Book Trailers: November 1-29, 2017

About the Workshop:

Book trailers are visual depictions of a book’s storyline, sometimes made by fans, which are a great way to get readers enthused. In this workshop veteran screenwriter turned romance novelist, Ines Johnson, will teach you the four simple steps of writing copy to persuade a potential reader to pick up your book. Then we’ll investigate software to turn that copy into a visual book trailer. And finally, we’ll share our trailers on streaming sites like Youtube and Vimeo.

About the Presenter:

Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.


Worldbuilding for Contemporary Fiction: November 1-22, 2017

About the Workshop:

Every story can benefit from an authentic, fully realized setting. By asking the right questions, the writer can immerse readers in a specific environment, time period, and culture. Whether it’s a galaxy far, far away or your own backyard, a detailed setting can engage your reader and sharpen your conflict.

Make contemporary stories as surprising as SF and fantasy by moving past assumptions. Make invented worlds as real and believable as the town you live in. The class will explore settings from a variety of perspectives and apply what’s learned to storytelling.

What catches readers’ imaginations? How do you explore the environment and use what you learn to raise the stakes? What needs to be there, and what should be left out? Using the tools of fantasy and SF writers, discover how society, geography, history, and economics can make your story fresh, believable, and compelling.

About the Presenter:

Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and past president of its Young Adult chapter


Surviving NaNoWriMo: October 2-17, 2017

About the Workshop:

The biggest writing event of the year, November’s National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) can help you build good habits, clarify your commitment to writing, and rediscover the joy of storytelling. It may even catalyze the creation of a wonderful book. Learn how to get the most out of this Ironman event of writing (completing a 50,000 word novel in just 30 days!) through preparation, focus, proven techniques, and attitude. And find out how you can keep the momentum going into the months and years ahead.

  1. Prep
  2. Let’s get to work
  3. Fast drafting
  4. Plotter, Pantser, or somewhere in between?
  5. Tools and techniques
  6. What to do next
  7. A short list of must haves

About the Presenter:

Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and past president of its Young Adult chapter


Serializing: Using the Structure of Episodic Television to Craft Your Serialized Novel: October 3-28, 2017

About the Workshop:

Shows like Scandal and The Walking Dead pride themselves on the jaw dropping final few seconds of the show which have viewers eager to tune in the next week. Never hear another complaint about a cliffhanger ending again when you learn to plot your serialized novel like a season of a television show. Let veteran television writer, Ines Johnson teach you her twelve-point method to structure each episode of your serial. Then go further by planning the 6 to 12 episodes of the season of your story.

About the Presenter:

Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.


Character Torture 101—Writing Conflict: September 1-28, 2017

About the Workshop:

Writing Guru Dwight Swain said that it’s the author’s job to manipulate the emotions of the reader. There’s no better way to do this than for the author to put his characters through one roller coaster episode after another, taking the reader along for the ride. But how much conflict, how much character angst is too much? How can an author keep the action from becoming cartoonish? Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair answers those questions and more in this fun and fast-paced (because torturing students is good, too!) course that explores the importance of conflict in today’s commercial fiction novels.

About the Presenter: 

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.


Plotting from Character: September 4-30, 2017

About the Workshop:

Have no idea what to do with your characters? Do you have a story but no idea how to structure the plot? This workshop covers some ideas on how to create the story from the inside out. Plotting from character can not only give you a more inventive story, it can also be a more fun story to write.

What we’ll cover:

1) Starting at the deepest point: for every character, find that person’s core need.

2) Keeping the Focus of the story:  one character’s specific growth.

3) Goals and Motivations — going beyond cliché with your characters.

4) How to use secrets that a character has (maybe even one that stays hidden).

5) Setting up conflict, inside and out, with your characters’ history–and those goals and motivations.

6) Leaving room for characters (and plots) to surprise you.

7) Using layers for plot twists – Conflict, Conflict, Conflict

8) Playing the “what if” game whenever you get stuck.

About the Presenter:

Shannon Donnelly’s writing has won numerous awards, including a RITA nomination for Best Regency, the Grand Prize in the “Minute Maid Sensational Romance Writer” contest, judged by Nora Roberts, RWA’s Golden Heart, and others. Her writing has repeatedly earned 4½ Star Top Pick reviews from Romantic Times magazine, as well as praise from Booklist and other reviewers, who note: “simply superb”…”wonderfully uplifting”….and “beautifully written.”

Her Regency romances can be found as ebooks on all formats, and with Cool Gus Publishing, and include a series of four novellas.

She also has out the Mackenzie Solomon, Demon/Warders Urban Fantasy series, Burn Baby Burn and Riding in on a Burning Tire, and the Urban Fantasy, Edge Walkers. Her work has been on the top seller list of Amazon.com and includes Paths of Desire, a Historical Regency romance.

She is the author of several young adult horror stories, and computer games. She lives in New Mexico with two horses, two donkeys, two dogs, and only one love of her life. Shannon can be found online at sd-writer.com, facebook.com/sdwriter, and twitter/sdwriter.


