COMING TO ANAHEIM, CA, APRIL 17-19, 2020!

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  • WHAT IS  FANTASY BOOK FEST?
  • HOTEL INFO
  • SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

NOTE TO READER ATTENDEES: This schedule has been designed to allow you to take advantage of Disneyland while you are here! Writing-related events and activities will be held during the day on Friday and Saturday, and reader activities will be held at night and all day on Sunday. You are free to attend whichever events tickle your fancy, both reading AND writing related. 🙂

FRIDAY:

REGISTRATION: 8:00-9:00am

WELCOME SPEECH/CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION 9:00-9:15am

WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, AND PANELS:

DYNAMIC STORY CREATION – HOW TO EMOTIONALLY SATISFY YOUR READER AND KEEP THEM COMING BACK FOR MORE (Ballroom A, 9:30am-12:30pm)

Do you struggle with tying theme and plot together? Get frustrated with sagging middles and wandering storylines? Join award-winning fantasy author Maxwell Alexander Drake in this comprehensive workshop on storytelling. Dynamic Story Creation takes an in-depth look at the physical and invisible layer behind stories—the stuff readers expect but don’t know they expect. You’ll learn about Theme, Motifs, Allegories, Reversals, the Cycle of a Protagonist, and how to fulfill a reader’s emotional needs. By the time you’re finished, you’ll walk away with everything you need to craft an enjoyable, addictive story that will keep readers coming back for more.

LITRPG panel (Ballroom B, 9:30-10:30am)

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FAIRY TALES IN FICTION PANEL (Ballroom B, 10:45-11:45am)

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LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:00pm

HISTORICAL FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 2:00-3:00pm)

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LGBT+ FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 2:00-3:00pm)

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REVERSE HAREM PANEL (Ballroom A, 3:15-4:15pm)

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FANTASY ROMANCE PANEL (Ballroom B, 3:15-4:15pm)

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URBAN FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 4:30-5:30pm)

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EPIC FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)

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DINNER BREAK 5:30-7:00pm

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

Join us for a fun-filled night of games, food, and booze with your favorite authors! We will have several dungeon masters running D&D games for both beginners and advanced players, as well as other group-oriented games like Mafia, Telephone, Charades, and more! Drinks and hors d’oeuvres included.

SATURDAY:

WORKSHOPS AND PANELS:

USING AMS ADS TO MAXIMIZE BOOK SALES: 9:30am-12:30pm (Ballroom A & B)

Is setting up and running ads a constant struggle for you? Do you want to get more eyes on your book on Amazon by the RIGHT readers? Join USA Today bestselling author Felicia Beasley as she teaches you how to run AMS ads in this workshop. Going beyond just sponsored keyword ads, we’ll explore all the various tools AMS gives advertisers to get their books seen by potential buyers, including tricks used by those outside of publishing that few authors know about. By the end of the workshop you will know:

  • The eight types of AMS ads, plus when and how to use them together to reach your goals.
  • The benefits of different placements on Amazon (and off) that your ads can appear and how to get them to show up there.
  • How to create the best targeting lists for your books (this includes keyword, category, and product targeting.)
  • The importance of product relevancy, bids, and conversions to making AMS ads profitable.
  • Ways to increase the product relevancy between your books and your best targets.
  • How to leverage AMS to gain organic visibility.
  • Additional tricks and tips to increase profitability of ads on a scalable level

LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:00pm

GETTING YOUR OPENING PAGES RIGHT, WITH KELLEY ARMSTRONG (Ballroom A, 2:00-3:00pm)

As the number of published books grows exponentially, it becomes increasingly important to hook readers fast. In this one-hour workshop, New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong will teach you how to find the best starting point for your story, then turn it into a killer first chapter that’ll leave readers—or agents and editors—eager for more.

HOW TO SELF-EDIT YOUR NOVEL, WITH KERRY ADRIENNE (Ballroom B, 2:00-3:00pm)

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ANATOMY OF AN ACTION SCENE, WITH KAREN CHANCE (Ballroom A, 3:15-4:15pm)

Action scenes can be tense, funny, scary, and heart-poundingly exciting—or all of the above. The important thing is that they advance the plot and give your readers a thrill in the process. Join New York Times bestseller Karen Chance for this one hour seminar on what makes a good action sequence and how to craft one that people will remember. 

