2019 Conference Tentative Schedule

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Check-in and Walk-in Registration Open
Conference programs and appointment schedules will be available for registered participants upon check-in.

8 am–6 pm

Preconference Workshops

9–11 am

Appointment Tables Open
If editors and agents have openings, additional appointments can be scheduled for a fee. Changes are not permitted.

11 am–6 pm

Lunch Break

11 am–1 pm

Welcome by College of Extended Studies, SDSU
Introductions by Erin Quinn, Best-selling Author and Conference Director
Opening Session Speaker

1–2:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

2:30–3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

3:45–4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

5–6 pm

Opening Night Mixer

6–7:30 pm

You are invited to Practice Your Pitch

7:30–9 pm

Friday, February 1, 2019

Check-in Open

7:30 am–5:30 pm

Continental Breakfast

7:30–8:30 am

Appointment Tables Open
If editors and agents have openings, additional appointments can be scheduled for a fee. No new appointments scheduled after 10 am. Changes are not permitted.

7:30–10 am

Keynote Speaker

8:30–9:30 am

Breakout Sessions

9:45–10:45 am

Breakout Sessions

11 am–12 pm

Luncheon

12:15–1:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

1:45–2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

3–4 pm

Breakout Sessions

4:15–5:15 pm

Reception for all conference participants and faculty.

5:30–7 pm

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Continental Breakfast

8–9 am

Information Table Open Conference evaluation drop-off.

8 am–12 pm

Conference Choice Awards Presentations

9–9:15 am

Editor and Agent Panel

9:30–10:30 am

Keynote Speaker

10:45–11:45 am

Closing Comments and Farewell — Best-selling Author and Conference Director, Erin Quinn

11:45 am–12 pm

 

2019 Program

Coming Soon

 

2019 Speakers

Keynotes / Guests of Honor
Cory Doctorow
Jonathan Maberry

Editors & Agents
See Appointment & Faculty Information

 

Keynotes / Guests of Honor

Cory Doctorow Cory Doctorow
Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist, journalist, and blogger — the co-editor of Boing Boing (boingboing.net). He is also the author of Walkaway, a novel for adults; In Real Life, a YA graphic novel; the nonfiction business book Information Doesn’t Want to be Free; young adult novels including Homeland, Pirate Cinema, and Little Brother; and novels for adults including Rapture of the Nerds, and Makers. He works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is an MIT Media Lab research affiliate, a visiting professor of Computer Science at Open University, a UK-based free online school; and co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, Doctorow now lives in Los Angeles, California.

Keynote: Fiction is Weird

 

Jonathan Maberry Jonathan Maberry
Jonathan Maberry is a New York Times bestselling author, five-time Bram Stoker Award-winner, and comic book writer. His vampire apocalypse book series, V-Wars, is in production as a Netflix original series starring Ian Somerhalder (Lost, Vampire Diaries) and will debut in early 2019. He writes in multiple genres including suspense, thriller, horror, science fiction, fantasy, and action; for adults, teens and middle-graders. His works include the Joe Ledger thrillers, Glimpse, the Rot & Ruin series, the Dead of Night series, The Wolfman, X-Files Origins: Devil’s Advocate, and Mars One. Several of his works are in development for film and TV. Maberry is the editor of high-profile anthologies including The X-Files, Aliens: Bug Hunt, Out of Tune, New Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, Baker Street Irregulars, and Nights of the Living Dead. His comics include Black Panther: DoomWar, The Punisher: Naked Kills, and Bad Blood. He lives in Del Mar, California.

Keynote: Confessions of a Professional Daydreamer
Preconference Boot Camp

 

 

Editors & Agents

See Appointment & Faculty Information

 

Presenters

Jim Azevedo Jim Azevedo
Jim Azevedo is the marketing director at Smashwords, the largest distributor of self-published ebooks, serving 140,000 independent authors, publishers, and literary agents. Since 2008, Smashwords has helped authors around the world release nearly 500,000 titles and distribute their work globally to top ebook retailers, subscription services, and public libraries. A proud SDSU graduate, Azevedo earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in English, and played on the Aztec Rugby team. Smashwords can be found online at www.smashwords.com or via Twitter @Smashwords.com. Azevedo can be reached via Twitter @Jazzervedo.

