"The Basic Elements of Fiction”
Creating Characters Readers Will Love--Wednesday, 9:15 AM
Learn techniques to create rounded, interesting people who interact in both predictable and surprising ways. We’ll focus on details that make readers cheer your hero, hiss your villain and sympathize with the people caught in between.
How the Plot Thickens--Thursday, 9:15 AM
Learn how to build your story in a way that will hook your readers, keep them interested in the action, and give them a satisfying finish. The basics of a good plot apply to every genre of fiction.
Sharpen Your Dialogue--Friday, 9:15 AM
The best way to promote your plot and deepen characterization is through sharp and realistic dialogue. Learn how to keep your characters’ words powerful, revealing and, above all, interesting.
“Nuts and Bolts of Self-Publishing”
Self-Publishing Choices--Wednesday, 10:45 AM
Before you decide to put out a book, you will need to define your terms. What is print on demand publishing, and how does it differ from a vanity press, e-publishing or other forms of self-publishing? How much of the process should you farm out to experts and what should you do yourself? We'll spend this session helping you make those decisions.
The Publishing Process--Thursday, 10:45 AM
How do you actually make a book? More importantly, how do you actually make a book that Barnes and Noble will put on their shelves? How difficult is it to produce an ebook? In this session we'll go over the necessary actions to turn your manuscript into a marketable product.
Marketing Yourself—Friday, 10:45 AM
Now that you have a product you need to get it into the hands of eager readers. In this session I'll give you tips and ideas on how to make that happen, whether your book is hard copy or electronic. There's a lot you can do to get readers' attention both in person and on line. I'll help you choose those methods that are most comfortable for you.