Schedule of Events

FRIDAY:

REGISTRATION: 2:00-5:00pm

Come pick up your badge and swag bag, and mingle with the other attendees! IMPORTANT NOTE: You MUST register via Eventbrite to receive a swag bag, even if you only plan on attending the signing. The first 100 people to register will receive complimentary swag bags; after that, all bets are off!

GAME NIGHT MIXER: 7:00-9:00pm

Join us for a fun-filled mixer featuring some of your favorite games! We’ll have a variety of active games and board games to suit everyone.

SATURDAY:

PANELS: 8:50am-5pm

INTRODUCTIONS AND IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS: 8:50-9:00am

HACKING SUCCESS with Michael Anderle. 9:00­­-10:00am

There are many different ways to look at accomplishing the basics in your publishing business. Michael Anderle, the founder of 20Booksto50k and MEGA bestselling author of the Kutherian Gambit series, knows this better than anyone. Join him as he shares his methods for “hacking success”, and learn why letting go of the present mentality of ‘this is how it’s done’ might be the best thing you could do for your author career.

WRITING FIGHT SCENES WITH PUNCH 10:15-11:15am

Join martial arts instructor and urban fantasy author Michael Massie as he teaches in the ins and outs of writing exciting—but realistic!—fight scenes. He and a team of instructors will run through a series of action sequences based on real-life scenarios, then go through the “movie” version of those same scenes, giving authors a clear idea of the difference. A Q&A period will be included, time permitting.

LUNCH 11:30-1:00pm

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: the ins and outs of world building and character creation. 1:15-2:15pm

  • MODERATOR: K.N. LEE
  • PANELISTS: ELISE KOVA, ANGELA ROQUET, MAY SAGE

DISSECTING VILLAINS: how authors create antagonists you love to hate. 2:30-3:30pm

  • MODERATOR: RAYE WAGNER
  • PANELISTS: JEX LANE, PIPPA DACOSTA, A.D. STARRLING

OLD MEETS NEW: how authors combine pop culture and mythological legends in fiction. 3:45-4:45pm

  • MODERATOR: ANGELA ROQUET
  • PANELISTS: DOMINO FINN,JAMES HUNTER, M.D. MASSEY

SUNDAY:

PANELS: 8:00-11:30am

FACEBOOK ADS with Michael Cooper. 8:00-9:00am

Join bestselling science-fiction author Michael Cooper as he explains how to build and maintain book sales through Facebook ads that have a 200-400% return on investment. Learn how to make great ads, and figure out when to kill off ones that aren’t working. You’ll find out how to get a 10/10 relevancy score, craft an ad that sells you and proves value to the readers before they ever see your book!

COVER ART BRANDING with Gene Mollica 9:15-10:15am

Join Gene Mollica, an award-winning and Hugo-nominated cover artist and owner of GM Studio, as he shares his experiences building cover art and branding for successful authors including Bree Bridges, Thea Harrison, and Ella Summers. Learn about the process of translating authors’ unique worlds and characters into recognizable, ownable visual branding that attracts readers and keeps them coming back time after time. 

IMPROVING DISCOVERABILITY with Draft2Digital 10:30-11:30am

Getting your book noticed by readers on wide platforms can be difficult in this age of digital distractions.  Join Dan Wood from Draft2Digital to learn about all the free tools Draft2Digital has made to help you improve your discoverability and how they can help you distribute your book to retailers and libraries worldwide.  

SIGNING1:30-5:00PM

VIP Meet & Greet (formerly Reader-Author Brunch) 5:30-7:00pm

Special ticketed event.

Come up to the Boston Park Plaza’s Presidential Suite for dinner and drinks with the signing authors! You’ll have an uninterrupted hour to hang out with your favorite authors from the signing and ask them anything you want. 

AFTERPARTY8:00-10:00PM

Come join us in the Off the Commons bar in the hotel lobby as we wrap up the end of this amazing event! You’ll have a chance to hang out with and say goodbye to the signing authors and your fellow attendees before you head home.