The well-made panel discussion begins with the manager. Administrators should take care of each panel and remember that everyone has something to do. Our board panel contacted the board members a few weeks before the panel. He asked the panelists to contribute. As he was unfamiliar with my work, I sent him a copy of my book between a ship and a hard place.
What if you are asked to share the panel? I suggest introducing other managers, finding out what they write and asking them to help with questions and the way in which they participate in the discussion. For example, I managed two panels at Southern Publishers & Writers Expo. One was on the practice of nonfiction. I set up a list of questions and close to the show I sent the questions to panelists to see if they had more areas they were familiar with in the discussion.
Be sure to take time for questions from the audience. Some of the most promising, informative questions (and resulting responses) were generated by the audience; and they were questions that no author had thought to ask. For example, one of the audience asked someone to contact the police because we had access to potentially harmful information. All the writers said "no," but I added that I did not fall behind the FBI when I was in the forensics and biometrics community at West Virginia University. I also connected the story of how I was called the FBI when I was writing the novel HEN DARKNESS FALLS to ask how a frozen body would look. The FBI called me a pathologist who said that my SECOND was strange the question she had received. (No, she would not tell me the number one.)
IF YOU KNOW BETTER AND HIGH, you know it's a mystery. However, the panel of technology was in mystery. When I was introduced, the administrator mentioned the technology in my book with the grandson who helped with computer technology. "CLUTCH" has very little technology in plot. The story probably uses less technology than anything I've ever written. After being introduced, every author was given the opportunity to say something about him. I explained that I'm doing an independent essay, that most of my technological innovation is done by researching articles about painting, and that my articles have been published in laws and regulations and PI MAGAZINE.
You will probably find your partner fascinating. I did. Our panel follows the right psychologist and author who restores classic Rolls Royces (that's also her protagonist). Do not be afraid to give them your support. This is a great opportunity to network, exchange information and learn. Whatever you do, do not focus on discussing and eliminating your fellow organization.
This is a great opportunity to enhance your work. As a show of support, loyalty to Jim's writing team and Joyce Lavene attended my panel. (Jim and Joyce are lovely people. Check out their books at http://www.joyceandjimlavene.com/ ) After the discussion group Joyce came to me and told me what a good job I did. She said, "You're the only one who used every answer to introduce something you've written."
For example, I mention that I have a book called DARK SCREEN: SCREEN INSTRUCTIONS (Serita Deborah Stevens with Anne Klarner, Digest Books), which I used to investigate sarin, a poison used for darkness. I added that the sky bans someone I even know that should die some kind of poisoning! My colleague, Judith Skillings, said, "If they do, burn the book! Burn the book!" 🙂
While it may be awesome to sit on a card and look out to the sea of mostly unknown faces, comfort the fact that you are not alone. If you have not talked to audiences many times, this is a great way to learn from other professionals and gain valuable experience.