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Saturday, July 9 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Debut Authors Tell All

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What is it like to go from aspiring to published? Leviosa authors will tell you all the things they *don't* tell you about being published, especially what to expect between selling & being on shelves.

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Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
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Elly Blake

Elly Blake loves fairy tales, old houses, and owls. After earning a BA in English literature, she held a series of random jobs, including project manager, customs clerk, graphic designer, reporter for a local business magazine, and finally part time library assistant. She lives in... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Tobie Easton

Award-winning author Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she's grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it. Her Mer Chronicles series (Emerge, Submerge, and Immerse) follows the descendants of the Little... Read More →
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Heather Kaczynski

After graduating cum laude with a degree in biology, Heather returned to her first love of books, and now works in a military library near NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, where she gets to buy books for kids and teens. This setting gave her the inspiration for her YA novel, ... Read More →
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Chelsea Sedoti

Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her school work (her teachers didn’t always appreciate this.) In an effort to avoid getting a “real” job, Chelsea explored careers as a balloon twister, filmmaker... Read More →

Saturday July 9, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
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