista Wallace

    Join us for MisCon's fourth 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 out loud. 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 10:00
  • panel Sun 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Crafting Your Own Elevator Pitch, Jefferson
    Moderator: Tod McCoy; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Esther Jones, Tod McCoy, Dean Wells

    We've discussed elevator pitches for some popular books and films so now it's time to write our own! Bring your elevator pitch for an informal discussion of what works and what doesn't. Or, if you're too shy to share your own, join us to listen to others and learn how to craft one.

  • Break Sun 10:50 - Sun Noon
  • panel Sun Noon - 12:50 PM, The Grammar Panel, Monster Tent (1)
    Moderator: Andrea Howe; Panelists: Claire Eddy, Andrea Howe, Sanan Kolva

    Returning once again this year: the Grammar Panel! Bring all your grammar-related questions and let the learning begin!

  • Break Sun 12:50 - Sun 4:00
  • moderator 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 Opening Line: How to Hook Editors, Ballroom C
    Panelists: Larry Bonham, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Michael Hodges

    Take what you learned from MisCon's First Page Idol and learn how to better hook editors with a single sentence. Didn't attend Idol? Don't worry about it, come anyway and learn how to write a killer first sentence.

  • Break Sun 5:50 - Mon 10:00
  • panel Mon 10:00 - 10:50 AM, Voice in SF/F, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Alyson Peterson; Panelists: David Boop, Claire Eddy, Lane Heymont, Alyson Peterson, Dean Wells

    Sometimes writers intent on world building spend less time on finding their main character's voice. Let's discuss how you describe your new worlds in the main character's, or the narrator's, unique voice. Authors who are particularly good at this are Rick Riordan, JK Rowling, select Brandon Sanderson books, Anne McCaffry, Brian Jacques, to name a few.

  • Break Mon 10:50 - 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!

  • panel Mon 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Closing Ceremonies, Dragon Pavilion (1)
    Moderator: Justin Barba; Panelists: Justin Barba, Philo Barnhart, Claire Eddy, Amy Farrington

    Finish out MisCon 31 in style and catch a sneak peek at what’s in store for you next year at MisCon 32: Year of Lost Heroes, May 2018.

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

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