Saturday, April 16, 2016

UTOPiAcon 2016 - Sponsors, Awards Nominations, and Alessandra Torre Questions

Happy Monday for a second time, good people of the blogosphere! This go round, we're talking UTOPiAcon 2016. I'm not going to ramble here, I'm just going to dive into the good stuff.

All remaining tickets and exhibitor space are 10% off for the month of April! This is one heck of a deal, so get on it right now!

Tickets are here!

Let's start off with some awesome. Keynote speaker Alessandra Torre has agreed to take questions from attendees! It's a simple process, all you have to do is fill out the form below.

Who is Alessandra Torre?

Alessandra Torre is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of fourteen novels and one collection of short stories. Her books focus on romance and suspense, all with a strong undercurrent of sexuality. Torre has been featured in such publications as Elle and Elle UK, Dirty Sexy Funny with Jenny McCarthy, as well as guest blogged for the Huffington Post and RT Book Reviews. She is also the Bedroom Blogger for

Learn more about Alessandra on her website, on Twitter @ReadAlessandra or her Facebook fanpage.

Before I get to another couple of awesome sponsors for this year, did you know you can keep track of all the goings-on at the conference with one, easy to use app? Check out Sched right now! Get your days all planned out so you aren't lost in June! The bloggers will be explaining how to use that awesome tool next month. Don't miss out!

Now, I'm gonna tell you a little about two more of our awesome sponsors!

Vellum helps you create beautiful eBooks. 
Vellum’s built-in Book Styles incorporate classic touches like custom drop caps and ornamental flourishes, and are automatically applied to your book.

Your eBooks are tailored for each store and adapt to screens large and small. So no matter how they buy or read it, your readers are sure to see a beautiful eBook.

Find them on the web here!

Be sure and check out their blog, too!

Wise Ink - Authors Need More than a Publisher

Wise Ink is a creative publishing agency for game-changers. We love publishing books. We've helped more than four hundred authors bring their ideas from manuscript to print and we learned a few things.

We learned that authors need more. Authors need a strong platform, strategic marketing, top-notch editing, award-winning book design, and a creative team dedicated to helping you succeed beyond the book.
Wise Ink was created to help you: the author with a big picture and the passion to prove it.

Find them on the web here!

And, their blog!

FIFTH Annual UTOPiAcon Awards!

Nominations by the academy are happening now! If you have a book (or books) that's eligible for an award, list them on your blog and share your link below.


Eligible books are those published between April 1, 2015 and April 1, 2016 that fall into the categories set forth by Utopia.

ALL books are eligible. You don't have to be an attendee of the con to be nominated OR to win! Indie, trad pub, all are welcome for nominations!

Don't forget to visit the other awesome bloggers this month!
Week 1: Jo Michaels and Maria Pease
Week 2: Shana Benedict and Delphina Miyares
Week 3: Ren Reidy
Week 4: Ashley Bodette and Kathryn Grimes

Well, that's all for today, folks! Until next time, WRITE ON!



  1. Hi Jo. Question about the Utopia Awards. Perhaps I haven't had enough coffee yet but I didn't see where to list the books I'd like to enter. :)

    1. You can list them on your blog and share the link here in the comments, if you'd like :)

  2. Here are my nominations.

  3. Here are my nominations:

  4. Thanks, Jo,

    Here is my post with my eligible nomination works. I couldn't specify the categories as I couldn't find them yet, but I'll update when I do :) THANK YOU

  5. Also, here are nominations for my daughter's Book Blog... she's too embarrassed to crow about herself, but this proud momma isn't :)

  6. Here's my blog post and my books :) Thank you for consideration!!!!5th-Annual-UtopiaCon-Nominations/c1r8u/571eec220cf2dcaa530ed664


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