First Round of Panelists and Tickets On Sale Date Announced for utopYA 2014

Utopia Announcements, Authors

alien_imageYou’ve been waiting. You’ve been wondering. And now’s the time for us to announce the first round of those who will be at utopYA 2014 to make it the best conference for you yet!

The utopYA mission, if boiled down to a few words, are: education- collaboration- connection- inspiration. In that spirit, we decided to collaborate with previous attendees and panelists to co-create the panels, as well as select the panelists.

How it shakes out: We select the moderators and assign them to panels that we created (some suggested by YOU). The moderators then select two panelists to join them on their panel. UtopYA team then selects the remaining two panelists for a total of five (including the moderator).

We are loving this new collaboration with all of you out there. It makes it truly YOUR convention. The moderators have been so mindful of who they selected to make sure they were appropriate and fulfilled our mission to educate and inspire you all!

Remember, this is only the beginning. We WILL be announcing more soon. Hold tight, below the list is the “other” announcement you’ve been waiting for…


Tiffany King — author

K.P. Simmon — InkSlinger PR

Erica Erwin — social marketing expert

Amanda Havard — author

Frankie Rose — author, producer

Carol Kunz — author

Adam Kunz — author

Heather Marie Smiddie — blogger

Ella and Mr. James — authors

Rhiannon Paille — author

Teal Haviland — author, publisher

Megan Curd — author

Mindy Ruiz — author

CJ Redwine — author

Victoria Faye Alday — sponsor, book cover designer

Kallie Mathews — blogger, writer

Quinn and Bo Loftis — author and husband/legal counsel, respectively

Hollie Westring — editor

Author Panelists:

H.M. Ward

Chelsea M. Cameron

Keary Taylor

G.P. Ching

Sarah Ashley Jones

S.R. Johannes

Michele G. Miller

Eva Pohler

Sarah M. Ross

Paulina Ulrich

Trisha Wolfe

RaShelle Workman

R.K. Ryals

Carmen Jenner

Madison Daniel

Experts & Other Special Guests:

Sarah Cloots, editor

Tess Watson

Rachel Harris

Rhonda Oglesby, Game On Girl

Indianna Jones

Jonathan Miller

Jennifer Roberts-Hall – editor



Now for that “other” announcement…


We quadrupled attendance in our second year and sold out four months in advance. Do NOT miss your chance to be at the writers con that has audiences talking all. year. long. Grab them at this price because we will raise ticket prices February 1, 2014.

Explorer Package (General Admission Tickets) $60

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  • 3-day pass to the utopYA convention (utopYAcon)
  • Fan admission to the Friday Public Signing Event
  • Admission to Saturday Pre-Awards Cosmic Cocktails hour (Appetizers included. Cash bar for those 21 and up)
  • General Admission to the Third Annual utopYA Awards
  • Admission to Post-Awards Dance Party
  • Admission to the Sunday Write-in

SuperStar Package (Limited Availability) $90

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  • 3-day pass to the utopYA convention (utopYAcon)
  • Front-of-line Fan admission to the Friday Public Signing Event
  • Admission to Saturday Pre-Awards Cosmic Cocktails hour (Appetizers included. Cash bar for those 21 and up)
  • Preferred Admission to utopYA Awards (you enter and pick your seats before General Admission ticket holders are allowed in)
  • Admission to Post-Awards Dance Party
  • One commemorative utopYA 2013 women’s cut T-shirt (discounted t-shirt price)
  • Two lunch tickets – lunch provided on premises both Friday and Saturday
  • Admission to the Sunday Write-in

AWARDS-ONLY tickets will also be available for $45. In case this isn’t clear, it means that if you buy this option, you will only be allowed into the utopYA Awards on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and no other events. This is usually bought for husbands, parents, etc. who are not interested in attending the con.

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