Keynotes and Special Guests

Thursday Evening Keynote

Elaine/E.B. Vickers is an award-winning author of picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels that aim to help readers of all ages find connection and belonging. She grew up in a small town in the Utah desert, where she spent her time reading, playing basketball, and exploring. Several years and one PhD later, she found her way back to her hometown, where she now spends her time writing, teaching college chemistry, and exploring with her husband and three kids.

Friday Evening Keynote

Carol Ormond is an author and a speaker (among other things, of course).

Carol’s first book, The People, combines her lifelong study of photography with her background in journalism.

She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Oregon where she studied photojournalism under Bernard Freemesser.

Her interest in the black and white photographs of Dorothea Lange, Maynard Dixon’s second wife, brought her to the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts and a collaboration with Paul and Susan Bingham on this project.

The book celebrates the contribution of the Southern Paiute tribes to the success of John Wesley Powell’s expeditions, in particular, his later expeditions.

As a “flat lander” from Wisconsin, Carol is captivated by the dramatic skies and landscapes of the desert Southwest and loves hiking, exploring and photographing the region whenever she and her husband, Cevin, can.

Carol can be contacted at

Saturday Morning Keynote

Amy Harmon is a New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post bestselling author of historical, contemporary and fantasy novels. Her books have been published in more than twenty languages, truly a dream come true for a little country girl from Utah. Amy Harmon has written sixteen novels, including the USA Today Bestsellers, The Smallest PartMaking Faces, and Running Barefoot, and the #1 Amazon bestselling historical novels, From Sand and Ash and What the Wind Knows. Her novel, A Different Blue, is a New York Times Bestseller. Her USA Today bestselling fantasy, The Bird and the Sword, was a Goodreads Best Book of 2016 finalist. Her novel, From Sand and Ash, won a Whitney Award for Novel of the Year in 2017. For updates on upcoming book releases, author posts and more, join Amy at

Cate Hart

Cate is actively seeking nonfiction narrative, history, film/TV/theatre, pop culture, and music. In fiction, she is open to historical, commercial, women’s fiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, psychological, and thriller, including middle grade and young adult. She specializes in Historical, whether in Young Adult, Women’s Fiction and Romance, or narrative nonfiction. She is particularly drawn to oft forgotten stories of the past and underrepresented voices, and especially personal to her is unexplored Southern history and culture. She also loves high-concept fantasy in YA and Adult fiction.

Erin Olds

Erin Olds loves to travel, read, and drink boba tea! She currently lives in Seattle, where she homeschools her two young children. Erin is the CEO of Salt & Sage Books, an editing company dedicated to kindness & diversity. With a degree in English and French, Erin has worked with authors of all ages her whole adult life. Her poetry and short fiction have been published in various journals and magazines. She is a hybrid published author, with several indie books out under a pen name and her first traditionally published book (still a secret!) in progress.

Eschler Editing

Join Angela Eschler and the team at Eschler Editing for our Self-publishing Seminar as they teach about all the aspects of how to get your book into the hands of the people you want most to see it… the readers!

Immortal Works

Immortal Works is seeking submissions in all genres for general audiences, twelve years of age and up! Regardless of the age of the main character, they are only looking to publish pieces that would be considered a lighter PG-13 in tone and topic.

Pink Umbrella Books

Pink Umbrella is only actively seeking fully illustrated picture books for children but would be willing to consider any genre from authors with a strong platform or who see themselves as a good fit for a partnership with a smaller publisher.