DIY Book Tours: September 5-16, 2017

About the Workshop:

Book Tours are an excellent and cost effective way to spread the word about your new release and gain exposure. However, they can be a costly endeavor for new writers whose dimes have gone to copyedits and covers. Learn how to DIY your blog tour in six steps which include building a media kit, targeting the right bloggers for your book, tailoring your email to each blogger to break through their slush pile, how to keep records of which sites you’re visiting along with what and when to give them materials, promoting your tour on your social media sites, and following up to ensure you’ll be invited back.

About the Presenter:

Ines Johnson is a television writer turned romance novelist. She currently teaches college level courses in scriptwriting and story development.

Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books!

Ines is best known for her charming fairytale retelling romance Pumpkin: a Cindermama Story. The Cindermama series features single mothers who’ve given up on love after kissing toads, but they each get a second chance at love with a prince charming.

Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations.
Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.


Story Bootcamp: September 5-29, 2017

About the Workshop:

Start fast! Keep it humming. End with authority.

Polish, correct, and tighten the prose. Learn how to rewrite your story, whether fiction or nonfiction, so it entices, captivates, and delights readers. This course will explore the dimensions of your story and push them to the limits so you get the most from your premise and your readers get compelling experiences.

In the first week, the bootcamp will focus on getting a good start. Students will develop loglines, workshop their first five pages, and explore plotting. In the second week of the class, the instructor will hold a productivity clinic, stress test protagonists’ arcs, and find the juice in conflicts. The third week will focus on connecting the dots between scenes and chapters and practicing dialogue sprints. In the fourth and final week, students will have the chance to share and critique ideas for endings and to prepare to withstand the dreaded mid-novel slump.

No slackers! This is a highly interactive class that depends on commitment and participation.

About the Presenter:

Peter Andrews is a full-time independent writer, and he has worked as a speechwriter, a Web producer, and a radio producer. He writes the popular How to Write Fast blog. He has authored two books, sold dozens of short stories, and published over 200 articles explaining technology to lay audiences. He is a member of RWA and past president of its Young Adult chapter


Finding Your Writing Process: August 8-29, 2017

About the Workshop:

Everyone has an idea for a book. The tough part is turning that idea into something that readers will want to read, review, and recommend to friends. Whether you’ve just gotten a brilliant idea or are suffering from a year-long bout of writers block, this course is for you. Participants will learn how to develop ideas into plots, how to make the most of their writing time, and how to create a unique writing system tailored to their needs.

Each week, instructor Lindsay Schopfer will host a live, one-hour, video group chat via Zoom which participants can attend by following a link provided in a private, e-mailed invitation. For those who can’t attend these chats live, all presentations will be recorded and posted on a private page where all students can view them at their convenience until the end of the month. Students will also have access to Lindsay via e-mail for any questions they may have on the craft of writing during the course.

Week One: The Idea Factory

It isn’t hard to have one good idea, but how does a writer get multiple ideas during each writing session? Whether you’re trying to come up with the plot to your next novel or just trying to figure out what a character should say next, this class is designed to help you. Students will learn effective observation techniques, tricks for removing the boundaries to their imaginations, and the alchemy of idea-making.

Week Two: Turning Ideas into Manuscripts

While the process of getting ideas can be both fun and fulfilling, there comes a time when a writer must begin the work of translating his scattered thoughts into a story that his readers can enjoy. In this course, students will learn the difference between planning and stalling, how to stay organized during the writing process, and how to write with confidence regardless of the need to revise later.

Week Three: Making the Most of Your Writing Time

“I only write when I’m inspired, and I make sure I’m inspired every morning at 9 a.m.” Come and learn how to turn off your inner critic and make the most of the time that you set aside to practice your craft. Participants in this course will learn how to create a writing-friendly environment, how to manage their writing time, how to prepare for their writing time, and how to set organic goals that will measure success rather than focus on artificial deadlines.

Week Four: Pick Your Process

Writing is an art form, and a writer’s process is as unique as the art they create. In this course, Lindsay will give a variety of ideas and methods that have worked for all types of authors to help you start building your own process. Students will learn a variety of ways to do outlines, organize ideas, revise their work, and get feedback.

About the Presenter:

Lindsay Schopfer is the author of two novels, the sci-fi survivalist Lost Under Two Moons and the steampunk adventure The Beast Hunter, as well as the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has also appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon. When he isn’t writing, Lindsay is a writing coach and instructor for Adventures In Writing, where he helps writers learn about and improve their craft. His workshops and panels have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. He is also a mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers.


More Than Just Window Dressing: How Secondary Characters Make your Novel Come Alive: July 3-28, 2017

About the Workshop:

Sidekicks, Also-rans, space-fillers. If that’s how you think of the secondary characters in your novel, you’re wasting a great opportunity to use them to not only make your story deeper and more interesting, but to enhance your main characters as well. Let Sinclair show you how to create and utilize secondary characters as methods of characterization and conflict, as well as one of the easiest ways to avoid the dreaded info dump!

About the Presenter:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, as well as the PRISM, PEARL, and SAPPHIRE, author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven science fiction romance novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades.” Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly.  Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” She’s the author of the exciting Dock Five Universe series that starts with Gabriel’s Ghost. Other Sinclair novels include PEARL award winners Finders Keepers, Games of Command, and Hope’s Folly (Dock Five book #3).

