Building Your Street Teams – The Secrets to Selling More Books
Presenter: Penny Sansevieri
How to build your fan base from the ground up and how to engage them so they will help you market your book!
Rocking That Hybrid Life
Presenter: Vanessa Riley
Explore the options and paths an author will encounter when choosing to straddle the fence and build a career with Indie and Traditional Releases.
Self-Publishing: Mountain, Molehill, or Money Pit
Presenters: Vanessa Knight, Amy Alessio
This is an introductory class on how to self publish complete with lists.
Stephanie Scott – Instagram for Authors
Presenter: Stephanie Scott
With 1 billion monthly worldwide users and growing, Instagram is a major league social media platform – and it’s full of readers! Learn strategies how to reach them.
Working with Romance Media
Presenter: Danielle Dresser
Trying to promote your book can be a daunting task, but by creating meaningful relationships within the ever-changing romance media landscape, getting the word out about your book can not only be successful and make an impact, but also be fun while doing so!
The Not-So-Magical Care and Feeding of Readers
Presenters: Shae Connor, Sasha Devlin, Dylan St. James
This panel will explore ways to handle everything from negative reviews to overly invasive inquiries without straying into the realm of the Badly Behaving Author.
The Not-So-Magical Care of Feeding of Authors
Presenters: Shae Connor, Sasha Devlin, Dylan St. James
This panel will discuss how authors can support each other at every relationship level, from fan to professional acquaintance to friend.
Ten Tips for Tighter Tension
Presenter: Molly O’Keefe-Fader
Whether you’re writing women’s fiction, young adult or the steamiest erotica, there’s only one thing that keeps readers turning pages: tension. This workshop will help you dig deep into your manuscript so you can turn up the tension and write can’t-put-it-down books.
The Emotional Arc
Presenter: Tere Michaels
This workshop focuses on the emotional arc; how to craft, analyze and revise the heart of your story.
Going Deep: Quick and Dirty Tips to Deepen POV
Presenter: j. leigh bailey
This workshop will provide quick and dirty tips to deepen point of view by understanding character awareness, limiting marks of authorship, cutting filter words, and focusing on showing vs telling–letting the character own the page by leaving barely a trace of the author.
What to Do When You’re Stuck: 4 Methods to Plot Your Way Out of Writer’s Block
Presenter: Alyssa Alexander
When your previous plotting methods no longer work and you need to shake things up, you can try new ways to get past that writer’s block.
Riding the Train of Scene and Sequel
Presenter: Terri Reed
Learn to drive your story forward through disasters and new decisions by utilizing Dwight Swain’s Scene and Sequel, modified for romance novels, with award winning author Terri Reed
Finding Your Voice: Five-Star Reviews from the Future
Presenter: Jennifer Stevenson
Use free-writing, guided workshop, and brainstorming to identify four or five specific elements of your voice, the things people pay money for; to choose what markets are friendliest to your voice, especially if you are considering moving into a new genre; and to sharpen your awareness of your own uniqueness when developing marketing materials.
Actions and Reactions: Emotional Chemistry to Drive Your Plot Forward
Presenter: KD Garcia
In this hands-on workshop, we’ll use the character’s actions and reactions to move from one plot point to the next and maximize emotion on the page.
Presenter: Allie Pleiter
Multi-published author Allie Pleiter leads you through all the ways you can use dialogue within your story to pack a far bigger punch than “she said.”
Writing Queer Sex: Getting It Right
Presenters: Brenda Murphy, Megan Hart
How to write queer sex that won’t have readers closing your book for the wrong reasons.
Heat Up the Pages: A Deeper Look into Erotic Romance
Presenters: Measha Stone, Livia Grant
Shed the light on erotic romance and expose all of the elements that make it a best-selling subgenre of romance.
Outside the Lines: Writing What You Don’t Know
Presenter: Eliza David
Writing what you don’t know is easier than you think!
Building Believable Worlds
Presenter: Ava Cuvay
Effective Worldbuilding for everyone… the Why, Who, and How to do it.
Secrets of a Meticulous Plotter
Presenter: Tracy Brogan
Plotting tips and tricks to show how knowing the ending will help you craft the beginning-and the middle!
All About Character: Using Character-Themed Word Choice to Power Your Manuscript
Presenter: Elizabeth Essex
Using examples from best-selling authors, Elizabeth Essex gives writers powerful tools to optimize characterization through ‘character-themed’ word choices in their individual genres or sub-genres, and to help them built a mindset and vocabulary that empowers characters on the page.
Domestic Violence in Romance: Write the Story Survivors Deserve
Presenter: Adrianna Herrera
In this workshop authors will learn how to responsibly write survivor stories that are informed, respectful and live up to the promise of an HEA.
What Did You Do in the War, Granny? Why WWII Should Contain More “Herstory”
Presenter: Barb Deane
Learn about all the ways in which American women took on many new roles and changed the outcome of World War II: from Rosie the Riveter, the Atomic Girls, Canteen Girls, and Code Girls, to American Red Cross “Clubmobile Girls”, driving to the front lines in a mobile club, with doughnuts, coffee, and good old American friendliness.
Even Superman Had a Day Job
Presenter: Maggie Wells
An updated version of my 2018 ‘Don’t Quit Your Night Job’ workshop – reformatted for more class discussion and brainstorming exercises.
Beyond Diversity 101: How to Check Your Privileges, Examine Our Biases, and Move Forward
Presenter: Sasha Devlin
This workshop will be a frank discussion on the intersection of marginalizations and romance and ways that we can all be better allies and audiences to make the genre a more inclusive space.
The Happy and Healthy Full-Time Writer
Presenter: Erika Allerton
This workshop will explore every author’s dream—to write full-time—by showcasing ten habits that will serve writers before and after they achieve that dream.
Running on Empty
Presenter: Jeannie Moon
If you’ve been pushing yourself too hard, find a healthy work-life balance using smart goal setting techniques and self-motivating tools.