ClexaCon 2020 PubCon

Join us for this free 2-day virtual event on September 12th & 26th, 2020 for discussions, panels, readings and more!

We are so excited to be collaborating with Bold Strokes BooksSapphire Books
nd Prism Comics for this event!

Events begin at 10:00am PT and end at 7:00 pm PT. 


Meet our Moderators and Panelists!

Thank you to all of our sponsors for supporting ClexaCon. We can’t wait to see you in person in Las Vegas again next year!



Saturday, September 26

Game Changers – How These Outliers Impacted Today’s Queer Culture

10:30 am – 11:30 am PT
 Robin Lowey
Panelists: Franco Stevens, Jen Rainin, Olga Talamante, Bonnie Morris

Award-winning author Robin Lowey (  will discuss Game Changers, a graphic novel style history book and subsequent video interview series that features living lesbian heroes who made (and continue to make) a huge impact on today’s queer culture. Robin will be in discussion with panelists about their own journey. 

Researching and world building the Historical, epic fantasy, apocalyptic and paranormal – things to watch out for in this wild world

11:45 am – 12:45 pm PT
Panelists: Terri Furuya, Virginia Black, Isabella, McGee Mathews,  JB Marsden

Lunch Break: Book Chat & Pitch Hour

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm PT

This isn’t your momma’s Harlequin romance

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT
Panelists: Isabella, Karelia Stetz-WatersMcGee Mathews, Sallyanne Monit

Representation in YA Fiction

3:15 pm -4:15 pm PT
Moderator: Dana Piccoli
Panelists:Amy Spalding, Erika Turner, MB Guel, JD Glass

Finessing the Short Story Arc

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm PT
Moderator: Christine Svendsen
Panelists:Virginia Black, Terri Furuya, Sallyanne Monti

Sequential Storytelling

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm PT
Moderator: JD Glass
Panelists: Tara Avery, Taylor Heckendorn, Ajuan Mance, Kayden Phoenix, Axelle Lenoir

Saturday, September 12

From First Glance to First Kiss: How to Establish Tension in Your Romance Novel

10:30 am – 11:30 am PT
 Georgia Beers
Panelists: Melissa Brayden, Kris Bryant, Julie Cannon, Fiona Riley, Yolanda Wallace, Anne Shade

Have you ever been so sucked into a romance that you couldn’t turn the page fast enough or gotten to that first kiss quickly enough? Do you *live* for the lead up and the tension? The world’s best-selling Lesfic romance writers want to share their secrets, tips, and the process behind building the tension that ignites the page and fans the flames of their characters’ road to romance and journey to the bedroom (or kitchen counter or their boss’s desk or, well, you get the idea).

The Path to Publication

11:45 am – 12:45 pm PT
 Carsen Taite
Panelists: Kimberly Cooper Griffin, Radclyffe, Anne Shade, Nell Stark, Victoria Villasenor, Ileandra Young

You wrote a novel, now what? Come hear the president, editors, and award-winning authors of Bold Strokes Books discuss all aspects of the publication process.

Book Chat & Lunch

12:45 am – 1:45 pm PT

Network and mingle with other attendees and authors! 

Queer Books are Lit: a Millennial Perspective on Media

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm PT
 Barbara Ann Wright
Panelists: Ashley Bartlett, Nicole Disney, Jane Esther, Rachel E. Bailey, Tanai Walker

As millennial queers, we came of age when positive(ish) queer representation was suddenly present in movies, television, and music. Why did we choose literature and how did the broader media landscape influence our novels? Join this group of young authors as we discuss ever expanding queer media and why we chose traditional publishing to tell non-traditional stories.

Crafting the Queer Supernatural

3:15 pm – 4:15 pm PT
 Nell Stark
Panelists: Rachel E. BaileyJen Jensen, Brey Willows, Barbara Ann Wright, Missouri Vaughn,Sheri Lewis Wohl, Ileandra Young,

Demons, time-travelers, witches, vampires, and were-panthers are only a few of the supernatural beings featured in the work of these LGBTQ+ panelists. We’ll discuss world-building strategies, the ins and outs of not-quite-human character development, and how to make time-honored fantasy and paranormal tropes fresh in new contexts.

Bold Strokes Books Author Spotlight

4:30 pm – 5:30 pm PT
Moderator: Sandy Lowe
Authors:  Radclyffe, Fiona Riley, Anne Shade and Barbara Ann Wright

Sit back and watch the Bold Strokes Books Author Spotlight. Some of your favorite Bold Strokes Books authors will be taking the “virtual stage” to share their work with us. 

For the Love of the Trope

5:45 pm – 6:45 pm PT
Barbara Ann Wright
Panelists: Georgia Beers, Melissa Brayden, Aurora Rey, Elle Spencer, Lea Santos, Ali Vali

Enemies to Lovers, class difference, boss/subordinate. From Xena to Carmilla to Batwoman, all good romances—TV, movies, books– have a trope. Join these best-selling romance authors for some fun conversation as they discuss their favorite tropes, which are most popular with readers and why, what’s trending now and more.