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Friday, November 11

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

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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

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

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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
Saturday, November 12

1:45pm EST

Track 3–Reading Like a Writer: Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd
In this session we will all have read the same book, one that you have probably read before, Agatha Christie's The Murder of Roger Ackroyd. We'll look at it from the point of view of craft--how does Christie use point of view? How does she play with the reader's expectations? Should she have been kicked out of the Detection Club? (More about that at the session.) This early Christie work is what put her firmly on the path of success. What can we learn from her?

Price included in registration

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Julie Hennrikus

Author of the Clock Shop Mysteries
Julianne Holmes’ Clock Shop Mystery series debuted in October 2015, with the publication of JUST KILLING TIME. CLOCK AND DAGGER came out this past August. As J.A. Hennrikus, she has published three short stories with Level Best Books. She is on the boards of SinC and SinCNE... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 1:45pm - 3:00pm EST
Westwood Room

4:20pm EST

Track 3—Recording a Podcast
Come watch, listen and learn as authors Toby Ball, Rebecca Lavoie, Kevin Flynn and Lara Bricker record an episode of their podcast Crime Writers on...

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Toby Ball

Author, Invisible Streets
Toby Ball is the author of the critically acclaimed City Trilogy and a panelist on the podcast, Crime Writers On... During the day, he is the Business Manager at the Crimes against Children Research Center and the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He... Read More →

Lara Bricker

Lara Bricker is a crime writer and former private detective. She has more than 15 years of experience writing and reporting on crime and justice issues. Her work has appeared in the Portsmouth Herald, the Exeter News-Letter, the Hampton Union, the New Hampshire Union Leader, Woman's... Read More →
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Kevin Flynn

author, Dark Heart
Kevin Flynn Kevin Flynn is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and author of Wicked Intentions and American Sweepstakes. As a radio and TV journalist, Flynn has won more than fifty broadcast awards, including an Emmy, four Edward R. Murrow awards... Read More →
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Rebecca Lavoie

Podcast Maker, Partners in Crime Media
Rebecca Lavoie is the coauthor of Notes on a Killing, Legally Dead, and Our Little Secret, and has written for outlets including New Hampshire Magazine, Newsweek, and Playboy magazine. She is also the creator and host of the popular podcast "Crime Writers On..." on which she and... Read More →

Saturday November 12, 2016 4:20pm - 6:00pm EST
Westwood Room
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