Presenting:
● Introduction to eBook Self Publishing
● The Secrets to eBook Publishing Success
● How to Hit the Bestseller List with eBook Preorders

 

Lindsey Barrett Lindsey Barrett
Lindsey Barrett — writer, editor, teacher, speaker; clothing, costume, and handbag designer — received her M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her craft essays, book reviews, and short stories have been published in many fine journals and have been honored with awards. Her “Writing Beyond Good” series can be found online in the Missouri Review’s dispatches. Barrett lived the first half of her life in sunny San Diego, but now avoids the sun like a vampire, so is well suited to life under a canopy of fir and cedar in the cool gray light of the Pacific Northwest.

Presenting:
● Pitch Perfect: Shark-Free Swim Lesson
● Mastering Induction
● The Art of Pacing
● Hungry for Connection

 

John Burke John Burke
John Burke is the co-founder of Pub Site and the vice president and COO of FSB Associates, a digital marketing firm specializing in books and authors. He has worked for a number of publishers including Crown, McGraw-Hill, Addison Wesley, and John Wiley & Sons. He left the position of sales director at Springer Publishing in 1996 to join FSB Associates to launch its website development efforts. Their first website — one of the first author sites on the web — was for Sue Grafton. Burke co-founded Pub Site in 2017 to offer an easy-to-use website builder for books and authors.

Presenting:
● Author Websites Made Easy

 

Aaron Clark Aaron Clark
Aaron Philip Clark is a novelist and screenwriter from Los Angeles, California. His work has been praised by James Sallis, Gar Anthony Haywood, Gary Phillips, Eric Beetner, and Roger Smith. In addition to his writing career, he has worked in the film industry and law enforcement. Clark currently teaches English and writing courses at a university in Southern California, and he is a doctoral candidate working to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education.

Presenting:
● Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Writing Fiction for a Multicultural World

 

Rich Ehisen Rich Ehisen
Rich Ehisen is managing editor of the State Net Capitol Journal, a LexisNexis publication that covers state public policy issues and trends nationwide. He also writes a monthly column called “Discourse” for Comstock’s magazine, a Q&A conversation with some of the capitol region’s legislative leaders and key decision makers. Ehisen’s work has appeared in a number of regional and national publications, including Government Technology, Sunset, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Capitol Weekly. He hosts and moderates the Writers Coffeehouse, a monthly networking group of writers, reporters and editors in the Sacramento area.

Presenting:
● The Art of the Interview: There is No Such Thing as Being Too Prepared

 

Kim Fielding Kim Fielding
Kim Fielding is pleased every time someone calls her eclectic. Her books span a variety of genres, but all include authentic voices and unconventional heroes. She’s a Rainbow Award and SARA Emma Merritt winner, a LAMBDA finalist, and a two-time Foreword INDIE finalist. She lives in California, where she’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full-time. She also dreams of having two teenagers who occasionally get off their phones, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a cat who doesn’t wake her up at 4 am. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others.

Presenting:
● The Unexpected Hero
● Crime, Cops, and Convicts: Criminal Justice for Authors

 

Henry Herz Henry Herz
Henry Herz is a children’s book author and SCBWI member represented by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary Agency. He’s written Monster Goose Nursery Rhymes (Pelican, 2015), When You Give an Imp a Penny (Pelican, 2016), Mabel and the Queen of Dreams (Schiffer, 2016), Little Red Cuttlefish (Pelican, 2016), Cap’n Rex & His Clever Crew (Sterling, 2017), Good Egg and Bad Apple (Schiffer, 2018), How the Squid Got Two Long Arms (Pelican, 2018), Alice’s Magic Garden (Familius, 2018), Two Pirates + One Robot (Kane Miller, 2019), and Sherlock Chick and Bunny Watson (Pelican, 2019).

Presenting:
● Writing Extraordinary Picture Books

 

Lacey Impellizeri Lacey Impellizeri
Lacey Impellizeri is a publicist, graphic design artist, and aspiring author. As project manager at Acorn Publishing, she assists authors in the process of publishing their books, and helps them with 854 other thing, from designing websites to setting up social media accounts. She is also the marketing director and contact for all Acorn-related PR.

Acorn Publishing is a highly selective boutique, hybrid publishing imprint. Writers accepted into the collective pay a one-time-only up-front fee for services and to publish under the Acorn imprint. In exchange, authors keep their rights, profits, and creative control while being given the opportunity to publish with a group of award-winning, best-selling authors who will help ensure their novels’ success.

Presenting:
● Introduction to Hybrid Publishing — Get Your Story Out!

