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Roundtable 17: YA Horror (March 8)

roundtable_02Sun, Mar 8, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM —
At Google Hangouts On Air

Join distinguished guests and fellow writers live On Air for the March HWA Roundtable. We will be discussing writing horror for the Young Adult market.…

Horror Roundtable 16: Horror History 101

Horror Roundtable 16: Horror History 101

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When: 23 February, 2014
Time: 8pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

Horror History 101

Who are the founding fathers of the horror genre, and what is it about their work that allows it to stand the test of time? Let’s look at some of the iconic figures in the horror fiction genre,

Horror Roundtable 15 – Sexism in Horror

Horror Roundtable 15 – Sexism in Horror

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When: 16 January, 2014
Time: 7pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

Sexism in Horror

With so many brilliant female horror writers (think Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, Daphne Du Maurier, Lisa Morton, Nancy Holder, Sarah Pinborough, Lisa Tuttle, Sarah Langan, Kaaron Warren, and many more), why is it that few of them–if any–ever

Horror Roundtable 14 – Audiobooks

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When: 18 December, 2013
Time: 9pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

Audiobooks

The digital age has seen the popularity of audiobooks skyrocket; it is now a billion dollar industry, with a >30% growth rate in past few years and no signs of slowing. In a busy world, audiobooks are providing a way

Horror Roundtable 13 – For the Love of Comics

When: October 19, 2013
Time: 7:30pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

For the Love of Comics

Are comics more popular now than ever before? Let’s explore the industry, the names to watch out for and the publishers fighting the good fight. And let’s look at how a writer might go about having their story turned into a comic or graphic novel; how do they find an artist, and then where/how do they get the final product published. Is there money in comics or is it more for the love? And why is it that

Horror Roundtable 12 – The Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing

When: 12 September, 2013
Time: 3pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

The Nuts and Bolts of Self-publishing

This is not another discussion (= argument) on the merits or otherwise of self-publishing vs traditional publishing, but an actual nuts and bolts chat covering how you go about self-publishing. What things should you look at, what needs to be done, to ensure your book is as good as it can be, and available in all the right places? What mistakes do some self-published writers make that hurt their careers and turn others off going down this

Horror Roundtable 11 – The Master: The Continuing Impact of Stephen King

When: 11 August, 2013
Time: 8pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

The Master: The Continuing Impact of Stephen King

Carrie, Salem’s Lot, It, The Shining, The Stand, The Dark Tower series, Under the Dome, Joyland… Movies such as The Shawshank Redemption, Stand by Me, Misery, The Green Mile, The Mist… The comic American Vampire, plus all of those wonderfully chilling short stories… Stephen King’s impact on not just the horror genre but the writing world in general is immense. Let’s delve down into it and see what this impact is,

Horror Roundtable 10 – The Long Hard Road

When: July 17, 2013
Time: 8.30pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

The Long Hard Road

One thousand and one (or perhaps a few less) lessons learned along the long hard road to publication. Tips and suggestions that might help other writers get published, things you’ve discovered the hard way through trial and error–or should these mistakes be withheld from new writers so they can ‘earn their stripes?’ Let’s cover the gambit, from writing classes and critique groups, submitting via the top down approach or to ‘exposure’ markets first, replying to rejections, hounding editors and

Horror Roundtable 9 – The Future of Agents

When: June 10, 2013
Time: 3pm EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

The Future of Agents

Do you think all the recent technological advances in publishing are sounding the death knell for the literary agent? Agents used to be the gatekeepers in the classical publishing model, deciding who gets through and who remains in obscurity, but that barrier seems full of holes now. If literary agents are to remain part of the publishing process, how will they need to adapt?

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The Future of Agents to be decided on Monday

The Future of Agents to be decided on Monday

The HWA’s ninth Horror Roundtable will take place on Monday the 10th of June at 3pm EST. It’s a topic a lot of folks have asked about, and one very relevant to the current state of the publishing industry.

The topic this round is The Future of Agents (thanks for the idea, Joe McKinney!). Please join our special guest Joe McKinney, Robert Fleck, Doug Grad, and Richard Curtis, as they discuss the following:

“Do you think all the recent technological advances in publishing are sounding the death knell for the literary agent? Agents used to be the gatekeepers in the …

Horror Roundtable 8 – Writing a Series

When: May 11, 2013
Time: 12 noon EST (use the Time Zone Converter to find your local time)

Writing a Series

What do writers owe their readers when they write books in series? Or do they not owe anything at all? The readers are the people who buy the books and “pay” the writer with eventual [we hope!] royalties. The people and situations in a book and a series are the writer’s creation and for themselves foremost … but if a writer isn’t thinking of potential readers, then why bother sending the book to an agent or publisher? Why try

Horror Roundtable 7 – The Future of Writing

roundtable_01When: March 18, 2013
Time: 3pm Pacific Daylight Time (use the Time Zone Convertor to find your local time)

The Future of Writing

Technology has surged ahead over the past few years and technological advances show no sign of slowing. We’re living in the future. What does this mean for us writers? Does it open new pathways to success and unlimited options to explore our imaginations and present these worlds to our readers, or will it have an adverse effect? If there are always stories to tell, how will they be told in years to come? Will the written word

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