• Upcoming Workshops & Events

     

    2023 Writers Series | An Introduction to Self Publishing

    with Jacqueline Vick

     

    Self-publishing has evolved over the past few decades into a legitimate path for writers that even traditionally published authors have embraced. Resources are readily available, but not knowing what you’re looking for can add hours of unfruitful research. This two-week course will clarify the steps involved and tools available to get you to that published book.

     

    Week one covers how to prepare your manuscript for the markets, including types of editors, researching the competition, book covers, front and back matter, and tips for writing your book description.

     

    Week two will look at the various tools for formatting your book as well as several publishing options, including subscription-based services like Kindle Unlimited, aggregators to take your book “wide”, and going direct to markets. Note that the examples will be U.S. based.

     

    By the end of the course, attendees will have the information and tools to plan their path toward hitting the Publish button and is intended for people who are considering self-publishing and those who have started the journey but need direction.

     

    Jacqueline Vick is the author of THE FRANKIE CHANDLER PET PSYCHIC MYSTERIES and HARLOW BROTHER MYSTERIES. She began her self-publishing journey in the dark ages when manuscripts were formatted in Word. Since then, she has independently published over twenty-three

    books, short stories, and novellas.

     

    Saturday March 4 & 11 | 9:00a-11:00a Pacific, 12:00p-2:00p Eastern

     

    $39 Early Bird registration before February 15th

    $49 Regular registration after February 15th

     

    Via Zoom

  • Past Workshops

    I would love to present any of the following workshops to your writing group or organization.

    Workshops can be structured from 90-minutes to 2-or 4-week courses.

    So the Book is Done...Now What? | with Kim Taylor Blakemore

    Your book is done. You have an idea you want to look for an agent, that the agent will find a publisher, that the publisher will publish the book. But what are all the steps between? Who does what in publishing? What are my roles and responsibilities? What are first serial rights? Right of first refusal? What's a style sheet? Using my own experience publishing with Lake Union Publishing, Viking, and HarperCollins, I will walk you through the steps from "The End" to your book's release day.

    TechPop | Make a Book Trailer with Animoto | with Maryka Biaggio

    Maryka Biaggio will walk participants through the process of making a book trailer video at the Animoto website. She will show trailers she has made and demonstrate each step of the process. There will be time for participants to begin making their own trailer.

    Editing Bootcamp

    We love it. We hate it. Without it, a story is doomed. This fast-paced interactive webinar will walk you through a specific process for deep editing of scenes, paragraphs, sentences, and words. These are practical tools you can use on the fly to make your scenes shine. Please bring TWO copies of three pages of a work-in-progress.

     

    Available as 90-minute overview or in-depth 4-week workshop

    TECH POP | Using Plottr

    Plotter is an inexpensive, terrific, powerful, visual way to see your story beats and outline. Panster? It's got tons of flexibility. Plotter? You will be in love. Use in conjunction with brainstorming, plotting, Scrivenering, and any other way you write your stories. This workshop will demonstrate how to setup a project; create timelines, with chapters, places, and notes; and show an example of a work in progress.

    Writing the Heart of Your Story (or Tell Your Tale in 100 Words or Less)

    Tell me your story in 100 words or less. Tell me it's heart, what makes it tick. Why your should write it and someone should pick it up off the shelf. In this dynamic workshop, you will work on your novel's description - the one that can serve both as the focus as your write, and the main event in your query letter. Plan on workshopping, editing, sharing, and giving feedback to others. Let's make our story description shine. Presented by Kim Taylor Blakemore

    Query and Synopsis

    Bring your query and synopsis for feedback from the other writers in the group, then have time to revise and reshare the final, improved product. This workshop is for:

    • Writers ready to submit to agents or editors
    • Writers actively submitting to agents or editors
    • Self-published authors looking to add a synopsis to their novel
    • Self-published authors looking to hone their sales page book description

    Plan Your Creative Year

    It's our annual Plan your Creative Year workshop! Let's gather to focus our dreams into goals and those goals into tasks. We will use a handout based on The One system to get a head start on the upcoming year. Less chaos, more time to write, more time for life.

    Custom Workshops

    Please let me know what your group is interested in learning! I can create custom workshops on Craft of Fiction, Writing Historical Fiction, Amping the Tension, and other writing skills.

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