Saturday, November 7, 2p

 The Publishing Industry is in turmoil.
Everything is rapidly changing.
Find out what’s really happening from working authors:

Connie Archer (AKA di Marco)
Matt Coyle
Dianne Emley
Laurie Stevens
Paul D. Marks (Moderator)

  • Do you go the traditional route or self-publish? The pluses and minuses of both.

  • What is a hybrid – and it’s not a car!

  • How do you make yourself stand out with so many people publishing today?

  • Working writers spill all: the process, the reality, editing, PR.

Join professional writers from the Mystery Writers of America SoCal chapter for an informative panel discussion on the ins and outs of being a writer in today’s marketplace


Barnes & Noble
23630 Valencia Blvd, Santa Clarita

Connie di Marco (Connie Archer) is the author of the upcoming (summer 2016) Zodiac Mysteries from Midnight Ink featuring San Francisco astrologer Julia Bonatti.  Writing as Connie Archer, she’s the national bestselling author of the Soup Lover’s Mystery series from Berkley Prime Crime.  The fifth in this series, A Clue in the Stew, will be released in April 2016.  You can find some of her recipes in The Cozy Cookbook and the Mystery Writers of America Cookbook. Connie has appeared in numerous television and film roles under her professional name and has been a mystery and thriller devotee for as long as she can remember.  She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, International Thriller Writers and Sisters in Crime.  She lives in Los Angeles with her family and a constantly talking cat. You can visit her website and blog at — —Twitter @SnowflakeVT


Matt Coyle knew he wanted to be a writer as a young teen when his father gave him The Simple Art of Murder by Raymond Chandler. It took him a few decades but he finally got there. His debut novel, Yesterday’s Echo, won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel, the San Diego Book Award for Best Mystery, the Ben Franklin Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction, and was named one of the Best Mysteries of 2013 by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. The second book in the Rick Cahill Crime Series, Night Tremors, came out in June of this year. Matt lives in San Diego with his Yellow Labrador, Angus where he is currently working on the third Rick Cahill crime novel.


Dianne Emley is a Los Angeles Times and Amazon bestselling author who has received critical acclaim for her Detective Nan Vining mysteries (including Killing Secrets), Iris Thorne mysteries (including Pushover), and a standalone paranormal thriller, The Night Visitor. Her books have been translated into six languages. An L.A. native, she lives in the Central California wine country with her husband, where she’s a pretty good cook, an amateur oenophile, and a terrible golfer. About Dianne’s books, Tess Gerritsen says: “Emley masterfully twists, turns, and shocks.”


Laurie Stevens is the author of the best-selling Gabriel McRay psychological thrillers. The two books so far in the series, The Dark Before Dawn and Deep into Dusk have won 9 awards, among them Kirkus Reviews Best of 2011 and the 2014 IPPY for Best Mystery/Thriller. Laurie is a “hybrid” author, having self-published her books, then securing a literary and theatrical agent and selling her books to Random House, Germany. Her debut international novel Todes Schuld (Deadly Guilt) will be released October 2015. For more information visit


Paul D. Marks (moderator) is the author of the Shamus Award-Winning mystery-thriller White Heat. Publishers Weekly calls White Heat a “taut crime yarn.” His short story Howling at the Moon (published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Nov. 2014) is short-listed for both the 2015 Anthony and Macavity Awards for Best Short Story. It placed #7 in Ellery Queen’s 2014 Reader’s Poll Award.  Vortex, a noir-thriller novella, is Paul’s latest release (published September 2015). Midwest Review calls Vortex: “…a nonstop staccato action noir.” Paul is also the author of over thirty published short stories in a variety of genres, including several award winners. Five of his stories can be found in the collection LA Late @ Night.  He also co-edited the anthology Coast to Coast: Murder from Sea to Shining Sea, from Down & Out Books (October, 2015).


Coming Soon!

11/8 and 11/14 - Two chapter Write-Ins at Andante Coffee Roasters

11/19 - Last Bookstore: 1 Night 4 Authors 6 Mysteries 8 Truths 9 Lies
(Open to the Public)

12/13 - MWAS SoCal Holiday Party at Golden Road Brewery
(Members plus one only)

1/10/2016 - Luncheon: Dashiell Hammett and True Stories of Ambition, Frustration and Inspiration with his granddaughter, Julie M. Rivett