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Thursday, June 18 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Why YA Matters (Crown - 10th FL)

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With the massive proliferation of New Adult sweeping the market, the beloved Young Adult category that helped pave the way for NA has been left to collect dust. It seems that the writers who helped make it matter are taking a "been there, done that" approach to it, even going so far as to consider it passe and for newbies rather than for the now experienced who are milking the sexy romance book market trend all the way to the bank.
While trend- and genre-hopping can be very good choices -- 1.They challenge the writer, 2. Alleviate boredom, 3. Avoid getting labeled into a corner -- there are still a growing number of Millennials out there aching to read more Young Adult that represents them.
This session will cover the stigma attached to YA, share findings on why it should still matter to writers and readers, as well as discuss personal experiences.

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B. J. Sheldon

Author and Speaker, BJ Sheldon
I am the YA author of The Dusty Chronicles and The Gibborim Series, both paranormal romance trilogies. I love teen stories and their potential to show readers what true inner strength can be. I'm a hugger. You've been warned.

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Chanda Hahn

NEW YORK Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Author
Author of the Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series

Thursday June 18, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

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