Why the Kaffeeklatsch?

While I was at Worldcon, I attended three kaffeeklatsches. There were also beer gatherings available.

For those of you who don’t know, or who go to cons that don’t have these, kaffeeklatsches are small gatherings, just the pro and 20 fans. The quality of the kaffeeklatsch is more intimate, the questions are more direct, and the stories are also less general.

I had the pleasure of visiting with Lee Harris from Angry Robot, Eddie Schneider from JABberwocky, and John Scalzi from…um…John Scalzi.

Each klatsch had its own idiom.

Lee Harris spent a lot of time talking about the history of Angry Robot, their new imprint Strange Chemistry, the open call for books that they do, and their genre combining ways. I enjoyed Harris’s sense of humor and learned a lot more about an up and coming publisher.

Eddie Schneider talked a lot about what agents do, what kind of thing his agency looks for, how agents work, and what agents want from authors. Also, there was some insightful conversation on why he became an agent and some conversations about specific book deals he’d done.

John Scalzi was his usually entertaining self. He shared information on his upcoming projects, recent discussions in fandom about creepers and harassment, his role as SFWA president, and The Old Man’s War movie.

Even if it’s illusory, the ‘klatsch makes me feel I’ve spent a little more time getting to know someone better, and I certainly get to participate in a different kind of discussion.

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Three more Worldcon posts to go!

Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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