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Literary panels

Our author guests will be discussing the following subjects during our literary track at TitanCon. There will also be a signing session at the end of the day where you can purchase books directly from some of the authors.

Is there still room for romance?

Panel: Ruth Frances Long (mod), Peadar Ó Guilín and Leigh Bardugo
Time: 11.30 am
Room: Castle Black

In this age of dark and gritty fantasy is there still room for romance? If so, what does it take to write a convincing and uncontrived love story or subplot?

NiNoWriMo Belfast Writers Booklaunch

Time: 12.30 pm
Room: Castle Black

Celebrating the launch of Supernatural Suspense Anthology by the Belfast Writers Group that participated in Northern Ireland Novel Writing Month (NiNoWriMo).

Foreshadowing in the Internet age

Panel: Ian McDonald (mod), Peadar Ó Guilín, Ruth Frances Long and Ken Magee
Time: 2.00 pm
Room: Castle Black

Twenty years ago SF/F writers could include subtle hints and clues about the future direction of the story knowing that maybe one reader in a hundred would guess what would happen next. Now with the Internet that one reader can share their ideas with everyone else and suddenly an authors’ brilliant twist becomes an obvious thing that everyone knew ages ago. Is it more of a challenge to foreshadow stories in the Internet age? How can you successfully keep the twists and turns hidden and surprising whilst avoiding being overly subtle and obscure or turning to dues-ex-machina?

How to become a published author

Panel: Joanna Volpe (mod), Ian McDonald, Ruth Frances Long, Leigh Bardugo, Ken Magee and Colin Tate (Clarion Publishing)
Time: 3.00 pm
Room: Castle Black

Our guests including authors, a literary agent and a publisher discuss what it takes to go from amateur to professional writer, the pitfalls to avoid and tips on how to succeed.

The eBooks Debate

Panel: Peadar Ó Guilín (mod), Ruth Frances Long, Leigh Bardugo, Joanna Volpe and Ken Magee
Time: 4.00 pm
Room: King's Landing

With eBook sales now overtaking physical books the publishing industry is undergoing a radical transformation. What does this mean for publishers and have they taken the right steps to transition into this new medium? Are prices fair and acceptable for consumers whilst still offering enough growth for publishers to enable them to keep doing the vital jobs of editing, proofing and promotion? Or is self publication the way forward cutting out the middleman? eBooks is a topic sure to spark a strong debate that will pull no punches.

Author guests signing session

Authors: Ian McDonald, Peadar Ó Guilín, Ruth Frances Long, Leigh Bardugo and Ken Magee
Time: 5.00 pm
Room: Riverrun

Our author guests will be signing copies of their books. Many of them will have a small stack of books with them that are available for purchase.