Classes

Practice Your Pitch: Master the Log-Line

Class Title: Practice Your Pitch: Master the Log-Line

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $45 USD Standard

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

When: WEDNESDAY October 20th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST ***USE Pitch10 for $10 off if you register by 10/20/21

About the Class:

Log-lines are crucial for understanding the most important detail, "WHAT is the story ABOUT?"

If we can't answer this question in a single sentence? Brain surgery with a spork will be easier than writing a synopsis. Pitching? Querying? A nightmare.

Revisions will also take far longer and are likely to be grossly ineffective.

Marketing? Fuggetaboutit.

As authors, we tend to think that EVERY detail is important or others won't "get" our story. Not the case.

If we aren't pitching an agent, the log-line is incredibly beneficial for staying on track with a novel or even diagnosing serious flaws within the story before we've written an 80,000 word disaster.

Perhaps the protagonist has no goal or a weak goal. Maybe the antagonist needs to be stronger or the story problem clearer. Maybe you are cramming too much into one book, when the idea really needs to be a series.

This is a two-hour interactive workshop.

  • The first hour will cover the components of a strong log-line and you'll learn to spot red flags that a concept is flawed.
  • The second hour of class, we'll workshop log-lines.
  • The first ten signups will be used as examples that we will workshop in the second hour of class. So get your log-line fixed for FREE by signing up ASAP.

Those who miss being in the first ten will get a deeply discounted workshop rate if they would like their log-line showroom ready.

Remember, a FREE recording comes with purchase of the class. If you can't make the time or you just want to be able to enjoy the class and rewatch for study later on, it doesn't matter. We got you covered!

About the Instructor:

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer.

She’s also the author of the highly acclaimed mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

 

Price: $45.00

Date: October 20, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

Class Title:  The Edge: How to Write Mystery, Suspense & Thriller

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $65 USD Use code Thrill10 for $10 off before 10/14/21

Date:  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 PM EST

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/ Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

Class Description:

Mystery, suspense, and thriller are highly addictive genres that come with a massive and passionate fanbase. No matter the state of the industry, a great spine-tingling adrenalin rush is always appealing.

It's also a genre that has a tremendous amount of flexibility and range, from pulp fiction and amateur sleuths all the way to gritty Pulitzer and Edgar Award Winning novels.

These genres have a place for all kinds of writers.

In this class, you'll learn:

  • What exactly makes a book a mystery, suspense, thriller?
  • How do these genres blend and cross over?
  • How to create amazing unreliable narrators
  • How do you add in a romantic thread when bullets are flying?
  • What are the most common structures used in these genres?
  • Where do we put in clues? Add in the red herrings?
  • How can we use imagination to deliver audiences something fresh and NEW?
  • How do you craft your story as a series?
  • How can you maximize appeal to possibly catch the film industry's eye?
  • And MORE...

 

***Remember, a FREE recording comes with purchase of the class. If you can't make the time or you just want to be able to enjoy the class and rewatch for study later on, it doesn't matter. We got you covered!

About the Instructor:

Kristen Lamb is the author of the definitive guide to social media and branding for authors, Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. She’s also the author of #1 best-selling books We Are Not Alone—The Writer’s Guide to Social Media and Are You There, Blog? It’s Me, Writer. She’s just released her highly acclaimed debut mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance.

Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazine as one of the Top 101 Websites for Writers. Her branding methods are responsible for selling millions of books and used by authors of every level, from emerging writers to mega authors.

 

Price: $45.00

Date: October 21, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Writing for Podcasting 

Class Title: Introduction to Podcasting

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $129 USD Standard (Use Code New20 for $20 OFF if REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 15th)

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

When: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 7:00-9:30 EST (NYC TIME!)

 

 

 

 

 

About the Class:

Believe it or not, podcasting involves a lot of guess what? WRITING! Even those seemingly freeform podcasts where performers seem to be ‘speaking off the cuff’ are actually scripted.

As with all forms of entertainment, quality is key. Yes, there are seemingly a gazillion other people all jumping on the podcasting bandwagon, but the competition isn’t as fierce as one might believe.

Too many leap into podcasting without any prior preparation. Part of the prep work is to learn how to script episodes that hook and leave listeners not only wanting more, but eager to share your podcast with family and friends.

If we skip over this critical part, it’s easy to ‘hit a wall’ on content because we lack the proper overview of the show we long to create. This is why there are so many abandoned podcasts with only a handful of episodes. The ‘show’ is all over and the sound quality is as appealing as tuning in to listen to fingernails on a chalkboard.

Plan for success! Unlike Introduction to Podcasting, this class deep dives into the nitty gritty of creating a show and dazzling the listeners.

