Learn the Art of Successful Self-Publishing at Upcoming Maine Crime Wave


I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be doing a workshop at the upcoming Maine Crime Wave in Portland on April 9 on Successfully Self-Publishing the Modern Mystery. In the workshop, we’ll talk about what it takes to self-publish a mystery or crime novel successfully, and whether that’s the right route for you. Then, we’ll move onto specifics. You’ll get an overview of the benefits, drawbacks, and pitfalls of publishing through the major retailers – Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Draft2Digital, Kobo, and Smashwords – before we go in depth to learn:

  • Effective pricing strategies
  • How to find the right publishing team for you, from beta readers to editors to the perfect cover designer
  • The importance of your author mailing list, and how to set that up
  • Strategies for earning reviews and improving sales, whether you’re just launching your first novel or your books have been on the market for months — or even years. 

This course does not go into the technical aspects of formatting or uploading your manuscript, but will still be beneficial for those just exploring the self-publishing process, as well as beginning and veteran independent authors. Many of the selling strategies are also helpful for traditionally published authors, so all are welcome.

Following are the vital stats for the Crime Wave. If you’re in or around Maine, I’d love to see you there!


The 3rd Annual Maine Crime Wave is a day-long conference Saturday, April 9 that includes panel discussions, theme-specific craft sessions, manuscript workshopsone-on-one manuscript critiques, book-signings, and more. This year, the Maine Crime Wave will be held at the Portland Public Library.

“Real Crime” with Maine Attorney General Janet Mills

Jen Blood, Gerry Boyle, Brenda Buchanan, Dick Cass, Bruce Coffin, Kathy Lynn Emerson, Kate Flora, James Hayman, Chris Holm, Gayle Lynds, Maureen Milliken, Brendan Rielly, Barbara Ross

Ann Collette, Peter Senftleben

Roger Guay, Lynne Raimondo, Esq., Ron Schneider, Esq.,

Judge John Sheldon, Judge William Stokes

+ MAINE CRIME WAVE http://mainewriters.org/2016-maine-crime-wave/

+ SCHEDULE http://mainewriters.dreamhosters.com/?page_id=3223

+ PANELISTS & WORKSHOP LEADERS http://mainewriters.org/panelists-workshop-leaders/
+ REGISTRATION DUE April 5, 2016

+ TWO MINUTES IN THE SLAMMER Open Mic Reading Friday, April 8