On Demand Classes

On Demand

Previously recorded classes including sessions from WANACon.

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 Holiday20 for $20 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 Holiday20 for $20 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: November 20, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

The Story Bible: Keeping Track of the Voices in Your Head...and More ON DEMAND

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $75 USD

***Use Holiday20 for $20 off

Where: On Compatible Devices

When: ANY TIME YOU WANT

Some writers live and die by the sticky note. But how many sticky notes can a non-weight-bearing wall handle when we are world-building for a book or even a series? Conversely, as a reader, we have all had that, “Wait, I thought you said he had green hair because he was a Xusian?” moment when we catch an inconsistency 

A “Story Bible” helps you keep everyone all on the same page...as in everyone in your head.. 

This class will cover the following topics - and much more:

  • The elements of a backstory;
  • How to take your current plot idea and work backwards into a backstory;
  • Integrating character profiles and the backstory;
  • How the backstory relates to the log line and synopsis;
  • Using the backstory to dig yourself out of corners and shake off writer’s block;
  • Why a backstory is crucial to writing a series.

 

A recording of this class is also 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.

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: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

World in a Box ON DEMAND: Playing God Has Perks

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $125 USD Standard (HOLIDAY SPECIAL PRICE!)

***To buy separately, without discount is a combined $225. Use this holiday bundle as your Playing God Starter Kit!

Where: BadLamb Academy Digital Classroom

 

 

 

When:

Gaskets & Gaiters: Steampunk & Gaslamp World-Building

Lasers, Dragons & Swords World-Building for Fantasy & Science Fiction

Backstory: The Yarn Behind the Book

Playing God has never been this much fun...or cost-efficient. Get all three world-building class for one low holiday price and enjoy at your leisure.

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.

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: $125.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

World-Building 101: Worlds as Characters ON DEMAND

Monty Python Holy Grail God

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 Holiday20 for $20 off 

WhenAt your convenience on any compatible device

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: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Lasers, Dragons, & Swords! World-Building for Fantasy & Science Fiction ON DEMAND

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $75 USD Standard

Use Holiday20 for $20 off!

Where: On Compatible Devices

When: ANY TIME YOU WANT

Science Fiction and Epic Fantasy are the double agents of the literary world. They simultaneously provide exotic escapism while at the same time serving as a ruthless mirror of contemporary society.

Whether it's magic or technology, these genres bend rules and toy with the impossible.

However, it is also perilously easy to fall into the trap of bending every rule to make it easy for yourself, your plot, and your characters. When the fantastic becomes too fantastical, your world begins to lose its magic, and readers begin to distance themselves from the emotional impact of the actual story.

This class will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • Etymology: If you are going to make up names for people, places, food, customs, magic/technology, etc., you need to understand the fundamental rules of creating language.
  • What's normal and carries over from our world/time and doesn't need description vs what is different and should be described
  • How much magic or science do you have to know in order to build your world effectively?
  • How to keep it real: tips and tricks for keeping your characters relatable to readers, even if they have tentacles/magical powers/chip implants.
  • Spotting tired tropes and DOING BETTER. Make your fiction unique. No retreads! "Oh no, not another young, timid girl who becomes magical/laser-wielding social warrior!"

In a world of a gazillion forgettable fantasies and sci-fi stories, let Cait help you take your WORLD & STORY to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. When world building is done right? Fans will be BEGGING to do fan fiction with the worlds you create.

A recording of this class is also included with purchase.

GOLD PACKAGE

You get the class (recording included in price) with Cait plus one hour of personalized one-on-one consulting regarding YOUR story. 

PLATINUM PACKAGE

You get the class (recording included in price) with Cait plus two hours of personalized one-on-one consulting regarding YOUR story and bonus worksheets. These worksheets will efficiently guide you through in-depth world-building and research, providing you with consistency for your writing and an excellent reference/style sheet for your editor and proofreader.

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.

