Last Minute Author Changes

We are sad to announce that Sarah Darer Littman, Rebecca Serle, and Jessica Burkhart are no longer able to attend PAYA this Saturday, due to unforeseen circumstances. We hope to see them there next year!


Author Schedule and FAQ

The authors will be signing in one-hour shifts at PAYA. The schedule is below, though please be aware that there may be last minute changes made as necessary.

Signing from 12-1
Susan Shaw
Victoria Schwab
K.M. Walton
Margie Gelbwasser
Charlotte Bennardo
Jackie Kessler
Amalie Howard
Ellen Jensen Abbott
Signing from 1-2
Jennifer Hubbard
Jennifer Murgia
J.R. Wagner
Shannon Delany
Beth Kephart
Brigid Kemmerer
Jaclyn Dolamore
A.S. King
Jessica Spotswood
Signing from 2-3
Jeri Smith-Ready
Maria V. Snyder
Cyn Balog
Josh Berk
Cesya MaRae Cuono
Gwendolyn Heasley
Dianne Salerni
Rebecca Serle
Signing from 3-4
Jennifer Armentrout
Christine Norris
Alissa Grosso
Wendy Higgins
Amy Holder
Elisa Ludwig
Tiffany Schmidt
Jessica Burkhart
I also wanted to answer questions that I’ve been asked many times.
Is registration required for the event?
No. The only thing that requires registration is the Writing Workshop. However, you may join the FB Event here.
How do I get books for the event?
Children’s Book World from Haverford, PA will be in attendance to sell books by all of the authors. However, you may still bring books from home, though we do appreciate it if you buy some books at the event.
Does the event cost money?
There is no entry or attendance fee to the event. The only expenses are any books you choose to buy and any fundraisers you choose to participate in. The writing workshop, however, does requires payment.
Any further questions may be emailed to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com.

2012 PAYA Writing Workshop

This year, as in previous years, PAYA will be hosting a writer’s workshop, with some fabulous authors!

2012 PAYA Writer’s Workshop

August 25


featuring 11 authors, published in  variety of genres.

The authors this year include Jackie Kessler, Amalie Howard, Char Bennardo, Dianne Salerni, Susan Shaw, Victoria Schwab, Margie Gelbwasser, Jackie Dolamore, Brigid Kemmerer, Gwendolyn Heasley, and Ellen Jensen Abbott.

The event will be held immediately prior to the PAYA Festival. This event requires pre-registration. The price is $35 BEFORE August 7th and $40 AFTER August 7th.

The two-hour workshop includes a panel of each author speaking on a variety of topics related to writing and publishing. Then, authors and attendees will split into small, pre-determined groups with 1-3 authors and up to 3 attendees. Each attendee is asked to bring the first three pages of their WIP, which will be read  in the small group, and receive a critique from the other attendees and authors in the group. There will also be time to ask specific questions to the authors in your group.

To register for this event, send an email to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com with the following information:





What is the current stage of your WIP? (rough draft, ready-to-publish, revising, etc.)

What is the genre of your WIP? (paranormal, contemporary, etc)

Which of the authors participating in the workshop would you most like to work with? (List 3)

Please send payment via Paypal to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com or email for alternative payment methods.

2012 Book Drive!

We are currently collecting new and gently used young adult novels for PAYA 2012!

These books will be used in our “Librarian Room” where librarians in attendance at PAYA will be able to choose books for their young adult collections at there library, free of charge .

To donate books, please email bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Books may either be donated at the festival or mailed before the event.

New This Year – Libriarian-Only PAYA Workshop!

Librarian-Only PAYA Workshop!

This year, from 10am-12noon, PAYA will be hosting a workshop just for librarians. This workshop will feature various authors speaking to librarians on ways they can work together or improve their services and will also include time for fellow librarians to get together and chat about their own ideas.

Keynote Speaker:

A.S. King, author of Everybody Sees the Ants and Please Ignore Vera Dietz

speaking on: How to Bring a Community Together With a Book

Other participating authors:

Jennifer Hubbard, author of The Secret Year and Try Not to Breathe

J.R. Wagner, author of Exiled

Shannon Delany, author of 13 to Life series

2012 PAYA Festival!

I am pleased to announce the 3rd Annual PAYA Festival! This year’s festival will be held on August 25 in West Chester, Pennsylvania! The year is already guaranteed to be bigger and better than every, with other THIRTY authors confirmed to attend!

Authors attending include:

Sarah Darer Littman

Maria V. Snyder

Jessica Burkhart

Cyn Balog

Elisa Ludwig

Shannon Delany

Jaclyn Dolamore

& many, many more!

Please check out the 2012 Festival Page for a full author line-up and more details on the festival!