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Friday 7-7:30 am Yoga with Cynthia St. Aubin

Gentle vinyasa flow to mellow your mind and relax your body. All experience levels are welcome. No mats necessary.

Fri/Sat 9-10am Calendar Signing

Get your Real Book Boyfriends charity calendars signed by some of the husbands who made it all happen.

Don’t have a copy yet? Grab one at the merchandise table when you register.

Friday 11-12 St. Louis Writer’s Guild Presentation: Point of View – It’s more than First vs. Third

Every story has a one, maybe two, but there is more to decide than First Person vs. Third Person. Point of view is critical to a writer’s voice, the story’s structure, and what the reader learns. Let’s explore not only Limited, Omniscient, and Objective, but what it all means when the words hit the page.

Friday 12-1pm Workshop: Jasinda Wilder Big Girls Do it Running Q&A

From New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder comes BIG GIRLS DO IT RUNNING, a straightforward guide to lifelong health and wellness.

No gimmicks, no counting, no measuring, just practical advice on how to eat better, get moving, and live well, delivered with refreshing honesty and humor.

Do you want to start a journey to health and strength, but are afraid of failing yet another diet or exercise program? Have you ever struggled with your weight? Do you have problems losing weight and keeping it off? Do you have allergies, ADHD, PCOS, diabetes, constipation, skin problems, or insomnia? Are you worried about your kids developing unhealthy eating habits and making poor lifestyle choices, but don’t know how to help them make changes? Do you want to eat healthier and be stronger, but just don’t know where to start? Using her own unique life experiences, Jasinda has developed an 8-week plan, The Wilder Way, that will get you eating, moving, living well, and feeling great.

BIG GIRLS DO IT RUNNING contains everything you need to succeed in achieving your goals and become a fit and fabulous health warrior: tear-out shopping lists, easy menu plans, delicious recipes, and simple, effective workouts. If you find yourself struggling and failing to manage your weight, then read this book-it will change your life!

Go ahead, put on your big girl panties and let’s kick some ass!


Friday 12-1pm Author Panel: How to support your fave authors

In today’s marketing culture it is easier than ever to connect and support your favorite authors. Join us as we discuss ways that you can step up and help make a difference in an author’s journey toward their dreams. 


Firday 3-4pm Workshop: Smashwords  10 Trends to Impacting the Future of Publishing

The publishing industry has undergone dramatic cultural, technical and competitive change over the last decade.  Authors today are empowered with exciting new publishing tools and opportunities.  Yet while the power center in the industry is shifting to writers, storm clouds are looming that threaten to devalue books and strip authors of their new-found independence.  In this session, Mark Coker will address both the challenges and the opportunities by revealing the ten publishing industry trends shaping your future as an author, and by providing actionable tips on how to retake control of your career.


Friday 3-4pm Author Not so Newlywed Game

Looking to have a good laugh?  Join us for our Author Not So Newlywed Game where you will get to see which couples know each other the best and which are in desperate need of a date night. 


Saturday 8:15-9:00 Workshop: Courage of Writing

The modern publishing world is daunting. Writers must overcome ignorance, discouragement, distraction, and doubt on a near daily basis. The ability to rise above adversity—both professional and personal—can be defined in a single word, courage. This attribute is displayed in learning, writing, and especially in discipline. Want to write and publish like a professional? Find your courage. Join the undaunted.


Saturday 9-9:45 Workshop: Choosing a path to publication

So you’ve finished your novel, now what? It’s a confusing world out there, and now author and publisher John G. Hartness will help you look at all the different publishing options available to you and make the decision that will best benefit you and your work. Self-publishing can be daunting, but with seven years in the business, Hartness will tell you all the mistakes he made and help you avoid them. Traditional publishing can be challenging, and incredibly rewarding. Now the publisher for a small press, Hartness will go over what you should realistically expect from a publisher, and what they will never, ever do. Hartness will explain the differences between vanity press, self-publishing, small press, and major press publishing, and help you decide which path is best for your book and your career. 


Saturday 12-1pm Workshop: Launch your Audiobook into the world

With first-hand knowledge of what the Audiobook Creation Exchange ( offers authors to help them create their best-possible audio version of their work, T.W. Fendley will take you from the beginning to the end of working with everything you have at your disposal. She will discuss setting up your account, preparing your audition snippet, selecting the ideal actor to read your book, making your deal, working with that actor from the first line to the last, and getting the finished version out into the world. However, if you are more of a DIY type of person and get behind the microphone for your own books – or even other people’s books – George Sirois will discuss everything you need to know about being an audiobook narrator without breaking the bank: your microphone, your software, your settings, your ACX requirements, etc. Both T.W. and George look forward to meeting you and helping you get the best possible audiobook ready for your listeners.


Saturday 12-1pm Author Panel: How to write helpful reviews

Reviews are the lifeblood of any author. They help readers decide if a book is worth their time and financial investment. But many readers are unsure of how to write a useful review, and as such never write one. Join our panel of authors as they lay out the aspects of what makes a review useful to potential buyers. 


Saturday 3-4pm Workshop: Smashwords How to Organize a Beta Reader Round

Beta readers help authors write and release more successful books by providing valuable insight into how consumers may react to their books and by providing ideas on how to take revisions to the next level. A beta reader round is when an author solicits feedback from multiple beta readers. In this workshop, Mark Coker will guide authors through the process of planning, managing and executing a beta reader round. Attendees will learn how and when to schedule a beta reader round, how to solicit beta readers, how to incentivize beta readers, how to create a beta reader feedback form and how to use a beta round as part of a larger marketing plan.


Saturday 3-4pm Author Panel: Q&A with Jamie McGuire and Rachel Van Dyken

Join these two amazing authors and businesswomen as they discuss their writing journey, what they did right, the mistakes they made and how they came to be where they are today. Presented by Mark Coker, Smashwords CEO and Founder. 


5 thoughts on “Panels/Workshops

  1. Brandi Lanning says:

    I’d like to see a price for panels as well please. And are they reader panels or writer/aspiring writer?

    • Amy Miles says:

      There is no additional cost to attend the panels. Your one or two day tickets allow you entrance to the all day book signing, guest speakers, panels and workshops. The panels are geared more for readers and the wirkshops are intended more for writers but you are welcome to attend any that strike your fancy.

  2. Brandi Lanning says:

    Thank you so much for answering my question. I only have one more. When will the panels be available? I guess that didn’t come out right. When will we be able to see what is available? There. That’s better! Thank you

    • Amy Miles says:

      I am working on finalizing the authors soeaking on the panels this week and will update the website asap

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