Welcome to Biting-Edge, a blog shared by authors and vampire experts, Mario Acevedo and Jeanne Stein. We’ll cover urban fantasy, vampires, pop culture, and all things Joss Whedon. Unlike other fantasy blogs, we don’t insist on body cavity searches (unless you ask politely). Snarkiness is most welcome...though we won't promise not to bite back!

Sunday, April 11, 2010
  Women and the word (clothed and naked)

Mario here:

Since getting published, I've attended a lot of cons: BoucherCon, NorwesCon, Bubonicon, RT, ThrillerFest.  But this last weekend was my first AWP Annual Conference--a really big event as you can see by the crowd packing the Colorado Convention Center.  

The difference between AWP and the rest (besides the lack of costumes) is that AWP is a literary con: lots of poets, literary magazines, small press, writing programs.  I was there because my short story had been published in Hit List: The Best of Latino Mystery.  I got to meet several of the other contributors--Sergio Troncoso, Dr. Alicia Gaspar de Alba, Manuel Ramos, and Sarah Cortez when we read excerpts of our stories at a panel.  Being writers, afterwards we gabbed about writing while we drank.  La Bloga was there in force and read what contributor RudyG posted.  Here I am with Manuel Ramos and RudyG at one of the many receptions putting calluses on our livers.

Sunday, Biting-Edge deployed to the Englewood Library for their Meet the Faces Behind the Books author shmooze.  Jeanne and I ran into a lot of familiar faces to include a couple of our all-time favorite writers: the accomplished Carrie Vaughn (left) of Kitty the Werewolf series, and writing dynamo Lynda Sandoval (right), scribe of YA, romance, and non-fiction. 

Carrie has a new YA book, Voice of Dragons.

Lynda has burned it up with the hilarious Unsettling.

Once you get published, people think life is all gravy from there.  Sorry to disappoint, but if you want to survive as a working writer, then get used to rejection.  Multi-published Megan Hart vlogs about a recent experience over at her blog with Laura Dane, danehart.com.

We Denverites think of Westword as the last word in cool but alas, those hipsters at Seattle's the Stranger manage to pull ahead of us.  Now there are a lot of gimmicks to entice the public to a book signing but here's one that escaped me: Fleshing Out the Narrative, naked ladies reading science fiction.  Photo by David Peterman.

Wheels are churning, wheels are churning.

Ummm...they are naked because...they can be? BAHAHAHAHAHA

I have never been to a convention of any kind before. After the naked gals pic I'm thinking they scare me. LOL
They're naked because it's art!
Oh....it's ART. Okay then, now I'm even more frightened. BAHAHAHAHAH Plus I just read it again, and saw it was a book signing. So maybe there aren't naked people at conventions. Whew.

We don't have book signings like that in West Michigan. We only have religious authors because we are the home of Zondervan, Baker, Eerdmans Publishing and Kregal books. I kid you not. It's not a good place for urban fantasy writers or fans. LOL
That's a sign from God you need to move to Seattle.
BAHAHAHAHA Cause we all know you all are heathens out there, hence the naked women at the book signing:) Zondervan's should give it a try...it might just give them new customers.
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