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Wednesday, June 17
 

2:00pm

Early Registration Booth Opens
Early check in for those coming in on Wednesday, June 17th.

Wednesday June 17, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

4:00pm

CJ Redwine's Query letter Workshop in Forum room 1st floor ($50 fee)

CJ Redwine's Query Letter Workshop

Wednesday June 17, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

6:00pm

Newtopia BINGO
Start the conference off right with this bingo-inspired contest and mixer event! Learn how to make the most of the UtopYACon experience, meet veterans of the conference, enter to win an official Harry Potter Time Turner necklace, and make new connections that will last beyond the conference itself.
Includes a short presentation from UtopYACon veterans, a mixer where you can meet them up close and personal, and a cash bar for... fuel.

Come join us in the first ever Newtopia Bingo with S. M. Boyce! We'll be on the 10th Floor Crown Room. 

Speakers
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S. M. Boyce

S.M. Boyce
Fantasy novelist. Ghost enthusiast. Green tea addict. | | Call me Boyce. | | I make up stories for a living. I love it. | | I love this whole writing thing, and I’ve treated it as a proper business from the start. I graduated Florida State University’s Creative Writing program with a dual degree in Marketing and broke into the writing world with my debut novel, Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1). I even paid for college by editing... Read More →


Wednesday June 17, 2015 6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
 
Thursday, June 18
 

7:00am

Registration Booth Opens
Grab your badge and welcome bag at check-in.

Thursday June 18, 2015 7:00am - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

8:00am

Welcome to utopYAcon 2015
utopYA's Official Kick Off Day 1

Speakers
avatar for Janet Wallace

Janet Wallace

founder, UTOPiAcon
let's talk about books, marketing and dream-leading.


Thursday June 18, 2015 8:00am - 8:45am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

8:00am

Barnes & Noble Hours
Barnes & Noble will be open from 8AM until 5PM.

Thursday June 18, 2015 8:00am - 5:00pm
TBA

9:00am

Denise Grover Swank Keynote

Denise Grover Swank Keynote kicks off Day 1 of utopYAcon 2015

Speakers
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Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:00am

Exhibitor Hall Hours
utopYAcon 2015 Exhibitor Hall area is open from 10AM until 4 PM.

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:15am

Do I have to win the publishing lottery to leave the job that is slowly sucking the life out of me? (Maxwell's)
Writing provides us many journeys: death-defying adventures, times of self-discovery, routes of escape from reality, or simply ways to murder our co-workers and not be thrown into jail. While many creative people, myself included, are constantly looking for a way out of something terrible, like mourning a loved one or a career that is killing us cubicle by cubicle, we often must find a way to love and accept where we are right now before we can reach beyond that terrible thing and into what is absolutely possible. My writing has seen me through the illness and death of my mother, and just this year, I was able to leave my 20-year corporate job as a CPA and transition into a full-time career as an author for young adult fiction. And I didn’t have to win the publishing lottery to do it. It’s not always easy to juggle what life throws at us while pursuing a career as a creative, but it can be done. And we just might get to slash some of the people who have held us back at the water cooler when it’s all said and done.

Speakers

Thursday June 18, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:45am

When it comes to Global Marketing, act locally (Maxwell's).
I would like to talk about the importance of local marketing and the impact it can have on your long-term sales. So often we think that we need bloggers all over the world to spread our message. In reality, you can start at home. You should start home. Nothing is more valuable than word of mouth.
Using examples from my own experience, I will share how social media, local newspapers, local book signings, local book clubs, and networking with young professionals can create promotional synergy across all platforms, online and off, leading to speaking engagements, sales and more. When you get people talking about you in your area that can lead to larger media coverage locally, and that leads to bigger opportunities in larger affiliate markets. With social media becoming a larger challenge in getting our messages out, you can and should let others do the work for you. People get very excited to meet authors. Give the people in your city the opportunity to “know a celebrity,” and allow them to drive your success from the inside out!

Speakers
avatar for Stormy Smith

Stormy Smith

Author, Perfect Storm Publishing
Stormy Smith calls Iowa’s capital home now, but she was raised in a tiny town in the Southeast corner of the state. She grew to love books honestly, having a mom that read voraciously and instilled that same love in her. Stormy knew quickly that stories of fantasy were her favorite, and even as an adult she gravitates toward paranormal stories in any form. Writing a book had never been an aspiration, but suddenly the story was there and... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

ClockWise World Building. (Forum)
World building isn’t just for fantasy books. It is central to not only things like the topography of the places held within its pages, but also to the cultural standards and rules governing the interpersonal relationships and politics of the book’s plot and story. Is there such a thing as too much description? How do you temper or pepper it throughout the book to best effect? The creative process intertwines with research to create rich, believable characters, settings, and mythology that keep the reader coming back for more. Learn how to do this well from authors at the top of their game.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Helene Dunbar

Helene Dunbar

Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she's worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter, and exists on a steady diet of readers' tears.