Sinclair, a former news reporter and private investigator, resides in Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com.


Military 101: July 5-30, 2017

About the Workshop:

One of the many new markets for contemporary romance is military romance. The military is like a small country. It has its own culture, customs and laws. This workshop touches on branch structure, culture in and out of uniform, the lexicon and slang, tradition and various other details of what it is really like. It will also touch on common myths and misnomers. We will cover why female and male soldiers who work together can be prosecuted if they get involved, as can adulterers and why there is really no such thing as off duty. We will talk about special operations and why females being allowed to enter those fields has generated strong kickback within the services. (Hint: It has little to do with women being able to do the job.)

About the Presenter:

Merien spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst. She has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English, and Communications Technology.  She is currently a member of the RWA national ethics committee. The last ten years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison, webmistress, and conference committee positions.  Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog, and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.


A Novel in Four Drafts: July 11 – August 1, 2017

About the Workshop:

Every draft of a novel can be more than just another version of the manuscript. It can be an ongoing evolution that keeps improving with each stage until the work is finally the best version of itself. Writers in all stages of production will benefit from this detailed and engaging look at the writing and revision process. Participants in this course will learn what they should focus on for each draft, techniques for effective editing, and how to complete that book that never seems to be good enough.

Each week, instructor Lindsay Schopfer will host a live, one-hour, video group chat via Zoom which participants can attend by following a link provided in a private, e-mailed invitation. For those who can’t attend these chats live, all presentations will be recorded and posted on a private page where all students can view them at their convenience until the end of the month. Students will also have access to Lindsay via e-mail for any questions they may have on the craft of writing during the course.

Week One: The First Draft – Just Get It Down

No amount of dreaming will make a first draft happen. It takes effort, time, and dedication to create the raw material that will eventually become a finished story. Participants in this class will learn how to handle writers block, how to postpone the need to edit, and how to course-correct midway through the process.

Week Two: The Second Draft – Making the Big Changes

It’s a mistake to call a story done after the first draft. In reality, the majority of the work of creation is still ahead of you. Participants in this class will learn how to evaluate the manuscript as a whole, how to decide between cutting and changing, and when to move on.

Week Three: The Third Draft – All the Little Details

The first draft is written for the writer’s sake, all subsequent drafts are for the reader’s. Participants in this course will learn how to troubleshoot for a variety of narrative issues, including continuity errors, plot holes, logic errors, and showing vs. telling.

Week Four: The Fourth Draft – One Sentence at a Time

After all the major editing has been finished, there’s a temptation to call a story done and move on. But even a fantastic story will suffer if the reader has to fight through a messy narrative to get to it. In this class, participants will learn tips on proofreading, how to avoid “author blindness”, and how to recruit and select additional readers.

About the Presenter:

Lindsay Schopfer is the author of two novels, the sci-fi survivalist Lost Under Two Moons and the steampunk adventure The Beast Hunter, as well as the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has also appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon. When he isn’t writing, Lindsay is a writing coach and instructor for Adventures In Writing, where he helps writers learn about and improve their craft. His workshops and panels have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. He is also a mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers.


“Shoot Me Now!” Write Your Own Back Cover Copy With Confidence: June 1-29, 2017

About the Workshop:

Learn fantastic techniques for taking the pain out of writing three simple paragraphs. Arm yourself with the weapons of creativity needed to grab a reader’s attention and drag them between the covers of your book. Get the inside scoop on what a reader wants/expects/needs to get from about a hundred and fifty words on the back of your book.
Not self-publishing? No worries, use your great story description in a query letter instead! Show off your writing chops in a very special way. Give the agent you’re querying concrete evidence that you know how to sell your book.
Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy. Kickass women and the men who dare to love them.

About the Presenter:

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series about kickass women and the men who dare to love them. Novels filled with mystery, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance–think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy.
Kat dove into the deep end of self-publishing pool in 2012, and had to learn by experience. In 2014, she began sharing the hard-earned knowledge by offering online classes, and is proud to say she’s helped dozens of writers at all stages of their careers.


Romantic Screenplays 101: June 5-30, 2017

About the Workshop:

Novelist-Editor-Screenwriter Sally J. Walker will walk you through an 8-Session course on the fundamentals you need to understand BEFORE you actually tackle a romantic screenplay.  This is not a course on formatting, screenwriting technicalities, fundamental concepts of screenwriting itself or how to adapt your novel to a screenplay.  This is a course about “how to think” a romantic story in a cinematic structure.  From essentials through character casting to plot outline, this experienced screenwriter and screenwriting TEACHER can explain the mental tools you need to create your own screenplay.

