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Schedule: Rose City Comic Con 2022

The Signed Page is the official bookstore for 2022’s Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon!

This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time, a Bucket List item I will soon check off. I love Portland. I love comic cons. And I love the authors we’ve invited. The convention begins Friday, September 9th at the Oregon Convention Center and runs through Sunday, September 11th. The Signed Page bookstore booth will be in Hall A, near the celebrity area, I do believe.

We will only be carrying books for those writers attending. I tried to be aggressive in my ordering because I can always sell any remaining signed books online after the con is over.

Here is the schedule. There may be some late additions to this:


Challenge Extended: Writing Comics vs Writing Novels

Panel Details: What are some of the biggest differences when it comes to planning, writing, and editing a comic vs a novel? What key differences in word choice, details, verbosity, and word count present themselves? These questions and more will be addressed by both authors and comic writers as we tackle the topic of writing comic books vs writing books. 

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: David F. Walker, Chelsea Cain, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Douglas Wolk
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


Creative Worldbuilding in Fiction

Panel Details: Building a fully fleshed out world is the first step in making your creation real to the reader. Unless you can fully understand the world in which your characters live, you won’t be able to effectively write about their experiences. Another incredible part of worldbuilding in fiction is taking your readers into a completely fantasical and magical place. Let’s explore how a fictitious world can seem completely real while overwhelmingly magical through excellent writing.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Amber Benson, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM


TERRY BROOKS SPOTLIGHT

Panel Details: Terry Brooks is one of the foundational fantasy authors of the SF&F world. Without him, the genre might look very, very different. This Spotlight panel is dedicated to his decades-long career and it’s your opportunity to ask him any questions you may have.

Date: Friday, September 9th
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: Main Stage – Portland Ballroom
Panelists: Terry Brooks, moderated by Shawn Speakman
Signing: Main Stage, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM


AUTHOR SIGNING: KEL MITCHELL

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 10:30 PM – 11:30 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A
Note: Kel will only be signing copies of his new book, Prank Day. No other merchandise allowed.


SFF Authors and Real World Ideas

Panel Details: How do real world religious beliefs, political doctrines, and views on society impact science fiction/fantasy writers, and the direction they take in their novels? This panel will explore how personal beliefs and reality can become subtly infused into science fiction/fantasy works. Explore how the lines between SFF and reality become blurred in this can’t miss conversation among well-known authors.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, Robin Hobb, Brent Weeks, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


AUTHOR SIGNING: TERRY BROOKS

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A


Ask an Author

Panel Details: Interested in becoming an author? Curious what it takes to go the distance as a writer? Your burning and bookish questions will be answered during this Q&A session with a variety of established authors across various genres including fiction, fantasy, science fiction, thriller, YA, and more.

Date: Saturday, September 10th
Time: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Wesley Chu, Bethany C. Morrow, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM


Learning to Write Books

Panel Details: Interested in the approach that well-known authors took when they were learning to write? What resources did they use to get from where they began to now? This conversation will help you in your quest to write, whether you’re just starting out, an experienced writer, or a published author.

Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: D137-140
Panelists: John Scalzi, Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Josh Malerman, moderated Terry Brooks
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Size does matter: Short Fiction vs Novels

Panel Details: How do you decide whether to turn your book idea into a short story, a long novel, or even an entire series? Are the complexities of your subject matter able to be tackled in a truncated word count or is a verbose approach necessary? Dive into the topic of story length with well known authors as we answer the age-old question: does size matter?

Panelists: Robin Hobb, Chelsea Cain, Wesley Chu, Josh Malerman, Mat Johnson, moderated by Colleen Lindsay
Date: Sunday, September 11th
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: D137-140
Signing: RCCC Bookstore @ The Signed Page in Hall A, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM


For those of you attending the convention, I hope you’ll stop by and say hello!

With Magic,
Shawn

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All Orders Shipped! Feist News! And Reading Copies!

The silly season is upon us!

You know what that means? Gifting people signed books or receiving signed books!

I will try to keep this blog update brief since I know how limited time is during the holiday season. Let me say THANK YOU for your patience this year. It has been a difficult year in the Speakman household. New baby Kael Marshall Speakman arrived in June. Lots of growth for The Signed Page and Grim Oak Press. And lots of issues with books arriving damaged, books not arriving at all, books arriving misprinted, authors getting hurt before their tour, etc. It’s been a crazy one.

With that said, I’ve finally managed to ship out the Extra Page Edition copies of The Burning White signed by Brent Weeks (got some extra copies available for purchase too now, they are on the site). Woot! That means I’m completely caught up with shipping all books, giclees, and comic books that need to be shipped. The only orders left in The Signed Page database are for Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, which publishes March 2020 (if you haven’t pre-ordered that one, do so because it’s great). So yay, done, done, done! Where’s my hot buttered rum at?!

In the first week of January, I will be putting up two pre-order pages for 2020 books. These will include The Last Druid by Terry Brooks (June 2, 2020) and The Illustrated Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb (June 16, 2020). If there are other books you’d like to see on The Signed Page, post in the comments below! I’ll see what I can do!

In other news, I am making available those signed / unsigned copies The Signed Page received this year that weren’t up to snuff quality-wise. These make excellent reading copies. $10 for a hardcover, $20 for The Painted Man? Can’t beat that! Take a look what’s available here!

And finally, Grim Oak Press just received in the double-signed limited edition copies of Magician by Raymond E. Feist and artist Don Maitz! If you love that book as much as I do, head over and buy a copy! It will arrive before the holidays are finished too!

Okay, off to enjoy a book! Can’t tell you which one because I’m sworn to secrecy for a while longer. I hope all of you are having a great December, are staying warm, and reading something great!

Best Holiday Wishes,
Shawn Speakman

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals

Hi Everyone,

I hope those of you in the United States enjoyed Thanksgiving yesterday! I have a lot to be thankful for and you guys are part of that!

On to this year’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals! Let me say that this deal will last the entire weekend, from Friday through Monday. I’ve tried to keep it simple this year since I don’t have a whole lot of stock on hand. But I think I’ve struck a good balance of discounted items and a free chapbook!

What is the chapbook? It is two chapters from my new SF&F novel The Tempered Steel of Antiquity Grey. It is the first 64 pages, about 1/6 of the book. I only printed 200 of these. 50 went to Grim Oak Press for our Mystery Boxes there (better click on this link to see those!). I gave away 50 at a recent Powell’s Books signing. Which leaves only 100 available on The Signed Page!

First, you can buy the chapbook outright for $10. Many of you already have the books that I am featuring on the website this weekend. So I wanted you to be able to buy it.

Second, if you want the chapbook for FREE — yes, I said FREEEEEE — you can place at least 2 of the on-sale products in the shopping cart, add the chapbook into the shopping cart too, and enter in the coupon code “2019chapbook” without quotes to get the $10 subtracted off your total!

And as I’ve inferred up above, I’ve put on sale all books that I have in stock. So that’s just another way to save! But sadly, I don’t have a lot of stock on hand for many of these, so when they are gone they are gone-gone!

Happy Black Friday! Stay sane out there this weekend and make it to Cyber Monday! We are just entering the holiday season and it’s important to pace yourself!

Be safe! Be well! Be reading something amazing!

Shawn

PS: Grim Oak Press also has some discounted book boxes and a 10% coupon off! Click HERE to see those deals!