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Friday, November 11
 

3:00pm EST

Master Class 1—Setting: It's a Sexy Character
A profound sense of place is a hallmark of great fiction.  You should think of it as one of the most important and compelling characters in your story.  In this session, we’ll examine the elements of setting, and look at ways to maximize their impact in your writing.  And then we’ll give it a try.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for William Kent Krueger

William Kent Krueger

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Junior Ballroom

3:00pm EST

Master Class 2—Successful Self-Publishing for the Modern Crime Writer
Once disdained by serious writers, self-publishing is fast gaining ground as a smart, respectable way for authors to gain income and readers in a crowded market. In this 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:
  • How to price your book
  • How to strategically use keywords and categories to find your audience and attract more readers
  • How to get all-important online reviews, and
  • What it takes to get your self-published novel charting with the major online retailers, whether it’s just been released or your titles have been out 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.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Jen Blood

Jen Blood

The Erin Solomon Mysteries, Author
Jen Blood is author of the bestselling Erin Solomon mysteries, awarded independent publishing's prestigious B.R.A.G. Medallion and AI Seal of Excellence, as well as the soon-to-be-released 5-Day Fiction writing guides. In addition to her fiction career, Jen founded and currently runs... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
Westwood Room

3:00pm EST

Master Class 3—Plot is a Verb
In this class we’ll use lecture, discussion and exercises to discover ways to keep your plot moving forward and your reader turning pages. Please watch the movie BIG before the class.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Shapiro

Barbara Shapiro

Author, The Muralist
B.A. Shapiro is the New York Times bestselling author of The Muralist, The Art Forger, The Safe Room, Blind Spot, See No Evil, Blameless, and Shattered Echoes. She has also written four screenplays and the non-fiction book, The Big Squeeze. The Art Forger has been on many bestseller... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 3:00pm - 4:15pm EST
New England Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 4—Tooting Your Horn: Publicity, Events, Social Media, and More
You've got your book written, now how do you tell the world? This class will answer your questions about marketing, advertising, and publicity. Topics will include newsletters, book trailers, email, advertising, events, and social media. You'll learn how to decide whether to spend your own money, and whether you need the help of other professionals (like website developers and graphic designers). You'll also learn how to work with your publisher on marketing and publicity. Feel free to bring examples of your own marketing, or other authors' materials that you found effective. Additional payment and preregistration required. Limited to fifty attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Nancy Marshall

Nancy Marshall

NMC Communications
Over the past 30 years, Nancy Marshall has won national awards and recognition for her expertise in public relations and marketing. In 2011, she received the Edward L. Bernays Award from the Maine Public Relations Council, recognizing the top PR professional in the state of Maine... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
New England Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 5—Shine On, You Crazy Manuscript: Easy Self-Editing Tips and Techniques

Your manuscript is finally finished...now what? Whether you're a beginner trying to attract an agent or editor, or a seasoned professional wanting to make less work (and more brownie points!) for your editor and publisher, or you're preparing your work to send to an independent editor for your indie publishing project, learning to self-edit will help you go beyond Spell Check and put your best work forward. In this workshop we'll discuss: the most common grammar, syntax, and word choice mistakes authors make, and how to identify and root out overused words, phrases, and physical movements, head hops, POV issues, and passive language. We'll also talk about which rules can be bent or broken in the name of literary license. Finally we will touch on tension and pacing, story structure and plot holes, and characterization. You will come away from this workshop with the specific tools to shine up your own manuscript to a dazzling finish.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Jane Haertel aka Sadie Hartwell and Susannah Hardy

Author, A Killer Kebab, Yarned and Dangerous
Jane Haertel is the CFO (Chief Fussbudget Officer) of Crazy Diamond Editing Services, a developmental, line/copy, proofreading, and coaching service for writers in any genre, fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors at all levels, from beginners to USA Today and New York... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Westwood Room

4:30pm EST

Master Class 6—The Character Web
This workshop looks at how creating characters with conflicting goals creates conflict and tension essential to any good mystery, suspense, or thriller novel. We’ll analyze the web of character in an example, then examine the participants’ works in progress through the lens of the character web.
Class limited to 50 attendees
Additional payment required
Preregistration required

Speakers
avatar for Hallie Ephron

Hallie Ephron

Author, YOU'LL NEVER KNOW, DEAR
Hallie Ephron is the New York Times bestselling author of ten crime novels, including You'll Never Know, Dear (William Morrow, June 2017)). She is a four-time finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. A revised and expanded edition of her Edgar-nominated Writing and Selling Your... Read More →


Friday November 11, 2016 4:30pm - 5:45pm EST
Junior Ballroom