 

Marie Jones Marie Jones
Marie Jones is a best-selling author of 18 nonfiction books on science, the paranormal, metaphysics, unknown anomalies, and ancient knowledge. She is the co-author of a middle grade novel W.A.R: Worldwide Alien Resistance, written with her son, Max; and a horror novel, Shadowlanders for Vesuvian Books. She is an optioned screenwriter with a science fiction adventure in development, Project Aurora. She has written for dozens of magazines and publications, and has appeared in seven Chicken Soup for the Soul books as well as other anthologies. Jones has been on radio shows all over the world, as well as the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens series. Her short film Kings Boulevard is on the festival circuit, and she recently started her own production company, Where’s Lucy? Productions.

Presenting:
● Navigating the Non-Fiction Waters
● The Hybrid Author

 

Holly Kammier Holly Kammier
Acorn Publishing co-founder and best-selling author Holly Kammier is a former journalist who has worked everywhere from CNN in Washington, D.C. and Channel 13 News in Los Angeles, to the NBC affiliate in small-town Medford, Oregon. She is an accomplished content editor and writing coach. Several of her newbie authors have gone on to become USA Today best-sellers. The UCLA honor grad lives in her hometown of San Diego, close to family and friends. She recently completed her third book, Choosing Hope, the story of a perfectly beautiful love affair gone terribly wrong.

Acorn Publishing is a highly selective boutique, hybrid publishing imprint. Writers accepted into the collective pay a one-time-only up-front fee for services and to publish under the Acorn imprint. In exchange, authors keep their rights, profits, and creative control while being given the opportunity to publish with a group of award-winning, best-selling authors who will help ensure their novels’ success.

Presenting:
● Introduction to Hybrid Publishing — Get Your Story Out!

 

William Kenower William Kenower
William Kenower is the author of Fearless Writing: How to Create Boldly and Write with Confidence, and Write Within Yourself: An Author’s Companion. He is also the editor-in-chief of Author magazine, and a sought-after speaker and teacher. In addition to his books, Kenower has been published in The New York Times, Edible Seattle, Parent Map, Tifferet Journal, and has been a featured blogger for the Huffington Post. His video interviews with hundreds of writers — from Nora Ephron to Amy Tan and William Gibson — are widely considered the best of their kind on the internet. He also hosts the podcast Author2Author where every week he and a different guest discuss the books we write and the lives we lead.

Presenting:
● Your Life as a Story: The Art of Memoir and Personal Essay
● Fearless Writing

 

Karen An-hwei Lee Karen An-hwei Lee
Karen An-hwei Lee is the author of Sonata in K (Ellipsis 2017). Her book of literary criticism, Anglophone Literatures in the Asian Diaspora: Literary Transnationalism and Translingual Migrations (Cambria 2013), was selected for the Cambria Sinophone World Series. She earned an M.F.A. from Brown University and Ph.D. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, she lives in San Diego, where she serves in the university administration at Point Loma Nazarene University.

Presenting:
● Avant-Garde Science Fiction as Social Critique and Resistance

 

Rod Martinez Rod Martinez
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Rod Martinez was attracted to words early in life. His first book, The Boy Who Liked To Read, was created in grade school, where his teacher used it to encourage creativity in class. Eventually he discovered comic books, but his high school English teacher pressed him into short story writing. Martinez, the recipient of the 2017 Jerry Spinelli Scholarship from the Highlights Foundation and the 2018 Professional Development Artist Grant from the Tampa Bay Arts Council, wrote the middle-grade adventure, The Juniors. It was picked up by a publisher, and the rest is history.

Presenting:
● Dialogue: It Isn’t Just About Talk
● Character Kickstart

 

Judy McSweeney Judy McSweeney
With over three decades of marketing experience for clients ranging from celebrities to storytellers, Judy McSweeney develops customized marketing plans, web copy, and events for authors so they can concentrate on their craft. At Kane Miller EDC Publishing, she is on the editorial and marketing team, promoting children’s books worldwide. With a son on the verge of college enlightenment, a daughter on the verge of dating, and a husband on the verge of a nervous breakdown, McSweeney enjoys avoiding reality by writing middle-grade novels.

Presenting:
● A Storyteller’s Marketing Secrets: Simple, Silly, & Savvy Steps to Promote Children’s Books

 

Rachel Moore Rachel Moore
Rachel Moore, LMFT, is a licensed psychotherapist based in San Diego. She specializes in helping writers and other "creative types" overcome anxiety and trauma. Her undergraduate degree is in creative writing. Moore worked as a copy editor for 14 years in the newspaper industry, including at The San Diego Union-Tribune. (She estimates she wrote about 50,000 headlines over the course of her journalism career.)

Presenting:
● How to Crush Creative Anxiety

 

Julia Roberts Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts helps writers predict and prevent writer’s block. She is an engaging and fun workshop leader on a mission to bring the science of creativity to writers whose voices are stifled by creative resistance. Whether writers have a hard time getting started, sticking to one project, finishing, or creatively marketing their work, Roberts delivers science, insights, and self-knowledge about their strengths and struggles so they can adjust their approach and get ‘er done. She has addressed worldwide audiences live and on webinars, and has been a guest on hundreds of radio shows and a dozen TV talk shows. Roberts has three published books including Sex, Lies & Creativity — Gender Differences in Creativity, and earned her Master’s in Science in Creative Studies from Buffalo State College.

Presenting:
● Write Without the Fight: 5 Things You Need to Know to Write with Ease and Flow

 

Penny C. Sansevieri Penny C. Sansevieri
Penny C. Sansevieri, founder and CEO of Author Marketing Experts Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is also an adjunct professor teaching self-publishing for NYU. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry, developing innovative, social-media book marketing campaigns. She is the author of 18 books including How to Sell Your Books by the Truckload on Amazon, 5-Minute Book Marketing, and Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the "leading guide to everything Internet." AME has had dozens of books top bestseller lists, including those of The New York Times, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal.

Presenting:
● The Reason Why (Your Book Isn’t Selling)

 

Nevien Shaabneh Nevien Shaabneh
Nevien Shaabneh is an American novelist, certified diversity and inclusion specialist, public speaker, and educator from the Chicagoland area. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s in English Education, and from Saint Xavier with a Masters of Arts. Shaabneh is a member of The Society for Diversity and serves as a consultant for the Muslim Women’s Alliance. In addition to debuting her novel, Secrets Under the Olive Tree (Nortia Press) and completing a second novel, she speaks nationally on matters relating to diversity and inclusion, the writing process, minority voices in writing, Muslims in America, the Arab-American experience, and the Muslim woman narrative. She also serves as a key contributor in interfaith discussions and diversity training.

Presenting:
● Writing in Color

 

Judith Starkston Judith Starkston
Judith Starkston has spent too much time exploring the remains of the ancient worlds of the Greeks and Hittites. Early on she went so far as to get degrees in classics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and Cornell. She loves myths and telling stories. This has gotten more and more out of hand. Her solution is her brand: Fantasy and Magic in a Bronze Age World. Hand of Fire was a semifinalist for the M.M. Bennett’s Award for Historical Fiction. Priestess of Ishana won the San Diego State University Conference Choice Award. Starkston is represented by Richard Curtis.

Presenting:
● Less Is More: Editing with Your Best Critical Eye

 

 

Past Keynote Speakers

 

Tentative Panels & Breakout Sessions

  • A Storyteller’s Marketing Secrets: Simple, Silly, & Savvy Steps to Promote Children’s Books
  • Author Websites Made Easy
  • Avant-Garde Science Fiction as Social Critique and Resistance
  • Character Kickstart
  • Crime, Cops, and Convicts: Criminal Justice for Authors
  • Dialogue: It Isn’t Just About Talk
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Writing Fiction for a Multicultural World
  • Fearless Writing
  • How to Crush Creative Anxiety
  • How to Hit the Bestseller List with eBook Preorders
  • Hungry for Connection
  • Introduction to eBook Self Publishing
  • Introduction to Hybrid Publishing — Get Your Story Out!
  • Less Is More: Editing with Your Best Critical Eye
  • Mastering Induction
  • Navigating the Non-Fiction Waters
  • Pitch Perfect: Shark-Free Swim Lesson
  • The Art of Pacing
  • The Art of the Interview: There is No Such Thing as Being Too Prepared
  • The Hybrid Author
  • The Reason Why (Your Book Isn’t Selling)
  • The Secrets to eBook Publishing Success
  • The Unexpected Hero
  • Write Without the Fight: 5 Things You Need to Know to Write with Ease and Flow
  • Writing Extraordinary Picture Books
  • Writing in Color
  • Your Life as a Story: The Art of Memoir and Personal Essay