Promotion starts before you
begin writing and never ends. The time when publishers felt
responsible for promoting their authors is long gone. Whether a
multi-published novelist, a self published non-fiction author, or a
fledgling writer, promoting your work has become your
responsibility. Your ability to self promote may determine whether
or not your next book will be published. Even best selling authors
still hire publicists. But in this changing world of multimedia,
there is much you can do on your own to promote your name and your
work, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Come and learn how you,
too, can efficiently promote yourself and launch or re-energize your
Whether you have a website or not yet,
whether you are published or not yet, whether you design your
own or pay professionals to do it for you, your website is your
first line of marketing. But the best tool to attract new
readers, brand your name and your books, keep in touch with your
fans, establish a platform, and launch or propel your career to
greater heights, could be wasted if you don't use it
efficiently. Learn to avoid the pitfalls and make your website
work overtime to reach your goals.
FOR WRITING COMPELLING FICTION
In the talk like in the
booklet, Vijaya shares her personal award-winning secrets and those
she gathered from bestselling authors she interviewed on her radio
show about writing, "Authors
Secrets Radio." What makes a novel unforgettable? What keeps
the reader turning the pages? Learn to create intriguing characters
your readers will love. Punch up your dialogue, devise brilliant
plot twists, generate conflict or suspense, improve your style, all
in your own voice, to produce your most compelling fiction.
A LUCRATIVE CAREER AS
AN E-BOOK AUTHOR? IS IT FOR YOU?
There is a new breed of
publishers out there eager to read your manuscript even if you don't
have an agent. They take chances with new authors, they love their
work and will help you get your name out there. They are just as
tough on good writing as their New York competitors but open-minded
about new ideas and cross-genres, and if they like your work, their
editors will help you make your manuscript even better. The money
is there, too. This is the best news in the publishing industry in
many years. Yes, there is hope for talented authors ignored for too
long. The future is already here. Don't miss this great
WRITERS' BLOCK, NEVER AGAIN!
This is the chance to find
out what hinders your writing and solve that problem once and for
all. Is it your insecurities, or is it the story? Is it the
characters? Why don't they want to do what you planned for them?
Learn twenty ways to boost your creative juices, regain enthusiasm
for your writing, understand what's happening in your mind and in
your story, and keep your butt in the chair.
BRAINSTORMING - THE BASIC ELEMENTS OF A GREAT STORY
How much should you know
about your story and characters before you start writing? What
hooks, plot twists, external and internal conflicts and other
elements do you need? How do you pace the story? And where do all
these elements belong for maximum effect? Learn the brainstorming
techniques that will bring the perfect story together every time.
FROM BOOK TO FILM -
WRITING THE NOVELS HOLLYWOOD WILL LOVE
How to write your novel in
a way that will easily adapt to the screen and appeal to movie
directors. Learn the techniques and avoid the pitfalls to increase
your chances of selling your novel to Hollywood.
SECRETS FOR A SUCCESSFUL
How to get the most of a
live interview on TV, Radio or Newspaper - How to get the interview,
what hosts are looking for. Avoid common mistakes, learn to build up
self-confidence. Also learn about preparation, clothing, etiquette,
behavior, marketing prior to and after the interview - How to make a
friend of your host, get invited again, etc.
VILLAINS YOU LOVE TO HATE - VILLAINS YOU HATE
Develop believable villains
who will enhance your heroes. The modern villain is complex and his
motivations understood. Learn how to create wonderfully twisted
villains. Shorter workshop - 1/2 hour - can be combined with other
FIVE KEYS TO
These secrets will make
your dialogue sizzle The greatest line of dialogue is nothing out of
its all important context. "He's looking at you, kid." is not about
the words, but about the emotional conflict tied to the situation.
If you want your dialogue to remain etched in the reader's mind,
learn how to give it the intensity and emotional charge that will
make it unforgettable.
MAKE IT TO THE TOP -
MANAGING YOUR WRITING CAREER
Success does not happen by
chance. Have you planned your career? Set your goals? Do you know
what the next step is? What it entails? Have you done your
homework? polished the new skills you will soon need? Are you ready
for the changes to come?
SPEAKING SKILLS FOR AUTHORS
Sooner or later you will
have to stand up and speak. It could be at a book signing, in a
library, pitching your book to an editor, an agent, at a marketing
group meeting, making a speech upon receiving an award. Do you know
how to captivate an audience? Can you control the butterflies in
your stomach? Will you remember what to say? Are you prepared to
shine? It can all be learned.
WRITING TO ENTHRALL
Mastering the action scene
- Anyone can learn to create suspense and tension in their scenes,
but the action scene is a ruthless animal that must not be tamed.
Learn the techniques to produce fast-paced scenes that will leave
your reader breathless!
BELIEVABLE HEROES, CORRUPT
And a host of memorable
characters in between - Developing believable characters can go a
long way in getting your story published.
WHEN SCI-FI AND ROMANCE COLLIDE
While Science fiction was
mainly a male genre, Romance was usually reserved for women. No
more! Romance readers are getting tired of the same old stories, and
they would like sci-fi plots if the stories included the human and
romantic element they crave. As for male readers, they welcome the
human factor as well, as long as it doesn't slow the story. So was
born a new genre that's gaining in popularity, Sci-Fi Romance with a
STARTS, HOOKS, AND
Keep the reader turning the pages - It's a technique, and you, too,
can learn it.
THE METAPHOR and ASSIMILATING THE SIMILE
A hands on workshop on creating original images that
will make your writing unforgettable.
SPRUCE UP YOUR STORYLINE
How to improve your plot, heighten conflict, reinforce the theme,
and achieve good pacing for a story the reader cannot put down.
APPEAL TO THE SENSES
Learn how to include powerful sensory tools to make your writing
AND LITERARY VOICE
How to find your own and polish it to a shine.