Successful Self-Publishing

Getting you work out in the world on your terms and at your own pace

There are more tools than ever available to make self-publishing easier and more accessible. What do you need to know to achieve self-publishing success, what experts will be the most helpful, and how do you juggle all the hats you have to wear? Our panel of authors shares their experiences with getting their work out in the world on their own terms and at their own pace.

Panelists: Anne McAneny, Kathleen Reid, Abby L. Vandiver

Moderator: Rebekah L. Pierce


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Anne McAneny

Anne McAneny is an editor, author, and screenwriter. After several years penning scripts, she transitioned into writing books, producing children’s literature and two humorous novels that she published herself. She then decided to write a mystery and realized it was her calling. Her “Crime After Time Collection,” which she began self-publishing in 2010, is an award-winning series of thrillers that can be read in any order. They follow everyday people who investigate past crimes involving their loved ones. Her third release in the series, “Skewed,” was picked up by Amazon’s Thomas & Mercer imprint and is an internationally bestselling e-book. In 2022, the newest installment in her "Crime After Crime Collection," Better Left Unsaid, won the James River Writers Best Self-Published Novel Contest and was featured in Richmond magazine.


Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid

Kathleen Reid is an award-winning author who has published four works of fiction: Paris Match, A Page Out of Life, Sunrise in Florence and Secrets in the Palazzo. She loves art history and carefully weaves her extensive research into the storylines of her her novels. Kathleen writes to inspire, educate and entertain her readers. Sunrise in Florence won five Indie Awards in Romance and Romantic Suspense. Kathleen is a wife, mom of two girls, and avid runner.

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Abby L. Vandiver

Abby L. Vandiver

Abby L. Vandiver, also writing as Abby Collette and Cade Bentley, is a hybrid author who has penned more than thirty books and short stories. She has hit both the Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestseller list. Abby spends her time writing, facilitating writing workshops at local libraries, and hanging out with her grandchildren, each of whom are her favorite.

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Rebekah Pierce | MODERATOR

Rebekah Pierce | MODERATOR

A veteran of the armed forces, educator, and prolific writer, Rebekah Pierce is a lover of mystery novels that feature protagonists fight their personal demons as they save the day. She is the author of two historic fiction novels, Murder on Second Street and The Secret Life of Lucy Bosman. In February 2019, Rebekah released, I Love Me More, her memoir on the freeing power of self-love.

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