Voting Now Open for the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards

UtopiaAnnouncements, Authors, Bloggers, Craft, For the fans, UTOPiA Awards

We are thrilled to open the two-week public voting period for the Sixth Annual UTOPiA Awards. Every year I get excited to see who the Academy members will honor with nominations. It’s inspiring to see peers, friends and colleagues recognize each others’ hard work and commitment to this thriving community. I am always surprised, moved, and elated when I discover new talent, new … Read More

NY Times Bestselling Author, Amy Harmon, Announced as Keynote Speaker for UTOPiAcon 2017

UtopiaAnnouncements, Authors, Speakers

We are overjoyed to announce that rockstar author Amy Harmon will be our new Keynote Speaker on Friday, June 23rd at UTOPiAcon 2017. Utah native, Amy Harmon, is a Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and New York Times bestselling author. Her books have been published in sixteen languages (OMG, 16?!). She has written eleven breathtaking novels – among them the USA Today … Read More

‘Circus Freaks’ Limited Edition Lit-Cube Box On Sale Now

UtopiaAnnouncements, For the fans

UTOPiAcon is happy to announce its partnership with Lit-Cube, the crazy popular book box service, to create a “Circus Freaks” themed box! This limited edition box is not just available to #UTOPiA2017 attendees, either! Anyone who is intrigued by sideshow acts and who loves circus-themed fiction books will want to get their grabby hands on this. In the box, you will … Read More

The official #UTOPiA2017 poster design is here!


Presenting the #UTOPiA2017 official poster!! Designed by Victoria Faye, who also created this year’s logo and branding elements, this poster makes my heart do a back flip off the trapeze. It’s gorgeous and – not gonna lie – I got a little lump in my throat when I saw her put the six years up there. I’m so grateful for … Read More

Q&A with The Novelistas

UtopiaAnnouncements, Master Class

I have been dying to do a video Q&A with the women behind The Novelistas for awhile now…but then it felt like I was dying. I caught this winter’s plague, actually my whole family did, and I had to bow out of the video due to a violent cough I was certain was contagious via cyberspace. I had already sent … Read More

UTOPiAcon Announces Author Reading Room

UtopiaAnnouncements, Authors, For the fans

Every time I hear an author read an excerpt from their own work I glean something new from the story, whether it’s the proper way to pronounce a character name to the true desired impact from an inflection. I pick up story nuances that I missed the first time around. I love it even more when I hear a book … Read More

A Life and a Love in Paisley


Last year, on day one of UTOPiAcon, this guy walks up and says “May I have the mic for a minute?” I have no idea who he is, but Ashley, my event assistant, gave an excited nod, which was all I needed to hand over the stage. He walks up on stage and begins sharing his love story…a love story that … Read More

I’ve Had The Time of My Life


It was a cold, but beautiful day in October back in 2011. I had read somewhere around 65-75 books in only six months, which was a first for me at the time. All by women. Most of them unknown, self-published authors. One of those books was formatted as a square, entirely in bold “ink,” and all one paragraph. And I could … Read More

Maybe Next Year

UtopiaBlog, inspirational

This post is not about whether you attend UTOPiAcon or any other book event or a retreat in New York or a vacation in Europe or buy the dress or the shoes or take the class or hire the publicist. It’s about your life. Your dreams. What choices are you making right now to honor yourself? What actions are you taking today to create the … Read More