Writing for Podcasting will cover:

  • What do you want to say?
  • Why do you want to say it?
  • HOW MUCH do you have to say (and how to both break it down and make it go the distance)?
  • Two main categories of podcasts
    • Serialized fiction (radio plays)
    • Genre non-fiction podcasts (true crime, biography, science, news, etc.)
  • Writing for fiction podcasts
  • Writing for non-fiction podcasts
  • Technical aspects of writing a ‘script’
  • How to format a script for an ‘unscripted’ and ‘chatty’ style
  • Show notes, attribution, and blog posts
  • Evolving the script and style
  • Speaking of speaking & what you might need to learn or unlearn
  • And more….

***Remember a FREE recording is included with purchase

About the Instructor

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in Long Beach, California with her very patient husband, a cranky old rescue mutt named Horseradish, and two insane Basenji puppies, one of whom is close to taking over North Korea, and one with existential despair.

She likes history, astronomy, Jack Daniels, jewelry, pasta, and solitude. Not all at the same time. She has worked hard to develop a good relationship with the NSA agents in the van outside her house. They now understand that her Google searches and Amazon wish list are purely for research purposes.

Cait is also the co-host of the ‘divinely funny’ podcast, Drunk Mythology Gals, which severely limits which of her book characters she will be hanging with in the afterlife.

Price: $129.00

Date: October 22, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

How to Make Money & The Business of Podcasting

Class Title: Introduction to Podcasting

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $149 USD Standard (Use Code New20 for $20 OFF if REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 15th)

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

When: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26th, 7:00-10:00 EST (NYC TIME!)

 

 

 

 

 

About the Class:

Talk radio, NPR, Audible...and now podcasts. Wireless devices now let us take audio content anywhere we go, and we are now 'listening' to our books and content more than ever. Podcasts have become a major part of popular culture, with live tours, fan clubs, merchandise, memes, and even in crime solving!

In some ways, it's like blogging has jumped into the audio format. So Lamb's Laws of Branding still apply, but there are craft and technical differences we need to be aware of when we write, then produce a podcast.

In short, we need to know the business of our business.

This class will cover A LOT, which is why it is THREE HOURS. Remember, a FREE recording of this class comes with your purchase so you can sit and enjoy and go back and study, take notes at your own pace.

This class will cover:

  • AGAIN, THE BASIC PREMISE: WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS PODCAST?
  • What is the goal relevant to your brand/career?
  • Intellectual property: who owns your podcast content?
  • What is a hosting platform, and why you need one
  • What is a podcast network, and what are the benefits?
  • Technical ‘Stuff’: equipment, software, services, and terminology
  • Super cheap (i.e. free) ways to get started 
  • Recording techniques
  • Audio editing & production
  • How to do effective Social Media/Marketing
  • Money (ads & Patreon, merch, etc.)
  • How to attract and score sponsors
  • Patreon (or similar) and how this all works
  • Fees: all that fine print stuff made simple
  • How much can you make? Additional MONETIZATION!
  • And more...

***Remember a FREE recording is included with purchase

About the Instructor

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in Long Beach, California with her very patient husband, a cranky old rescue mutt named Horseradish, and two insane Basenji puppies, one of whom is close to taking over North Korea, and one with existential despair.

She likes history, astronomy, Jack Daniels, jewelry, pasta, and solitude. Not all at the same time. She has worked hard to develop a good relationship with the NSA agents in the van outside her house. They now understand that her Google searches and Amazon wish list are purely for research purposes.

Cait is also the co-host of the ‘divinely funny’ podcast, Drunk Mythology Gals, which severely limits which of her book characters she will be hanging with in the afterlife.

Price: $149.00

Date: October 26, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The POD PEOPLE Podcasting BUNDLE: THREE Classes at ONE Low Price

Class Title: The Pod People Podcasting Bundle

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $199 USD Standard

***Normal FULL PRICE for all three classes is $377 USD or $317 USD even with all the early registration discounts

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Virtual Classroom/Portal Page (Big Blue Button)

 

 

 

 

 

 

When:

Introduction to Podcasting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 7-9:30 EST (NYC TIME!)

Writing for Podcasting FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd, 7-9:30 EST (NYC TIME!)

The BUSINESS of Podcasting TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26th 7-10:00 EST (NYC TIME!)

***Remember a FREE recording is included with purchase

About the Instructor

Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in Long Beach, California with her very patient husband, a cranky old rescue mutt named Horseradish, and two insane Basenji puppies, one of whom is close to taking over North Korea, and one with existential despair.

She likes history, astronomy, Jack Daniels, jewelry, pasta, and solitude. Not all at the same time. She has worked hard to develop a good relationship with the NSA agents in the van outside her house. They now understand that her Google searches and Amazon wish list are purely for research purposes.

Cait is also the co-host of the ‘divinely funny’ podcast, Drunk Mythology Gals, which severely limits which of her book characters she will be hanging with in the afterlife.

Price: $199.00

Date: October 26, 2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited