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Genres 2010: Breakout Session Details

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Publishers Panel: Current trends in Romance Fiction


  • Allison Lyons, Harlequin
  • Natalie Hanemann, Thomas Nelson
  • Beth Miller, Writers House

Two publishers and a literary agent will preview forthcoming titles and discuss the trends they see in the market. Harlequin is the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of books for women. Thomas Nelson is a leading publisher of Christian fiction and non-fiction. Established in 1973, Writers House is a literary agency which represents such romance authors as Linda Howard, Lisa Jackson, and Lora Leigh.

Trends and Authors in Young Adult Romance Fiction


  • Maggie Clark and Jodi Swaim, Barnes & Noble Booksellers
  • Heather Miller Cover, Homewood Public Library

Young Adult fiction is experiencing a renaissance. Having the "hot" teen titles on the shelf is a must for every busy library. Booksellers Maggie Clark and Jodi Swaim will discuss contemporary, paranormal, and shojo titles which have been commercial bestsellers and preview forthcoming titles expected to have significant reader demand. They will also suggest read-alike authors you can recommend to your patrons. Heather Miller Cover reviews juvenile and young adult fiction for School Library Journal. Heather will discuss the sleeper hits and less publicized titles you may have missed.

How to Host an Author Event


  • Peggy Webb, author of romance & women's fiction
  • Maggie Clark & Jodi Swaim, Barnes & Noble Booksellers
  • B.J. Johnson, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
  • Katie Bond, publicist for Thomas Nelson

What makes an author event successful? Hear tips and perspectives from an author, a bookseller, a publicist and a librarian.

Selection Tools for Romance Fiction

Speaker: Joyce Saricks, author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction

Saricks will discuss online and print tools librarians need to stay current in their knowledge of romance fiction. These tools will help you make the best selections for your collection and better prepare you for readers advisory. Saricks' focus will be online resources such as NoveList, the Romance Writers of America website, good blogs, and webinars so you are just a "click away" from the resources you need on genres, reviews and the hot authors.

Emerging Authors


  • Kimberly Lang, USA Today bestselling author of Magnate's Mistress...Accidentally Pregnant!
  • Kira Sinclair, author of Afterburn and Whispers in the Dark
  • Lynn Raye Harris, author of The Prince's Royal Concubine and Cavelli's Lost Heir
  • Lesia Flynn, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library
  • Katie Kalil, Huntsville-Madison County Public Library

Three new romance authors will discuss their path to publication, their work and their forthcoming titles. Librarians Lesia Flynn and Katie Kalil will introduce you to other new and emerging authors in contemporary and paranormal romance.

BookBlast! Subgenres Defined and Titles Reviewed

Speaker: Joyce Saricks, author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction

Saricks will explore the riches of the romance genre and discover hot new authors and established favorites. Joyce Saricks: "I've always felt in Romance as in Science Fiction there is something for every kind of reader--passion, adventure, espionage, travels to other times and places. I hope to explode conceptions of the genre to reach out to pull in other kinds of readers." She will discuss the differences between the many subgenres of romance fiction and provide examples of authors writing in these genres. She will also provide brief reviews of popular titles and series.