Course Outline
Session One:  Fundamental: Concepts of a Romantic Screenplay
Session Two:  3 Approaches to Romantic Screenplays
Session Three:  The Unique yet Universal Hero & Heroine and Cast
Session Four:  Hollywood’s Need for “Sex & Violence”
Session Five:  Sexual Tension vs. Plot Complications
Session Six:  Considerations: Time-Place and Theme
Session Seven:  THE Romance as Main Plot or Subplot
Session Eight:  Plotting YOUR Romantic Structure

About the Presenter:

Sally Walker’s published credits include literary, romance and western novels, a nonfiction essay collection, several creative writing textbooks, stage plays, poetry, and many magazine articles on the craft of writing, including staff contributions to two international film magazines for 10 years. With 31 screenplays written, several under negotiation at various studios and her novel-to-screenplay adaptation on her plate, Sally has a well-respected manager representing her in Hollywood. In addition to long time active memberships in such national writing organizations as RWA, WWA and SCBWI, she was president of a state-wide writers organization 2007-2011. She keeps to a strenuous writing schedule and still has time to work as Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, supervising acquisitions and sub-contracted editors, as well as Script Supervisor for material sent to TFW’s affiliated Misty Mountain Productions. Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 29 years and is the facilitator for the weekly meetings of the Nebraska Writers Workshop in Ralston, NE.  For more information on her works and classes go to her website at http://www.sallyjwalker.com.


Crafting a Complete Story: June 6-27, 2017

About the Workshop:

A complete story has it all. A strong hook in the beginning, characters we can care about, ongoing conflicts and questions to keep the reader interested, and an ending that is both satisfying and leaves the reader wanting more. In this four week online course, participants will learn skills like identifying essential establishing information, how to create motivation for both protagonists and antagonists, writing scenes that flow continually between conflict and resolution, and setting up potential sequels while still crafting endings that are emotionally satisfying.

Each week, instructor Lindsay Schopfer will host a live, one-hour, video group chat via Zoom which participants can attend by following a link provided in a private, e-mailed invitation. For those who can’t attend these chats live, all presentations will be recorded and posted on a private page where all students can view them at their convenience until the end of the month. Students will also have access to Lindsay via e-mail for any questions that they may have on the craft of writing during the course.

Week One: Where To Start Your Story

A great story must start strong to get the reader’s attention. Each novel’s beginning must be a balancing act of description, backstory, and action. Participants in this workshop will learn how much backstory to include in their novel, how to identify essential establishing information, and how to effectively drop their readers into the action.

Week Two: Unlocking Character Motivation

Motivation is the fuel that allows a character to make the long journey from a story’s beginning to its ending. No other character trait will prove more useful to the writer in determining a story’s structure, pacing, mood, and theme. Participants in this course will learn how to identify character needs, how to increase pacing through motivation, and how to make a character’s motivation evolve throughout the story.

Week Three: Make Your Novel A Page-Turner

We all know novels need strong beginnings, but what about the rest of the story? An effective story keeps the reader up late into the night because they just can’t put it down. Participants in this workshop will learn how to establish a pattern of conflicts and resolutions throughout the story, how to balance description with action, and how to build up to the story’s climax.

Week Four: Writing Satisfying Endings

A good ending can make a reader beg for more. A bad ending can leave a reader feeling betrayed. This spoiler-free (mostly) workshop will examine what it takes to write an ending that will leave the reader both satisfied and hungry for more. Participants in this course will learn the three traits of a satisfying ending, where to go after the climax, and how to set up a series of books as opposed to finishing a standalone novel with series potential.

About the Presenter:

Lindsay Schopfer is the author of two novels, the sci-fi survivalist Lost Under Two Moons and the steampunk adventure The Beast Hunter, as well as the fantasy short story collection Magic, Mystery and Mirth. His short fiction has also appeared in Merely This and Nothing More: Poe Goes Punk from Writerpunk Press and Unnatural Dragons from Clockwork Dragon. When he isn’t writing, Lindsay is a writing coach and instructor for Adventures In Writing, where he helps writers learn about and improve their craft. His workshops and panels have been featured in a variety of Cons and writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. He is also a mentor for Educurious, a Gates Foundation-funded program designed to connect high school students with professional writers.


Self-Publishing “Where The Heck Do I Start?”: May 1-29, 2017

About the Workshop:

You’ve written the book. Kudos! You’ve decided to self-publish. Bravo! But you have no clue what to do next, how to send your baby off into the world alone. Relax. Take a deep breath, and back up a step so we can get you ready to start the process by being well informed. This workshop includes: definitions of terms you’re going to hear; explanations of subjects such as branding and distribution; expertise on how to use social media, loops, signature lines and peripherals effectively; what to expect from the industry professionals you decide to hire; covers and copyright pages explained; series vs. serial vs. stand alone; and much, much more.

About the Presenter:

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series about kickass women and the men who dare to love them. Novels filled with mystery, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance–think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy.

Kat dove into the deep end of self-publishing pool in 2012, and had to learn by experience. In 2014, she began sharing the hard-earned knowledge by offering online classes, and is proud to say she’s helped dozens of authors prepare before they take the plunge.


Worldbuilding From An Intelligence POV: May 1-26, 2017

About the Workshop:

I spent eleven years in the military intelligence. I learned a lot of things and specifically ways to pick things apart to determine what significance each tiny item has.  As writers, we always look for ways to make our jobs easier. If you are building a world from scratch, you have enough on your plate. One of the things intelligence professionals do is build country studies. They are very similar to what an author does when they build their world. I wanted to teach other writers what they were and how to use them. It is very easy to take one or two country studies that have a characteristic based on something in your story and find dozens of cause and effect relationships to build conflict. All you have to do is know where and how to look. In this class, I teach that. By the time we are done you will know how to build one of your own and how to use the ones already available.

