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On Demand Classes

On Demand

Previously recorded classes including sessions from WANACon.

ON DEMAND: More Than Crop Circles: Introduction to Science Fiction

Class Title: More Than Crop Circles: Introduction to Science Fiction

Price: $45.00 USD Standard

Where: On your personal computer

Date: Any time you want! (ON DEMAND)

Class Description:

Science fiction is a genre currently exploding in popularity. This genre comes with a rabidly passionate fanbase who never can seem to get enough of good stories. Great science fiction is almost guaranteed to spawn fan fiction and perhaps even hook the interest of the film industry.

Stranger Things, anyone?

Science fiction offers a wide range for all kinds of authors, from the short pulp to the longer Nebula Award winning stories.

In this class we'll learn:

  • What is genre and why should we care?
  • What makes science fiction science fiction and how this relates to reader expectations?
  • What are the fundamental tropes of science fiction?
  • Science fiction sub-genres and how to figure out what you've written;
  • The differences between sub-genres and Amazon categories
  • How to use genre to market and sell your book!
  • And more...

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is the author of 23 books. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences.

She has one husband, earned two graduate degrees and two black belts, raised three sons, danced English Country dance for four years, is aunt to five nieces, is designing a sixth Regency-era costume, blogged seven years on Random Bits of Fascination, has outlines for eight novels waiting to be written, attended nine English country dance balls, and shared her life with ten cats.

Price: $45.00

Date: July 28, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

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

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $55 USD Standard

Where: From Your PC (and certain other smart devices)

When: At Your Convenience

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!

 

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: $55.00

Date: September 29, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Spilling the HOLIDAY Tea ON DEMAND: Blogging for Authors

Class Title: Spilling the Tea ON DEMAND: Blogging for Authors

Instructor: Kristen Lamb

Price: $75 USD Standard

HOLIDAY PRICE: $40

Where: ON DEMAND

When:  At Your Convenience

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

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: $40.00

Date: September 30, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

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

Where: ON DEMAND (at your computer)

When: ANYTIME YOU LIKE!

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!

All from the comfort of HOME at YOUR computer!

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: $65.00

Date: October 1, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND Social Schizophrenia: Building a Brand WITHOUT Losing Your Mind

CLASS TITLE: ON DEMAND Social Schizophrenia: Building a Brand WITHOUT Losing Your Mind

INSTRUCTOR: Kristen Lamb

General Admission: $50.00 USD Standard

LOCATION: From YOUR Computer

CLASS DESCRIPTION:

In the digital age, it is impossible to sell books---or anything---without first creating and establishing a brand.

But there are so many voices, conflicting opinions, and everything seems to change faster than we can keep up.

TRUTH: The simplest and most cost-effective way to build a brand is by using social media.

Correction. Using social media WELL.

There are a ton of options.

Facebook, blogging, Pinterest and OMG! INSTAGRAM!

*head explodes*

Authors are tasked with creating the brand (YOU+ BOOKS) then cultivating a thriving, enthusiastic fan base eager to be part of our success...oh, and we have to keep writing books.

Most authors already have a full-time job. Then, writing is at least another full-time if not at least part-time job.

Do we really want to add SEO expert, marketer, promoter, advertising expert, and on-line data analyst to to the list of jobs as well?

All authors need a brand, so this class teaches how to locate and cultivate your audience into passionate fans who BUY YOUR BOOKS!

How can you grow your platform and turn your name alone into a bankable asset? Not as hard as you might have been led to believe.

You DO NOT need to be a tech guru/mega-high-pressure-sales person to excel at this. In fact, best you aren't.

Yet, the reality is that in the digital age of commerce, consumers rely on brands more than ever in human history. They're overwhelmed and we can help them out….by finding US.

Consumers (which is code for readers) buy from who they know, like and trust. In a sea of infinite choices a powerful NAME is a tremendous asset.

Can you say James Patterson?

The single largest challenge all writers face in the digital age is discoverability and connecting with our audience is a challenge but nothing we can't handle.

This class will address:

What is a brand? How to make one uniquely your own.

How to BE YOU! You're a writer, not an insurance salesman! 

Harness your imagination & creativity for better results (No one likes SPAM, so don't serve it!).

How to use this information to locate, engage and cultivate an audience.

Myths about exposure.

Common scams that will wreck your brand and earning ability.

Why most promotion is a waste of money.

A list of expensive and not-so-bright ideas for reaching readers.

Knowing when and HOW to promote.

***And YES, we will address INSTAGRAM.

Overall this class is about working smarter not harder. This class is to teach you to think strategically so all energy is focused. Sure, we have to hustle, but why not hustle and there be an AUTHENTIC PAYDAY for all that hard work?

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: $50.00

Date: October 22, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND: Beyond Bulletproof HOLIDAY Barbie: Strong Female Characters for a Modern World

Class: Beyond Bulletproof HOLIDAY Barbie

Regular Price: $55.00 USD Standard

SALE PRICE: $25 USD Standard

Where: On YOUR Computer

When: ON DEMAND

Female characters have evolved from 'damsel in distress' to the 'hardcore badass.' Problem is, fictional females escaped one boring mold only to end up in another even MORE boring mold.

But with lipgloss AND karate!

