2013 Public Panels

 PUBLIC PANEL SCHEDULE

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!   
NOVEMBER 2 AND 3

Saturday, November 2

9:00 AM    Connecting Readers and Authors (#231)

10:30 AM   Young Adult and New Adult Panel (#102)

1:00 PM    Finding Your Niche in Mysteries (#233)

2:30 PM    Sleuthing in the Digital Age (#231)

3:00 PM    Romance (#233)

4:00 PM   Historical Fiction and Historical Romance (#102)

4:00 PM    Rich Stories: Women Novelists Discuss Their Interpretation and Processes in the Changing Industry (#231)

4:00 PM    Romance, Erotica and Erotic Romance (#233)

 

Sunday, November 3

9:00 AM    Children¹s and Middle Grade Panel (#102)

10:30 AM   Poetry Panel (#205)

                 Science Fiction and Fantasy (#104)

1:00 PM    Enduring Investigators: Creating Series Sleuths (#104)

2:30 PM    Non-Fiction Panel (#200)

                Mystery Panel (#102)

                Spotlight on Elizabeth George (#104)

 

Connecting Authors and Readers via Alternative Digital Platforms Saturday, November 2nd, 9:00am
Presented by: Christine Fairchild, Lori Lyn, Serena Robar, Anthea Sharp
Learn about new digital means of discovery from these entrepreneurial indie authors who will focus on non-traditional ways for readers and writers to intersect in this new landscape of publishing. Topics include: Online Serialization; Using Goodreads; Book Bundling and Wattpad.

Christine Fairchild http://www.christinefairchild.com/
Lori Lyn http://lorilyn.net/
Serena Robar http://www.serenarobar.com/
Anthea Sharp http://antheasharp.com/

 

Enduring Investigators: Creating Series Sleuths Sunday November 3rd, 1pm

Presented by: Elizabeth George, Mike Lawson, Boyd Morrison, Bernadette Pajer

These best-selling and award winning mystery and thriller writers discuss their series sleuths, the qualities that make a sleuth strong enough to sustain a series, and where they see their sleuths & series heading in future books. The panel will also chat about eBooks and how to use them as a great tool for readers to discover a new series.

Websites:
http://www.elizabethgeorgeonline.com
http://mikelawsonbooks.com
http://www.boydmorrison.com

 

 

Finding Your Niche in Mysteries Saturday November 2nd 1:00pm

Presented by: Curt Colbert, Christine Fairchild, Waverly Fitzgerald, Larry Karp, Bharti Kirchner, Jeanne Matthews, Kevin O'Brien, Bernadette Pajer

This panel of mystery writers will discuss the similarities and differences in their specific genres including thrillers, cozies, historical mysteries, police procedurals, PI novels, and romantic suspense. We¹ll also describe our different paths to publication (from traditional publishers to mass market paperbacks to e-publishing) and share resources.

Websites:
http://www.thepepenovels.com/
http://www.waverlyfitzgerald.com
http://www.christinefairchild.com/
http://www.larrykarp.com/
http://www.bhartikirchner.com/
http://jeannematthews.com/home.html
http://www.kevinobrienbooks.com/
http://www.poisonedpenpress.com/bernadette-pajer/

 

Rich Stories: Women Novelists Discuss Their Inspiration and Processes in the Changing Industry

Presented by: Lauri Blauner,Deb Caletti, Bharti Kirchner,

This multi-published panel of women novelists discusses their recent works, inspiration behind their writing, and the strategies they use to make their tales so engaging that their readers will return again and again to their books. They’ll also discuss the effects of digital publishing on their careers.

Websites:
http://debcaletti.com/
http://www.laurieblauner.com/
www.bhartikirchner.com
 

 

 

Sleuthing in the Digital Age. As Good as the Old Days?

Presented by: Jane Isenberg, Jeanne Matthews, Susan Schreyer,Joyce Yarrow

Before cell phones and computers there was a lot more leg-work required to unearth a document or stay in touch with someone who was out in the field. So many plots from the old days would be dead in the water today if the protagonist had a cell phone to call for help. But are our present-day sleuths really better off? Cell phones have dicey batteries, Google isn't always a help and depending on a GPS is sometimes a mistake. And all the technology in the world won't help if you don't have access or you don't know how. This diverse group of mystery authors will add a light touch and some laughs to comparisons between then and now.

Websites:
Susan Schreyer www.susanschreyer.com
Jeanne Matthews www.jeannematthews.com
Joyce Yarrow www.joyceyarrow.com
Jane Isenberg www.janeisenberg.com

 

 

Non-Fiction Panel – Sunday, November 3, 2:30pm

Presented by: Abigail Carter, Peter Stekel

Ask authors why they choose to write non-fiction and the answer will gravitate around, "Because real stories and events are so much more exciting and engaging than anything I could ever make up!" It doesn't matter if the subject is history, science, biography, or memoir - true and actual stories are deeply humanizing. But non-fiction writing is costly in time and money, requiring an incredible amount of research that includes combing through archives, interviewing innumerable experts or witnesses to events, working worldwide with librarians, and maximizing computer literacy. Join our panel members as they describe their research methods and share their experiences in determining truth from memory and how important that truth is in memoir.

