Master Class in Indie Publishing

Join us on May 20th, 2017 for an all-day immersion in the complex world of indie publishing. Starting at 9 a.m. our expert guest speakers and successful indie-published authors will guide you through all aspects of getting your work before the public, from developing a winning plan to assembling your editing and formatting teams, from cover design to post-publication promotion.


Mark the date on your calendar?you won?t want to miss it!

Franklin T. DeGroodt Public Library

6475 Minton Rd, Palm Bay, FL 32908, USA

Independent or self-publishing continues to grow. Indie authors earned more than $595 million in ebook sales, $225 million in print book sales and $46 million in audiobook sales last year, according to Author Earnings. Tap into this healthy market for indie-published books by learning how to:

  • Understand the market and how today?s indie publishing differs from vanity presses
  • Create a one-year plan that will map out a path to earning real money from your books
  • Build a team to help you produce a well-edited book with a professional, marketable cover
  • Produce and upload your book in print and ebook formats to online outlets
  • Launch your brand and create a marketing plan to sell your books

The workshop is sponsored by the SpacecoasT Authors of Romance (STAR), a chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Master Class in Indie Publishing Agenda

9:00 ? 9:30
Welcome and networking;?Coffee and Donuts
9:30 ? 10:00
A Comprehensive Overview of Self Publishing in Today’s Market

A summary of the history of modern self-publishing; how self-publishing today is different from publishing through a vanity press; defining the terms used in self-publishing ? traditional, indie and hybrid authors.

JoMarie DeGioia
10:00 ? Noon
From Mid-List to Mad Money -?Developing a One-Year Strategy for Self-Publishing Success

From beginner to mid-list to mad money, this two-hour workshop will teach you how to develop a strategic plan for success in self-publishing.

Kristen Painter* &
Roxanne St. Claire*
Noon ? 1:00
1:00 ? 1:45
Building Your Support Team

Editing encompasses far more than proofing. In this hour-long segment, we?ll discuss the ins and outs of finding the right person to provide content, copy and line edits for your manuscript and the vital role a professional cover designer plays on your team.

Leigh Duncan
1:45 - 2:00
2:00 ? 3:00
The Nuts & Bolts of Book Formating and Distribution

Turning your raw manuscript into a finished product. This one-hour session will cover uploading your book to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks.

Amy Atwell of? Author E.M.S.
3:00 ? 4:00
Launching Your Brand

Guidelines for the final step in achieving self-publishing success ? building your brand and developing a marketing plan for launching your series.

Maria Geraci
4:00 - 4:45
Wrap-up, discussion & questions
* N.Y. Times and USA Today bestselling authors

Registration fees for all-day master class, a morning snack and lunch are:

$25 for STAR members ? ? ??$40 for All others

Seating is limited. Registration is required.

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    Master Class in Indie Publishing: Presenters

    Amy Atwell

    Amy Atwell has been helping authors in various ways since she founded WritingGIAM in 2004. In 2011, she received the RWA Service Award for the scope of her volunteer activities. She honed her skills of developing and implementing action plans as a theater production manager, then went on to 15 years of retail management, where she specialized in organization and problem-solving. A 2008 Golden Heart finalist, Amy?s 2010 debut release ?Lying Eyes? is a contemporary caper that blends mystery and suspense with love and laughter. She self-published ?Ambersley? in 2011, which hit the Top 100 Books and #1 in historical romance on both Kindle and Nook and has since sold 100,000+ copies. Her current ?day job? is running Author E.M.S., a book formatting and uploading services company that works with 350+ authors.

    JoMarie DeGioia

    JoMarie DeGioia is a bestselling author of historical and contemporary romance. She?s known Mickey Mouse from the ?inside? and has been a copy editor for her tiny town?s newspaper and a bookseller. A hybrid author, she also writes young adult fantasy/adventure stories and paranormal romance. She gets lost in DIY projects around the house and works out plot ideas during long runs. She divides her time between Central Florida and New England.


    Leigh Duncan

    Leigh Duncan is the award-winning author of more than two dozen novels, novellas and short stories. Her first full-length book, ?The Officer?s Girl,? was released by Harlequin American Romance in 2010. Leigh went on to write seven more books for Harlequin, including the highly acclaimed Glades County Cowboys series, before she began writing the more complex, heart-warming and emotional stories that have resonated with her readers. An Amazon bestselling author and a National Readers? Choice Award winner, Leigh lives on Central Florida’s East Coast, where she writes women?s fiction and contemporary romance with a dash of Southern sass.


    Maria Geraci

    Maria Geraci was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised on Florida?s Space Coast. Her love of books started with the classic ?Little Women.? She writes contemporary romance and women?s fiction with a happy ending. The Portland Book Review called her novel ?The Boyfriend of the Month Club? ?immensely sexy, immensely satisfying and humorous.? Her fourth novel, ?A Girl Like You,? was nominated for Romance Writers of America?s prestigious RITA award. Her current addictions include watching the STARZ adaption of ?Outlander? to drool over Sam Heughan, hitting the beach on the weekends, and searching for the perfect Key lime pie recipe (but not the kind they served on ?Dexter?).

    Kristen Painter

    USA Today bestselling author Kristen Painter is a little obsessed with cats, books, chocolate, and shoes. It?s a healthy mix. She loves to entertain her readers with interesting twists and unforgettable characters. She currently writes the best-selling paranormal romance series, Nocturne Falls, and the cozy mystery spin-off series, Jayne Frost. The former college English teacher can often be found all over social media where she loves to interact with readers. She is also the co-founder of the award-winning writers? site Kristen lives in Florida with her retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. She is represented by the Knight Agency.

    Roxanne St. Claire

    Roxanne St. Claire is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than forty novels of suspense and romance, including the popular Barefoot Bay series, plus multiple standalone books. In addition to being an eight-time nominee and one-time winner of the RITA Award, Roxanne has won the National Readers? Choice Award for best romantic suspense four times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier Award, the HOLT Medallion, the Maggie, Booksellers Best, Book Buyers Best, the Award of Excellence, and many others. Her books have been translated into dozens of languages and are routinely included as a Doubleday/Rhapsody Book Club Selection of the Month. Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband and two mostly adorable dogs and still tries to run the lives of her college-age daughter and 20-something son.