Schedule of Events

Day

Time

Event

Room

Thurs
5:00 – 7:00 pm
Registration
Mahogany Foyer
Fri
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration
Mahogany Foyer
Fri
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bookstore
Mahogany Foyer
Fri
9:00 am – noon
Pitch Perfect Master class (Carrie Lofty)
Mahogany I and II
Fri
9:30 – 10:30 am
I’ll Take Care of That For You: What An Author Assistant Can Do For You (Maria Connor)
Mahogany III
Fri
9:30 – 10:30 am
Risky Business: Driving Your Career Off The Beaten Path (Jenny Trout)
Maize + Sage
Fri
By appointment
Head shots
Meeting room
Fri
10:45 – 11:45 am
Basic Beginner Overview to Self-Publishing for Newbies (Megan Kelly)
Mahogany III
Fri
10:45 – 11:45 am
Author Cross-Promotions and Book Launches (Cindy Caldwell, Kirsten Osbourne, Merry Farmer, Pamela Kelley)
Maize + Sage
Fri
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Welcome to Conference
Courtney Milan Keynote
Headliner panel (Robyn Carr, Christina Lauren, Courtney Milan, moderated by Barbara Vey)
Mahogany V, VI and VII
Fri
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Publishing spotlights
2:15 – 2:45 –Berkley Books
2:45 – 3:15 –Entangled Publishing
Mahogany I and II
Fri
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Master’s Class in Characterization (Jade Lee)
Mahogany III
Fri
2:15 – 3:15 pm
Keeping It Real – Life of a New Author (Shannyn Schroeder, Clara Kensie, Robyn Bachar, Ruth Kaufman, Sonali Dev, Ann Marie Walker)
Copper
Fri
2:15 – 3:15 pm
How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon (Penny Sansevieri)
Maize + Sage
Fri
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Publishing spotlights
3:30 – 4:00 –Harlequin
4:00 – 4:30 –Penguin Random House
Mahogany I and II
Fri
3:30 – 4:30 pm
It’s All in the Details (Maureen McGowan)
Mahogany III
Fri
3:30 – 4:30 pm
What Readers Want: Exploring “Diverse Books Don’t Sell” and Other Publishing Myths
(Sonali Dev, Prof. Eric Selinger, Bobbi Dumas, Lynne Wall, Erin Keables, Duke Duke Goose)
Copper
Fri
3:30 – 4:30 pm
Tropes with a Twist (Delancey Stewart & Heidi Joy Tretheway)
Maize + Sage
Fri
4:45 – 5:15 pm
Publishing spotlights
4:45 – 5:15 –Sourcebooks
Mahogany I and II
Fri
4:45 – 5:45 pm
Write Smarter, Write Faster (Cindy Kirk)
Mahogany III
Fri
4:45 – 5:45 pm
Game of Tomes: Navigating the YA Publishing Kingdom (Clara Kensie, Erica O’Rourke, J. Leigh Bailey, Stephanie Scott)
Copper
Fri
4:45 – 5:45 pm
What to Expect When You’re Revising (Sarah M. Anderson)
Maize + Sage
Fri
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Dinner
— Christina Lauren Keynote
— Editor and Agent panels
Sapphire Pavilion
Fri
9:00 – ?? pm
Hot Night – Sweet
Mahogany I
Hot Night – Spicy
Mahogany V
Hot Night – Steamy
Mahogany VI
Hot Night – Scorching
Mahogany III
Sat
8:00 am – 11:30 pm
Registration
Mahogany Foyer
Sat
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Bookstore
Mahogany Foyer
Sat
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Editor/Agent pitch appointment checkin
Copper room
Sat
8:00 – 9:00 am
Plotting Through Characterization (Briana MacPerry)
Mahogany I
Sat
8:00 – 9:00 am
Beyond Bikes and Tattoos (Amy Alessio, A. Lynne Wall, Susan Gibberman)
Mahogany II and III
Sat
8:00 – 9:00 am
Redeeming The Antagonist (Nancy Brophy)
Mahogany V
Sat
8:00 – 9:00 am
Seven Steps to Sensual Tension (Brighton Walsh, Christi Barth, Laura Kaye)
Maize + Sage
Sat
9:15 – 10:15 am
The Art And Science Of Writing Deep POV (Jeanette Grey)
Mahogany I
Sat
9:15 – 10:15 am
Series Survival Guide: How To Make Readers Think You Knew It All Along, Even When You Didn’t (Erica O’Rourke, Lori Lee, Stacey Kade)
Mahogany II and III
Sat
9:15 – 10:15 am
Gone Fishing: How to Catch an Agent (Tracey Lyons)
Mahogany V
Sat
9:15 – 10:15 am
The Slow Writer’s Guide to Making a Living (Courtney Milan)
Mahogany VI
Sat
10:30 – 11:30 am
Prewriting for Pantsers (Shannyn Schroeder)
Mahogany I
Sat
10:30 – 11:30 am
Leveraging the ‘SOCIAL’ and the ‘MEDIA’ in Social Media (Sonali Dev & Joanna Shupe)
Mahogany II and III
Sat
10:30 – 11:30 am
Q & A with Robyn Carr
Mahogany VI
Sat
10:30 – 11:30 am
Critique Groups – a push in the WRITE direction (Maureen McGowan, Molly O’Keefe, Ripley Vaughan)
Maize + Sage
Sat
11:45 am – 1:15 pm
Lunch
Power of Romance panel (Sonali Dev, j. leigh bailey, Barbara Binns, Bobbi Dumas)
Sapphire Pavilion
Sat
1:30 – 5:00
Agent Appointments
Meeting rooms 1 – 5
Sat
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Zero to 10…Thousand: Increasing Your Daily Words While Respecting Your Process (Kelly Maher)
Mahogany I
Sat
1:30 – 2:30 pm
New Adult: Is it just YA with more sex? (Annmarie Ortega, Kim Sullivan)
Mahogany II
Sat
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Writing Sex and Writing It Well (Molly O’Keefe)
Mahogany III
Sat
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Four Hands, One Mind: Writing as a Team (Christina Lauren)
Maize + Sage
Sat
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Book Signing
Mahogany V, VI, VII
Sat
7:00 – ?? pm
Dinner
— Robyn Carr Keynote
— Silent Auction
— DJ + Dancing
Sapphire Pavilion