WANACon – OCTOBER 3-5 2013

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All you need is a computer and an Internet connection. WANA brings the best minds of traditional and indie publishing into your home no matter where in the world you live. WANACon is a true global conference. Face-time with editors, journalists, Amazon, mega-authors, indie best-sellers, e-book experts, marketing experts, and other top-notch talent.

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WANACON Oct. 2013 Speakers

Best-Selling Dystopian Author Piper Bayard

Piper Bayard is an author and a recovering attorney with degrees in writing and law. She is also a belly dancer and a shooter from way back, and she currently pens post-apocalyptic science fiction and spy thrillers. Piper is an instructor for WANA International and the managing editor of Social In Worldwide, Inc., news and events network. Her dystopian thriller, FIRELANDS, from Stonehouse Ink is now available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and iTunes for iPad. She and her spy thriller writing partner, Intelligence Operative Jay Holmes, blog at their own site, BayardandHolmes.com, and at Social In sites. You may contact her at her site, on Twitter at @piperbayard, on Facebook at Piper Bayard, or by email at BH@bayardandholmes.com.


New York Times Best-Selling Author Allison Brennan

New York Times and USA Today bestseller Allison Brennan is the author of twenty novels and several short stories. A former consultant in the California State Legislature, she lives in Northern California with her husband Dan and their five children. Allison is currently writing the Lucy Kincaid series about an FBI recruit. The sixth book, STOLEN, is on sale now. COLD SNAP will be out on October 29, 2013. Also, she’s thrilled to announce a new hardcover mystery/thriller series starring investigative reporter Maxine Revere that launches April 8, 2014, starting with NOTORIOUS.


Green E-Books C.E.O. Jason Chotraw

Jason Chatraw is the co-founder and CEO of Green E-Books, a small company he started three years ago with two other publisher but who quickly left him when their personal publishing companies became incredibly successful. For the past 23 years, Jason has been involved in the publishing industry on various levels.

He’s served as a sports editor of a daily newspaper, assistant editor on a million-circulation magazine, and written for The New York Times, and ghostwritten, co-authored or authored nearly 20 books. For the past few years, his focus has been on eBook publishing. As an eBook architect, Jason has designed more than 200 eBooks and has helped previously published authors find a new following through converting out-of-print titles into eBooks.


Award-Winning Crime Fiction Writer David Corbett

David Corbett is the author of four novels: The Devil’s Redhead, Done for a Dime (a New York Times Notable Book), Blood of Paradise (nominated for numerous awards, including the Edgar), and Do They Know I’m Running? His short fiction has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories and his non-fiction in the New York Times, Narrative, Writer’s Digest and other venues. In 2013 Penguin published his textbook on characterization, The Art of Character. www.davidcorbett.com


Award-Winning Author and Legendary Writing Teacher Les Edgerton

Edgerton’s fiction has been nominated for the Pushcart PrizeO. Henry AwardEdgar Allan Poe Award (short story category), Jesse Jones Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, and the Violet Crown Book Award. One of his screenplays was a semifinalist for the Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Program, a finalist in the Austin Film Festival Heart of Film Screenplay Competition, and a finalist in the Writer’s Guild‘s “Best American Screenplays” Competition. His short fiction has appeared in Houghton Mifflin’s Best American Mysteries of 2001Kansas QuarterlyArkansas ReviewNorth Atlantic ReviewChiron ReviewMurdaland, and many others. His thriller, “The Bitch” was named the Best Thriller of 2011 by Preditors & Editors, and was nominated for Best Thriller of 2011 by Spinetingler Magazine (Legends category).


Former Doubleday Editor now Author J.E. Fishman

Former Doubleday editor and literary agent J.E. Fishman is author of the critically acclaimed animal-rights thriller Primacy, the comic mystery Cadaver Blues (A Phuoc Goldberg Fiasco), and the financial thriller The Dark Pool. He is also co-author of two non-fiction books, a contributor to The Beautiful Anthology, and a contributing editor at The Nervous Breakdown. In addition, he blogs for Venture Galleries and the Huffington Post. In February 2014 his new series of police procedural thrillers, Bomb Squad NYC, launches with three titles: A Danger to Himself and Others, The Long Black Hand, and Death March. Find out more and follow him at jefishman.com.