Websites:
www.peterstekel.com
www.FinalFlightTheBook.com
http://www.margueritamcmanus.com/
https://www.writer.ly/home
www.abigailcarter.com

 

 

Mystery Panel – Sunday, November 3, 2:30pm

Presented by: Marianne Harden, William Seil, Gayle C. Wigglesworth

A good mystery can be set just about any place, and feature a variety of professional or amateur sleuths. How do mystery authors craft their work so that the reader can flip page after page wondering: “Who did it?”

Websites:
www.marianneharden.com
http://www.gaylewigglesworth.com/

 

 

Poetry Panel – Sunday, November 3, 10:30am

Presented by: Laura Lee Bennett, Denise Calvetti Michaels, Michael Dylan Welch

Many fiction authors start out writing poetry, because the rhythm of the words and the need to be clear and concise provides an optimum training ground for longer work. Discover how these poets use the beauty of language to craft their work.

Websites:
www.raspread.com
http://www.rustlingwrens.blogspot.com/

 

 

Children’s and Middle Grade Books Panel – Sunday, November 3, 9am

Presented by: Dianne Lynn Gardner, Shannon Kenneday, Roy Kindelberger, Eric Ode, John Thompson

Children are reading books in growing numbers as Early Literacy and reading programs across the nation focus on supporting literacy skills. Publishers are searching for talented writers. Discover how these authors found their niche and their audience.

Websites:
www.roykindelberger.com
http://www.shannonkennedybooks.com/
www.gardnersart.com
http://www.ericode.com/
www.illumin.com

 

 

Romance Panel – Saturday, November 2, 3pm

Presented by: Jessi Gage, Rachel Gibson, Josie Malone, Amy Raby. Moderator: Jacki Delecki

The romance genre is one of the most popular types of genre fiction, and the sub-genres have been exploding, with inspirational romance, paranormal romance, erotic romance, contemporary romance and romantic suspense topping the best-seller charts. What do these authors offer that resonates with readers?

Websites:
http://jessigage.com/
http://www.rachelgibson.com/
http://www.amyraby.com
http://www.josiemalone.com/

 

 

Young Adult and New Adult Panel – Saturday, November 2, 10:30am

Presented by: Megan Bostic, J. Anderson Coats, Kristin Halbrook, Cyndi Tefft

Young Adult has been a popular genre for several years and that growth means high quality writing and a large diversity of books to choose from. But it also means that YA is becoming more and more difficult to break into. What are the topics and genres that agents and editors are searching for now, and which are past their prime? What are the specific challenges to writing YA—-from voice to relevancy to marketing and branding--and what are some exciting developments in the genre? This panel will also briefly address the rise of New Adult fiction.

Websites:
http://meganbosticbooks.com
http://www.jandersoncoats.com
http://www.kristinhalbrook.com/
http://ctefft.blogspot.com/

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel – Sunday, November 3, 10:30am

Presented by: Alma Alexander, Elizabeth Fountain, Elizabeth Guizzetti, Nicole Persun, Terry Persun

From the Star Wars saga to Game of Thrones and beyond, Science Fiction and Fantasy books are experiencing a renaissance. How is writing in these genres similar and how is it different?

Websites:
www.almaalexander.com
http://lizfountain.wordpress.com
www.elizabethguizzetti.com
www.TerryPersun.com
http://nicolejpersun.wix.com/nicolejpersun

 

 

Historical Details in Fiction – Saturday, November 2, 4pm – 5:30pm

Presented by: SaraLynn Hoyt, Anthea Lawson, Deborah Schneider

When you write fiction in a historical setting, how accurate do you need to be? How much research do you really need to do and what are the best resources? With popular books and TV shows such as The White Queen and Downton Abbey, is there a new surge in demand for historical fiction?

Websites:
http://sherylhoyt.com/
http://anthealawson.com/
http://debschneider.com/

 

 

Romance, Erotica and Erotic Romance – Saturday, November 2, 4pm

Presented by: Alexis Morgan, Jennifer D. Munro

Fifty Shades of Gray opened the door to more explicit romance, but do you understand the difference between a romance, erotica and erotic romance?  Join in what we expect to be an interesting, spirited and fun conversation!

Websites:
www.alexismorgan.com
http://www.laurendane.com/
http://munrojd.wordpress.com/

 

Spotlight on Elizabeth George – interview with Bernadette Pajer

Presented by: Bernadette Pajer

Elizabeth George's Inspector Lynley novels have been entertaining readers worldwide for more than two decades. She has won the Anthony Award, the Agatha Award, and France's Le Grand Prix de Literature Policiere for her novel A Great Deliverance, for which she was also nominated for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards. Join her for a chat about her writing  process and her most recent novel, JUST ONE EVIL ACT, is set for release October 15, 2013. For more information go to elizabethgeorgeonline.com.