January 12th, 2018
Finances for Authors
with Sophie Littlefield & Rachael Herron, & special guest Katie Reid, CPA


Writers’ finances can be messy. Lacking a reliable salary and having to rely on ourselves to be not only authors but bookkeepers, taxpayers, investors, and budgeters, the very topic of money can send many of us into a panic. But fear not — bestselling authors Sophie Littlefield and Rachael Herron have made all the mistakes so you don’t have to! Learn how to face your money fears squarely in this bluntly honest and humor-filled presentation. You’ll take away ideas that you’ll be able to put into place immediately in order to head toward a brighter financial future. BONUS: Tax accountant Katie Reid will be discussing important tax law changes that will affect YOU.


Sophie Littlefield has been called a “writing machine” by the New York Times and a “master storyteller” by the Midwest Book Review, Sophie Littlefield has written dozens of novels for adults and teens under her own name and the pen name Sofia Grant. She has won Anthony and RT Book Awards and been shortlisted for Edgar®, Barry, Crimespree, Macavity, and Goodreads Choice Awards. http://sophielittlefield.com/ 

Rachael Herron is the bestselling author of more than twenty novels (including women’s fiction and romance), nonfiction and memoir. She received her MFA in writing from Mills College, Oakland and she teaches writing in the extension programs at both UC Berkeley and Stanford. She’s proud to be a New Zealander as well as a US citizen, and she’s honored to be a member of the NaNoWriMo Writers Board. https://rachaelherron.com/

Katie Reid loves learning about taxes, doing taxes, and talking about taxes! Katie’s twenty-five years’ experience includes working with authors–even disorganized, confused and dazed ones. done.tax


February 9th, 2018
Category Romance Panel


Featured Authors

Alice Gaines (Scorched, Entangled)

USA Today bestselling author, Alice Gaines, likes sizzling sex that leads to happily-ever-afters.  Alice has been published in multiple genres but has always had great respect for writers who do category well.  She currently writes steamy short contemporary romance for Entangled Publishing and erotic, inventive novellas for Changeling Press.

Sheryl Lister (Kimani)

Sheryl Lister is a multi-award winning author and has enjoyed reading and writing for as long as she can remember. She is a former pediatric occupational therapist with over twenty years of experience and resides in California. Sheryl is a wife, mother of three daughters and a son-in-love, and grandmother to two special little boys. When she’s not writing, Sheryl can be found on a date with her husband or in the kitchen creating appetizers. For more information, visit her website at www.sheryllister.com.

Melinda Curtis (Heartwarming, Superromance)

Prior to writing romance, Melinda was a junior manager for a Fortune 500 company, which meant when she flew on the private jet she was relegated to the jump seat—otherwise known as the potty. After grabbing her pen (and a parachute) she made the jump to full-time writer. She writes sweet romance for Harlequin and indie-pubbed sweet romantic comedy, and recently came to grips with the fact that she’s an empty nester and a grandma, concepts easier to grasp than jet-setting on a potty.

Anna J Stewart (Heartwarming, Romantic Suspense)

USA Today and national bestselling hybrid author Anna J. Stewart writes sweet to sexy romance for Harlequin’s Heartwarming and Romantic Suspense lines. Early obsessions with Star Wars, Star Trek, andWonder Woman set her on the path to creating fun, funny, and family-centric romances with happily ever afters for her independent heroines. A former RWA Golden Heart nominee and 2018 Daphne DuMaurier finalist, since her first release in late 2014, Anna has published more than twenty-five novels and novellas. She lives in Northern California where she’s currently serving her fourth term as President of the Sacramento Valley Rose, and deals with a serious Supernatural. When she’s not writing, you can find her at fan conventions, at her local movie theater, building her client list for her content editing services or corralling two rambunctious cats named Rosie and Sherlock. She’ll leave it up to you to decide which gives her the most trouble. You can read more about Anna and her books at www.authorannastewart.com.

Amy Lane (Dreamspinner)

Angst and pain, Amy Lane Amy Lane has two kids in college, two gradeschoolers in soccer, two cats, and two Chi-who-whats at large. She lives in a crumbling crapmansion with most of the children and a bemused spouse. She also has too damned much yarn, a penchant for action adventure movies, and a need to know that somewhere in all the pain is a story of Wuv, Twu Wuv, which she continues to believe in to this day! She writes fantasy, urban fantasy, and m/m romance–and if you accidentally make eye contact, she’ll bore you to tears with why those three genres go together. She’ll also tell you that sacrifices, large and small, are worth the urge to write.

Moderator: Sue Brown-Moore (Editor, Dreamspinner) 


March 9, 2019
Nana Malone


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