Scottsdale Library Conference

12th Annual Scottsdale Civic Center Library Conference

November4, 2017

FREE Scottsdale Civic Center Library Workshops
10:15am - 4:50pm
Scottsdale Civic Center Library
3839 N Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ

Scottsdale Library Workshops Event Schedule

Time Event
10:00 Registration Opens
10:30 – 11:20 Workshops
11:30 – 12:20 Workshops
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch (on your own)
2:00 – 2:50 Keynote Address
3:00 – 3:50 Workshops
4:00 – 4:45 Speaker Panel

10:30am – 11:20am

Jennifer Ashley – “Grow Your Readership” (Auditorium)

Learn how to grow your audience from Day 1 of your debut novel (even before that), or any time in your career. Increasing readership is more than about offering freebies to build up a newsletter list (or similar). Learn how to gain “sticky” readers who come back to your work time and again.

Jennifer Ashley is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 90 books, who learned from scratch how to grab readers and hang onto them in several different genres. She is both traditionally published (Berkley/Random House) and self-published. She has hit bestseller lists in both capacities and sold more than 3 million books.

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Valen Cox – “Conquering Contests: Get an Edge Up!” (Gold Room)

We all need an edge up in the world of publishing! Let contests build your credibility, open doors to editors and agents, and impart invaluable feedback on your way up!

Valen Cox is a multi-contest winner in Historical Romance and Mystery Suspense. A military brat, she attended proms in medieval castles and graduated in an ancient cathedral. It all adds a unique authenticity to her stories. Published in short fiction and non-fiction, she believes in reaping the benefits contests have to offer.

Pamela Tracy – “The Beginning, Middle, and End, and Ins and Outs of Plotting Your Suspense” (Silver Room)

This hands-on workshop starts by cementing you in the everyday ‘safe’ world, emphasizing how ‘safe’ can change in a moment, and how most writers are full of everyday experience that with the turn of a pen can become edge-of-the-seat suspense. It works on what chapters should contain, research, and how to plot and write an entire book.

Pamela Tracy is a USA Today bestselling author of 30-plus books in the contemporary, historical, and suspense romance genre. She’s been a RWA® RITA® finalist and is a winner of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Award.

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11:30am – 12:20pm

Cynthia Hickey – “Writing Romance and the Allure of a Small Press” (Auditorium)

Why romance continues to sell and why a small press might be your best option.

Multi-published and Amazon and EXPA Bestselling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer.”

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Leslie Jones – “Visual Editing” (Gold Room)

A picture is worth a thousand words! Learn how to use the Japanese Kanban method as a tool for visualizing and revising the flow of your book.

Leslie Jones is an award-winning and RWA® RITA®-nominated author who writes military romantic suspense because she loves alpha heroes and strong heroines. She is truly grateful to the men and women of our Armed Forces for their dedication and sacrifice, and draws on her own 11 years of Army service for her books.

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Shelley Gillespie – “Wonder-full Women: Creating Powerful Female Characters” (Silver Room)

Explore strategies to create your own charismatic, “Wonder-full” female characters. Learn how to bring those creations to life with conflicts that fit the character and move the story forward.

Shelley Gillespie’s diverse career includes positions as: newspaper editor, award-winning journalist, adjunct college writing instructor, training manager, marketing director, and book coach. Currently, Shelley is executive director and co-founder of Copa Short Film Fest in Maricopa, Arizona. Creating stories, both fiction and non-fiction, is her passion.

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Lunch: 12:30pm-1:45pm

A map of nearby food options can be found here for your convenience.


Kerrie Droban – “Behind the Scenes: Under Cover and Alone”

Curious what it’s like to write crime, delve into biker gangs, the mafia and undercover investigations? Learn about the rewards (and periles) of writing (and working) in this genre.

Kerrie Droban is an award-winning author of five bestselling true crime books, one of which was made into a miniseries called “Gangland Undercover” initially produced by the History Channel and recently renewed for a second season by A&E.

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3:00pm – 3:50pm

Tara Taylor Quinn – “Staying Alive and Learning to Thrive in Today’s Writing World” (Auditorium)

In spite of the glut of the book world, it’s still possible to support yourself with a writing career. Hear how to stay alive in the trenches.

Having written over 80 novels, Tara Taylor Quinn is a USA Today bestselling author with more than 7 million copies sold. She is known for delivering intense, emotional fiction. Tara is a past president of Romance Writers of America®. She has won a Readers’ Choice Award and is a six-time finalist for the RWA® RITA® Award, a finalist for a Reviewers’ Choice Award and a Booksellers’ Best Award. She has also appeared on TV across the country, including CBS Sunday Morning. She supports the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

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A.K. Smith – “Let’s Talk Technology and Writing: Apps for Writers and Online Book Promotions” (Gold Room)

There’s an app for that, right? Discover creative and organizing writing apps and online book promotion ideas.

A.K. Smith is a travel writer and author of the suspense novel, A Deep Thing. She loves all things jungly, beachy, and mysterious. Her mission is to write thrillers, suspense, and romance that have the power to make you stay up late. She loves the “what ifs” in life.

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Caris Roane – “The $40 Billion Hero’s Journey” (Silver Room)

Discover the 12 stages of the hero’s journey, how they can be incorporated into your story, and why this structure can gain you a solid readership no matter what kind of fiction you write.

Caris Roane is the New York Times bestselling author of 39 paranormal romance books. Writing as Valerie King, she has published 50 novels and novellas in Regency romance. Caris lives in Buckeye, Arizona, loves gardening, enjoys the birds and lizards in her yard, but encourages the scorpions to inhabit elsewhere.

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4:00pm – 4:45pm

Speaker Panel – “Can We Talk?” (Auditorium)

Join a frank and open question and answer session with presenting authors.

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