Outlantacon Schedule

I’m about to log off, hit the road and head to Outlantacon. My internet access will be sparse but I will be checking in.

Here’s my Outlantacon Panel Schedule for this weekend:


1:00 PM  How Not to Get Published: When dealing with ‘traditional’ publishers (be they major, large, small, indie, etc) the submission process is critically important. Learn from our experienced pros what you should do by hearing examples of what NOT to do when submitting your work to publishers.
Panelists: Lee Martindale, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins

2:00 PM Latest in Gay Comics: A popular panel topic each year at OutlantaCon, our panelists detailed look at the comics companies, both major and indie, to find out who is doing what with queer content.
Panelists: Joe Phillips, Darren Nowell, Scott Tatum, Dennis Upkins

3:00 PM Character Creation and Development: Learn from our experts some tips and skills in developing interesting and engaging characters in your work.
Panelists: Hushicho, Kayelle Allen, Dennis Upkins

5:00 PM The Blogging Author: The Art of Self PR: In the world of independent publishers, print-on-demand, and a very flooded literary market, it really does fall onto the shoulders of the author to promote him/herself and his/her own work. Learn from one of the very best what it takes to succeed in today’s literary landscape.
Panelist: Kayelle Allen, Dennis Upkins

6:00 PM Teen Fiction: The Young Adult market has become a hugely successful and influential aspect of the publishing landscape, from Harry Potter and Eragon to Hunger Games and Gossip Girls. Our panelists talk about the major players in the field; attendees are encouraged to bring up their favourite teen series as well.
Panelists: Eugie Foster, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins

7:00 PM LGBT Literature: What’s happening in the world of LGBT lit? Our panelists talk about the state of queer publishing, what’s hot and what’s not, and make recommendations to readers. Bring your own recommendations to share with the group!
Panelists: Kage Alan, Kiernan Kelly, Dennis Upkins


11:00 AM DC Rebooted … Now What?: With the big major relaunch of every DC title this year, the company has opened up its future to go anywhere it desires. But where are they headed? We’ll look at how this reboot has affected both DC and the market at large, and we’ll talk about where DC might go from here.
Panelists: Joe Phillips, Darren Nowell, Scott Tatum, Dennis Upkins

12:00 PM Job By Day, Writer By Night: Let’s face it … its tough to make a career from writing. The majority of writers have a ‘day job’. So how do our author and filmmaker guests juggle creating fantasy worlds and gay romances at night with computer support, database design and other mundane careers during the day? There’s got to be some funny stories there….
Panelists: Shae Connor, Eugie Foster, Paul Bright, Dennis Upkins


Speculative Fiction Novelist. Author of Hollowstone, West of Sunset and other cool stories. Wordsmith, activist and nerd seraph. Saving the world and/or taking it over. http://www.dennisupkins.wordpress.com