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.
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.