|Perhaps it's because of the Kilt Blowing.|
My library science degree, and continuing education, has covered such matters as copyright. There was a panel on Copyright 101 at Dragon Con, which was an excellent refresher for me and an enlightenment for others.
Need to know about the publishing industry? My partner and I found out so much from the various panels we attended - things that weren't covered in his college writing classes, even at the master's level. I even learned a lot about small presses (strangely, in the "Writing for the GLBT Market" panel).
How can you help aspiring writers research science to make their science fiction realistic? Thanks to the YA Lit Track panel about "Writing Science in Science Fiction YA," I can tell you that if you research leading experts, you can then try contacting them via Twitter. Many scientists would love to talk to writers about their passions.
And, of course, I got to meet authors.
|L-R: Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, Alex Hughes, Susan Griffith, Clay Griffith|
And the author-librarian relationship is symbiotic. I love meeting authors, and most of them love meeting librarians. I took to jokingly calling my autograph book my shopping list.
|Todd McCaffrey said it succinctly.|
|Janny Wurts' note was touching.|
|Bonus picture: Janny Wurts plays the bagpipes and leads the parade.|