Welcome to Speed City Sisters in Crime
Speed City Sisters in Crime is the Indiana chapter of the world-wide mystery/crime writers' association Sisters in Crime. The Speed City chapter was founded in 2005. Find out more about our organization.
Upcoming Speed City Anthology
For folks who are members of Speed City Sisters in Crime - you are welcome to submit work to our next anthology. Anthology guidelines are here.
One Day Author Workshop with Nancy Pickard
Saturday, May 25th
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Online Tools to Advance Your Writing Career
Jim will speak about online tools that help writers find markets for their work... predominantly Duotrope for short story writers, as well as other sources for novelists who might be looking for agents or publishers.
Jim Naremore is a novelist and short story writer with a uniquely American background. Originally from Louisiana and the deep South, he has lived all over the country, mostly in the Midwest. Now living and working in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jim has been writing fiction seriously for the past twelve years. His debut novel: The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts (Belle Lutte Press, 2016) was awarded a bronze medal for “best first novel” by the Independent Publishers Book Awards and was a finalist and short listed for the Lascaux Prize. His short fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Thrice, Typehouse, The Offbeat, and Emrys, among others. He is the 2019 recipient of the Dennis Lehane Fellowship.
Saturday, June 22nd
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Basics of Self Publishing
Editor Peggy Tierney says she receives thousands of manuscripts per year, reads perhaps fifty, and publishes only one or two. With publishers consolidating and purchasing fewer books each year, advances shrinking, and legacy contracts becoming more restrictive than ever – and with breakout self-publishing successes like Hugh Howey, Andy Weir, and Amanda Hawking making headlines – self publishing is no longer a marginalized zone for writers not talented enough to get a "real contract." It's a practical approach to to making real money through writing and reaching actual readers that's so much more fun than sending endless queries into the void.
Robert Kent is the author of the horror novels The Book Of David and All Together Now: A Zombie Story, and the novellas Pizza Delivery and All Right Now: A Short Zombie Story.
Under the name Rob Kent, he writes middle grade novels such as Banneker Bones And The Giant Robot Bees and Banneker Bones And The Alligator People.
He runs the popular blog for writers, MIDDLE GRADE NINJA, which features interviews and guest posts from authors, literary agents, and other publishing professionals, and was the recipient of Middle Shelf Magazine's Best Blog award. He also hosts the Middle Grade Ninja podcast. Robert Kent holds degrees in Literature and Creative Writing from Indiana University and owns over 900 Batman action figures. He lives with his family in Indianapolis where he teaches courses at the Indiana Writers Center and is hard at work on his next book.