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Expand Your Universe: A How-to guide for Newbies & Introverts (Crown - 10th FL)
Writers are inherently isolated creatures -- even the most extroverted still have hints of insecurity that tend to hold them back from effectively networking at conferences. Let’s face it; writers work and play with imaginary friends most days and nights. This panel aims to provide an interactive how-to workshop on how to network for the wallflower or newbie. What to say past “I love your book.” And how to step out of your comfort zone, approach any group, and add them to your “clump” or tribe of collaborators, conspirators and friends.

Moderators
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Mindy Ruiz

Mindy Ruiz is the author of Utopia Con’s 2015 Best Debut Novel: ENCHANTED HEART in the Game of Hearts Series. Since her first story about a magical, museum hopping chair in the fourth grade, she’s loved exploring those things that cannot be explained, and must simply be believed. | Now, Mindy writes paranormal romance guaranteed to make your heart race. Her stories combine snarky heroines, tormented heroes and buckets of swoon. Mindy is... Read More →

Speakers
EP

Eva Pohler

Author, Eva Pohler Books
I love to read, write, and take on home improvement projects when I'm not spending time with my husband and three children and two dogs. I am very proud of my family!


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Tense Time Warp: Raise the Tension with Past & Present Tense and Point of View. (Grand Ballroom West)

The overwhelming trend in current NA books is to switch points of view each chapter between the male and female protagonists. And in YA we see one book written from one person’s point of view, and the next in the series written from another.  There are even books out there where one chapter is written in first person, and the other chapters, written from another’s point of view are written in third person limited. Do you know how to write from the different points of view? Do you know what they are and what ones are most effective for your audience?  While it drives purists insane, it drives readers wild with delight. What’s your point of view?

Moderators
avatar for Crystal Bryant

Crystal Bryant

Professionally, I wear too many hats. I’m a founding member of Indie-Visible and The Younicorns, edit as the Plot Ninja, create covers occasionally, develop software, edit for Embolden Press and I’m rather certain I’ve forgotten something somewhere along the line. | | Personally, I am obsessed with projects. I always have at least five going on at once, whether it’s writing, building a website, editing, carpentry... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cambria Hebert

Cambria Hebert

Author, Cambria hebert Books LLC
panelist and attending author at UtopYA 2015
avatar for Christina Mercer

Christina Mercer

Award-Winning Author; Co-Founder of Indie-Visible, Christina Mercer, Author
Whether I'm spinning magical stories or numbers around in my head, I keep myself buzzing in the foothills of Northern California. Tea puts the z’s in my buzz, and I'll weave you tales of mythical enchantments and sweet honeyed love. Oh, and I'm always tossing out tax tips too! Have you grabbed a copy of my friendly guide "Bean Counting for Authors" yet? :-)


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:15am

EXORCISING THE DEMONS: Writing through PTSD and Depression. (Maxwell's)
Writers are often more sensitive to the suffering of those around them. The upside of which is that this not only makes them better writers, but sometimes, it also makes them better able to understand and help those around them. But what about when the writer is the one under duress? Though there are no firm statistics on how many writers experience depression, researcher Kay Redfield Jamison, PhD, a psychiatry professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore has reported (as have others) that writers have depression or manic-depression more often than non-writers. It’s in these tough and trying times, that writers often believe they are alone in their suffering, but they are not. Connecting with each other is powerfully healing.
This talk will “go there.” Sharing elements from my own story, I will help you discover — What are the signs that you or a writer you love suffers from PTSD, depression or other illness? What are the healthiest ways to keep the demons at bay, and what can you do when you feel sucked down?

Speakers

Thursday June 18, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:45am

AN ARTHURIAN WRITER IN A YANKEE MARKET: From “Wellies” and “Jumpers” to underage drinking and promiscuity. (Maxwell's)
A lot of British teens cut their teeth on American TV and movie culture, but the reverse is not as widespread. I myself am a writer of ‘very English’ YA – Arthurian based legends and Celtic folklore. I underestimated the consumption of ‘shared’ culture, and have had to learn to adapt to this new world market. While JK Rowling’s “Harry Potter” has been a very successful example of a British export, things such as book title change, language and some cultural bridging had to occur.
It is interesting to take a very familiar territory such as the YA form and explore it from a completely different cultural angle – especially with the emerging e-book market and a greater fluidity of publishing across continents. It’s important to understand first hand cultural social contexts surrounding English / British Teen fiction, and the sometimes conflicting American standards and language. This talk will attempt to bridge the divide and discuss opportunities available.

Speakers
avatar for Katie M. John

Katie M. John

Author, Little Bird Publishing House


Thursday June 18, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

Expanding Your Empire: International markets, Audio books, etc (Forum)
Now that you have a few published books under your belt and sorta have the hang of this whole writerly life, it's time to take your books and career to the next level. There's a big world out there, and this session will help you: navigate the waters of international markets, get yous books into libraries and book stores, market to new and influential audiences, understand licensing - turning your booksinto audio books, comic books, movie franchises and more.

