The full IQARUS Book Con agenda is here. The IQARUS Book Con works on two parallel streams. Stream A is reader/fan focused, while Stream B is author/writer focused.
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17:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel A1: The Trope Cake: Queer Frosting and Subverted Sprinkles, hosted by M.D. Neu | This is a conversation about creating queer stories and avoiding common tropes. Not all tropes are bad, but learning when and how to use them in writing is important. This panel is a discussion so bring your questions.
Guests: Ava Kelly, Sera Trevor, Kellie Doherty
Panel B1: A Book’s New Clothes: Challenges in Producing Inventive Cover Art, hosted by J.P. Jackson | Let’s face it, a picture is worth a thousand words, and an inspiring book cover draws in potential readers! But with a limited supply of model images, and a lack of BIPOC representation on book covers, how do we create stunning images to draw readers in? Come listen to some of the industries Book Cover Artists discuss current market trends and challenges in creating the pictures that draw in thousands of readers.
Guests: S.A. Baz Collins, Cait Greer, Sarah Waites
18:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel B2: Outside the Box: Social Media, hosted by Gillian St. Kevern | If you’re an author who hates Facebook, doesn’t understand WordPress, gets the cold sweats at the thought of Twitter and would rather just be writing, this is the panel for you! Our guests share their approaches to an author’s arch-nemesis: social media.
Guests: Lori Blantin, J. Scott Coatsworth, Sarah Waites, Nazarea Andrews
19:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel A2: Down the Rabbit Hole: the Researcher’s Tea Party, hosted by Ava Kelly | The tea is hot in some cups, cold in others. Chaos abounds in between steaks of order. Thousands of books and websites flutter their information filled pages at the writer. In a corner, a rabbit hurries toward a deadline. In this panel, we talk about research for writing, authenticity, and the approach to understanding unfamiliar subjects.
Guests: Damian Serbu, Dorian Graves, Alex Harrow, J.P. Jackson
Panel B3: Editing from an Editor, hosted by Gillian St. Kevern | It’s pretty easy to find resources and opinions about the craft of writing, but what about editing? Join us as several professional editors demystify the editing process and explain what to expect.
Guests: Zelda Knight, Valentine Wheeler, Jerry L Wheeler
22:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel A3: Inclusive World-Building in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, hosted by Gillian St. Kevern | Fantasy and Sci-Fi gives authors and readers the chance to explore reality through different perspectives. When your imagination is the only limit, what are the building blocks of successful world-building?
Guests: Valentine Wheeler, J.P. Jackson, Jamie Sands, Rebecca Langham
Panel B4: Podcasting and Vlogging: The Current Frontier, hosted by M.D. Neu | Want to start a Podcast or a Vlog, come and learn from those that are already doing it. Our panelists are a mix of seasoned professionals and newer content creators. They will be sharing their background and expertise, bring your questions.
Guests: The producers of WROTE, Books that Burn, DIY Writer, Queer Words, Nobody Reads Short Stories
23:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel B5: The Publishing Process: Trad, Self, Hybrid, Small Press, hosted by Ava Kelly | The publishing path used to be one size fits all–find an agent, shop your book around, sign with a huge press. In the age of the internet, self-publishing and small presses have flourished, allowing all sorts of different paths to publication. Join us with a varied group of authors to discuss their journey to a published book and find out their advice navigating this new landscape.
Guests: Gillian St. Kevern, Ada Maria Soto, E.D.E. Bell, Petrina Binney
24:00 UTC – What time is this for me?
Panel A4: All or Nothing: Writing Across the Romantic Spectrum, hosted by J.P. Jackson | Romance is a vast umbrella, welcoming a broad group of identities and catering to a variety of different readers. Join a diverse group of writers as they discuss the craft of romance writing.
Guests: Ada Maria Soto, Erica Cameron, Ava Kelly
Panel B6: The Writing Process from Start to Finish, hosted by Gillian St. Kevern | Authors receive tons of conflicting advice. Write every day! Write when you feel like it. Write to market! Follow your heart! The vampire trend is dead! Don’t run with scissors! We’re going to talk to five authors who have (mostly) figured this out and learn about their author journeys, from plotting to hitting publish.
Guests: Kevin Klehr, Nigel Bartlett, Gary Lonesborough, St. John Karp, Anne Barwell