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THE WRITE STUFF SPECIAL: 20 PAGES OF DEEP EDIT FOR $55

The Write Stuff Special

Editor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $55 USD

Availability: 10 Slots (or until May 4th)

 

 

About: Book sales less than stellar? Keep getting rejected and don't know why? Struggling with the opening of your novel? Getting 20,000 or 30,000 words in and hitting a wall?

Likely time for some professional guidance.

The 'Write Stuff' Special might be the cure for what ails you (or your book).

Agents and editors only give us (writers) a few pages to hook their attention and hopefully a contract. Readers can be even pickier, skimming samples to see if they want to purchase or pass our on novel. Opening pages are crucial for book sales.

Generally, a pro can spot all your weaknesses (and strengths) in twenty pages, but what do we see? Why is the story starting out strong only to fizzle and fall apart? I will tell you for $2.75 a page.

I've plotted hundreds of novels, repaired even more, and edited tens of thousands of pages in every genre. Make the most of your time. Stop taking classes on character if that isn't a weakness. This diagnostic can show you, specifically, where your work needs help (if any).

If you want the truth about your writing, I'm here to help.

***This service has only ten slots. It will be open until either ten slots fill or June 2nd, when the service closes, whichever comes first.

 

A skilled analysis will give you MAJOR advantage:
  • A pro has emotional distance and objectivity to spot the real problem areas
  • Critique partners mean well, but may have us 'fixing' stuff that isn't broken while ignoring major red flag issues
  • Writing partners often lack the skill level or the knowledge for what works and what doesn't in YOUR genre
  • Rejection letters don't always mean the book is bad. Your time is valuable, so no need to waste it repairing a perfectly good story

 

What this SPECIAL includes:

  • General line-edit and proofing along with a deep content edit and assessment of the sample
  • Honest but kind feedback about problems and detailed suggestions/instructions for repairing any issues
  • Truthful feedback about what you do well! YES! Do more of THAT!

 

***There is a ten business day turnaround beginning day after the submission received.

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. She's currently a staff features writer for the prestigious Strategy Magazine.

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: $55.00

Date: May 25, 2022

Available Spaces: 9

Spilling the TEA: Blogging for Authors

Class Title: Spilling the TEA: Blogging for Authors

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $75 USD Standard

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

***Use CODE New25 for $25 off

WhenTUESDAY, May 31st, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 10:00 P.M. EST

YES, this IS a THREE-HOUR CLASS, so aren't you glad y'all get a FREE recording?

About the Class:

Whenever I mention the word "blog" writers go pale and likely envision some mindless alien life form that rolls over crowds of screaming people, then melts and absorbs them.

For clarification that is the BLOB and NOT the Blog. Though the way blogging is so frequently taught? Totally understand the confusion.

Blogging is THE most powerful form of social media, and ALSO the most misused and misunderstood (hence why writers avoid it and throw holy water on it).

Twitter could flitter and Facebook could fold but the blog will remain so long as we have an Internet. The blog has been going strong since the 90s and it's one of the best ways to establish a brand and then harness the power of that brand to drive book sales.

The best part is, done properly, a blog plays to a writer's strengths. Writers write.

Oh it is also the easiest of all forms of social media to monetize and the more love you give it, the more it will give back.

This class is going to cover:

  • How author blogs work. What's the difference in a regular blog and an author blog?
  • What do we blog about? What is going to draw readers and get them excited?
  • How do we understand the magical sorcery of Google and harness it to work our WILL? *evil laugh*
  • How can we monetize a blog? Oh no! Asking for money! Scary stuff indeed.
  • How can you cultivate a fan base of people who are uniquely YOUR fans?
  • How does a blog sell books? Because they do…seriously.

Blogging is only hard if we make it that way. This class will spill...the...tea and show you how to simplify your blog and make it one of the most enjoyable aspects of your writing career.

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: $75.00

Date: May 31, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Art of Character: Writing Characters for a SERIES

The Art of Character: Writing Characters for a SERIES

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: General Admission $65.00 USD

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Portal (Big Blue Button)

When: June 2nd 7:00-10:00 p.m. EST (NYC TIME)

Class Description:

Series are HOT, HOT, HOT! Readers want to fall in love with our stories, our worlds, and our characters.

Which is where we'll focus during this class.

CHARACTERS are critical when it comes to creating a series readers want to BINGE. 

When readers fall hard for a main character or a cast of characters, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible because they CARE. They've become vested in what happens to their favorite character(s).

So let's give them what they want!

The disconnected series is only as strong as the core character (e.g. Jack Ryan).

What makes readers crave the next book and the next and the NEXT? A strong core character who's relatable and flawed, but simultaneously larger than life.

The connected series requires an entire cast that can help the story go the distance from inciting incident to the final book and BIG BOSS BATTLE (e.g. Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games).

As we've already talked about, series are a fantastic way to build a loyal and evangelical fanbase. Also, statistically, authors who have more titles for sale have far greater odds of making more money.

Connect these book titles together into a series? Who can resist just one...more...ride?

Another advantage to series? The small screen television business is BOOMING. From HBO to Netflix, to Amazon to the Hallmark Channel and more, producers are on the hunt for series that WOW.

Why? Because when they option a series it makes their business way simpler. They already have stories that a) are a proven commodity b) are simpler to translate to the screen and that c) come with the bonus of a ready-made fanbase.

This is a THREE HOUR CLASS that will come with notes and a template to help you create your characters and keep them organized and evolving.

In this class we'll cover a LOT of territory:

  • How to create a hero/heroine for the disconnected series (e.g. Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles)
  • Crafting the larger than life character readers can't help but fall for (e.g. Detective Harry Bosch)
  • Creating a dimensional CAST for your disconnected series
  • Crafting supporting characters that drive your MC's character arc
  • How to create a hero/heroine for the connected series (e.g. Harry Potter)
  • Balance the party
  • Crafting a larger than life cast of characters that can build your series' momentum
  • 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 also the author of the highly acclaimed mystery-thriller The Devil’s Dance. Kristen is currently a staff features writer for the high-end Strategy Magazine.

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: $65.00

Date: June 2, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Practice Your Pitch: Master the Log-Line

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

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $50 USD Standard

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

When: THURSDAY JUNE 9th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST

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 can work with me later via email. We'll try to fit everyone into the time we have.

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: $50.00

Date: June 9, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited