iUniverse Authors at SleuthFest 2003

10 iUniverse Mystery Authors Lead Discussion and Workshop Panels
iUniverse has announced that ten authors who publish mystery books through their service will be featured on discussion and workshop panels at SleuthFest 2003, the annual trade conference for mystery writers. This yearís event, hosted by the Florida Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America, Inc., is being held March 13-16 at the Hilton Hotel Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Sue Grafton, author of the highly successful ìalphabetî series of mysteries featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone, is a featured keynote speaker. Other special guests include renowned criminalist and forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee. More than 300 authors, publishing industry representatives, and mystery fans are expected to attend.

ìWeíre delighted that so many iUniverse authors are being showcased at this premier event,î says Kimra Hawley, president and CEO of iUniverse. ìThis clearly demonstrates the quality of authors that iUniverse attracts, as well as the level of success that can be achieved through our publishing programs.î

Eight of the iUniverse authors participating are Florida residents:

* Zelda Becht (Coral Springs)
* Prudy Taylor Board (Delray Beach)
* Steve Glassman (Edgewater)
* Elizabeth Housey (Coral Springs)
* Jody Lebel (Pompano Beach)
* Ian O'Conner (Palm Beach Gardens)
* M. Diane Vogt (Tampa)
* Randy Rawls (Hallandale)

Rawls has published three titles through iUniverse: Jake's Burn, Joseph's Kidnapping, and Jade's Photos.

ìiUniverse has an exceptionally strong and well-known stable of mystery authors represented at SleuthFest 2003,î says Rawls. ìItís clear to me that iUniverse provides a proven way for serious authors to get their books published and noticed.î

The other iUniverse authors participating at SleuthFest are Janice Law of Hampton, Conn., and Marshall Frank of Maggie Valley, N.C.

As part of its commitment to helping promising authors, iUniverse recently announced the ìStar Program,î in which iUniverse will invest in books that demonstrate strong initial sales. iUniverse will cover (or share in) the costs of many of the programís benefits, which include securing book reviews, direct marketing initiatives, book packaging, and co-op advertising.