Writer, Reporter Rachel Funk Heller

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Rachel Funk Heller has been an independent television journalist writer/producer for over two decades. She got her start at CNN and worked in the Atlanta headquarters and the Washington D.C. bureau. As in independent producer, she’s worked with a variety of industry clients as well as the Hawaii State Department of Education. An accomplished video editor and graphics designer, she was commissioned to produce and illustrate a YA story-telling series titled, “Christabelle in the Museum of Time.” She currently teaches the Writing the Emotion Draft Seminar and runs the Pacific Club Writers Group. She is the Co-Chair of the Honolulu Pen Women’s Writers Conference.


Author, Blogger, Digital Wonder Woman Jami Gold

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After escaping the corporate asylum by leaving a clone in her place, Jami Gold moved to Arizona and decided to become a writer, where she could put her talent for making up stuff to good use. Fortunately, her muse, an arrogant male who delights in causing her to sound as insane as possible, rewards her with unique story ideas. Fueled by chocolate, she writes paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales that range from dark to humorous, but one thing remains the same: Normal need not apply. Just ask her family—and zombie cat.

Jami Gold’s background includes project management, teaching, and public speaking. She’s a popular blogger and social media ninja who doesn’t plot her stories in advance despite her love of story structure. Find Jami at her blog, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Goodreads.

Best-Selling Romance Author Candace Havens

Bestselling author Candace Havens has written six novels for Berkley including, Charmed & Dangerous,Charmed & ReadyCharmed & DeadlyLike A CharmThe Demon King and I and Dragons Prefer Blondes. Her new venture is writing for the Blaze line of Harlequin. Those books include Take Me If You DareShe Who Dares, Wins, Truth and Dare, and The Model Marine. She is also in the anthology Spirited, and the proceeds go to help literacy. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards.

She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 1800 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Dorsey Gang on New Country 96.3, and is the President of the Television Critics Association.


Facebook Expert Lisa Hall-Wilson

Lisa Hall-Wilson

Lisa Hall-Wilson has written more than 70 articles for the Canadian faith-based market, and won national awards for her writing. She specializes in interviews, profiles, social justice initiatives, and Facebook administration. She writes dark fantasy novels, blogs Through The Fire, and is a social media instructor for WANA International. Find her on Facebook.


Twitter Expert Marcy Kennedy

Marcy Kennedy

Marcy Kennedy is a speculative fiction writer who believes fantasy is more real than you think. In 2007, she won the suspense/thriller category of Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction Competition, and in 2009, she won the grand prize. She’s also the author of the Busy Writer’s Guide series. Alongside her own writing, Marcy works as a freelance editor and teaches classes on craft and social media through WANA International. You can find her blogging about writing and about the place where real life meets science fiction, fantasy, and myth at www.marcykennedy.com.


 Head of Amazon’s CreateSpace Team Thom Kephart

Thom Kephart has worked within the independent publishing industry for nearly eight years, initially working with CreateSpace to develop professional editorial offerings for authors. After refining customer experience by working closely with authors and business owners, Thom joined Amazon as the Community Outreach Manager responsible for building brand awareness for CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing.


#1 Best-Selling Author and Social Media Expert Kristen Lamb

Kristen is the author of the new best-selling book, “Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital World” in addition to the #1 best-selling books “We Are Not Alone–The Writer’s Guide to Social Media” and “Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.” She has helped hundreds of writers find success using social media. Her methods are responsible for selling hundreds of thousands of books. She has helped all levels of writers from mega authors to self-published unknowns attain amazing results. Kristen is the founder of the WANA movement, the CEO of WANA International and creator of WANATribe, the social network for creatives. She is a contributing humor blogger for SocialIn, a blog that reaches 2.5 million and is also the official Social Media columnist for Author Magazine.


Acclaimed Horror Author Kevin Lucia


Kevin Lucia has worked as an editor for The Midnight Diner, Shroud Magazine and Cemetery Dance Magazine and is currently an Associate Fiction Editor for the soon-to-be-relaunched Horror Channel. His podcast “Horror 101” is featured monthly on Tales to Terrify, charting the evolution of the horror genre. He is the author of Hiram Grange & The Chosen One, Book Four of The Hiram Grange Chronicles. His short fiction has appeared in several venues, and his first short story collection, Things Slip Through is forthcoming in November 2013.
He’s currently finishing his Creative Writing Masters Degree at Binghamton University, he teaches high school English and lives in Castle Creek, New York with his wife and children.

