7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Building a Story: How Authors Go from Rough Idea to Finished Book
Speakers: Patty Blount, Kristan Higgins, Jeannie Moon, Carly Phillips, and Sherry Thomas
Five authors give a behind the scenes look at the mysterious process of writing a book. Going from concept, to character building, to plotting (or not), and then through the revision process, the authors will reveal the techniques, habits, and quirks they employ to get the stories they imagine into the hands of readers.
9:00 – 10:00 a.m.
LGBTQ Romance in the Library
Moderator: Sarah Frantz
Speakers: Vivian Arend, SE Jakes (aka Stephanie Tyler), Radclyffe, and L.A. Witt
A lively moderated panel of editors and best-selling authors who will discuss what LGBTQ romance is, how it's showing up in unexpected places, why it belongs in your library collection, who reads it, and its typical tropes and conventions. The panel will close with suggestions of reader favorites in each LGBTQ orientation and genre, leaving time at the end for questions.
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Refreshment Break/Trivia sponsored by H.M. Ward
10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Saddle Up and Get Ready to Read
Speakers: Librarian John Charles and authors Lori Austin, Carolyn Brown, Laura Drake, Katie Lane, Jane Porter and Lori Wilde
Join a rootin-tootin, award-winning posse of romance authors as they talk about the enduring appeal of the west and the endearing appeal of western heroes.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Love Your Library: Librarians and Authors in a New Publishing Era (Author/Librarian Discussion Session)
Speakers: Laura Florand and Jennifer Lohmann
Librarians’ and authors’ mutual focus on readers makes it obvious that the two are a natural team. Sometimes, we just need some practice developing our teamwork skills. In this age of ebooks, paid subscription services, reductions in library budgets, and self-publishing, with methods of transmitting a book from author to reader constantly developing, how can authors and librarians most effectively work together? This session will bring authors and librarians together to discuss what works and what doesn’t and what forms our partnerships can take going forward.
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Librarian and Reader Appreciation Luncheon featuring Barbara Samuel
Luncheon Speaker: Barbara Samuel
Barbara Samuel (Barbara O’Neal) will speak to librarians at the 2014 Librarians Day Luncheon. Samuel is the best-selling author of more than 40 books, has won seven RITA awards, and was inducted in the RWA Hall of Fame in 2012. http://www.barbarasamuel.com/
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Readers, librarians and booksellers will mix and mingle with romance authors in an informal atmosphere.
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
"Readers for Life" Litearcy Autographing
At the "Readers for Life" Literacy Autographing, hundreds of romance authors meet with and sign books for fans, with the proceeds from book sales going to literacy organizations. This year, proceeds from the Literacy Autographing will benefit ProLiteracy Worldwide, Literacy Texas, Restore Education, and Each One Teach One San Antonio.