An Open Letter to Guests Who Cancel Appearances

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TO THE READERS: UTOPiA 2016 has had more than a handful of invited guests cancel their appearances at the con this year. Most within the past week or month. This letter is not necessarily directed at those people. Some of them had uncontrollable reasons to withdraw, and a few are even trying to pull off coming for at least a day. It is, however, to …

YOUTOPiA

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You are a dreamer. You are a doer. You are a reader. You are a creator. You are a storyteller. You are a teacher. You are a student. You are a friend. You are flawed. You are perfect. You are powerful. You are a hero. You are an icon. You are tribe. You are UTOPiA.

Thursday Keynote Speaker Announced for #utopYA2015

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AGH!!! Finally! I’m so glad we can announce our amazing first keynote speaker. Kicking off our very first day of utopYA 2015 is none other than Denise Grover Swank! She has been a force in the indie community — standing up for the rights of indie authors, as well as supporting and encouraging peers. She has shown the community not only …

Nominees Announced & Voting Started in the Third Annual utopYA Awards

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It’s (finally) time to announce the nominees chosen by their peer members of the utopYA Academy, and open the voting in the Third Annual utopYA Awards to all the fans out there! With 10 new categories for a total of 30, there are even more opportunities for your favorites to win! Voting Ends 11:59 PM Friday, May 16, 2014. Congratulations to all …

Win an Author Spot in the Friday Evening Fan Event (Public Signing)

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It’s time for the Friday Evening Fan Event (FeFe public signing) Lottery. If this is the first you’ve heard of it, here’s the skinny: We are extremely happy to announce that we have partnered with Book ‘Em, a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection and distribution of books to children and teens in lower-income families, for a special Friday night fan event during utopYAcon weekend. …

A note to people who don’t get it

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I am going to respond to this one more time (as I’ve addressed it in the past), and hope that I don’t ever have to explain myself or the utopYA mission again. Honestly, even if I do, I probably won’t because it’s energy better spent making utopYA the best conference it can be to help writers achieve more success, and to …