Category Archives: Fandom

Conventions—The Advanced Class for Dedicated Fans

by Gail Z. Martin How can you get more out of your con going?  Here are some ideas to increase your con pleasure. Take a look at the program , if possible, before you go to the event.  Some cons … Continue reading

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Why Aspiring Writers (Should) Love Cons

by Gail Z. Martin So you want to be a writer?  Get thee to a convention! Conventions are fantastic networking and educational opportunities, and they cost a fraction of what many writing conferences charge. Most conventions have some kind of … Continue reading

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Why Published Writers Love Cons

by Gail Z. Martin Go to any literary or multi-media convention and you’ll see a slew of published writers.  Now everyone knows that writers are shy and introverted (or not), so why do they brave the crowds to spend precious … Continue reading

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Cons 101

by Gail Z. Martin If you’ve never been to a sci-fi convention, you’re missing the heart of fandom.  Conventions (referred to as “cons”) are gatherings devoted to books, movies, gaming where likeminded people can get together and have a good … Continue reading

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Cons in pop culture

by Gail Z. Martin I just finished reading Carole Nelson Douglas’s Cat in a Kiwi Con, a very tongue-in-cheek mystery set in, of all places, a sci-fi convention.  Having met Carole on a panel at DragonCon (she’s also been on … Continue reading

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Things Readers Wish Writers Would Keep In Mind

by Gail Z. Martin Last week I talked about things writers wish they could whisper in readers’ ears.  Now it’s time to turn that around and remind writers what readers wish they’d remember. #1  It’s been a year since we … Continue reading

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What Writers Wish Readers Knew

by Gail Z. Martin Writing is a strange business.  We writers labor in relative solitude, and then thrust our work into the public eye.  We get to meet a small fraction of the people who may consider or read our … Continue reading

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Fandom needs its Glee

by Gail Z. Martin Thanks to Glee, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars and Guitar Hero, my kids know the words to all the songs that were popular when I was in high school, and quite a few songs that … Continue reading

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Keeping the Fandom Flame in a Sci-Fi World

by Gail Z. Martin What do you do when the fantastic becomes commonplace? Back in the day, early in the 20th century, sci-fi had a lot of ground to cover. Rocket ships, ray guns, space travel, light-up gadgets—there was no … Continue reading

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Why book fans need media and gaming fans (and vice versa)

by Gail Z. Martin I run into some groups of fans who have a “separate but equal” view when it comes to conventions. Some book fans get twitchy around fans whose primary experience with the genre comes via gaming, movies … Continue reading

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