The #RustCity16 Schedule…


I’ve been getting questions about Rust City’s programming and what the schedule will look like. I’ve been working on the panel topics, trying to get a great collection of both fun and interesting topics, and I’m getting ready to send them to the authors so they can choose which ones they want to be a part of.

Before I could do that though, I had to know how many panels Rust City would have, which meant figuring out when everything would take place. Now this isn’t the completed schedule; a more detailed version (with what the panels are and descriptions) will be posted in July. This is just to give everyone an idea of what is going to happen.

The quick breakdown is this: There will be about 30 panels and 6 Meet & Greet Mixers between Friday and Sunday, along with the book signing on Saturday.

Now, without further adieu, I give you the schedule in its basic form.

Thurs, Aug 11, 2016
5pm – 8pm: Check-in / Welcome Bag Pickup (resumes 9:00am Friday and Saturday)
8pm – 12am: BarCon – Social Hour in the Bar

Fri, Aug 12, 2016
9am – 5pm: Check-in / Welcome Bag Pickup / Vendors Available
9:30a – 10:30a: Panels x3
10:45a – 11:45a: Panels x3
11:45a – 1:30p: Lunch
1:45p – 2:45: Panels x3
3:00p – 4:00: Panels x3
4:00p – 6:00p: Dinner (on your own)
6:15p – 7:15p: Panels x3
7:30p: Meet & Greet Prep
8:00p – 9:00p (or whenever): Meet & Greet Mixers x3

Sat, Aug 13, 2016
9:00am – 6:00pm: Vendors Available
9:30a – 10:30a: Panels x3
10:45a – 11:45a: Panels x3
11:45a – 1:30p: Lunch
1:00p – 2:00p: Book Signing Prep
2:00p – 4:00: Book Signing
4:00p – 6:00p: Dinner (on your own)
6:15p – 7:15p: Panels x3
7:30p: Meet & Greet Prep
8:00p – 9:00p (or whenever): Meet & Greet Mixers x3

Sun, Aug 14, 2016
9:00a – 12:00p: Vendors Available (limited)
9:30a – 10:30a: Panels x2
10:45a – 11:45a: Panels x2
12:00p – 1:00p: Panels x2
1:00p: Farewell – Informal chat about what worked, what didn’t, and what we can improve on for Rust City 2017.

The Final Four – Nancy Holzner, Elizabeth Heiter, Gina Sterling, & Jordin Mack!

Every book convention must have authors, and since July, I’ve been showcasing each one who will be joining us in Troy, MI for Rust City 2016. Author registration closed on May 1st, which means, today I am showcasing the final four of the forty-seven authors who I am planning lots of bookish shenanigans with. I still have a couple who are hiding in their books, deadlines and such you know, so there may be a few more roaming the halls of the Troy Marriott; but if you want to know who they are, you’ll have to join us in August.

I know many readers tend to stick with their preferred genres, and there’s nothing wrong with that; but you never know what you’ll find, what you’ll like, until you take a leap of faith. So I encourage EVERYONE to check out not only these four fabulous authors, but all of our 2016 attending authors!

Nancy Holzner

HolznerN.200pxNancy Holzner grew up in western Massachusetts with her nose stuck in a book. This meant that she tended to walk into things, wore glasses before she was out of elementary school, and forced her parents to institute a “no reading at the dinner table” rule. It was probably inevitable that she majored in English in college and then, because there were still a lot of books she wanted to read, continued her studies long enough to earn a masters degree and a PhD.

She began her career as a medievalist, then jumped off the tenure track to try some other things. Besides teaching English and philosophy, she’s worked as a technical writer, freelance editor and instructional designer, college admissions counselor, and corporate trainer. Most of her nonfiction books are published under the name Nancy Conner.

Nancy lives in central New York, where she enjoys visiting local wineries and listening obsessively to opera. There are still a lot of books she wants to read.

Learn more about Nancy by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

Elizabeth Heiter

HeiterE.200pxCritically acclaimed and award-winning author ELIZABETH HEITER likes her suspense to feature strong heroines, chilling villains, psychological twists, and a little bit (or a lot!) of romance. Her research has taken her into the minds of serial killers, through murder investigations, and onto the FBI Academy’s shooting range. Her novels have been published in a dozen countries and translated into seven languages.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English Literature. She’s a member of International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America and Romance Writers of America. The heroine of Elizabeth’s Profiler novels was called “one of the most amazing characters created in print” by Fresh Fiction, and her latest Lawmen novel won the RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for Best Intrigue.

Learn more about Elizabeth by following her at: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Google+ | GoodReads | Amazon | Pinterest

Gina Sterling

SterlingG.200pxI live outside Detroit with my husband, three kids, and a dog named Mel. I quit my job in the medical field seven years ago to be a stay-at-home mom. Then, three years ago, I started writing for fun after I caught myself watching Dora the Explorer by myself. My life is often frantic, but nothing melts away the stress better than a book, whether I’m reading one or writing.

Learn more about Gina by following her at: Website | Facebook

Jordin Mack

I was born and raised in Detroit amidst the harsh conditions of inner-city urban life where I saw the worst of dark times and the best of bright times. I went on to attend college, earning a master’s degree in Business and embarking on a long career in Corporate America. Then one day, I was reflecting on how I used to enjoy the art of writing. So I decided to stop thinking about it and to just do it, start writing again. It is the trilogy of my experiences in street, academia and corporate life that provides the unique style in my literary expressions, which has been exemplified in my debut novel, The Kokuran.

Learn more about Jordin by following her at: Website | Facebook | GoodReads


Don’t miss your chance to meet some amazing authors at Rust City Book Con next August! Come join us in our celebration of all things genre fiction in the Motor City! Registration is now open for #RustCity16!

Be sure to keep up with all things Rust City 2016, by following it via your own personal social media drug of choice: Facebook |Twitter | Google+ | Tumblr | Instagram | RSVP at the Facebook Event.

Let’s Do a Big Thunderclap!

If an effort to spread the word about Rust City as far as I can, I’ve created a Thunderclap campaign that will go out on May 3rd. If you have a facebook, twitter, or tumblr account and are willing to add your support, I would greatly appreciate it!