Eliza Knight (STARRING ADELE ASTAIRE) and Vanessa Riley (QUEEN OF EXILES) are panel participants at the 2023 Historical Novel Conference.
Monday, June 5, 4:30-5:30 PM (CT)
Author Spotlight: In Conversation with Vanessa Riley
(Virtual presentation that will be livestreamed as a pre conference event.)
Vanessa Riley is an award-winning author of historical novels that showcase the hidden histories of Black women and women of color, emphasizing strong sisterhoods and dazzling multicultural communities. Join in to hear about her experiences writing historical fiction, historical romance, and historical mystery.
Saturday, June 10, 9:15-10:15 AM (CT)
Are You For REEL? – How Authors Can Use Visuals & Reels to Spice Up Their Social Streams and Newsletters – Salon G
Eliza Knight, Vanessa Riley, Madeline Martin
Join bestselling authors for a fun and interactive panel on creating engaging, interactive content. Whether you’re traditionally or indie published, writers are required to market their books in fresh and unique ways that will draw viral attention. In this workshop we’re going to explore: Creating Images and Reels that grab a reader’s attention for various Social Streams; Adding visuals for fresh Newsletter Content and Goodreads connections; organic visibility on your social media platforms using images and videos. Be prepared to leave this session with a bucket full of inspiring and interactive new ideas to increase you and your books’ visibility.
Saturday, June 10, 4:00-5:00 PM (CT)
When One Name Isn’t Enough: The Logistics of Multiple Pen Names in Historical Fiction – Salon I
Eliza Knight, Libbie Grant, Sophie Perinot, Kris Waldherr
We all know the reasons authors use pen names. Sometimes it’s to don the mask of anonymity; other times it’s about separating author activities from personal life. But what about authors who write using more than one pen name: how do they juggle multiple literary personas? In this insightful panel, four authors share their experiences with having more than one pen name: their reasons for having them, strategies for choosing one—hint: it’s about genre expectations—as well as discuss noteworthy multi-named authors. Finally, we’ll offer advice on what to do if your pen names get out of hand.