Your setting is a character of its own. It can push characters to kill, love, despair, or feel great joy. Everything in your story stems from and hinges on the world you build it in. When the stakes are high (life, love, money, freedom) the first thing any real organization (military or private) does is do a country study or some version thereof. These studies expose where potential conflicts may arise for those wanting to travel in this new land. As a writer, you are after those potential conflicts, they ground your writing in reality and keep the cardboard out of your characters. This course is to provide you with new insights to how everyday things can change your setting. There are over forty key items intelligence professionals know before anyone goes near new territory. You will be given the perspective to look at your world like an intelligence operative would. Links to real world country studies will be provided along with how to understand them and apply that type of information gathering to your world making it fuller, more believable, and roiling with conflict for you to capitalize on.

About the Presenter:

Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst, learning and observing all manner of people and their behavior. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison and conference committee chair positions. She has used that time to gain an understanding of literary romance culture and to teach about her experiences before she entered the world of romance fiction. Her debut release A Treasure in the Darkness is scheduled for Fall 2016. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.


What’s a Tweet and Why Should I Care? Diving Deep into Social Marketing: May 1-26, 2017

About the Workshop:

You’ve signed up for Facebook, posted a picture of your dog, and your friends liked it. Now what? With the ever-changing world of social media, it can be intimidating and confusing when deciding what works best for your author platform. In this workshop, we will explore the intricacies of social media, how social media outlets work in concert, and what authors can do to build meaningful relationships with influencers and readers.

Take-aways from this workshop include:

  • In-depth look at the social marketing pyramid
  • Understanding how various social media outlets work together
  • Concrete study of the big social media outlets and what content works best on each
  • How to develop your author social media platform
  • How to construct a social marketing plan that will save authors time and show real results

About the Presenter:

Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books.  While she went on to write the bestselling Regency romance Spy Series, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at jessieclever.com.


The Art, Craft, and Business of Writing Genre Fiction: May 1-17, 2017

About the Workshop:

Too often, today’s beginning novelist is far more familiar with his muse than marketing techniques. But the competition in commercial genre fiction is tough and unless a writer fully understands the three important aspects of being a published author—the art, the craft and the business of writing— he stands to lose the chance to see his work in print.

Sinclair, a former news reporter turned award-winning science fiction author with Bantam Random House, will discuss how to work all three aspects of writing successfully; including how to increase your chances at publication, how to get your muse to work for you in the business end and what resources are available to help you improve at the craft.

About the Presenter:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, and published by both the Dell and Spectra imprints of Bantam Random House, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and made the USA Today Extended Bestseller list. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Sinclair was also nominated for SFWA’s respected John W. Campbell award.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair’s lively workshops have made her a writing conference favorite nationwide—her recent schedule included workshops in Houston, Denver, Tampa, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She’s been was featured on Daytime, an NBC syndicated talk show, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features. Her sci fi-police procedural novel, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, was optioned for movie production.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com


“HOW’D I MISS THAT?” Embarrassment Prevention Skills (self-editing): April 03 – 28, 2017

About the Workshop:

Are typos the bane of your existence? Do you have certain words you always spell wrong? Does your thumb automatically hit the space bar twice at the end of a sentence?

Learn how to easily spot crutch words, spelling weaknesses, inconsistencies, overused words, passive words, repetitious words, slow pacing, redundancies, clichés, poor/incorrect word use, sentence and paragraph structural issues, punctuation typos, problems with dialogue rhythm and flow, and Point of View mistakes.

Self-editing skills are critical whether you’re self-publishing or going traditional, and can save you not only embarrassment, but big dollars.

Learn how to make your manuscript so shiny clean it hurts your eyes like sunshine on fresh snow.

About the Presenter:

Presenter Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series about kickass women and the men who dare to love them. Novels filled with mystery, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance–think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy.

Kat dove into the deep end of self-publishing pool in 2012, and had to learn by experience. In 2014, she began sharing the hard-earned knowledge by offering online classes, and is proud to say she’s helped dozens of writers in their quest to become published authors whether choosing to go traditional or self-pub.


Zen & the Marketing Author: April 3-30, 2017

About the Workshop:

Welcome to an adventure into marketing as you’ve never seen it. This is about being centered, knowing the power of your own creativity, and trusting the strength of the unique hooks within your book. No fear, no angst, no frustration, just the workings of that creative mind you already have. This workshop is a journey into the imaginative possibilities that make marketing efforts not only enjoyable, but satisfyingly successful.

Syllabus:

  • Marketing and Authors – The Love/Hate Relationship
  • How Creative can Marketing be?
  • Tools to Beat Marketing into Submission
  • Keeping your Marketing Momentum Alive and Productive

About the Presenter:

Deborah Riley-Magnus is an author and an Author Success Coach. She has a twenty-seven year professional background in marketing, advertising, and public relations as a writer for print, television, and radio. She writes fiction and non-fiction.

