I’m a mom, a writer, a reader, horror-movie-devourer, marketing and convention director.

These days I market and organize events for CMG travel, but once upon a time I thought up and directed the SF:SE convention in Orlando (sep. 2015), a VERY KICKASS event for speculative fiction authors and hobbyists. It will happen again, when time allows. I promise. I’m very proud of it. So I’m putting more about it below.

Speculative Fiction: Southeast

Toting an impressive celebrity roster, Dirty Little Bookers credits ‘Indie love’ as their backdrop for the SF:SE inspiration board. Originally an Indie fiction review site, Dirty Little Bookers folded to community request and birthed the idea for the coolest Speculative Fiction party around, a celebrity-centric event focused on the exploration of publishing and networking, and the celebration of entrepreneurial passion.

SF:SE—Speculative Fiction: Southeast—is an event for all lovers and artists of Speculative Fiction, a term encompassing Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Paranormal and Weird.

Speculative Fiction, according to Dictionary.com:

speculative fiction
1.a broad literary genre encompassing any fiction with supernatural, fantastical, or futuristic elements

SF:SE will be hosted at the Sheraton Orlando North in Maitland, Florida on September 25-27, 2015. Attendees will witness a marriage of cultures: conference standards such as workshops, panels and editor one-on-ones, together with convention debauchery like werewolf LARPing, masquerade balls and a tattoo gallery. All events to be shared with authorial greats like Orson Scott Card, Jacqueline Carey, Peter V. Brett, Kelley Armstrong, and a slew of industry icons.


Community is gold to the self-published writer. We have a wealth of resources just waiting to be discovered, and here’s an opportunity to pack them all into one party. And then blow the roof off,’ says Rachel Litt, SF:SE Conference Director and founder of Dirty Little Bookers. Litt says that SF:SE offers a kickstart to understanding an industry in which attendees hope to find a lifelong, profitable career.


Why I didn’t do 2016 (even though I put a shit-ton of money toward it)

A few reasons:

  • Almost immediately after sf:se2015, life punched me smack in the nose. We (my family) found ourselves having to scramble to make ends meet, which shifted our no-profit-literary-con right to the back burner. We’re good now, but it takes a long time to plan these things. It’ll happen again.
  • I met an editor. She read my book. She got me excited. I started writing again.
xo Ray Litt