Why the different categories? Because there are so many different readers! If we just invited authors who write fantasy, it’d be more like a, well, fantasy fest (which sounds pretty fun). We like to have a varied list of authors who represent diverse voices, write using different themes, and offer varying points of view – among other things, and our target number is between 35-40 authors. Although there are so many great authors out there, we’re always finding more to invite (even if that’s future-tense). Sometimes, an author will suggest we invite someone, which is even better – because authors who are friends already have a good rapport, and that makes it more fun for everyone. What? You don’t like to travel with a buddy?
Want to see who’ll be at this year’s YAS Book Con? See the whole lineup here.