“Lucia is a true craftsman of the horror story, with a fine sense of the genre’s best traditions.” – Norman Prentiss, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Invisible Fences and The Fleshless Man
“Lucia writes tales that stick with you, that are memorable. And believe me, they are the best kind.” – Bram Stoker Award Winning Author, USA Today Bestseller Tom Monteleone


Best-Selling Thriller Author Boyd Morrison

Boyd Morrison is a Seattle-based actor, engineer, Jeopardy! champion, and international bestselling author of THE ROSWELL CONSPIRACY, THE ARK, THE VAULT, ROGUE WAVE, and THE CATALYST. His adventure thrillers have been published in over twenty languages. The latest novel in his Tyler Locke series is THE LOCH NESS LEGACY. For more info, go to www.boydmorrison.com.


Creator of DIY-MFA (Do It Yourself MFA) Gabriela Pereira


Gabriela Pereira is the Creative Director and Instigator of DIY MFA, the do-it-yourself alternative to a Masters degree in writing. She creates tools and techniques to help serious writers get the benefits of MFA-style learning without going to school. Learn more at DIYMFA.com.


Technology and Web Expert Laird Sapir

Laird Sapir

Laird Sapir is a writer, a WANA, and a website developer. She specializes in building author websites, and lives and breathes all things WordPress. Her company, Memphis McKay is focused on making sites that are unique and affordable, because she believes that you don’t have to break the bank to have an amazing web presence. Her client list includes NYT bestselling authors, financial firms, realtors, artists, and non-profits – simply pop over to her portfolio to take a peek! She is always happy to answer WordPress & web-related questions, and you can find her on her blog, lairdsapir.com, twitter @lairdsapir, and Facebook at /lairdsapir, or you can email her at laird@memphismckay.com.


Best-Selling Author and Media Personality Amy Shojai


Amy Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and nationally recognized pet care expert. She is the award-winning author of 26 best-selling nonfiction books (www.shojai.com) that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She is also the author of dog viewpoint THRILLERS WITH BITE with the first in the series LOST AND FOUND to be followed by HIDE AND SEEK and a third untitled thriller.
As a successful niche writer, Amy published thousands of columns and articles spanning the past two decades.
You can read Amy’s Bling Bitches and Blood Blog at amyshojai.com. Amy has written for Purina’s CatChow.com, HomeAgain.com, PawNation.com, Woman’s World and many others, and has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, Ladies Home Journal and Family Circle, as well as hundreds of radio and television appearances including the Today Show, CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101.


Award-Winning Author and Journalist Reavis Z. Wortham


In a Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews said Reavis Z. Wortham’s debut novel, The Rock Hole, is “an unpretentious gem written to the hilt and harrowing in its unpredictability,” and listed it as one of the “Top12 Mysteries of 2011.”  Burrows, the second Red River Mystery, received a Starred Review from Publishers Weekly saying: “Wortham combines the gonzo sensibility of Joe R. Lansdale and the elegiac mood of To Kill a Mockingbird to strike just the right balance between childhood innocence and adult horror.” The critically acclaimed Red River series is here to stay as The Right Side of Wrong recently received a Starred Review from the Library Journal that called this third novel “a deceptively meandering tale of family and country life bookended by a dramatic opening and conclusion.

Wortham has been a newspaper columnist and magazine writer since 1988. His work has appeared in newspapers throughout the state. He has been Humor Editor for Texas Fish and Game Magazine since 1994. His first novel The Rock Hole, came on the heels of his retirement from the Garland Independent School District after 35 years. He and his wife, Shana, live in Frisco, Texas, where he is at work on Vengeance is Mine, book four in this rising series.


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Friday Saturday
J.E. Fishman Lisa Hall-Wilson
Laird Sapir Jason Chotraw
Thom Kephart Laird Sapir
Susan Spann Marcy Kennedy
David Corbett* David Corbett*
Boyd Morrison Kristen Lamb
Les Edgerton Amy Shojai
Reavis Z. Wortham Gabriela Pereira
Allison Brennan Rachel Funk Heller
Kristen Lamb Candace Havens
Caitlin Kelly Gabriela Pereira
Kevin Lucia Kevin Lucia
Jami Gold Piper Bayard

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