Wattpad Announces Wattcon 2018 Panelists

This fall, New York City will be turned orange as Wattpaders from far and wide descend on the city for the years most exciting writers conference yet. NYC is no stranger to these events, hosting Book Con, Book Expo and more, but we have little doubt they haven’t seen anything quite like this.

The user-centric forum brings together writers from all over the world, writing every possible genre and even a few you never considered, in a community of support, encouragement and the love of the written word. With authors such as Anna Todd (After), Ali Novak (The Heartbreakers) and Leah Crichton (All Our Broken Pieces) getting their start on the orange landscape, it has quickly become a mecca for emerging authors breaking into the world of traditional publication. But now, with authors such as Beth Reekles and her Netflix hit The Kissing Booth, there seems to be no limit to what Wattpaders can do.

2018 is quickly becoming the year of the Wattpad author, with many finding their books reach the shelves, the screens, and more. The film adaptation of After is currently in production, and countless Wattpad authors have celebrated their book releases in the #electric18’s for 2018 releases.

Which is why Wattpad is putting together their biggest Wattcon yet. A convention made to celebrate Wattpad writers, help them grow, learn from the experts and meet their favs, the event has already graced NYC, London and Toronto.

This years event will be held October 27 & 28 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. 2 days of incredible panels, authors, events, workshops and more will bring you closer to your favs, and help you hone your craft to follow in their footsteps.

Early bird tickets went on sale early July, with fans waiting anxiously to see which of their favorite authors would be attending. Wattpad released the panelists, and we are thrilled!

To see all the Wattcon info, check out the link HERE

Check them out!

Adrian Birch is known for his unique voice and sense of humour in cheeky, mystery/thriller. His “Dead in Bed” series on Wattpad has accumulated over 13.3M reads, and has been released as a two-part audiobook through Hachette Audio in 2017.

Alex Evansley is a Wattpad Star and a published young adult author from North Carolina. Her debut novel Love Scene, Take Two (Swoon Reads / Macmillan) was a featured story on Wattpad, where it’s garnered over three million reads and won a Watty award prior to its publication in June 2018. Alex is currently earning an MFA in Fiction Writing and spends most of her free time hanging out with other people’s dogs and attempting to maintain a reasonable sleep schedule. You can find her on Wattpad, Instagram, and Twitter as @nonfictionalex.

Anna Todd is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of the After series. Hailed by Cosmopolitan as “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation,” Anna began her literary career on the social storytelling platform Wattpad. Serialized on Wattpad in 2013, After has over 1.5 billion reads on the site. The print edition, published in 2014 by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, has over 15 million copies in circulation, has been published in over 30 languages and is a #1 bestseller in Italy, Germany, France and Spain. A film by the same name is in the making and is due to release in 2019.

Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s creative writing program. She started writing her debut novel My Life with the Walter Boyswhen she was only fifteen. Since then, her work has received more than 150 million hits online and My Life with the Walter Boys has been optioned for television by Komixx Entertainment and Sony Pictures Television. Her fourth book, Heartstrings, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire summer of 2019. You can follow Ali on Twitter, Instagram, and Wattpad @fallzswimmer.

A.V. Geiger started writing in the dead of night for reasons she can’t explain. A Harvard-educated professional, she decided to put her academic pedigree to better use by writing celebrity fanfiction. Her works have since received millions of hits online under the Wattpad username @adam_and_jane. Her original YA romantic thriller, FOLLOW ME BACK, was ranked #1 in Mystery/Thriller, and an expanded version will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in 2017. When she’s not writing, she enjoys fangirling, photoshopping the heads of band members onto the bodies of unicorns, and running the popular Twitter account Wattpad Obsessed (@FollowBackBook). She lives with her family in New Jersey.

Amber K. Bryant is a Wattpad Star, a multi-genre author, and a librarian living deep within Sasquatch territory in Washington State. Her piece on contest participation is included in THE WRITER’S GUIDE TO WATTPAD, published in August 2018. She has co-authored a short story with R.L. Stine, won a Watty for her novella, UNSEEN, and won three contests judged by Margaret Atwood. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan Online and Thought Catalog. Occasionally, Amber pries herself away from screens to spend time with her husband and son, hiking, gardening, and searching in vain for the illusive Bigfoot.

Ariel Klontz is the author of Wattpad featured novel ONE LITTLE SPELL, the short story “Supper,” featured in the BAD NEIGHBORHOOD anthology by Spooky Words Press, and several popular Tap by Wattpad chat stories. Her short horror story “Preservation” also appeared in the top 100 of TNTs Horror Contest. Her works span a broad spectrum of genres, and she loves exploring new writing styles, characters, and techniques. In college, Ariel took every kind of writing class that she could. On any given day Ariel can be found exploring new worlds on Wattpad and sharing snacks with her spoiled dachshund Eve.

