Worldcon Schedule 2015

Worldcon is approaching! If you’d like to stop by and say hello, here’s my schedule!

And if you’re a fan of the Silver series, I’ll be previewing Book 4 at my reading!

Urban Fantasy as Modern Fairy Tale

Friday 10:00 – 10:45, 300C (CC)

When the classic fairy tales were first told, they were about people living in places much like those known by the storyteller, mostly small towns and rural areas. Now, people live in more urban areas. Does today’s urban fantasy serve the role as fairy tales once did?

Megan Frank (M), Patricia Briggs, Yanni Kuznia, Rhiannon Held, Michelle Sagara

Autographing – Neil Clarke, William Dietz, Rhiannon Held, Mary Soon Lee, John Picacio, Charles Stross, Jo Walton

Friday 12:00 – 12:45, Exhibit Hall B (CC)

Reading – Rhiannon Held

Saturday 11:30 – 12:00, 304 (CC)

What New Pros Need to Know

Sunday 12:00 – 12:45, Conference Theater 110 (CC)

You’ve sold a few short stories. Your first novel is just coming out. The praise, the pans, the fans. How do you manage it all? What should you do to help your career along? What should you avoid? Here from people who have been there and done that, and hear how they got through it.

Cat Rambo (M), Wesley Chu, Wendy S. Delmater, Brandon Sanderson, Rhiannon Held

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Short Stories

To start dipping my toes into the mysteries of creating ebooks, I’ve put out a couple short stories in the Silver universe to hold all of you fine folks until I put out Book 4 this fall. They are both free!

You can find Temper here. It previously appeared on this website, but is now available for your ereader. It is set near the end of Book 3.

And you can find Back a Winner here. It’s ALL NEW! It’s set before the events of Book 1.

Watch later this month for a third completely new story, and of course this fall for Book 4!

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Tarnished and Reflected Audiobooks

Just wanted to let everyone know that all of my published novels are now available on audiobook from GraphicAudio! TARNISHED is available as CDs or to download here, and REFLECTED is here! Given how much I love audiobooks myself, I’m psyched to be able to offer my writing in that format to others!

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Newsletter

While I was off having a heck of a good time at Miscon this last weekend, someone asked me an excellent question: If I’m going to self-publish Book 4 in the Silver series, what’s the best way to find out when it comes out?

And I have an answer to that excellent question! I’ll announce it here and on social media, of course, but you also can join my newsletter mailing list!

The newsletter will not be spammy, I expect it to go out only once or twice a year. I’ll use it only to announce when I have new stories or novels available. I may set up a form if I get a lot of interest, but for now, if you’d like to be on the newsletter mailing list, please email contact(at)rhiannonheld.com with “Newsletter: Silver universe” or “Newsletter: All writing” in the subject line. The two newsletters will be exactly what they say on the tin: one will only contain announcements about novels or stories in the Silver universe, the other will include all my writing.

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Miscon Schedule

Miscon in Missoula is fast approaching! If you’re going to be attending, come on by and say hello to me! I have a full schedule:

Fri 4:00 – 4:50 PM, Writers’ Workshop Meet and Greet, Great Hall (Upstairs)
Panelists: Josie Beaudoin, Carol Berg, Larry Bonham, M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Brenda Carre, Ann Gimpel, James Glass, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, C.L (Candi) Norman, J.A. Pitts, Joyce Reynolds-Ward, Patrick Swenson

Participants and Critiquing Authors get together to meet and discuss how the workshop works. They’ll also discuss workshops in general, and how to take criticism. Open to anyone interested in the Writers’ Workshop.

Fri 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Minor Characters, Thunderdome Left (Big Room Left)
Moderator: Rhiannon Held; Panelists: Dave Bara, Manny Frishberg, Anne Groell, Laurey Patten

Minor characters might not be as important as your protagonists, but they’re still important in their own way. Let’s discuss some of the ways you can make your minor characters as fully dimensional and real as your main ones without over-sharing.

Sat 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Downton Abbey: a Bygone Era, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Moderator: Krista Wallace; Panelists: Justin Barba, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Krista Wallace

As far as we know, Downton isn’t science fiction, fantasy, or horror, but it reminds us of an era before the Wasteland. Its dialogue and characters are examples of great storytelling, and its setting is a staple among so many genre stories that we just need to discuss it. Spoiler alert! We won’t hold back, so everything in the show is on the table.

