see me at philcon!

2010

1150521_10100954147068422_881859221_oDespite having lived in Philadelphia for nearly three years, next week I will be attending my first Philcon — the first and longest running SFF convention in the world — at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J., Friday, Nov. 8 – Sunday, Nov. 10. Their full schedule is here, but you can find me at the panels listed below, and I hope you’ll come and say hi. This is likely to be my last local event until at least next year.

Before I share my schedule: I want everyone to enjoy the convention without detracting from anyone else’s fun and comfort, so please read Philcon’s Harassment Policy, such as it is.

Friday, Nov. 8

7:00 PM in Plaza II (Two) (1 hour)
DYSTOPIA IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION

[Panelists: Rebecca Robare (mod), Gil Cnaan, E.C. Myers, Christine Norris, Aurora Celeste]

Saturday, Nov. 9

3:00 PM in Crystal Ballroom Three (1 hour)
IS STAR TREK BOLDLY GOING WHERE WE WANT IT TO?

[Panelists: Keith R.A. DeCandido (mod), Jay Smith, Theodore Krulik, E.C. Myers, Christopher Stout]

4:00 PM in Executive Suite 623 (1 hour)
READING: E.C. MYERS

I may read my new short story, “Kiss and Kiss and Kiss and Tell”, which I finished writing on Friday. So if you show up, you’ll be the first people anywhere to hear it! It hasn’t been published yet, and it has the standard author disclaimer that it still may be a little rough :)

5:00 PM in Plaza III (Three) (1 hour)
WRITING SCIENCE FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

[Panelists: Ty Drago (mod), Michael J. Friedman, Bill Spangler, E.C. Myers, Thomas Willeford]

Sunday, Nov. 10

2:00 PM in Autograph Table (1 hour)
AUTOGRAPH: ANNA KASHINA, E.C.MYERS

[Panelists: Anna Kashina (mod), E.C. Myers]


The rest of the time I may be hanging out in the bar, or writing on my netbook in a corner somewhere. Deadlines wait for no con.

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fantastic kickstarter

2010
E.C. Myers reads from his first novel, Fair Coin at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, June 20, 2012

E.C. Myers reads from Fair Coin at Fantastic Fiction at KGB, June 20, 2012

Today is the third Wednesday of the month, and if I were still living in New York, I would be excited about going to see authors Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud read tonight in a red room on the second floor of a building at 85 E. 4th Street. This is the KGB Bar, where for more than a decade, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and young adult writers, readers, editors, and agents have gathered for the Fantastic Fiction at KGB Reading series.

I’ve been going to KGB Readings for many years, and last year I was honored to be invited to read from my first novel, Fair Coin — on my 34th birthday, no less! Basically, this reading series is an important part of the SFF scene in NYC, and it’s very important to me, personally; I have met many people there who have become good friends, and it’s a place where we can get together to celebrate the fiction and genres we love, or just drink beer. Now that I’m in Philadelphia, where there are not very many literary readings at all (or, in fact, books), I value that kind of connection even more. New Yorkers, you are lucky to have this every month!

The Fantastic Fiction readings are completely free, but current co-hosts Ellen Datlow and Matt Kressel buy their guest authors drinks and dinner, and that does cost money. They have prevailed upon the kindness of the community before, with tremendous success, but the coffers at last have run empty and it’s time to pass the hat around again. Happily, their ongoing Kickstarter campaign was funded in record time (demonstrating the value that so many place on it), and they now have support for the next four years, but I would like to see it continue for as long as possible. Every $1500 above their $3000 goal buys another year of readings and means they won’t have to ask for donations again for a good long time.

There are still lots of wonderful rewards for giving at different levels, including a critique from my writing group, Altered Fluid, which I was first introduced to at a KGB reading. (Of course a group with that name would hang out in a bar!)

Not only have I offered up a copy of Fair Coin as a reward (the first one claimed!), but I edited the Kickstarter video below, and I’ve even donated a little money myself. That’s how you know how much I support what this series does, and/or how much of a sucker I am.

There are only 9 days left to donate. Won’t you consider chipping in whatever you can spare?

Oh, also, next month YA authors Libba Bray and Nova Ren Suma will be reading there on August 21, and I will definitely try to make it for that one!

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heading to princeton

2010

Part of Quantum Coin is set in Princeton, N.J., so I’m looking forward to bringing the book there this Friday for an event called Buzz Pop: Connecting Teens with Books, Pop Culture, and Young Adult Authors.

liblogo2This program series at the West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library System is described as an informal discussion with teens and YA authors about books, music, movies, and TV shows — with snacks! I approve of all of these.

I’ll be joined by several other authors: Kit Grindstaff (The Flame in the Mist), Alissa Grosso (Shallow PondFerocity SummerPopular), and Evan Roskos (Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets). Books will be for sale! We will happily sign our names on things! Fun will be had!

I hope many teens in the area will be there. The event is free, but you should register here now to make sure there are enough snacks.

West Windsor Branch of the Mercer County Library
333 North Post Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Friday, July 19, 2013
3–4:30 p.m.

Many thanks to YA librarian Carolyn Aversano and the Friends of the West Windsor Library for inviting us! And thanks to K.M. Walton for connecting us. I’m looking forward to it!

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oh, hello, livejournal

2010
I just realized that a) I forgot to crosspost my last blog entry from http://ecmyers.net, and b) not all of you are on Facebook or Twitter, so perhaps my LiveJournal-only friends have missed my exciting news: Fair Coin is a finalist for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy! I am thrilled and shocked at this honor, especially considering all the amazing books on the shortlist. Here's the full list of Nebula, Bradbury, and Norton nominees. These awards are voted on by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Sorry I haven't been posting much over here, but I do try to catch up on posts and comment from time to time.

far coin

2010

Source: http://www.taxfreegold.co.ukI’m thrilled to announce that we have just sold the first foreign rights to Fair Coin and Quantum Coin! From Publishers Marketplace:

Complex Chinese rights to E. C. Myers’s FAIR COIN and QUANTUM COIN, to Sharp Point, in a nice deal, by Gray Tan at The Grayhawk Agency on behalf of Brady McReynolds at JABberwocky Literary Agency.

My thanks to Gray and Brady, and of course my agent, Eddie Schneider, and Pyr! I love seeing foreign editions of familiar books and magazines. When I was a kid, one of my favorite things was a video game magazine I picked up on vacation in South Korea. I couldn’t read anything in it, but it was fun trying to figure out what words meant “Super Mario,” and screenshots of games are pretty much universal. I still treasure my dual-language editions of Sherlock Holmes, Edgar Allen Poe stories, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, with Korean on one page and English on the facing page. (I was bored on the trip, so of course my mom bought me books.)

I look forward to seeing what the Coin books look like in Chinese, and here’s hoping we’ll be able to bring them to even more countries around the world!

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tribbles talking star wars

2010

I should have mentioned this sooner, but I think the weeks around the holidays are caught up in some kind of time warp:

Tonight at 9:00 p.m. EST, I will be a guest on the wonderfully geeky Black Tribbles on G-Town Radio. Rasheeda Phillips, Jared Axelrod, Stephen Segal, and I will be plotting the next three chapters of Star Wars! You can listen to the program live online. And I hope you will.

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my neighbor toronto

2010

At the beginning of November, I went to Canada for a couple of events in Toronto, Ontario. The original reason for my trip was to attend the World Fantasy Convention, which supposedly was in Toronto but was really in Richmond Hills, inconveniently located “near” Toronto Pearson International Airport and various downtown restaurants. False advertising, much?

But I actually skipped most of the first two days of the con, as I also wanted to spend time with close friends in the area, who showed me interesting sites like the National Air Force Museum of Canada and made sure I sampled as much of the local cuisine as possible. No complaints!

Photo by Al Bogdan

World Fantasy is one of my favorite conventions, though I don’t get to attend every year; once I got there, it was great to catch up with many authors, editors, and friends in the SFF community, though there’s never enough time to see everyone. Two highlights of World Fantasy for me were the mass autographing session on Friday night—where some people actually turned up to talk to me and get their copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin signed!—and a panel on diversity in young adult fiction, my one official program for the con.

Photo by Al Bogdan

I’m still a little nervous on panels, even though all I’m doing is expressing my opinion on various topics (which I often do without any prompting), but it went really well, thanks to my fellow panelists (Cindy Williams Chima, Cheryl Rainfield, Megan Crewe, and Kathleen Sullivan), as well as a terrific audience–the intelligent, well-read, and passionate audience you hope for at events like this. Everyone contributed to a lively and respectful discussion of the importance of representing protagonists of different cultures, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations in young adult fiction. Cheryl wrote a detailed summary of the panel along with some book recommendations collected from panelists and readers in the audience. So yeah, I think I did all right on this one, and some people were kind enough to tell me so afterward.

Some Altered Fluid: (Clockwise) Mercurio D. Rivera, Rajan Khanna, E.C. Myers, K. Tempest Bradford, Matthew Kressel, Alaya Dawn Johnson. (Photo by Chris Cevasco)

Of course, there were many other memorable moments at WFC: an impromptu fiction reading by members of my writing group, Altered Fluid, in the soda room of the con suite (really); breakfast dim sum; a 3am expedition to get hot pot and tea; hallway conversations about Sleep No More; hanging out at the hotel bar with friends from Clarion West; the Clarion West party (featuring the class of 2012′s anthem, “Ready to Launch”); and every stolen moment with folks in the dealer room, halls, parties, and hotel rooms. And as always, it was great to meet online friends in person for the first time and make a lot of new friends at the con.

Photo by Joanne Levy

However, one of my favorite moments in Toronto didn’t occur at the con at all: a reading and signing at !ndigo Yorkdale. This event was as amazing as the circumstances that brought it about; Ross Armstrong, one of the booksellers at Yorkdale, decided to participate in the company’s “CEO 100″ challenge by handselling 100 copies of Fair Coin. And he succeeded!

What. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

When I found out about it, I was flattered, impressed, and grateful, so I knew I had to visit the store while I was in town to thank the staff in person. I was honored to be invited there for an event–especially considering the guests they usually attract, authors like James Dashner, Cassandra Clare, and Libba Bray–and fortunately everyone’s schedules worked out to make it happen on relatively short notice. One of the best parts of being a published author is meeting teens who enjoyed Fair Coin, not to mention adult readers, parents, and booksellers. It was the perfect note to end my “book tour” on!

So if you happen to be in or around Toronto, Ontario, you can pick up signed copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin at !ndigo Yorkdale–the only book store offering them in all of Canada, which is a pretty big country. If you do stop by, say hi to Ross for me.

Ross and me. (Photo by Jessie Cammack)

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due north

2010

From http://home.hiwaay.net/~warydbom/duesouth/

You may have heard, Hurricane Sandy just blew through town last night. My family and I fared better than some and count ourselves lucky; it was actually rather nice to spend a couple of days working from home. We never even lost power, just had some leaking ceilings to deal with.

So far my Thursday morning flight to Toronto for the World Fantasy Convention is still on schedule. Assuming that I make it to Canada after all, and the weather cooperates, here is where you can find me:

Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 p.m.
!Indigo Yorkdale
3401 Dufferin Street Unit #29

Ross, a bookseller at Yorkdale, recently hand sold 100 copies of Fair Coin! I will be at his store expressing my amazement and gratitude, meeting local readers, and signing copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin.


Friday, Nov. 2 at 8:00 p.m.
Autograph Reception, Grand York Ballroom
World Fantasy Convention

Authors attending World Fantasy will all gather at tables to sign books. Bring your copies of Fair Coin and/or Quantum Coin! (Or buy them in the dealer room, maybe? Not sure if they’ll be for sale.) I will also be signing and handing out free bookmarks.


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 3:00 p.m.

Panel on DIVERSITY AND DIFFERENCE IN YA FANTASY in York B & C:

The popularity of The Hunger Games has brought to the forefront the strong heroine who figures in a good deal of YA Fantasy. She may be flawed, but she has inner strength, guts, and often a little snark. Is this a departure from YA Fantasy of the past, when girls may have been more peripheral, less dynamic characters? Does the genre allow writers to include more non-traditional characters than might be the case elsewhere? Is the popularity of Urban Fantasy as a YA genre at the expense of the paranormal?
Kathy Sullivan (M), Megan Crewe, Eugene Myers, Cheryl Rainfield, Ysabeau Wilce.

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quantum leaps

2010

Today is the official release day of my second novel, Quantum Coin! By now it should be in your local Barnes & Noble and hopefully some independent bookstores in North America as well, and it’s available via many online e-tailers. The Kindle edition is out in the U.S., and the Nook edition should follow by the end of the month.

I wrote this series for you, and now it’s in your hands. Read. Enjoy. And if you do like Fair Coin and/or Quantum Coin, I will be grateful if you recommend it to your students, children, teens in your life, family, friends, librarians, book sellers, and the internet at large.

Thank you once again to Altered Fluid, JAbberwocky Literary Agency, Pyr Books, and especially to my friends and family who have supported and tolerated me talking about these books and making myself scarce to write them over the years. Glad that’s over now, huh?*

And if you’re in the Greater Philadelphia area, there are a few events this week where I will be signing books with many other YA authors. Tonight I’ll be at Arcadia University; Thursday I’ll be at my local independent, Big Blue Marble; and on Friday you can catch us at Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA. Check my events page for all the details.

 

Stay frosty,
Eugene

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*Not quite over, but I will talk about them less often from now on. Probably.

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have sharpie, will travel

2010

See this picture? Not only is it proof that I’m a huge dork who owns a rare Snarf plush, but it displays my shiny “Pro” badge for the upcoming New York Comic Con! And that means that I’ll be at the Javits Center in New York this Friday, Oct. 12 through Sunday, Oct. 14… with more than 100,000 other people.

Okay, that’s a bit intimidating. This is my first Comic Con actually, because I’ve always been a bit apprehensive about attending a convention with so many guests crammed into a relatively small space. But I survived Dragon*Con this summer, and I’ll have lots of friends around to hang out with, so I’m giving it a go. Plus, this year I have not just one, but two novels out, and I was fortunate enough to be scheduled for an autographing session at the convention!

So, if you’re looking to snag one of the very first in-the-wild copies of my new book, Quantum Coin, or its prequel, Fair Coin, and get them signed and inscribed by me, this is where and when this can happen:

WHEN: Friday, Oct. 12 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
WHERE: Autographing Table 3 (at the back of Hall 1B on the first floor of the convention center)
COST: Free!

Barnes & Noble will be selling copies of Fair Coin and Quantum Coin at the con (I understand you can find them at the Barnes & Noble Pavilion, Exhibitor Booth #1112). You can also bring your own books from home, or if you don’t have a book, I will be happy to sign bookmarks, notebooks, Kindles, Nooks, scraps of paper, and other surfaces. If you miss my signing slot, I’ll be wandering around the rest of the convention and probably tweeting (if I can get a signal), so you can try to track me down later as well.

I look forward to seeing you there!

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