SNAP, CRACKLE, POP: A BALANCED APPROACH TO SERIAL FICTION, WITH SEANAN MCGUIRE (Ballroom B, 3:15-4:15pm)

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GENRE-HOPPING–HOW TO ADAPT YOUR VOICE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FICTION  (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)

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WRITING TO MARKET, WITH CHRIS FOX (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)

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DINNER BREAK 5:30-7:00pm

STORIES AND S’MORES EVENT (featuring Luke Daniels and Nick Podehl): 7:00-9:00pm

Join Luke Daniels and Nick Podehl for a night of storytelling! These Audie Award winning narrators will be performing LIVE, enchanting you with excerpts from both classic fantasy novels and current works. They may even take requests! Grab a chair, eat some s’mores, and prepare to be swept away. Bonus points if you come in pajamas!

SUNDAY:

DOWNTOWN DISNEY SCAVENGER HUNT: 9:00am-12:00pm

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FANTASY REN-FAIRE THEMED BOOK SIGNING AND COSPLAY CONTEST: 1:00pm-5:00pm

Come flex your cosplay muscles at our magical book signing and festival! In addition to the signing, we will have fantasy-themed vendors offering all sorts of magical delights, and performers to dazzle you on stage with daring feats and mind-boggling tricks. There will be a cosplay contest with prizes, and a crowning ceremony for the winner of the scavenger hunt!

PLEASE NOTE: This is an early iteration of the schedule and is subject to change. More specific descriptions for workshops, panels, and events will be added as we nail down the details. Thank you for your patience!

SIGNING AUTHORS

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KELLEY ARMSTRONG

NYT bestseller of the Women of the Otherworld series

JASMINE WALT

NYT bestselling author of the Baine Chronicles series

SARA C ROETHLE

Amazon bestselling author of the Tree of Ages series

MAXWELL ALEXANDER DRAKE

Award-winning fantasy author and creative writing instructor

RAYE WAGNER

Amazon bestselling author of the Darkest Drae series

OPHELIA BELL

Amazon bestselling author of the Fate's Fools series.

MIRANDA HONFLEUR

Amazon bestselling author of the Blade and Rose series.

JEX LANE

Amazon bestselling author of the Beautiful Monsters series.

MAY SAGE

USAT bestselling author of the Not Quite the Fairytale series.

ANGELA ROQUET

USA Today bestselling author of the Lana Harvey series.

CATHERINE BANKS

USAT bestselling author of the Her Royal Harem series.

HARPER WYLDE

Amazon bestselling author of the Phoenix Rising series.

ERIN BEDFORD

Amazon bestselling author of the Academy of Witches series

SEANAN MCGUIRE

NYT bestselling author of the October Daye series.

LINDSAY BUROKER

USA Today bestselling author of the Heritage of Power series.

CHRIS FOX

Amazon bestselling author of the Magitech Chronicles

DOMINO FINN

Amazon bestselling author of the Black Magic Outlaw series

EMMA DEAN

Amazon bestselling author of the Draga Court series

NM HOWELL

USA Today bestselling author of the Darkness Bites series

BEC MCMASTER

USAT bestselling author of the London Steampunk series.

NICOLETTE ANDREWS

Amazon bestselling author of the Dragon Saga.

HAILEY TURNER

Amazon bestselling author of the Soulbound series

VIVIENNE SAVAGE

USA Today bestselling author of the Once Upon a Spell series

KIMBRA SWAIN

Amazon bestselling author of the Fairy Tales of a Trailer Park Queen series.

LJ SWALLOW

Amazon bestselling author of the Four Horsemen series

CECE ROSE

Amazon bestselling author of the Marked series

KAREN CHANCE

New York Times bestseller of the Cassandra Palmer series

SCARLETT DAWN

NYT bestselling author of the Origin series

ELIZABETH BRIGGS

NYT bestselling author of the Future Shock  series

APOLLOS THORNE

Amazon bestselling author of the Codename: Freedom series

JAMES HUNTER

Amazon bestselling author of the Viridian Gate Archives

JENNA ELIZABETH JOHNSON

Amazon bestselling author of the Legend of Oscienne Series

MELANIE KARSAK

NYT Bestselling author of the Steampunk Fairy Tales series.

MONICA ENDERLE PIERCE

Amazon bestselling author of the Militess and Mage series

S.J. HIMES

Amazon Bestselling Author of the Beacon Hill Sorcerer series.

KERRY ADRIENNE

USA Today Bestselling Author of the Shifter Wars series.

RL KING

Amazon Bestselling Author of the Alastair Stone series.

MEG ANNE

Amazon Bestselling Author of the Chosen series.

JESSICA WAYNE

Amazon Bestselling Author of the Prophecy series.

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