In 2013 her nonfiction, Finding Author Success (Second Edition), and Cross Marketing Magic for Authors were released. Her newest book, Write Brain/Left Brain, focuses on bridging the gap between the creative writer and the marketing author.

Deborah produces several pieces monthly for various websites and online publications. She writes an author industry blog and teaches online and live workshops as The Author Success Coach. She belongs to several writing and professional organizations.

Deborah has lived on both the east and west coast of the United States and has traveled the country widely. She is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and recently returned after living in Los Angeles, California for several years.


Pissing Off Editors, Or How Not To Get Published: March 1-17, 2017

About the Workshop:

So many workshops deal with what writers must do to get published. So few detail the mistakes that can be deadly. Award-winning author Linnea Sinclair donned her reporter’s fedora and interviewed over two dozen acquisition editors, agents and pros in the publishing industry in order to learn what strikes fear in an editor’s heart and what guarantees a manuscript won’t make it out of the slush pile.

A fun, lively mini-workshop, Sinclair guides students through the perils of crafting a draft and submitting a manuscript, and helps them turn a critical eye to their own work. Lest they risk pissing off their next editor.

About the Presenter:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, and published by both the Dell and Spectra imprints of Bantam Random House, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and made the USA Today Extended Bestseller list. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Sinclair was also nominated for SFWA’s respected John W. Campbell award.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair’s lively workshops have made her a writing conference favorite nationwide—her recent schedule included workshops in Houston, Denver, Tampa, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She’s been was featured on Daytime, an NBC syndicated talk show, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features. Her sci fi-police procedural novel, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, was optioned for movie production.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com


The Road To Publication: Queries, Synopses and More!: March 6-30, 2017

About the Workshop:

Once you’ve completed and polished your manuscript, the next step is to choose your path to publication. If you’re interested in traditionally publishing, you’ll need to evaluate whether you want to query an agent to represent you or if you’d rather submit directly to publishers open to unrepresented submissions. Either way, you’ll need to learn how to “pitch” your book, writing a compelling query that will catch an agent or publisher’s attention and land you a manuscript request. In addition to hooking them with your manuscript, you’ll want to create an author platform that demonstrates your commitment to pursuing a career as an author as well as your ability to market your book and your brand. This workshop will provide tips for writing a compelling query, tackling the dreaded synopsis, offer strategies for querying agents and submitting to publishers, discuss building a social media platform prior to publication, provide tips for transitioning to writing on deadline for a publisher, discuss dealing with a manuscript that doesn’t sell, and more!

The workshop runs for four weeks with two modules per week.

About the Presenter:

Chanel Cleeton writes contemporary romances, women’s fiction, and thrillers. She is both traditionally and self-published and is the author of the International School series published by Harlequin HQN, the Capital Confessions series published by Penguin/Intermix, the Assassins series, and the Wild Aces series published by Penguin/Berkley. Chanel enjoys sharing her passion for publishing with other writers through teaching workshops, speaking at conferences, and writing articles for industry publications. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. She is represented by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


Hardwired for Hot: March 6-31, 2017

About the Workshop:

Ever wonder why, we as humans, find the things we do attractive? There are biological reasons we enjoy sex but what about before we get to that part? As humans, we are hardwired to find certain things “hot.” This workshop examines the newest innovative theory behind what determines what we find attractive and why. It will cover what catches our eye in the first place and why we immediately have the urge to leave or stay. There will be an extensive list of traits and mannerisms the average human female instinctually finds hot, with scientific explanations why. The material is based on cutting edge anthropological, biological and sociological concepts that are beginning to unravel the mysteries of initial human attraction.

About the Presenter:

Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst, learning and observing all manner of people and their behavior. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison and conference committee chair positions. She has used that time to gain an understanding of literary romance culture and to teach about her experiences before she entered the world of romance fiction. Her debut release A Treasure in the Darkness is scheduled for Fall 2016. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.


Advanced Concepts Thru Genre Film: January 30-April 22, 2017: Three Month Course

About the Workshop:

Are you ready to turn that novel into a screenplay? Here’s the 3-month workshop to get you started with an understanding of how to write a screenplay.

“The more you know, the more you find out you DON’T know” is the adage driving this intense 12 week course taught by working screenwriter Sally J. Walker.  Eleven cinematic concept lessons will be examined as exemplified in eleven movie genres.  Some of the concepts are the do’s and don’ts of plotting, scene structure and sequencing, subplot development, characterization for Character Arc and casting, succinct dialogue, and importance of visuals. The essential needs of these genres will be outlined: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Comedy, Juvenile, Horror, Romance, Western, Historical, Action-Adventure, and Inspirational. Exercises will motivate students to go beyond formula yet maintain appeal to audience expectations. Registrants will be given the list of 22 recommended films that must be bought or rented to participate completely in the course. Are they absolutely necessary? No, but you will short-change your education by not analyzing them with the instructor. Exercises and assignments will allow the participants to step-by-step write their own screenplay by the end of the class (if they commit to the schedule).  By the conclusion of the course, participants will also understand the hows and whys of pulling elements from other genres to enrich a story for cross-genre appeal.