Moderators
Speakers
NJ

Nikki Jefford

Author, Nikki Jefford
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Cameo Renae

Author, CHBB
Bestselling Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Fantasy / Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian author who loves caffeine, peppermints, and lots of laughter.


Thursday June 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

Great Sexpectations. (Crown - 10th FL)
The lines of sex in NA and what is acceptable and what is expected are blurry at best. Clean NA is getting slammed for being too clean. Hot NA is being called erotica in disguise. New Adult is still a NEW category, and it will undoubtedly evolve or split off into multiple categories. Why not be a part of the discussion and influence the future of NA. There is just so much here to unpack, and these panelists are going to help you do just that.

Moderators
Speakers
AG

Angela Graham

New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author. | |


Thursday June 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

So You Wanna be a Writer? (Grand Ballroom West)
You have a book in your heart, characters chatting in your head and a desire so deep to finally write that book you’ve been dreaming about. So what’s holding you back? Time to step out of the shadows and into the world of writing. Whether it’s just something you want to cross off your bucket list or what you want to do for the rest of your life, getting a book into the hands of the public has never been easier. This session will talk you through the realities of the writer’s life so that you can lead your dreams.

Moderators
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Kallie Ross

Author, Self Employed (Business)
Descent: A Lost Tribe (Book 1) is my debut YA Adventure/Fantasy, released June 2014. Defend (Book 2) is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent, and it was released May 2015. | Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Amy Evans

Amy Evans

Creator of Kisses, Defender of Dolphins, Author of Clicks
This is my FIFTH UTOPiA. I keep coming back because it is a joyful moment in my year, filled with friends and inspiration. I'm moderating the "Tackling Tough Topics" panel Thursday at 3 pm so I hope to see you there. I'll be signing books immediately after the panel, and I'll also be at table number F7 on Friday with books and swag. | | Come and talk to me about anything - my books, your books, the event. Even if you have nothing to say... Read More →
avatar for Morgan Wylie

Morgan Wylie

Author, Red Cabin Publishing
Morgan Wylie published her first novel, Silent Orchids, one year after moving across the country with her family on a journey of new discovery. After an amazing three years in Nashville, TN and the release of two more books, Morgan and her family found their way back to the Northwest where they now reside. Still working everyday with great optimism, Morgan continues to embrace all things: "Mama", wife, teacher, and mediator to the many voices and... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:15pm

LET YOUR PIRATES DO THE PLOTTING: How to Use the History of Piracy in Your Next WIP. (Maxwell's)
In history, piracy (the high seas kind, not the online kind) was always a symptom of some larger problem that went unaddressed. Piracy happened, and is still happening, not because people intrinsically want to take to the seas to rob others, but because of bigger overarching structural and social conditions. In this talk, I will share some original research about a pirate’s crucifixion on the eve of the American Revolution, to demonstrate how asking questions of any pirate’s story will illuminate the conditions, persons, and contexts which allowed their bloody trade to flourish. Then I will explain how fiction writers can recreate what we’ve learned in this research process for the pirate characters in their stories.
Pirates are just as interesting in history as they are in fiction. Writers who understand the relationship between piracy and the overarching contexts in which it manifests will be better equipped for the world-building necessary to write a convincing three-dimensional pirate story. They will be able to begin with one pirate, and expand to a full cast of other characters and their overarching scandals which allow their fictional pirates to exist. This kind of know-how can help drive forward the plot of any story.


Thursday June 18, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

1:00pm

Lunch
There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel as well as a wide variety of fast food places nearby.

Thursday June 18, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

Is Time Travel Possible? (Crown - 10th FL)
Well, is it? Join physicists and fanatics as we talk quantum leaps and butterfly effects in this fascinating panel. Learn how to convince your reader without overwhelming them with technical mumbo jumbo.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for PK Hrezo

PK Hrezo

I'm an author, artist, mom, wife of a firefighter, international airline agent, and best bud to a big dog named Ripley.
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Rysa Walker

Rysa Walker, Author
Rysa is the author of The CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The Delphi Effect, the first in her latest trilogy, will be published by Skyscape in October, 2016. Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she read every chance she got. On the rare occasion that she gained control of the television, she watched Star... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

It's All about the Money…and how you manage it (Forum)
You gotta keep track of it all – the cost of swag, the travel, the conferences, the paperbacks, the promotions and advertising, and on and on. This session will help keep you sane and your budget balanced (hopefully). Get tips from accountants and authors on how to keep track, keep up and report it to Uncle Sam without losing an arm and a leg.

Moderators
Speakers
EP

Eva Pohler

Author, Eva Pohler Books
I love to read, write, and take on home improvement projects when I'm not spending time with my husband and three children and two dogs. I am very proud of my family!


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

What a Difference a Year Makes (Grand Ballroom West)
The dramatic effect that utopYAcon has on attendees and panelists is staggering, and beyond our and their wildest dreams. Hear stories of those who got published, those who made new and lasting friendships, and those who made career contacts and connections that have propelled their careers faster and better than they expected. This is your chance to hear how to make the most of utopYA, hear how its impacted attendees year-round to help them achieve their goals, and how you can do it, too!

