Authors: Propose a Panel


Panel submissions for Story Con 2014 are now closed. However, if you have a burning idea for a romance panel, you are welcome to send and email to Erik Wecks (


What Readers Can Expect At Story Con!


Story Con is designed for readers.

This year we are being hosted at the Vancouver Community Library in downtown Vancouver, WA. If you haven’t been there. It’s a great space with great design aspects and good places to read or study. It also has three rooms that we will be able to use.

Story Con is all about helping readers get a chance to interact with quality authors who have great books available to read. At Story Con you can expect to find authors doing readings from their work. You can also find great panel discussions on topics related to genres such as romance, fantasy, and contemporary fiction.

If all goes well you will also have a chance to purchase their books on site and get a copy signed.

What you will not find at Story Con are writers sitting around talking about the intricacies of their I-pod playlist, whether they find it more enjoyable to write with the window open or closed, or whether they are a “pantser” or a “plotter.” (Its an industry thing. Don’t worry about it.)

We want our writers to save their networking and shoptalk for the pub. This convention is for you and we hope you enjoy it.

If you have any ideas about what you might want to see drop us a line at

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Authors, we need your help!


StoryCon is a convention laser focused on helping readers find their next great read and we need your help!

StoryCon will be running eighteen panels during our convention, and if you are an author local to the Pacific Northwest, we want you to help us fill them with fantastic content.

We need reader focused panels in the following areas:

  • Romance
  • Thriller
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Contemporary Fiction
  • YA
  • Historical Fiction
  • Humor Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Mystery

If you are a writer and can contribute to one of these areas, sign up for the mailing list and watch this site. On or about June 1st we will open up for panel proposals with a full guide to our requirements.

For now, just remember the panel topics should be reader focused. We are not a writers convention, and we don’t want our panels to become writers talking shop. These panels are designed to allow readers to connect with authors and pick out great books to read.

Also, panels need to create an audience. A successful panel will have some kind of a draw, either by topic or people on the panel.

If you want to know more about our convention and what it’s about, you can check out the tabs across the banner at the top of the screen.


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Why Do Story Con!?


For good or for ill, five hundred years of publishing tradition are now changing before our eyes. In the past, the publishing industry served as a gatekeeper between the written word and readers. As any fan of good books knows, such a system in no way guaranteed that all the cream rose to the top. There are always stories of the gem that a publisher passed on because they couldn’t figure out how to market it, or perhaps it was too challenging for readers to be profitable. On the other side of the coin, every reader and writer has wondered, as they perused the pages of a book, how the drivel they hold in their hands ever came to be in print in the first place.

The internet has changed all of that. To start, reading has changed. The Internet age has removed publishers as the mediators of written text. It also requires greater literacy than has ever been demanded of past generations.

The Internet has also dramatically democratized the process of writing and creating books. It is now possible for authors to make a good living publishing exclusively in an electronic format without any help from a professional publisher. At the same time, print on demand technologies have dramatically lowered the risks for traditional publishers, who no longer feel obligated to print 50,000 copies of a given title.

Both of these trends have combined to flood readers with waves of new titles to discover, not all of which should have been presented to the world in the first place. Like a sports league expanding too far and diluting its talent, now that anyone can publish their own book, anyone has and will continue to do so. At the same time, per book marketing budgets have diminished greatly, forcing even traditionally published authors to spend their time marketing their existing titles, rather than focus on writing new ones.

The problem for the reader becomes sorting through the chaff to find the kernels. They are still there. In fact, I believe there has never been as many good books available to readers as there are today. It just takes more work on the part of the reader to find them.

Enter Story Con!. I envision Story Con! as an event where a reader can, in a single day, preview a hundred books or more, spread out across a wide variety of writing styles and genres. My hope is that each reader who attends walks away with enough books to fill a Northwest rainy season. Well, perhaps that’s a little ambitious, but one can hope.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Reading,
Erik Wecks

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