Joan Johnston
Joan Johnston is the top ten New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 50 romance novels and novellas. She has more than 10 million copies of her books in print. Joan has a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Jacksonville University, an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Illinois, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She has been a director of theatre, drama critic, newspaper editor, college professor, and attorney on her way to becoming a full-time writer. She currently writes for an imprint at Random House.
James A. Owen
James A. Owen has been working professionally as an illustrator and storyteller for more than two decades. In 2003 James won the AI award for Best Novel, and was nominated alongside books by Stephen King and Michael Crichton for the prestigious Phantastik Preis for Best International Novel.  In 2006 James published Here, There Be Dragons. The book is in its sixth hardcover printing, its eighth paperback printing, and is being published around the world in more than twenty languages.
Jim Minz
James Minz has been an editor in genre publishing for nearly twenty years, and is currently Senior Editor with Baen Books (with previous stints at Del Rey and Tor). He has worked Catherine Asaro, Hal Duncan, Eric Flint, Terry Goodkind, Elizabeth Haydon, Nancy Kress, Elizabeth Moon, Mark Van Name, Frederik Pohl, John Ringo, Robert J. Sawyer, Travis S. Taylor, Harry Turtledove, David Weber, Jack Williamson, Gene Wolfe, and Timothy Zahn, among many, many others.
Mark Leslie LeFebvre
Mark Leslie LeFebvre is the Director of Self Publishing and chief of author relations for Kobo. He helped develop the Kobo Writing Life self-publishing platform and is an expert on eBook publishing, the eBook industry in general, as well as international publishing. He is also the president of the Canadian Booksellers Association.
Tracy Hickman
Tracy Hickman is many times over an International and NYT Best-selling fantasy and science-fiction author with over fifty books in print. He has in excess of thirty years’ experience in the crafting and selling of the written word. He is also a pioneer in electronic- and self-publishing which he teaches in his own online writing workshops and seminars. He specializes in character and story structure as well as the new paradigms of publishing in the ebook age.

Past guest speakers have included:

Dean Wesley Smith
James A. Owen
Tracy Hickman
Sherrilyn Kenyon


Author of nearly 100 novels, 48 of which have appeared on national or international bestseller lists, he has over 20 million books in print in thirty languages. He has won or been nominated for the Nebula Award, Bram Stoker Award, the SFX Reader's Choice Award, and New York Times Notable Book. He is one of the most popular writers currently working in the genre. Award-winning and New York Times bestselling young adult author of more than 35 books, Rebecca's credits include the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights series, the Crystal Doors trilogy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Little Things, and the Star Challengers series. Rebecca holds an MSBA (Masters of Science in Business Administration) from Boston University and is known for her business-oriented approach to careers in writing.
Highly successful author of more than 30 novels, Eric is a master of military science fiction and alternate history. Best known for his 1632 and Belisarius series (with David Drake). Eric Flint is one of the most brilliant writers and editors in the field. Widely recognized as an expert in electronic publishing and distribution; he is the publisher of the online magazine Grantville Gazette and editor of Jim Baen's Universe.
NOTE: Due to an avalanche of commitments, Brandon Sanderson won't be able to teach at the 2013 Superstars Writing Seminar.

NOTE: Due to a family emergency, David Farland will be unable to teach at this year's Superstars.