Moderators
Speakers
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Amanda Michelle Moon

Amanda Michelle Moon
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Stacie Wilson

Stacie Wilson Books
Do you believe in magic? I do. Words have the ability to conjure magical worlds that can whisk us away from our everyday lives. There is magic everywhere, you just have to look. | I am originally from sunny Southern California but now call Nashville, Tennessee home with my husband, daughter and our three fur-kids (dogs). | You can stop by and say hello to me at www.StacieWilson.com, on Twitter @theStacieWilson, or at... Read More →


Thursday June 18, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

3:00pm

So You Wanna be a Book Blogger/Tuber? (Grand Ballroom West)
There are some big ol’ perks that come with being a book blogger or book tuber – advanced release copies of books for review, invitations to events, street cred, income and more. But first you gotta build your blog, build your rep, build your community and learn the ins and outs of professional blogging, giveaways and relationship-building. Find out from authors and bloggers the right and wrong way to do this blogger/tuber thang in this hot session.

Moderators
avatar for Jo Michaels

Jo Michaels

EIC, INDIE Books Gone Wild
Jo Michaels is... | | Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Chris Cannon

Chris Cannon

Author, Chris Cannon Author
Bridges Burned-A Going Down In Flames Novel ~ January 19, 2015 | | Going Down In Flames | book 1 in my shape - shifting dragon series | ~June 30, 2014
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Maria Pease

Editor, Blogger, The Paisley Reader and Editor
Editor and blogger. Nominated for Best Blogger at UTOPiA2016. Rylen by Morgan Wylie and edited by myself has been nominated for Best Edited Book of the Year at UTOPiA2016.


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

3:00pm

The Golden Age of the Book Trailer (Forum)
Book trailers have gone from “that would be cool to have” to a “MUST HAVE” for authors. Find out the elements, the copyright laws, and the hooks that can move your trailer from ho-hum to awesome.

Moderators
avatar for Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Cameo Renae

Cameo Renae

Author, CHBB
Bestselling Young Adult Paranormal Romance / Fantasy / Post-Apocalyptic, Dystopian author who loves caffeine, peppermints, and lots of laughter.


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

3:00pm

Why YA Matters (Crown - 10th FL)
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.

Moderators
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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.

Speakers
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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
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

4:00pm

Book Branding Blueprint WORKSHOP in Forum room on 1st floor ($80 fee)
Limited Capacity seats available

Victoria Faye from Whit & Ware shares how to brand and market your indie-published book/series; how to make the most of your book marketing budget;how to create/execute a marketing plan from MS draft to book release. 


Thursday June 18, 2015 4:00pm - 6:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
 
Friday, June 19
 

7:30am

Registration Booth Opens
The registration/Information/Merchandise booth opens for Day 2 of utopYAcon 2015

Friday June 19, 2015 7:30am - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

8:30am

Day Two Announcements

Join Janet Wallace as she kicks off Day Two of utopYAcon 2015!

Speakers
avatar for Janet Wallace

Janet Wallace

founder, UTOPiAcon
let's talk about books, marketing and dream-leading.


Friday June 19, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

9:00am

Lauren Miller Keynote - Embrace the Detour
Don't miss Lauren Miller's keynote speech for Day Two of utopYAcon 2015!

Speakers

Friday June 19, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:00am

Barnes & Noble Hours
Barnes & Noble will be open from 10AM until 3PM.

Friday June 19, 2015 10:00am - 3:00pm
TBA

10:00am

Exhibitor Hall Hours
The Exhibitor Hall area is open from 10AM until 4 PM.

Friday June 19, 2015 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:15am

Your soul's Truth (Maxwell's)
I believe that every one of us has something inside that makes us truly happy. Sometimes we come to a path and we can hear a little voice shouting at us, “Do it! Take it! Trust me!” We look, but the path is scary, and dark and we can’t see three feet in front of our noses. Too often we turn away and run back to the safety of what society tells us we should do. We do things that are “acceptable” or those things that make “good money.” We do the things that are not “impossible.” But impossible is for those who fail to dream.
I spent a long time doing what I was “suppose” to do. I avoided risks because they were scary. Then one day that voice in my head told me to write a book. I had never written anything before so I told it to shut up. The voice was relentless, and finally after six weeks I gave in, if for no other reason than to preserve my sanity. Fast forward eight years, I have published four novels. This summer I shut down my business, sold our home and downsized. I did everything the American Dream said NOT to do — I went backward. And that is where I find myself, living a dream.
None are so weak and so downtrodden as those who feel they don’t have a choice. In this talk I’ll share how I went from terrified to conquerer of my fears, and how YOU, too, can find yourself on the other side yelling, “It was worth it! It. Was. Worth. It.”

