More Authors & Experts Announced for utopYA 2014

Utopia Announcements, Authors

alien_imageFirst I need to apologize. I promised this list a week ago. Balancing the extreme demands of much-expanded utopYA this year has been a challenge. As with all periods of expansion, growing pains have been ever present. I stretch into them with excitement and pride, but when things slip through the cracks, you are the last people I want to suffer for that. So, I extend an apology as we continue to move forward with our “Under Construction” sign šŸ˜‰

Here’s the next round of moderators, panelists, and sponsors we are announcing for your teasing pleasure. THIS IS NOT THE FINAL LIST (she dangles in front of you like a carrot).

Reminder of how it works: 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).

The first list is the list of newly announced moderators, authors and experts. The second list is the previously announced names.

Without further ado…

Susan Burdorf — Panel Moderator & Author

Amy Evans — Panel Moderator & Author

Susan Kaye Quinn — Panel Moderator & Author

Jessica Sorensen — Author

C. C. Hunter — Author

Shelly Crane — Author

Amy Bartol — Author

Sarah Hansen — Book Cover Designer

Heather Hildenbrand — Author

Heather Self — Author

Airicka Phoenix — Author

J.A. Souders — Author

Mary Lindsey — Author & Query letter expert

Megan Thomason — Author

Magan Vernon — Author

Eden Crane — Book Cover Designer



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,Ā Game On Girl

Indianna Jones

Jonathan Miller

Jennifer Roberts-Hall – editor



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 PackageĀ (General Admission Tickets) $60

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  • 3-day pass to the utopYA convention (utopYAcon) — Continental breakfast included each day
  • 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
  • Admission to a couple of big surprises To Be Announced

SuperStar Package (Limited Availability) $90

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  • 3-day pass to theĀ utopYA convention (utopYAcon)
  • Front-of-lineĀ Fan admission to the Friday Public Signing Event
  • Admission to Saturday Pre-Awards Cosmic Cocktails hourĀ (Appetizers included. Cash bar for those 21 and up)
  • Preferred AdmissionĀ 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 womenā€™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
  • Admission to a couple of big surprises To Be Announced

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.

[infopane color=”4″ icon=”0049.png”]Children under 12 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. All attendees under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. NO one under 21 will be sold or served alcoholic beverages[/infopane] [biginfopane title=”Tickets on Sale October 1, 2013!” href=”#” buttontitle=””]Join us June 20-22, 2014 for three days of bookish alien adventures in Nashville, Tennessee![/biginfopane]