Sat 6:00 – 6:50 PM, Second Draft Blues, Upstairs Programming 2 (260)
Panelists: Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe, Laurey Patten, Shawn Speakman

Finish manuscript. Check. Read it through. Check. Writers’ Group critique. Check. Umm…now what? How do you begin to process all the suggestions into a coherent revision that won’t have you running for the hills? In this panel, we’ll discuss the almighty revision process and how to stay on top of it without losing faith in your abilities.

Sun 10:00 – 10:50 AM, Author Book Signing, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)

Sun 11:00 – 11:50 AM, Reading: Rhiannon Held, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)

Sun 5:00 – 5:50 PM, Family in Fiction, Upstairs Programming 3 (261)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Rhiannon Held, Laurey Patten, Beth Stoops

The apocalypse is a great way to kill off everyone related to your protagonist, but is that really the best idea? When is having your character’s relations show up on the page useful, and when is it distracting? What benefits can family members of characters bring to stories?

Mon 11:00 – 11:50 AM, The Building Blocks of Backstory, Thunderdome Right (Big Room Right)
Panelists: Carol Berg, Brenda Carre, Rhiannon Held, Andrea Howe

How do you create sufficient character backstory? Do minor characters need backgrounds, as well? How do you keep them straight? And, perhaps most importantly, how do you give your readers this information without resorting to info dumps?

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Silver audiobook

In exciting news, my first novel, SILVER, is now out in audiobook! The others in the series will be following in the next few months. This is not your garden variety audiobook, either–it features a full cast of voices, sounds effects, and original music. If audiobooks are your thing, I urge you to check it out and then come back here and comment about what you think of the characters’ voices. Which ones most match what’s in your head if you’ve read the book before? Which ones are most different? I’m very curious if there’s a lot of agreement, or a lot of variety as to which voices match up for folks.

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Norwescon Schedule 2015

If you’re planning to attend Norwescon, this April 2-5, c’mon by and say hello! I’ll be on panels throughout the weekend.

Fantasy vs. Reality
Fri 11:00am-12:00pm – Evergreen 1&2
Nina Post (M), Renee Stern, Esther Jones, Rhiannon Held

Revising From Feedback
Fri 4:00pm-5:00pm – Evergreen 3&4
Dean Wells (M), Susan DeFreitas, Rhiannon Held, Jack Skillingstead, Tim McDaniel, Renee Stern, Anne Groell

Writing a Series
Fri 8:00pm-9:00pm – Cascade 10
Laura Anne Gilman (M), Rhiannon Held, Esther Jones, Simon R Green

Autograph Session 2
Sat 3:00pm-4:00pm – Grand 2
Jeff Sturgeon, Django Wexler, Randy Henderson, G. Willow Wilson, Kristi Charish, Frog Jones, Richard Hescox, Darragh Metzger, David J. Peterson, Esther Jones, Jeremy Zimmerman, John (J.A.) Pitts, Kevin Radthorne, Laura Anne Gilman, Michael G. Munz, Rhiannon Held, Leannan Sidhe, Steven Barnes, Tim McDaniel

Where’s Urban Fantasy Going?
Sun 1:00pm-2:00pm – Cascade 3&4
Rhiannon Held (M), Esther Jones, Craig English, Kristi Charish, Tori Centanni

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Temper: a Silver universe story

As promised, I have a solstice gift for all my fans today! While it’s a DVD extra for Book 3, exploring events that happened around the time of that book, it’s designed to be interesting for anyone at all familiar with the Silver universe.

Enjoy!

Continue reading

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Watch this Space

Today, I’m finishing up revisions for a special holiday present for all my readers. Come back here on December 21, when I’ll post a new short story in the world of the Silver novels as a solstice gift! It’s something of a DVD extra, something that happens off screen during the events of Book 3, but it’s designed to be accessible to someone who’s read any of the books in the series. I’m looking forward to getting to share it with everyone!

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France Photos

Greetings! I know it’s been a while, but since I last posted, I’ve been head-down on first drafting and then revising my newest novel project. I also took time off from that to travel with my parents’ touring choir through France. (I am a singer myself, but I did not sing with them on this trip, given that they are based in another state, which makes attending rehearsals difficult. Instead, I tagged along for moral support.)

I have cunningly arranged some of my vacation photos into an album for your enjoyment. I’ve captioned nearly everything, so not only can you look at old things, you can also read my semi-coherent ramblings pertaining thereto. Huzzah!

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