Speakers

Friday June 19, 2015 10:15am - 10:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:45am

THE ART (& Adventure) OF THE INTERVIEW or How I came face-to-face with Quentin Tarantino (Maxwell's).
I’m really excited to share the fun and joy of being able to get the material we need from the interviews we do, even when we have subjects that don’t feel like talking about what we need to talk about, or when we find ourselves face-to-face with someone we never thought we’d get access to. Lots of times the reason we interview folks is because there’s something sensitive happening in their lives — a high point or a low point. This talk will help us get to the heart of our research in a way that’s fun and compassionate, and prepares us for moments of serendipity when we’re face-to-face with someone we always wanted to interview, or when we have to do an interview in less than idyllic conditions, sometimes in total chaos. The Interview Adventure is a set of skills writers can not only use professionally, but also in their personal lives to help write down their family histories, because let’s face it, who can be more off-topic than Aunt Marge?
The talk will also include technical tips that will make transcribing, or writing the essay, article or story easy peasy.

Speakers
avatar for Laura Elliott

Laura Elliott

Over the years I’ve traveled through 19 countries on five continents, many more than once. I write and speak about travel, resilience and my passions––food, trekking, writing and spirituality––in exotic and hilarious ways. My personal and travel essays have been published in The Los Angeles Times, Christian E-books Today, Smartling.com, Valley Scene Magazine, and The Ventura County Star. I’m an Amazon bestselling author who grew up... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 10:45am - 11:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Marketing to Millennials with YA Books Central (Crown 10th FL)
YABC (yabookscentral.com) is the #1 site for YA book news, reviews, and giveaways. On this panel you'll learn how to launch (or re-launch if necessary) new books/series, how to build buzz, and how to capitalize on the few pieces of marketing gold we get as authors (covers, excerpts, giveaways etc). You will discover where millenials are finding books, how to engage with them effectively, and how to put together a marketing plan that uses your strengths without losing your mind.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Time for Serials (Forum)
Serials, full-length stories delivered to the readers in short-form chunks more frequently than traditional novels or novellas, have turned housewives into full-time authors living the dream. In this panel we talk about the pros and cons of the serial series, how long should they be, should they have cliff hangers, how to market them creatively and more.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Your 1st Book Signing (Grand Ballroom West)
You did it. You published your first book, and now you’re ready to take your book on the road and meet your readers and sign some autographs. But wait, what if no one shows up? What if you forgot something?
It’s time to make your checklist – are you ready for your first book signing? How do you know? What do you do? What do you bring? What do you need at your table to help you stand out? How do you keep track of the fans after the signing?
This panel was one of our most requested by new authors out there, and it will answer all of these questions and more so that you can breathe easier and walk into your first signing with confidence.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Chanda Hahn

Chanda Hahn

NEW YORK Times & USA Today Bestselling Author, Author
Author of the Unfortunate Fairy Tale Series
avatar for A. G. Henley

A. G. Henley

Author, A.G. Henley
I write YA fiction, and I'm a psychologist. But don't let that scare you off! I don't analyze dreams unless asked. Promise.
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Michelle Madow

Author, Harlequin TEEN
Author of The Secret Diamond Sisters and the Transcend Time Saga.


Friday June 19, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:15am

How to Make a Postive Impact Against Domestic Abuse. (Maxwell's)
Abuse does not discriminate against age, gender, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, social economic status, or religion. We can end abuse for all and bring it to the forefront in the media. This talk will discuss positive ways to shed light, shed tears and shed the past, while forging a more powerful future for all.

Speakers

Friday June 19, 2015 11:15am - 11:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:45am

One Tiny Change to Turbocharge Your Word Output. (Maxwell's)
We writers are awesome at silently flogging ourselves when it comes to our output. “I didn’t meet my word count for the day/week/month – I suck!” “I told my fans I’d have the next book in my series released in June, and it’s now November – fail!” “I planned to publish four books last year, and I only published one – I’m not a real author!”
I’ve been there. I struggled to put out two books in two years . . . and then two and a half years went by before my next release. I lost every bit of momentum I’d ever had (and I didn’t have much to begin with). But now, I’m on track to release five titles within a year. I have a day job and a full life, and I can tell you, being able to release five titles in a year is not a matter of having “enough time.” It’s about having the right mindset, and focusing in the right way. I figured out how to use my goals to keep me on track, rather than as a way to punish myself, and all it really took was changing my perspective. I want to share what I did, and inspire other writers to stop beating themselves up and ENJOY the thrill of setting and meeting their writing and publishing goals.

Speakers

Friday June 19, 2015 11:45am - 12:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

How to Format an E-book (Forum)

For those writers out there looking to format your ebooks the right and/or best way, this session will  walk you through formatting on multiple pltaforms – Smashwords, Amazon, B&N, etc.

Front and back matter, acknowledgements, legal mumbo jumbo, table of contents, font choices, book layouts, chapter breaks, and more are covered in this vital session.



Friday June 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

Online Bookstore Sales & Marketing 101. (Crown - 10th FL)
In this panel session, you’ll discover:
* How to pick the right categories for you to make the best-seller lists.
* How to use tags properly.
* How to hit the Top Rated List without much effort and minimal sales.
* What to do once you make rank and best seller lists — how to give your marketing longer legs for more sales.
* The value of Reviews.
* The power of Pricing.
* Should you Advertise. If so, when and where?

