September 7 Meeting: Self-Publishing Panel

Authors Laurie Stevens, Chris Lynch, Paul D. Marks, and Diane Vallere discuss their experience with self-publishing and how that decision has impacted their writing careers.

Laurie Stevens

Laurie Stevens, Moderator | laurie@lauriestevensbooks

Laurie Stevens is a novelist, screenwriter, and playwright. Her debut novel The Dark Before Dawn, is the first in a psychological suspense series. The novel earned the Kirkus Star and was named to Kirkus Reviews “Best of 2011/Indie.” Deep into Dusk, the second in the series is a 2014 IPPY award winner for Best Mystery/Thriller e-book.  It was also named “Most Notable Page-Turner” by Shelf Unbound, was honored at the London Book Festival, and won The Southern California, The Los Angeles, and The Beach Book Festivals. Originally self-published, the series will now be translated in German due to a signing with Random House, Germany. Laurie’s short story, “Kill Joy” appears in the SinC/LA anthology, “Last Exit to Murder” and her novella, “Love Me or Leave Me” for publisher Stark Raving Books is due out Fall of 2014. Having started her own publishing company, FYD Media, Laurie gives many talks about self-publishing, marketing, and the craft of writing psychological suspense. FYD stands for Follow Your Dreams, which Laurie firmly believes in doing.


Paul D. Marks |

Paul D. Marks’ novel WHITE HEAT is a 2013 SHAMUS AWARD WINNER. Publishers Weekly calls WHITE HEAT a “taut crime yarn.” And Midwest Book Review says “WHITE HEAT is a riveting read of mystery, much recommended.” Paul is also the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners – and LA LATE @ NIGHT, a collection of five of his mystery and noir tales. His story HOWLING AT THE MOON will be in an upcoming edition of Ellery Queen. And he has the distinction, dubious though it might be, of being the last person to have shot a film on the fabled MGM backlot before it bit the dust to make way for condos. According to Steven Bingen, one of the authors of the recent, well-received book MGM: Hollywood’s Greatest Backlot: “That 40 page chronological list I mentioned of films shot at the studio ends with his [Paul D. Marks'] name on it.” Find out more at: &



Christopher J. Lynch |

Christopher J. Lynch is the author of numerous magazine and newspaper articles, as well as several short stories which he self published. His debut novel, One Eyed Jack (which he also self-published) was a 2013 Shamus Award finalist. The success of this novel, and the “indie” publishing route, led to two more books to ad to his collection. Russian Roulette, is the second book in the One Eyed Jack series, and Eddie: The life and Times of America’s Preeminent Bad Boy, is the biography of Ken Osmond, the child actor who played Eddie Haskell on the Leave it to Beaver TV show.

Christopher likes to share his knowledge about the world of indie publishing, and gives seminars on self-publishing. The seminars are free and there is no obligation. To contact Christopher and see when his next seminar is scheduled, contact him at his website:



Diane Vallere |

After close to two decades working for a top luxury retailer, Diane Vallere traded fashion accessories for accessories to murder. SUEDE TO REST, the first in her new Material Witness Mystery Series, comes out November 4. In addition, she writes the Style & Error Mystery Series, featuring former fashion buyer Samantha Kidd, and the Mad for Mod Mystery Series, featuring Doris Day-loving interior decorator Madison Night. Diane started her own detective agency at age ten and has maintained a passion for shoes, clues, and clothes ever since. Find her at


Featured Reader: Holly West

Holly West is the author of the Mistress of Fortune series, set in late 17th London and featuring amateur sleuth Isabel Wilde, a mistress to King Charles II who secretly makes her living as a fortuneteller. The first in the series, Mistress of Fortune, was published by Harlequin’s Carina Press in February 2014 and its sequel, Mistress of Lies, is forthcoming in Fall 2014. Holly will read from Mistress of Lies.

Saturday, Sept 13 | Short Story Workshop

Join us from 10-3 for a short story workshop taught by Nancy Cole Silverman.

The class agenda will include:

1.     Tips for getting to the heart of short story quickly.   

2.     Crafting characters

3.     The element of surprise

4.     Keep it simple – short and sweet

5.     Titles that tease

6.     Live critiques of each student’s opening paragraphs

Class will be held at the Grace Lutheran Church, 73 N. Hill Avenue, Pasadena, CA.

Workshop is $30 for SinC-LA chapter members, $40 for non-members. Payment can be made via PayPal (button below) or by check brought to the September 7 chapter meeting. Lunch will not be provided, so bring your own or plan to buy in the area. Water will be provided. Class size is limited to 20 students, so sign up soon!


Member Rate $30


Non-Member Rate $40


Nancy Cole Silverman

Nancy Cole Silverman believes her twenty-five years in radio helped her to develop an ear for storytelling. In 2001 she retired from news and copywriting to write fiction full time. Much of what she writes she admits is pulled from behind the headlines of actual events that were reported on from some of Los Angeles’s busiest radio newsrooms where she spent the bulk of her career. In the last ten years she has written numerous short stories and novelettes, some of which have won awards &/or been picked up for publication. Currently she has three audio books with MindWings Audio. Her first novel, The Centaur’s Promise, was published by Eloquent Press in 2010.  In December, Henery Press will roll out the first of Silverman’s new Carol Childs Mysteries, Shadow of Doubt. 

List of Published Works:


The Centaur’s Promise, Eloquent Press, 2010

When in Doubt, Don’t! 2013

Shadow of Doubt, Henery Press, 2014

Short Stories:

“The Sunshine Sisters Move Home” – Publisher: Rainstorm Press, No Rest for the Wicked Anthology – Release date: May 2012

“Red Handed”, Publisher: – January 2012

“The Centaur’s Revenge”, Publisher: – August 2012

“Ode to Kokopelli”, Publisher:  (Audio File) – Release date: March 14, 2012

“Ode to Kokopelli”, Publisher: Frontier – Release date: April 2012

“A Much Married Woman”, Publisher: Mind Wings Audio – Release date: Spring 2012

“The Salvationist”, Publisher: Mind Wings Audio – Release date Spring 2012

“The Blood Drive”, Mind Wings Audio – Release date Summer: 2012

“Weaver’s Needle”, The WiFiles, Release date November 2012

“Lost Daughter’s Saloon”, Grey Wolf Publishing, 2013

Chapter meetings held at:

South Pasadena Library Community Room
1115 El Centro Street
South Pasadena CA 91030
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Networking and Refreshments
2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Program


This activity is not sponsored by the City of South Pasadena or the South Pasadena Public Library.


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