D. J. Stevenson, Executive Vice President of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers, chairs the Scribe Awards and Pennwriters’ writing contest. An author, editor, and publisher, she’s published twenty-two novels and over eighty short stories, and contributed to several volumes of Outside In from ATB publishing. Ms. Stevenson has worked as a technical writer and translator, written for corporate newspapers and magazines, and co-edited the international anthology Strife & Harmony for S&H Publishing. She’s a doting mom to her beloved, rambunctious, totally adorable cats.
Workshop: Playing in Someone Else’s Universe
Media tie-in novels and short stories are based on pre-existing properties including films, TV series, games, famed literary properties, and even songs. They regularly top the national bestseller lists, and they’re sold everywhere from Barnes & Noble and Amazon to drugstores and gift shops. In this workshop, D. J. Stevenson (Executive VP of the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers) and Diana Dru Botsford (author of Stargate SG-1 novels) will share what it means to write in someone else’s universe, how to break in, and what to expect when working with not only an editor and publisher, but with the Intellectual Property licensor as well. Topics will include what separates media tie-ins from fanfiction, what makes tie-ins uniquely difficult yet also easier to write, how to pitch an original story and/or adapt an existing tale while staying true to a franchise, and how to research and network with potential licensors and publishers.