Moderators
Speakers
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Cambria Hebert

Author, Cambria hebert Books LLC
panelist and attending author at UtopYA 2015
EJ

Ella James

Author, Ella James Books


Friday June 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:00pm

What to Look for in a Beta Reader (Grand Ballroom West)
“What the heck is a Beta Reader and why do I need one…or five?”
A beta reader, also known as a pre-reader or critiquer, is a non-professional reader who reads a written work, generally fiction, with the intent of looking over the material to find and improve elements such as grammar and spelling, as well as suggestions to improve the story, its characters, or its setting. Beta reading is typically done before the story is released for public consumption. Beta readers are not explicitly proofreaders or editors, but can serve in that context.
Elements highlighted by beta readers encompass things such as plot holes, problems with continuity, characterization or believability; in fiction and non-fiction, the beta might also assist the author with fact-checking.
This session will help you give you tips on finding and keeping quality beta readers you can trust with your work.

Moderators
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Kallie Ross

Author, Self Employed (Business)
Descent: A Lost Tribe (Book 1) is my debut YA Adventure/Fantasy, released June 2014. Defend (Book 2) is the conclusion to Ollie's discovery of a lost tribe in Descent, and it was released May 2015. | Over time my love for learning gravitated toward studying conspiracy theories and contradictions in our culture. My conclusions have ignited a passion to write compelling young adult fiction that incorporates legend, conjecture, fantasy, and... Read More →

Speakers
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S. M. Boyce

S.M. Boyce
Fantasy novelist. Ghost enthusiast. Green tea addict. | | Call me Boyce. | | I make up stories for a living. I love it. | | I love this whole writing thing, and I’ve treated it as a proper business from the start. I graduated Florida State University’s Creative Writing program with a dual degree in Marketing and broke into the writing world with my debut novel, Lichgates (Grimoire Saga #1). I even paid for college by editing... Read More →
avatar for Crystal Bryant

Crystal Bryant

Professionally, I wear too many hats. I’m a founding member of Indie-Visible and The Younicorns, edit as the Plot Ninja, create covers occasionally, develop software, edit for Embolden Press and I’m rather certain I’ve forgotten something somewhere along the line. | | Personally, I am obsessed with projects. I always have at least five going on at once, whether it’s writing, building a website, editing, carpentry... Read More →
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Gaby Robbins

Author, IncMuse
LOVE to be inspired. So great stories, songs, art, food, movies, theatre, tech and creative people are my favorite. Writing my first novel while trying to juggle a tech job, musician husband, 3 You-Tubing-gaming-musician children. #inspirenigma #lovewritecreate


Friday June 19, 2015 12:00pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:15pm

The Past is Present and Feeds the Future. (Maxwell's)
This discussion will enable attendees to wrap their minds around why some fictional characters are so timeless and live in a corner of our hearts forever. We will be addressing the full scope of the soul journey & how to develop richness in a character as well as how to view your own life experiences in terms of destiny. Yes, what you’ve suspected all along is true: your heart is much bigger than you think.

Speakers
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Diane J. Reed

Author, Bandits Ranch Books
Bestselling author of the young adult/new adult Robbin' Hearts Series. I'm woo-woo up to wazoo (yes, I do magical readings). I hold a Ph.D. in English & write novels that are infused with enchantment, where artisans & outlaws of the heart dare to break through boundaries & believe in true love. I cherish meeting readers, so feel free to chat with me anytime at utopYA (but watch out, I might do a magical reading for you ; ).


Friday June 19, 2015 12:15pm - 12:30pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

12:45pm

Your Time to Shine. (Maxwell's)
Many authors, myself included, have confidence issues when it comes to proudly stating to others that they are a writer. Over the last year, my life has changed, thanks to UtopYA and amazing readers, and learning that this journey isn’t just about putting books out – it’s also about having confidence in ourselves. This is a talk to take pride in what we do, to have faith in our hard work, and declare that YES, we are writers and proud of it! No more furtive looks, no more shy shrugs – it’s time we revel in being writers, indie or otherwise. How many people do you know in your everyday life who have written full-length novels?! Readers change our lives when they love our work, instilling confidence in our abilities. It’s time to shine both inside and out.

Speakers
avatar for Liz Long

Liz Long

Owner, Blue Fire Media, LLC
Indie author, magazine writer, marketing manager, social media strategist. PR Coordinator for UTOPiA. Dog lover, wine drinker (the cheapest white wine you have because I will not know the difference), and certainly a food enthusiast. Ask me about desserts and I can go on for hours.


Friday June 19, 2015 12:45pm - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

1:00pm

Lunch
There are a couple of restaurants in the hotel as well as several fast food places nearby.

