Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to revision at any time, but it is accurate so far as we currently know.

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Track I

Track II

9:00 Welcome. Opening remarks by Oscar Goodman, former mayor of Las Vegas
9:15-10:05 Character, the Heart of a Good Story – Shelley Coriell  Publishing Options – Jo Wilkins
10:10-11:00 Don’t Tell Your Story, Show It! – Maxwell Alexander Drake Author Promote Thyself – Kate Sexton
11:05-11:55 How to Plot Anything – John Hill The 10 Most Common Mistakes First Novelists Make – Toni Lopopolo
1200-1:00                                Lunch – Keynote Speaker Deb Coonts
1:00-1:50 Setting, Theme and Style (or How to Make Your Writing Awesome and Avoid Nigerian Scams) – Mason Ian Bundschuh You’ve Written an E-book. Now What? - Peggy Richardson
2:00-2:50 First line; first page; first 5 pages – Toni Lopopolo The Hook, The Book and The Cook – Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
3:00-3:50 Settings, Strange and Otherwise – Dave Wolvertine Everything You Wanted to Know about Publishing* (*Now’s Your Time to Ask) – Peter Senftleben

Moderated Agent Panel

Toni Lopopolo, Pamela van Hylckama Vlieg



Atomic Book Signing at Atomic Liquors


8:45  Welcome, opening remarks
9:00- 9:50 He Said/She Said: Writing Male & Female POV Like A Pro – Eric  James Miller and Moriah Densley Peggy Richardson 
10:00-10:50 More than Wham, Bam, Thank-You M’am – Wooing the Female Reader – Jeffe Kennedy Small Press Author Panel – Eric James Miller, Morgan St. James, Mercedes M Yardley
11:00-11:50 Two Heads: How to Co-Write a Book Without Going Crazy – Jennifer Allee Kamikaze cold Reads -Kerri Buckley

Lunch – Finding Time to Write – Mercedes M. Yardley

1:00-1:50 Prepping Your Manuscript for Submissions and Building that Author/Editor Relationship – Johanna Melaragno  Publishing Your Manuscript in Ten Easy Steps - Gail Delaney
2:00-2:50 Dialogue: It’s Not Just People Talking - Maxwell Alexander Drake  Marketing - Morgan St. James
3:00-3:50 Putting Personality on the Page: Showing Character to the Reader – Tami Cowden Dream, Dare, Do – Shelley Coriell

Moderated Editor Panel

Alex Logan, Kerri Buckley, Peter Sentfleban, Gail Delaney


Closing remarks


Last chance Speaker Book Signing.


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