LTUE 2013 Writer’s Symposium for the Masses!


The staff of Life the Universe and Everything has granted me the honor to participate in their symposium this year where I’ll get to sit behind the table with giants.  LTUE contributes to the success of hundreds of writers, artists, and filmmakers as those with success gather together and share their knowledge and the stories of their success with aspirants.  I doubt there exists a more important writer improvement event in the country.  It is certainly one of the key reasons for the thick concentration of best-selling Science Fiction and Fantasy authors in the Intermountain area.

The symposium will be held this coming week at the Provo Marriott Hotel and Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

Thursday, February 14th at 5:00 pm I’ll be in the Cedar room sitting with Jaleta Clegg, David Farland, Chas Hathaway, Stephen Miller, and Eric James Stone in a discussion on how to hold effective book signings.  In 2010, Into the Dark: Escape of the Nomad was a new, unknown book, by a new unknown author and an unknown publisher.  I held book signings about every other weekend for 9 months and sold out at nearly all of them–starting with a Barnes and Noble when B&N wasn’t even carrying the book.  I’ll talk about how I did it at the panel.  David Farland (aka Dave Wolverton) is viewed by many as the region’s top information source on writing and has helped guide the careers of a number of best-selling authors.  All of the names on this panel are huge (except mine), so this will be a very important panel for anyone who hopes to sell their books at book signings.

Friday, February 15th from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm I’ll participate in a mass book signing with other LTUE panelists.

Saturday, February 16th at 5:00 pm I’ll be in the Bryce/Arches room with Amber Argyle, L. L. MuirRachel Ann Nunes, and Tristi Pinkston in a discussion about how to write romance without erotica.  No doubt I’m on this panel because of a controversial blog entry that I wrote on the subject The Incredible Shrinking Genre.  As a very vocal opponent of the mantra “Sex Sells”, I make the case that Science Fiction needs to clean up its act if it wants to continue to compete and that SciFi/Fantasy authors need to keep their work clean if they want to enjoy a broader market footprint and have the potential to become shockingly rich.  I am not a romance author, but there are several on the panel and we’ll be mixing it up.  I think that this will be a lot of fun.

Registration is free to students with a valid student ID, most anyone else is $30 if you register online right now.  See the registration page here for all the info.

Nowhere does more people give away so much for so little.

See you there!

~ by Bill Housley on February 9, 2013.

4 Responses to “LTUE 2013 Writer’s Symposium for the Masses!”

  1. I recently put up a post on my blog as to why sicence fiction is so important to everyone – which means it should be read more widely than it is. None of the reasons involve sex / erotica being put forward… so I’m well with you on that point. Have fun at the symposium.

  2. Congratulations!!! This is some well deserved recognition you are receiving.
    I sure hope your dear wife will get some attention on Valentines Day before you jet off to be a super star 😉
    Can students just show up and show their ID’s to get in, or to they need to preregister?

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