This was more an exploration of paranormal fiction and urban fantasy. It wasn’t such an instructional panel, but I always take things away. So the notes will be short.
–Bellbridge Books (team tattoo?)
-Jana Oliver- writes about Atlanta demons
-How do you differentiate yourself in the (flooded) urban fantasy market? -Compelling, unique protagonists, good if there’s something visual about the character that can go on the cover. -Interesting side characters “snarky hell hound named Fang”. -Show uniqueness in first 3 or 4 paragraphs (rusty pentagram hanging from Vine’s rearview mirror)
GET A GOOD CRITIQUE GROUP!
-Write the book you want to read, stop trying to write for the market, it can take 2 years to publish anyways.
-Jack Catchum (sp?)- creepy mood
3 dimensional characters, not all good or all bad- Give Vine a dark side?
-Necro City (Calaina Price?)
-Compelling world, even if it’s an existing place, point out the uniqueness.
-Think about ALL formats that books can be published in- Ebook, paper, audio, make it work for everything.
-Difference between horror and urban fantasy- Does your monster scare you or turn you on? Also, lots of ass-kicking in urban fantasy.