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Writing that first novel is a huge accomplishment – something that many aspiring authors never quite manage to do. What happens next? Join ITW members Nancy Bilyeau, Karen Dionne and Ed Kovacs as they discuss the lessons they learned after completing their first novel.


Nancy Bilyeau is the author of the historical thriller THE CROWN, to be published by Touchstone/Simon & Schuster in North America in January 2012, Orion Books in the United Kingdom in February 2012 and five other foreign countries. She was a magazine editor on the staffs of “InStyle” and “Rolling Stone” before selling her debut novel.

Detroit native Karen Dionne is the internationally published author of two environmental thrillers, FREEZING POINT and BOILING POINT. She serves on the International Thriller Writersboard of directors as Vice President, Technology, and is co-founder of the online writers community Backspace, where she organizes the Backspace Writers Conferences held every May in New York City. Karen is also a member of Sisters in Crime and the Mystery Writers of America.

Ed Kovacs has worked and traveled all over the world as a private security contractor, journalist, and screenwriter. His latest novel STORM DAMAGE will be published by Minotaur in December, 2011, and is available for pre-order. Eight screenplays he has written have been produced under various pen names. He splits his time between his home in Southeast Asia and his aircraft hangar home at a Southern California airport.