Benjamin Sobieck is a Wattpad Star and editor of “The Writer’s Guide to Wattpad,” published in August 2018 by Writer’s Digest Books and featuring contributions by 23 Wattpad Stars, ambassadors, and staff. In 2016, he won a Watty Award for “Black Eye: Confessions of a Fake Psychic Detective #2.” His stories on Wattpad, such as “When the Black-Eyed Children Knock,” have drawn more than 1.5 million reads. He works in publishing as an editor and product manager. He’s also the creator of The Writer’s Glove®, used in 40 countries. Fun fact: Ben was once a Glamour magazine hand model.

Beth Reekles is a 20-year-old Young Adult author from South Wales, and is currently a Physics undergraduate at Exeter University. She began posting her first novel, The Kissing Booth, online to Wattpad when she was 15 years old, and when she was 17 she earned a three-book deal with Random House. In 2013, she was on the Time’s Top 16 Most Influential Teens list, and in 2014 she was nominated for the Queen of Teen awards. In 2018, The Kissing Booth movie was released as a Netflix Original and has since been deemed “one of the most-watched movies in the country, maybe even the world.

Daven McQueen is a student and writer from Los Angeles, California. She has always loved telling stories, but only started writing regularly after joining Wattpad at age fourteen. In high school, she received two national medals from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards in the novel category. She enjoys experimenting with genre, and has written science-fiction, thriller, romance, action, and humor. Now, she is continuing her passion for writing at Brown University, where she is pursuing a double major in literary arts and economics. When she’s not studying or writing, Daven can be found tap dancing, cooking and baking, and petting every dog she sees.

Deanna Cameron is the secret identity of LyssFrom1996, the writer of stories like Ella Was and What Happened That Night, a mystery thriller published earlier this summer by Hachette Romans and featured by Wattpad. Now, she’s currently writing another young adult mystery novel, The Wolves That Are, and dreaming of the day she can quit retail to work on her writing full-time.

Debra Goelz originally from Hollywood, where she served for ten years as a financial executive for such companies as Universal Pictures, Dino de Laurentiis and Jim Henson Productions. Her performing career began and ended with her puppeteering a chicken during the closing scene in Muppet Treasure Island. After garnering over 9 Million Reads, her award-winning YA fantasy, Mermaids and the Vampires Who Love Them, was published by Hachette audio in October, 2017. In 2016 Simon & Schuster published two of her short stories in anthologies— My Love God Went to Hawaii and all I Got Was This Lousy Papaya in Once Upon Now and Redirection in Imagines. She lives in a magical redwood forest in rural Marin County.

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, columnist, and feminist thought leader Emily Lindin is the founder of The UnSlut Project, an online community where young survivors of sexual assault and harassment can share their stories and find solidarity. Emily has been featured on ABC with Katie Couric, CNN, The Doctors, Al Jazeera America, NPR’s Here and Now, and Amber Rose’s SlutWalk sharing her experience overcoming the label of “slut” as an eleven-year-old girl. Now a Harvard graduate, recent Ph.D., and cofounder of The Matriarchy Media, Emily started The UnSlut Project by posting her annotated middle school diary on Wattpad and later publishing it as a book, “UnSlut: A Diary and a Memoir” (Zest). She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her husband, baby daughter, and dog.

Erin Gross fell into fandom with Twilight and it sparked a career that she never expected. She is the owner ofFangirlish.com and has worked in several fandoms including The Hunger Games, Divergent, Shadowhunters, and most recently After. Somewhat of a fandom expert, she managed to turn it into a career. She works too much but still finds the time to enjoy her life in New York City where she works in Social Media Marketing for brands and entertainment. She also is the executive assistant to someone you all know, Anna Todd.

Fallon DeMornay is a YA Fantasy/Adult Contemporary author known for writing powerful girls smashing the patriarchy. Currently living in Toronto, Ontario, she was twice reviewed by RT Book Reviews, a Top 10 finalist in Harlequin’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE contest in 2015, and featured in Cosmopolitan Online Magazine in 2016. Through Wattpad, she has done commissioned work for H&M, PANDORA, and Warner Bros.

Flourish Klink is Chief Research Officer and a partner in Chaotic Good Studios. As an expert on fans and fan culture, she has worked with companies such as Fox Film, Blizzard Entertainment, Coca-Cola, Hulu, and Rede Globo. She was formerly a partner in The Alchemists Transmedia Storytelling Co. and led fan strategy for the award-winning Hulu Original show East Los High. As a teenager, helped organize the first ever Harry Potter fan convention. She earned an MS from MIT, studying with Henry Jenkins, and a BA from Reed College. Flourish also writes Larry mpreg fanfic (among other things) and is co-host of Fansplaining, the podcast by, for, and about fandom.

H.J. Nelson is a University of Wisconsin Graduate with degrees in Creative Writing and Wildlife Biology. She began writing on the online platform Wattpad in 2015 where her story The Last She was one of the most read Science Fiction stories in both 2016 and 2017. Since then she has garnered over 8 Million Reads and has written for brands like General Electric and Writers Digest. When not writing, H.J. Nelson can be found exploring the mountains of Idaho, the place she calls home.

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