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: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Bad Boys: Can’t Live with Them, Can’t Write Without Them ON DEMAND

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $75 USD

****Use early registration code New25 for $25 off if used before 10/4/22

Where: Bad Lamb Academy Digital Classroom

When: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11th (7:00-9:00 PM EST)

Some Bad Boys have tattoos and motorcycles. Others wear three-piece suits and eat mergers & acquisitions for breakfast. 

 

A Bad Boy lives fearlessly, doing what he wants, taking what he wants, and saying what he wants. He doesn’t date and only occasionally toys with women. 

From Han Solo to Loki, James Dean to Jareth, the Bad Boy is one of the most dominant and powerful tropes in all narrative forms since our species started telling stories. 

Why are we fascinated by them? As writers, how do we create them in a way that is both compelling and realistic? How do we show flirty antagonism and quasi-obsessive pursuit that in real life are probably creepy and unhealthy? 

This class will cover:

  • The Bad Boy’s backstory
  • The Bad Boy’s rejection
  • The Bad Boy’s redemption
  • The Wolf vs. the Bichon Frisé
  • Mutually Assured Conquest
  • The Bad Boy voice: write like a man...literally.

 

A recording of this class is also 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.

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: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Tease: Keep the Romance Going...All Book Long ON DEMAND

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $75 USD

***Use Holiday20 for $20 off

Where: On Any Compatible Device

When: ANY TIME YOU LIKE

No matter where romance authors fall on the scale of heat, from Barbara Cartland to the Marquis de Sade, there is one thing we all must do:

We have to be a tease. 

Not just any tease, but a tease of epic proportions who is willing to torment characters and readers alike across hundreds of pages.

Why? Because she who teases best sells best. 

  1. Flirt with the Formula: how to get to a memorable “Happily Ever After”
  2. Want vs. Need: giving readers what they need (and understanding why they need it)
  3. The Art of the Near Miss: how to frustrate the romantic leads to satisfy the readers
  4. The Rules of Restraint: keeping the main characters guessing (and the readers screaming)
  5. Tips and Tricks: how to twist your plot (and your readers’ hearts) using characters, obstacles, secrets, and lies

 

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.

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: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Baby, It’s Hot in Here! Writing High Heat Romance ON DEMAND

Instructor: Cait Reynolds

Price: $75 USD

***Use discount code Holiday20 for $20 off

Where: On any Compatible Digital device

When: ANY TIME YOU LIKE

Boy meets Girl. Boy and Girl have sex several times, though the scenes all kind of blur together at some point. Girl (or Boy) ends up in trouble at the hands of criminals/jealous ex/drug lord and needs Boy's (or Girl's) rescue.

Boy and Girl have celebratory sex and live happily ever after.

Sound all too familiar?

Maybe like the tens of thousands of schlocky "Schlongs of Shanghai" titles all competing for KENP (Kindle pages read) and the top 1,000 ranking on Amazon?

But, there's no denying that erotica is one of the hottest genres around and has a very real place in literature. Yet, to write a work of erotica that provides both the escapist fantasy that readers want while creating a fast-paced story with memorable characters and riveting, unique sex scenes is probably harder than trying to find that billionaire cowboy with six-pack abs who's into ménage-a-trois.

This class will not be for the faint of heart or those who blush easily!

We are going to tackle the nitty gritty of the erotica genre as a whole and sex scenes in particular…and use ALL the words in our discussions!

Topics covered include:

  • When to introduce sex into the story and the sex v. plot ratio 
  • Creating chemistry in one easy step
  • Decisions, decisions: Purple prose v. crass cusswords 
  • How to avoid the cookie-cutter Alpha male (and corresponding Mary Sue female) 
  • Keeping the sex fresh, interesting, and unique in every single scene - How realistic to make sex in any given scene v. how much detail is TMI, even for your readers?
  • What really makes a scene sexy?
  • What makes a story sexy?

 

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.

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: $75.00

Date: December 1, 2022

Available Spaces: Unlimited