Friday June 19, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

Dealing With Doubts as a Writer (Forum)
Writers are sensitive creatures. Your characters are loud and demanding in your head. Your fans are loud and demanding online. What do you do when you get writer’s block? What do you do when one book flops? What do you do when the doubt demons creep in and tell you your’e a fraud, a one-hit wonder, or that you’ll never make it out there in the crazy world of professional writers. Or other fear favorites -- You’re too young, you’re too old, you can’t afford to quit your day job, you will never figure out this self-publishing thing and no one will ever sign you to a deal…
First, you breathe deep. What you don’t do is go it alone. This panel will keep you out of the downward spiral, and give you practical magic on how to keep the faith and keep your eyes on the prize.

Moderators
Speakers
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Bella Roccaforte

Author, Bella Roccaforte
I'm the proud mama of: | The INK: Series a dark paranormal suspense | http://amzn.to/LVn2Vx | | The Crescent Hunter Series (Season 1 Moon Crossed) Paranormal Romance | Moon Crossed Episode 1 | US: http://bit.ly/MoonCrossed1 | | I will be signing books at both public signing sessions, if you are interested in pre-ordering books and getting a special surprise with your order you can do so here: http://bit.ly/UtopYA2015_Preorder... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

How to Make Your Book Tours Run Like Clockwork (Grand Ballroom West)
Are book tours played out or still vital to your book’s success? This group will talk blog tours from the author and blogger side. You’ll learn why every writer who wants to be taken seriously needs to know if and when you need a book tour, how they work, what it takes to put one together, how to make yours stand out from the crowd, and why knowing the people on this panel can change your career.

Moderators
Speakers
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Ashley Bodette

Owner/Blogger, Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous
Ashley Bodette is the sole contributor to the book blog Book Junkie: Not-So-Anonymous, and author of the soon-to-be-published OUR SONG. When she is not reading, editing or reviewing books, she might be found crocheting, watching British television shows on Netflix, or working on her next novel. In September 2016, she will finish Kingston University's MA in Publishing program, so she can help other people bring their novels into the world!
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Jo Michaels

EIC, INDIE Books Gone Wild
Jo Michaels is... | | Hi, I'm Jo. Let's forget all the "Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah" stuff and just go with it. I'm a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild. I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me... Read More →
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Maria Pease

Editor, Blogger, The Paisley Reader and Editor
Editor and blogger. Nominated for Best Blogger at UTOPiA2016. Rylen by Morgan Wylie and edited by myself has been nominated for Best Edited Book of the Year at UTOPiA2016.
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Danielle Sanchez

Publicist, InkSlinger PR
Danielle Sanchez is outgoing and energetic. She has been a make-up artist for years, but has spent most of her working years in corporate America helping business owners get started in their new ventures by consulting with them in marketing, sales and business management. In 2013 Danielle started a blog called Just Booked as a way to help friend’s discuss the latest books to read. In just four short months this blog grew to over 5,000... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

The Past, Present, and Future of Publishing (Crown - 10th FL)
Whether you are self/indie-published or traditionally published, there’s a whole new world of options available to you, digital and otherwise. Is there such a thing as D.I.Y anymore? Are you pooling resources and creating your own team, or are you wanting to run with the big cats? There is no right answer here. This panel will have people from the self-, indie-, and traditional publishing camps sharing their fair and educated experiences and points of view so that you can make an informed decision and decide which path is right for you right now. As you evolve, your choice in publishing strategy may, as well, and these panelists will share the key signs you should watch for in determining your course of action.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for A. G. Henley

A. G. Henley

Author, A.G. Henley
I write YA fiction, and I'm a psychologist. But don't let that scare you off! I don't analyze dreams unless asked. Promise.
avatar for Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Denise Grover Swank was born in Kansas City, Missouri and lived in the area until she was nineteen. Then she became a nomadic gypsy, living in five cities, four states and ten houses over the course of ten years before she moved back to her roots. She speaks English and smattering of Spanish and Chinese which she learned through an intensive Nick Jr. immersion period. Her hobbies include witty... Read More →


Friday June 19, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

3:00pm

Building Your Publishing Team (Grand Ballroom West)
  • What the heck is a publishing team and why do you need one?
  • Why is it important to hire professional freelancers? 
  • Why is a hiring an outside editor so important, even for authors who pride themselves on their editing skills?
  • How is cover art a driving force in book sales? 
  • What is an author brand and how does your online presence represent your brand?
  • What do you need to do to increase your visibility and influence as an author in your genre?
  • What do you do when you write for multiple audiences – how do you represent yourself on your website, Facebook, etc. Do you need more than one page, web site, etc.? 
  • What are some important points about author etiquette when communicating with fans or regarding reviews?

The collective resources and talents from the women at Indie-Visible will share with you their web site, branding, design, editing, marketing, and overall knowledge of the expertise needed for quality indie publishing in this very important session.


