Connie Nelson presented a workshop entitled “My Self-Publishing Journey” on Tuesday, February 21,
2023, for the New Mexico Book Association (NMBA). She says that she couldn’t have published her
book without the support of New Mexico Book Association members and the training and resources she
was able to utilize through NMBA.
In her workshop, she walked through the series of decisions she had to make to publish her book,
“Cavalier – The Story of an Unsolved Murder in a Small Town” in July 2022. She calls her book a true
crime memoir. It is the story of her friend Jack’s murder in 1986. As the title implies, the murder
remains unsolved 37 years later.
Connie has always been a writer, but she had never been an author. In the seven months since her book
was self-published, Connie says she’s learned that publishing a book is not the last step. She’s been
busy doing interviews, sending books to reviewers, and promoting her book through in-person events.
During her self-publishing journey, Connie says she’s learned that you can’t be afraid to ask questions
and that your contacts are usually willing to help you in some way.
The handouts and presentation are available through the NMBA website for a fee to non-members: