C.M. McGuire

Booth C-20

Pay no attention to the winter coat I’m wearing in my headshot. I’m a born-and-raised Texan, where I still live near family and with my two cats (aka the needy terrors who prevent me from working at home).​

I started writing at a young age, much to the relief of my mother, whose ears needed a break from my nonstop stories. It was my passion for stories that led me to pursuing my major in history, minors in theater, and anthropology, and onto my current masters in Creative Writing. It also led me to my membership in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.​

​My debut novel, Ironspark, came out on August 25, 2020.

My website is here and my Twitter feed is here.


2:30 pm-5:00 pm: Book signing

5:30 pm-6:30 pm: Panel

6:30 pm-7:00 pm: Book signing


Friday at 5:30 pm in Grand Gallery Overlook C-D

S.M. McGuire

The Publishing Industry 101

What is an agent? How do I query? What’s the right path for me? These questions and more will be answered when you learn how the publishing industry works in this panel.