About the Presenter:

Sally Walker’s published credits include literary, romance and western novels, a nonfiction essay collection, several creative writing textbooks, stage plays, poetry, and many magazine articles on the craft of writing, including staff contributions to two international film magazines for 10 years. With 31 screenplays written, several under negotiation at various studios and her novel-to-screenplay adaptation on her plate, Sally has a well-respected manager representing her in Hollywood. In addition to long time active memberships in such national writing organizations as RWA, WWA and SCBWI, she was president of a state-wide writers organization 2007-2011. She keeps to a strenuous writing schedule and still has time to work as Editorial Director for The Fiction Works, supervising acquisitions and sub-contracted editors, as well as Script Supervisor for material sent to TFW’s affiliated Misty Mountain Productions. Sally has taught writing seminars, both on-site and on-line, for over 29 years and is the facilitator for the weekly meetings of the Nebraska Writers Workshop in Ralston, NE.  For more information on her works and classes go to her website at http://www.sallyjwalker.com.


Canceled: March 2017 – Alphas: Leaders of the Pack

About the Workshop:

You don’t like me, Bond. You don’t like my methods. You think I’m an accountant, a bean counter who’s more interested in my numbers than your instincts. … Good, because I think you’re a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. …

Judy Dench as M to Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in Goldeneye

Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia to Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope

Who is he and what’s her story?

Using numerous examples from movies and books, award winning author Robin Matheson demystifies the male and female alpha archetype.

About the Presenter:

An award winning author, Robin Matheson holds an honors specialist degree in Classical Civilization and English and a Master of Education. She’s taught numerous courses at college, overseas, and online courses on writing since 2004. Her in depth knowledge of mythical structures combined with her dynamic presentation style, have made courses such as The Journey Cycle and Crisis, Climax, Resolution: Writing to the End popular.

One of Robin’s greatest passions is traveling. In addition to their home base in Canada, she and her family have also lived in South East Asia and South Africa. Visit her at www.robiemadison.com


Writing & Resistance: Overcoming Our Blocks to Success: Feb 5-19, 2017

About the Workshop:

Course Syllabus:

Week One – IntroductionsDiscussion and Reading: Defining Resistance? What does resistance look like?Discussion and Reading: Internal Factors: Our Wounds, Scars and Beliefs about Our Creative SelfAssignment: Write a letter to our Creative Self

Week Two – Discussion and Reading: External Factors: Physical Space and Craft IssuesDiscussion and Reading: Solutions to Fighting ResistanceAssignment: Create a plan of action to fight resistance

About the Presenter:

Mindy Hardwick enjoys writing first love and sweet, contemporary romance for all ages and is known for her small-town, artistic community stories. Her romance books include: Sweetheart Cottage, Sweetheart Summer, Romance for All The Seasons, and Weaving Magic. Mindy teaches on-line classes at Seattle Pacific University as well as The Loft. She has presented at conferences including; Seattle RWA Conference and Write on The Sound. She is included on the Washington State Teaching Artist Roster. When she’s not writing, Mindy can be found art journaling, visiting flea markets dreaming of new ways to repurpose old materials, and walking on the Oregon Coast beaches with her dog, Stormy.


Pitches & Blurbs & Tag Lines: Feb 1-17, 2017

About the Workshop:

You’ve written your novel. Now, how are you going to grab the attention of the agent or the editor to sell it? You’re going to construct and practice your pitch, beat your blurb to death and tickle everyone’s interest with your tag lines, that’s how. Bantam Spectra author Linnea Sinclair will explain the importance of pitches and tag lines, guide students through the fun and imaginative procedure to develop the best pitch for their book and give a hands-on lesson in creating those pithy advertising tag lines that, yes, will help not only sell your book to a publisher but help the publisher sell it to readers.

About the Presenter:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, and published by both the Dell and Spectra imprints of Bantam Random House, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and made the USA Today Extended Bestseller list. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Sinclair was also nominated for SFWA’s respected John W. Campbell award.A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair’s lively workshops have made her a writing conference favorite nationwide—her recent schedule included workshops in Houston, Denver, Tampa, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She’s been was featured on Daytime, an NBC syndicated talk show, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features. Her sci fi-police procedural novel, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, was optioned for movie production.Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com .Website: www.linneasinclair.com


Getting Results from Your Author Newsletter: Jan 2-31, 2017

About the Workshop:

Every author needs a newsletter and an email list of readers. But where do you even start? And how do your build your list? Newsletters are a dynamic vehicle for communicating with readers between books — and selling books when published — but your newsletter is only as good as its content. Find out how and where to launch your newsletter, how to add value, and how to develop rapport with readers and keep them interested.

