COMING TO ANAHEIM, CA, APRIL 17-19, 2020!
- WHAT IS FANTASY BOOK FEST?
- HOTEL INFO
- SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
WHAT IS FANTASY BOOK FEST?
Fantasy Book Fest is a convention for people who’ve never left Narnia. Who still check for trolls under bridges, still glimpse fairies traipsing through the woods, and still hope that one day they’ll receive that long-awaited letter to Hogwarts.
Or, in simpler terms, a convention for fantasy readers and writers. 😉
Come join in Anaheim for a magical weekend filled with workshops, panels, parties, games, book readings, a ren-faire themed book signing event and more in April 2020! There will be classes on writing craft as well as indie publishing for writers, and fun events for readers, so there’s truly something for everyone. Plus, we’re three minutes away from Disney, and con attendees will get access to special discounted park ticket rates. Seriously, what’s not to love?
Questions regarding the event can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you in April!
Anaheim Majestic Garden Hotel is the official partner hotel and the location of Fantasy Fest Book Fest 2020.
Disneyland® Resort is just a half-mile away on the free hotel shuttle, the Dream Machine. Beyond the castle entry, you’ll find Anaheim’s largest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, bar, restaurants, and 13 acres of tranquil gardens.
ADDRESS + PHONE
900 South Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
Group Reservations Number: 1.844.227.8535 ext.3885
Group Reservations Link: http://bit.ly/FantasyBookFest2020
The group is listed under FANTASY BOOK FEST.
CHECK IN TIME = 11 AM Pacific
CHECK OUT TIME = 4 PM Pacific
Traditional Two Queen-sized beds: $134.00/night
One Turret Suite King: $134.00/night
** Rate does not include applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments.
** The cut-off date for reserving a room in the room block is 5 PM Pacific time on March 16, 2020. To avoid any cancellation fees, you must cancel with more than 48 hours notice to the hotel.
** Rates will be available for two days prior and two days after the room block dates, based on availability at the time of reservation.
Hotel offers on-site parking for an overnight fee of $18 USD, including in and out privileges.
AIRPORTS: LAX (Los Angeles) and John Wayne (Orange County)
PLEASE CLICK HERE for all shuttle, taxi, and car service information, including time, costs, and how to reserve.
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.
WELCOME SPEECH/CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION 9:00-9:15am
WORKSHOPS 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.
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)
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)
GENRE-HOPPING–HOW TO ADAPT YOUR VOICE TO DIFFERENT TYPES OF FICTION (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
WRITING TO MARKET, WITH CHRIS FOX (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
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.
WORKSHOPS AND PANELS:
WORKSHOPS, SEMINARS, 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
LITRPG panel (Ballroom B, 9:30-10:30am)
FAIRY TALES IN FICTION PANEL (Ballroom B, 10:45-11:45am)
LUNCH BREAK 12:30-2:00pm
HISTORICAL FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 2:00-3:00pm)
LGBT+ FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 2:00-3:00pm)
REVERSE HAREM PANEL (Ballroom A, 3:15-4:15pm)
FANTASY ROMANCE PANEL (Ballroom B, 3:15-4:15pm)
URBAN FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom A, 4:30-5:30pm)
EPIC FANTASY PANEL (Ballroom B, 4:30-5:30pm)
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!
DOWNTOWN DISNEY SCAVENGER HUNT: 9:00am-12:00pm
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!
More authors coming soon! Click the images to learn more.
NYT bestseller of the Women of the Otherworld series
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
Amazon bestselling author of the Darkest Drae series
Amazon bestselling author of the Fate's Fools series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Blade and Rose series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Beautiful Monsters series.
USAT bestselling author of the Not Quite the Fairytale series.
USA Today bestselling author of the Lana Harvey series.
USAT bestselling author of the Her Royal Harem series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Academy of Witches series
NYT bestselling author of the October Daye series.
USA Today bestselling author of the Heritage of Power series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Magitech Chronicles
Amazon bestselling author of the Black Magic Outlaw series
Amazon bestselling author of the Project Alpha series
Amazon bestselling author of the Draga Court series
USA Today bestselling author of the Darkness Bites series
USAT bestselling author of the London Steampunk series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Dragon Saga.
Amazon bestselling author of the Soulbound series
USA Today bestselling author of the Once Upon a Spell series
Amazon bestselling author of the Fairy Tales of a Trailer Park Queen series.
Amazon bestselling author of the Marked series
New York Times bestseller of the Cassandra Palmer series
USA Today bestselling author of the Seraph Black series
NYT bestselling author of the Future Shock series
Amazon bestselling author of the Codename: Freedom series
Amazon bestselling author of the Viridian Gate Archives
JENNA ELIZABETH JOHNSON
Amazon bestselling author of the Legend of Oscienne Series
Amazon bestselling author of the Steampunk Fairy Tales series
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Beacon Hill Sorcerer series.
USA Today Bestselling Author of the Shifter Wars series.
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Alastair Stone series.
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Chosen series.
Amazon Bestselling Author of the Prophecy series.
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