Thursday, September 5, 2013

WorldCon Post # 2: More Kudos

Solaris Presents was the first panel of my first full day at Worldcon. I have to admit I did not know much about this publisher from the UK, but found myself impressed with them. My fav publisher is Angry Robot (also from the UK), but Solaris may give Robot some competition. I purchased several Solaris books to sample.

However, what impressed me the most was Tex Thompson. All you have to do is read my August 15 posting to know that Tex and I workshop together and she's recently joined the ranks of the soon-to-be-traditionally-published. More than that, at WorldCon I saw the makings of a superstar.

I've observed more than a few panels consisting of established and newbie authors. Too many times, the newbies act as if they have to prove themselves. This can result in the newbies hogging questions and speaking over the established writers. Sad doesn't begin to describe it.

Tex was the epitome of professionalism. She shared a panel with Solaris editors and three of their authors.

Some big name authors.

Best-selling authors.

Tex carried herself with dignity and poise. She spoke over no one. She waited her turn and answered questions with confidence and authority. She proved she's not an insecure newbie. I can give no higher praise than to say when I participate in my first panel someday I hope I do as good a job as Tex did.     

Next blog: more stories from the WorldCon.


  1. Dude, this is the greatest compliment I've gotten in a LONG time. You make "managed to answer two questions without being sick down her own front" sound so epic - so noble - so classy!

    In seriousness, though: thanks so much for the kind (and public!) assessment. I am so relieved to know that it came off looking decent from the audience PoV - and buddy, having spent the better part of a week in your illustrious company, I KNOW you will do great when it's your turn to take the stage! (It's those of us with the good sense to be nervous as hell that make it, see - and you are as scintillatingly anxious as they come!)

  2. Thanks, Tex

    You have the most interesting ability to turn a phrase. I'm always giggling at your blogs and comments.