This workshop offers a step-by-step approach to creating a successful newsletter, including:

Lesson 1: Choosing the Right Features

Lesson 2: Choosing a Platform

Lesson 3: Get Readers to Sign Up

Lesson 4: Avoiding Spammers

Lesson 5: Responsive Design

Lesson 6: Consistent Features

Lesson 7: Ask the Reader

Lesson 8: Bonus Materials

Lesson 9: Get Personal

Lesson 10: Utilizing Photos

Lesson 11: Get Subscribers to Share Your Newsletter

Lesson 12: Giveaways

Lesson 13: Give Readers a Reason to Sign Up

Lesson 14: Buddy Up

Lesson 15: Members Only

Lesson 16: When to Send a Newsletter

About the Presenter:

Jessie Clever always wanted to be a writer. Then she found out you had to market your books. While she went on to write the bestselling Regency romance Spy Series, Jessie kept to the practical course and earned her MBA with a concentration in marketing, gaining hands on experience in companies ranging from entrepreneurial start-ups to multi-channel international retailers. She now uses her knowledge and experience to help authors expand their readership and deepen the loyalty of their readers. Connect with Jessie at jessieclever.com.


Characterization: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work for You: Jan 2-27, 2017

About the Workshop:

Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author Linnea Sinclair.

Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an instant mental picture…” (Road to Romance Reviews) “I confess to a growing weakness for mature heroines who can present themselves as total equals, matching strengths and vulnerabilities to men with likewise believable and endearing characterizations. And Sinclair succeeds with pizzazz.” (Midwest Book Reviews) and “The author’s sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly)

Sinclair, a retired private detective, will show attendees how she uses police and investigation suspect information sheets to help craft interesting, memorable characters that readers and reviewers will love. She’ll help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and tarot to build story people.

About the Presenter:

Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, and published by both the Dell and Spectra imprints of Bantam Random House, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair has become a name synonymous for high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Reviewers note that Sinclair’s novels “have the wow-factor in spades,” earning her accolades from both the science fiction and romance communities. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and made the USA Today Extended Bestseller list. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.” Sinclair was also nominated for SFWA’s respected John W. Campbell award.

A former news reporter and retired private detective, Sinclair’s lively workshops have made her a writing conference favorite nationwide—her recent schedule included workshops in Houston, Denver, Tampa, St Louis, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and Dallas. She’s been was featured on Daytime, an NBC syndicated talk show, as well as several nationally syndicated radio features. Her sci fi-police procedural novel, THE DOWN HOME ZOMBIE BLUES, was optioned for movie production.

Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com .

Website: www.linneasinclair.com


Bringing Something to the Table: How to Be a Sought After Speaker Before You Publish: Jan 14 & 22, 2017

About the Workshop:

90 Minute Webinar with up to an hour of question and answer after. Two sessions with varied times and days for the most reach.

Merien Grey has been teaching professionally for fifteen years and a paid speaker on the literary scene for the last four years. She believes all aspiring authors can bring something to the table and build their reputation by teaching what they know, even if they aren’t published in the romance genre yet. She will be teaching authors how to find relevant and interesting material in their own backgrounds, how to build engaging one hour presentations and giving tips on how to present them in a dynamic manner at meetings, conferences and online to build the author’s reputation, credibility, and maybe even make some money.

About the Presenter:

Merien has multiple degrees specializing in Anthropology, Sociology, English and Communications Technology. She spent a decade traveling the world as a military intelligence analyst, learning and observing all manner of people and their behavior. Before becoming an author and presenter, her occupations ranged from soldier to bartender to a 911 operator for police, fire and medical aid. The last few years she been an active volunteer with several RWA chapters, to include board member, board liaison and conference committee chair positions. She has used that time to gain an understanding of literary romance culture and to teach about her experiences before she entered the world of romance fiction. Her debut release A Treasure in the Darkness is scheduled for Fall 2016. Merien lives in the shadow of Mount Rainier with her husband, incorrigibly lazy dog and a little one who rules the land with an iron hand at least until bedtime.


Cancelled – October 31 – November 11, 2016

Foolproof Synposis

 

Description:

Build a synopsis from the ground up!

When you know everything there is to know about your story, it’s hard to stay focused on the big picture.

This hands-on workshop teaches you how to convert your creative concept into bite-sized promotional chunks that will allow you to effectively market your manuscript. Discover how the 5 Point Plot Structure helps you to construct a selling synopsis.

In addition to the course material, students will also have an opportunity to receive a critique of  a 2 page synopsis.

Build a synopsis from the ground up!

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October 7, 8, & 9th 2016

How to Make the Most of the Marketing Goldmine Hidden Inside Your Book

 

Description:

Have you often wondered if there are better ways to market your book, and also yourself as an author? That you are somehow missing a key element in the process, something other authors seem to already understand?

You may be surprised to find out the answers are right in front of you, tucked inside the pages of your book.

In this three-day class, we will talk about the following:

Day One – Exploring the Possibilities

Discovering the gems in your book that are actually excellent marketing tools. Branding yourself as an author. Finding your true reader base.

Day Two – Creating Your Path Knowing which swag and freebies to give your readers and what to avoid.

Understanding the little things that make you special as an author, and utilizing those well. Look outside the box for ways to connect with your readers.

Day Three – Implementing Your Ideas

Choosing the signings and other events that will be the most lucrative and important for you. Keeping your eyes and ears open for unusual opportunities. Presenting yourself and your books to an audience.

Instructor:

Wende Dikec (who also writes as Abigail Drake) is the author of five books. She has degrees in Economics and Japanese, and spent a great deal of her pre-writing career working in marketing and advertising, both in the U.S. and abroad.

http://wendedikec.com/