Schedule & Guest Speakers

Schedule Highlights:

The main conference room will be Sam’s Town Live (on the first floor beyond the buffet – this is different from last year). The breakout rooms will be the same as last year, Silver City, Pioneer, and Red Rock. You’ll get a map as part of your packet.

The General Schedule (all sessions in the main conference room will be live-streamed and then posted to YouTube for later viewing)


Click here for a pdf of the schedule as of June 25th!

Not all the names are filled in as this is still in draft form. The sessions will be fleshed out over time. Most of the main sessions are pretty solid.

Guest Speakers
Here are the guest speakers that we’ve confirmed (unless otherwise noted).

Michael Anderle
Alex Niehues (K-LYtics)
Brian Meeks
Chris Fox
Chrishaun Keller Hanna (Keynote)
Michael La Ronn
Dean Wesley Smith
Kris Rusch
Dave Chesson
Richard Fox
Michael Cooper
Martha Carr
Maxwell Alexander Drake
Currently talking with (begging) Michael J. Sullivan about where best he and his wife Robin can help

With panels by the following (still confirming a number of these – so don’t get spun up if your name is or isn’t on this list) – the panels are high-powered authors, business, legal aspects, dictation, audiobooks, foreign rights, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery/Thriller, Children’s Books, Non-Fiction, story structure, cover design,

  • Jasmine Walt
  • May Sage
  • Izzy Shows
  • Michelle Madow
  • K.N. Lee
  • Craig Alanson
  • Jay Allan
  • Amy DuBoff
  • Chris Kennedy
  • Jonathan Brazee
  • Joe Nassise
  • Matt Sampson (IP Lawyer)
  • Joe Solari
  • Tom Edwards
  • Andrew Dobell
  • Heather Hamilton-Senter
  • James Baldwin
  • Kevin McLaughlin
  • Mary Crawford
  • Dan Wood (D2D)
  • Christine Murray (Kobo)
  • Ricardo Fayet (Reedsy)
  • AC Fuller
  • Carolyn L. Dean
  • Mark Stone (pen for a famous author)
  • Emily Beresford
  • Stephen Campbell
  • Tony Boes



Included in your conference fee, you will get:

  • Drinks such as coffee, tea, and water (water stations will also be in all the breakout rooms)
  • Snacks – bagels, croissants, yogurt, and fruit in the mornings, fruit, cookies (those things were massive!), and something else (not sure what) in the afternoon
  • Lunch on Wednesday (last year we had Mexican. Maybe we’ll go with Italian this year – I’ll run a poll later)
  • Swag (lots o’ swag) – a notebook, pen, bag, collector badge, collector lanyard, probably something else, too, because 20Booksto50k stuff that you can only get at the conferences is the coolest
  • Raffles at various points during the conference. We have no sponsors or advertisers for this show, but we do have some great prizes already.
    • #1 Prize: One Week at a condo in Aruba (condo provided by Jenny Madore), Craig Martelle, Michael Anderle, and Craig Alanson will pay $1000 toward airfare to get you to Aruba for your week-long writer’s retreat.
    • $2000 of spend on Reedsy (towards the editor, designer, illustrator, marketer or website designer of their choice). (provided by Ricardo Fayet)
    • $500 toward the cover designer of your choice (provided by Trish McCallan)
    • $200 gift certificate for unique custom reader gifts (provided by Jessica Parker)

As we had last year, we’ll ask people to set up their own genre-specific dinners or lunches. Sam’s Town has a number of restaurants and they make it convenient.

If you get the B Connected card, you’ll get the Sam’s Buffet at a ridiculously low price. You can get that at the player’s desk in the slots area on the first floor. You’ll also get some free player credits. Why not?

We upped the number of rooms at our rate and are securing space in the hotel next door as well. Sam’s Town online reservation system never worked right last year. They have a great staff to take your room reservation over the phone, so simply call Sam’s Town at  877-593-5993 and the group name is: 20 Books to 50k. The group rate of $69 (does not include taxes or resort fees) is good from November 5th through the 9th. You’ll be charged the first night, a total of $77.97, and then you’ll be charged the resort fee and the remainder when you check out. The room will be about $97/night when all is said and done, but you can have up to four people without any additional fees. Splitting a room is only $50/night? BOOYAH!

You can register online come July (that’s right, they do online bookings only four months prior to the event – and the group code is: A8BTC11). It’ll give you an error if you try to do it right now. If you wait until July, our block of rooms will probably be sold out, so CALL THEM if you want to stay at Sam’s Town and get the group rate. If you have problems with the online booking, call them, Do not contact me if you have not called them, and just in case you have an issue with your online booking, don’t send me an email, a PM, a text message, or anything else. Call Sam’s Town.

In case you missed it, here’s a video that Jim Miesner did from last year’s show –


Guest Speaker Biographies

Craig Martelle

Craig is your host for the show. Retired Marine, lawyer, and recluse Alaskan who breaks free from his sub-Arctic shell to come to Vegas! Craig writes science fiction, mostly with a post-apocalyptic slant. Craig hit the $50k mark with his 19th book, without a single breakout title, although he’s had a number of books wear Amazon’s bestseller tag, albeit briefly. He calls himself the blue collar author and claims that quantity has a quality all its own. Craig has an extensive back list and a growing group of fans. At least that’s what he tells himself. The most important thing we can do as authors is give back in some way, whether through social lessons in our prose or helping others reach the next level in their journey as professional authors.

Michael Anderle

With zero experience in indie publishing (and practically zero experience writing a novel) Michael has surprised himself, his readers and the pundits that wish he would shut the hell up about his opinions. Basically, because he chose to do things differently and those audacious ideas worked.

Now, a year and a half later, Michael is spending a lot of time on the Amazon’s top 100 Authors list for total sales. Most of his books and many he’s has collaborated on open to top 100 or and/or bestselling status in many competitive genres, including Science Fiction: Apocalyptic & Dystopian, Science Fiction: Space Opera, Science Fiction: Genetics, Paranormal: Vampires/Werewolves, YA: Fantasy and Horror.

Soon, he’ll be releasing books in new genres, testing the truth of more rules we’ve all accepted to be true, and seeing if he can create an additional universes.  In the near future, expect to see him breaking rules and expectations in even more genres, testing the truths of more rules we’ve been taught to cling to.