Moderators
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Christina Mercer

Award-Winning Author; Co-Founder of Indie-Visible, Christina Mercer, Author
Whether I'm spinning magical stories or numbers around in my head, I keep myself buzzing in the foothills of Northern California. Tea puts the z’s in my buzz, and I'll weave you tales of mythical enchantments and sweet honeyed love. Oh, and I'm always tossing out tax tips too! Have you grabbed a copy of my friendly guide "Bean Counting for Authors" yet? :-)

Speakers
avatar for Victoria Faye

Victoria Faye

Owner, Victoriafaye.com | Whit&Ware
Graphic Design, Branding and all things Positive - thats what I love sharing and talking about. I specialize in branding and design for individuals.
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Maria Pease

Editor, Blogger, The Paisley Reader and Editor
Editor and blogger. Nominated for Best Blogger at UTOPiA2016. Rylen by Morgan Wylie and edited by myself has been nominated for Best Edited Book of the Year at UTOPiA2016.


Friday June 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

3:00pm

Gender Roles & Stereotypes (Forum)
Are we empowering women or promoting a stereotype of the girl in need of protection by a strong man?
Also — There is a huge market for LGBT books, but why should they have to be separate at all? Isn’t it time to upgrade them from secondary characters to leading roles in YA and NA Lit? Who is leading the pack and doing it well?
This pivotal panel will discuss the misconceptions, the markets and the marketing for women and gays in lit, as well as how to approach such topics in your books with accuracy and care.


Friday June 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

3:00pm

He Said/She Said. (Crown - 10th FL)

A new game-slash-panel at utopYA 2015. This year we discover just how well the men know the writer in their life.
They see their wives in their writing uniforms of sweatpants or pajamas. They lovingly navigate the “I’ve written the best chapter ever in the history of the known literary universe” and the “This book is crap – I should burn it and never write again” with wine and chocolate. They hold down the fort, feed the kids, kiss the unwashed hair, challenge, tolerate, and enCOURAGE whilst blissfully listening to the click clicking of the keyboard.
In this game show-style panel you’ll hear from the men who boldly go where they are told ;-) They will reveal the secrets and lessons on how to balance the writing cave with the man cave while supporting the writer in the home. Their time has come.

Moderators
Speakers
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Nichole greene

Author, N.L. Greene
Author of YA Fantasy series The Deadly Flowers Series, NA Paranormal Romance The MysticSeekers Series, Mature YA Contemporary Twisted, and co-author of YA Multi-Genre Fractured Glass and Adult Historical Fiction Seven.


Friday June 19, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

7:00pm

After Light Premiere
Friday June 19, 2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

9:00pm

Cosplay Karaoke
Join us for this sure-to-be-a-blast evening event! Dress in any costume you want and sing your heart out!

Friday June 19, 2015 9:00pm - 11:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
 
Saturday, June 20
 

8:00am

Barnes & Noble Hours
Barnes & Noble will be open from 8AM until 4PM.

Saturday June 20, 2015 8:00am - 4:00pm
TBA

8:30am

Day Three Announcements
Join Janet Wallace as she kicks off Day Three of utopYAcon 2015!

Speakers
avatar for Janet Wallace

Janet Wallace

founder, UTOPiAcon
let's talk about books, marketing and dream-leading.


Saturday June 20, 2015 8:30am - 9:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

9:00am

Kim Holden Keynote - How to 'Do Epic'
Join Kim Holden for her keynote speech for Day Three of utopYAcon 2015!

Speakers

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 9:30am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

9:00am

Registration Booth Opensk

Saturday June 20, 2015 9:00am - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

11:00am

Public Author Signing Event for morning ticket holders
Open to the public signing event.

Saturday June 20, 2015 11:00am - 1:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

2:00pm

Public Author Signing Event for afternoon ticket holders
Open to the public signing event.

Saturday June 20, 2015 2:00pm - 4:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

6:00pm

Happily Ever After Hour Hosted by Entangled Publishing
Join us in cocktails and Hors d'oeuvre's out in the Hotel Lobby hosted by Entangled Publishing

Saturday June 20, 2015 6:00pm - 7:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

7:00pm

Doors Open, seating begins for Awards
Saturday June 20, 2015 7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

8:00pm

Fourth Annual utopYAcon Awards
The fourth annual utopYA Awards!

Saturday June 20, 2015 8:00pm - 10:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:00pm

Post Awards Dance Party
Saturday June 20, 2015 10:00pm - Sunday June 21, 2015 12:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228
 
Sunday, June 21
 

8:30am

Registration Booth Opens
Last chance to pick up your 2015 utopYA souvenir tee shirt and poster!

Sunday June 21, 2015 8:30am - 11:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

9:00am

Closing Ceremonies in Grand Ballroom

Speakers
avatar for Janet Wallace

Janet Wallace

founder, UTOPiAcon
let's talk about books, marketing and dream-leading.


Sunday June 21, 2015 9:00am - 10:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

10:00am

Open Floor Keynote in Grand Ballroom

Sunday June 21, 2015 10:00am - 11:00am
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228

1:00pm

utopYAcon 2015 Write In
Located in the Crown Room on the 10th Floor.

Sunday June 21, 2015 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Millennium Maxwell House Hotel 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37228