Classes

The Art of Character: Writing Characters for a SERIES ON DEMAND

The Art of Character: Writing Characters for a SERIES

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: General Admission $65.00 USD Use New15 for $15 off

Where: On your computer or compatible devices

When: Anytime you want

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 16, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bring on the BINGE: How to Plot & Write a Series ON DEMAND

Class Title: Bring on the BINGE: How to Plot & Write a Series ON DEMAND

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $65 USD Standard

***Use New10 for $10 off

Where: On your computer or compatible devices

When: Any time you want

About the Class:

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

What do they want even MORE?

For the experience to NEVER END...EVER. When readers fall hard for a cast of characters or a world or a storyline, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible.

So let's give them what they want!

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.

Winner, winner, chicken dinner.

Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller (a.k.a.The Lincoln Lawyer) books, Robert Galbraith's Cormoran Strike private detective series, Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire  (a.k.a. Game of  Thrones), and the list goes on.

Every genre has a breakaway series ignites a fanbase and that very often can also set fire to the small screen audiences as well.

If you're not yet excited about writing a series? Check if you have a pulse!

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

  • The different types of series;
  • How to turn your standalone into a series;
  • How to plot a series ahead of time;
  • Ways to make each book fresh and unique;
  • Elements that make a series HIGHLY ADDICTIVE;
  • How to tease out spin-off series;
  • 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. 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: $65.00

Date: June 22, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Spilling the TEA: Blogging for Authors ON DEMAND

Class Title: Spilling the TEA: Blogging for Authors

ON DEMAND

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $75 USD Standard

Where: On compatible devices

WhenAt your convenience

YES, this IS a THREE-HOUR CLASS!

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: August 14, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

World-Building 101: Worlds as Characters

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Class Title: World-Building 101: Worlds as Characters

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $75 USD Standard

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

***Use CODE New15 for $15 off while the code lasts

WhenTHURSDAY, AUGUST 25th 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:

World building is where we get to play 'Author God' and create all the intricacies that go into our world. World building informs characters (what they can and cannot do) as well as directs the plot.

Failure to do proper world-building can create DISASTER. Readers are smart and they WILL expect us (our characters) to play by a set of rules. Without a proper world or clearly crafted boundaries, readers can become easily confused.

Ah, but do it well and...

The worlds we create in fiction, especially series, are powerful enough to create a fandom that sweeps the globe and can even become inextricable parts of our culture. From Star Wars to Harry Potter to Twilight to Stranger Things and on and on, WORLD BUILDING is the stuff movies, theme parks, franchises, and events like Comic-Con are made of.

Whether you just want to have a general idea of how your world works or you want to create vast maps, empires, houses, planets, new tech or even create your own languages for your novel, this is a class to get you started.

In this class, we will cover:

  • How to create a series 'bible'
  • Understand the different 'types' of world-building one might need from 'crime fiction' (NCIS) to 'techno thrillers' (Red Storm Rising) to 'epic high fantasy' (Lord of the Rings) to science fiction (Dune/Firefly) all demand world-building
  • Creating your world's 'essence'
  • Sometimes less is more
  • Geography
  • History
  • Society/Culture
  • Rules/Limitations for Magic
  • Technology & Limitations
  • The basics of creating an 'alien' language
  • Where to begin with world building and how far to go
  • Seven Deadly Sins of World Building

 

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: August 25, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited