Friday, October 6
I had to work in the early part of the day so I missed:
The World of Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams
October 06, 2017, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, Hammerstein Ballroom – 311 W 34th St
Amazon Prime Video presents a journey into the works of legendary author and sci-fi visionary, Philip K. Dick. This engaging panel, moderated by Deadline Hollywood Senior Editor Dominic Patten, will focus on two Prime Exclusive series – The Man in the High Castle, and groundbreaking new anthology series, Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams – and feature cast and creator discussion, exclusive sneak peeks, content and audience Q&A. Panelists for The Man in the High Castle will include cast members Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Rupert Evans (Hellboy) and Jason O’Mara (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), along with Executive Producers Eric Overmyer (Bosch, The Affair)and Dan Percival (Strike Back). Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams panelists include actor Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) and Executive Producers Michael Dinner (Justified) and Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica). The panelists will also be joined by Isa Dick Hackett (The Adjustment Bureau), Executive Producer on both series. Panel moderated by Dominic Patten. Talent subject to change.
I am interested in Electric Dreams since Ronald D. Moore is involved.
And I also missed:
Her Universe and Ashley Eckstein Spotlight
October 06, 2017, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Hudson Mercantile – 500 W 36th St
Hosted by Actress and Founder of Her Universe Ashley Eckstein, find out what’s new in the Universe!
Ashley will give advice to fans looking to get into the business of fashion, licensing or acting, share sneak peeks and give new information. Plus she’ll answer your questions!
Her Universe is Your Universe and we hope to see you there!
I got to the convention center a little after 3pm. I met up with my friend Nikki as I was waiting on the queue at the Random House booth for Pierce Brown’s signing.
I had my copy of Golden Son with me (Red Rising I had signed at NYCC in 2014 and Morning Star when it was released in 2016) and Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View. Pierce’s story is called “Desert Son.”
While waiting I saw some people I recognized from the Facebook group. One man had shared a photo of himself in RR cosplay. He was wearing a wolf head cloak. I wanted to introduce myself and say hello but I didn’t want to lose my place in line since Nikki had not come to meet me yet. I thought I’d see them later but I did not.
When it was my turn Nikki took some video but it got cut off so I won’t share it (at this time). I’ll just sum it up.
So a little background: I went to Greece last year and while in Olympia visiting the ruins of the site of the ancient Olympics I bought a gold charm of a laurel. I bought it because it also reminds me of the cover to Golden Son.
I told Pierce I went to Greece and showed him my necklace. He said I got my laurel and it’s not bloody. Haha!
I asked how he came to write from Biggs Darklighter’s point of view in From a Certain Point of View. He said they asked him what he wanted to contribute and Biggs has always been a favorite character of his.
I told him he knows Star Wars so well because his interpretation of the scene was just like the movie. Pierce was surprised I read it already and I said it was the first one I read. (I still have to read the rest but since Pierce signed this copy I want to keep it clean and will listen to the audiobook instead. I also intend to ask the other authors to sign it someday.)
Then I spoke about the Iron Gold sampler.
I am sad that Cassius is an alcoholic.
Pierce explained that he is broken hearted.
(But still! Poor Cassius)
Lysander is so interesting because of the position he is in. He’s torn because he was saved but he also gives it to Cassius. Pierce was happy that I caught those jibs.
I also asked who is his new editor since Mike Braff left. Pierce introduced me to Tricia Narwani, who helps him “sort out the madness.” (I think that is what I remember him saying.) She’s very nice.
Nikki took some photos on her phone and took one of us on my camera.
The woman photobombing in the back!
I forgot to take a photo of From A Certain Point of View.
After a sit down break Nikki and I parted ways and I went to a Deleted Scenes panel where I met up with my sister.
October 06, 2017, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Editing a book is no easy feat, especially for the person who wrote that book. Authors Katherine Arden (The Bear and the Nightingale), Peter V. Brett (The Demon Cycle), Sylvain Neuvel (Sleeping Giants), and Rob Reid (After On) each read a deleted scene from a published novel and discuss why it landed on the cutting room floor.
This panel was a lot of fun. Each author read a deleted scene. Katherine read what was the original opening scene to The Bear and the Nightingale. I think it gave away some information a bit too early and was glad another tale ended up in the book’s opening scene.
Peter V. Brett read a funny scene about a fight with a spider. It was not accurate since he gave the spider stingers, but spiders bite. And there was a hysterical part about cracking the thorax open like an egg.
Rob Reid’s was really entertaining and he really sold his new novel. (I bought it that Sunday.) So, a little background. He started writing a novel through reviews on amazon. He made up a persona, or alter ego, Charles Henry Higgensworth III. Higgensworth would get a third of the way into a review and then would complain about his life. After many reviews a detailed autobiography materialized.
He added the character and some of his reviews in After On. The deleted scene he read was a review from a German CD – Best of David Hasselhoff by David Hasselhoff.
It’s deleted from the book but you can still find it on amazon.
It was hysterical, and when asked Rob admitted he never listened to the CD of David Hasselhoff’s music. Of course.
I can’t recall what Sylvain Neuvel read. But later on that day I did pick up a paperback give away of Sleeping Giants, so it is on my TBR pile.
They all spoke about their writing process.
Katherine likes to write her first draft by hand with a fountain pen in a notebook while sitting by a stream. She writes about 2,000 words a day. She then types it up while adding and making edits, and that becomes her second draft. She also does not outline. She finds she wastes time on an outline that she ends up changing anyway. She also said that she ended up rewriting The Girl In the Tower twice! More on that later.
Peter and Katherine would banter about their polar opposite methods. Peter writes a 200 page outline. He also keeps an excel sheet of his progress and how many words he writes a day. Something Peter and Sylvain spoke about was they thought when they quit their full time jobs they would have more time to write. They figured if they could write 1,000 words a day with full time jobs, then if they wrote full time it could be 3,000 words. The opposite was true because when they were working that time was used to process what they had written and come up with idea to further the story.
Peter also said there is no such thing as writer’s block. Just write, even if it’s about a spider that stings instead of bites. (Haha!) He writes five days week. He does not write while on vacation or on a book tour. By the end he’s back to square one where he forgets how to write and makes a 200 page outline.
Rob is somewhere in the middle. He writes a vague 10 page outline. He types his drafts but edits with a red pen.
They also spoke about how they found their agents. Rob had written non-fiction books before writing novels and he described the difference.
With non-fiction you can get an agent and a book deal with just an idea and a sample chapter. (So he already had an agent from years ago when he wrote non-fiction.) With fiction you have to submit a manuscript and shop it around to find someone interested in publishing it.
Sylvain had an unusual story in that he got a movie agent for Sleeping Giants first. That movie agent then passed him onto a book agent. I think he said he has also sold the movie rights. I can’t remember.
Peter (long story short) went to a networking event with a friend. I think he said it was SFWoA (Science Fiction Writers of America) and that friend introduced him to a big time agent in that genre. Peter mentioned to said agent that he was writing something but wasn’t sure it was good. The agent said, “You don’t reject your stuff. I do that.”
Well he rejected his manuscripts twice and then recommended he read a how to write book. So Peter did and after that the agent loved what he wrote.
Left to right: Sylvain Neuvel, Rob Reid, Katherine Arden, Peter V. Brett, and Tricia Narwani.
I like Peter’s Sons of Obi-Wan shirt.
After the panel my sister and I went to speak to Katherine. So sweet that she remembered us. My sister asked why she rewrote The Girl In the Tower twice. Katherine explained that The Bear and the Nightingale that was published was only half of her original story, but when she went back to the second half it just wasn’t working anymore. So she scrapped the whole thing and started over for the sequel.
We said that sounds like the best idea. We brought up how Stephenie Meyer went back to her original story for Breaking Dawn, but you can tell it doesn’t fit in with the previous three books’ narrative.
Here is the Iron Gold characters print I got for showing my pre-order of the book, and the two books I picked up.
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel
Within These Walls by Ania Ahlborn