Strong female characters fascinate audiences on the page and on the screen. From Atomic Blonde to Wonder Woman, Special Agent Scully to Dr. Laura Isles, women can exude power and danger in a variety of ways.

Sadly, the badass female has devolved into a tired trope with the depth of a puddle.

This class is to challenge the concept of the dangerous woman as protagonist and antagonist. Creating a powerful woman involves more than handing her weapons, a black belt, and a terminal case of RBF (Resting B$#@% Face).

    • Expanding 'who' the dangerous woman IS;
    • Still waters run DEEP;
    • Broadening backstory;
    • Motives matter;
    • The 'Tomb Raider' effect;
    • Combat, weapons, tactics;
    • Expanding her 'arsenal';
    • Generating authentic dramatic action/tension;
    • Making the dangerous dame 'likable';
    • AND MORE...

As an author, competitive shooter, and former combatives instructor, there are few characters I LOVE more than a kickass female action hero. Conversely, fewer things vex me more than the tired cookie-cutter female action hero trope. Women can be powerful in a myriad of ways, beyond hand-to-hand combat and shooting everyone in the FACE.

This said, while we'll explore a wide variety of powerful women, if you long to write that female action hero, this class will (hopefully) make sure you do her justice.

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: $25.00

Date: November 20, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND Bite-Sized Fiction: How to Plot the Novella

Class Title: Bite-Sized Fiction: How to Plot the Novella

Instructor: Maria Grace

Price: General Admission $55.00 USD

Where: On Your Computer (Or on Supported Devices)

When: ON DEMAND

Class Description:

All humans love a good story. We are WIRED for it. Yet, especially in these fast-paced times, it isn't always easy to dive into a full-length novel.

Novellas help satisfy that craving for a good story in a bite-sized way that better fits into many readers' hectic schedule. They also can cultivate a fan following for longer works (when your readers have the time for the seven-course meal).

Novellas are also amazing training grounds for the emerging author. They'll train you how to be a leaner, meaner, cleaner and better STORYTELLER.

So what will you learn in this class?

Novella plotting:

• How is a novella different from a novel?
• What is the difference between premise and concept and how (and why) stories need both of them
• What are narrative questions and how they can be used to help structure stories
• What are turning points and what do they do in a story
• Basic four part story structure
• How to put all these pieces together to craft a solid novella plot

And MORE!

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is the author of 23 books. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences.

 

She has one husband, earned two graduate degrees and two black belts, raised three sons, danced English Country dance for four years, is aunt to five nieces, is designing a sixth Regency-era costume, blogged seven years on Random Bits of Fascination, has outlines for eight novels waiting to be written, attended nine English country dance balls, and shared her life with ten cats.

Price: $55.00

Date: November 21, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

ON DEMAND! Holiday Sale! Story Master: From Dream to DONE

Class Title: Story Master---From Dream to DONE

Usual Price: $55.00 USD Standard

SALE PRICE: $25.00 USD Standard

Where: On Your COMPUTER (or supported devices)

When: ON DEMAND (LIMITED TIME ONLY)

Class Description:

Tired of starting book after book only to lose steam and unable to finish?

Do you finish, but your books keep getting rejected or they don't sell?

Do you finish, but it takes an ungodly amount of time?

No matter which publishing path we take, there is a DIRECT AND INDISPUTABLE CORRELATION between the quality of the books and the author's ability to keep producing more books.

Writers must possess the skills to produce at the levels that grow fans into fanatics.

Again, the writers who are making an excellent income are not doing it off ONE book, rather they are harnessing the power of compounded sales.

This class is designed to help you learn to plot leaner, meaner, faster and cleaner (even for PANTSERS!)

  • What are the basic elements of plot?
  • Why do most story ideas get stuck?
  • Why do most writers fail to finish? Lack of will power' is NOT the reason, by the way.
  • There's more than ONE way to plot a story.
  • How to test your seed idea (Is it strong enough for a novel? Or too complicated? Maybe is needs to be parted out for more than one book?)
  • How to FAST DRAFT!
  • How to create COMPELLING characters readers can't get enough of. Let's create some ADDICTS!
  • How to use POV (Point of View) as an artistic device.
  • Theme, subtext, and MORE!

 

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. Her critically acclaimed debut thriller The Devil’s Dance is proof positive she watches far more Discovery I.D. than is healthy.

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: $25.00

Date: November 24, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Taking the Plunge HOLIDAY SPECIAL! How to Write Deep POV

Class Title: ON DEMAND: Taking the PLUNGE: How to Write Deep POV

Price: $55.00 USD US Standard

HOLIDAY SPECIAL: $25.00 US Standard

Where: From Your PC (and Supported Digital Devices)

When: ON DEMAND

Class Description:

Storytelling, like fashion, changes with the times. One trend that is HOT, HOT, HOT! Going deep, man.

We live in a reality TV generation where audiences crave a total immersion experience.

Readers want to feel as if they are in the skin of the characters. Often we accomplish this effect by writing in first-person POV.

Alas, first-person POV isn't ideal for every story or author. Good news, is DEEP POV is here to help.

Ditch the author intrusion and submerge your readers so deep in the fictive dream they don't dare close the book, because if they surface too quickly?

They'll get the bends.

While Deep POV is simple, it's anything but EASY. Alas, the brilliant and talented Maria Grace is an expert who'll help you master this technique easy-peasy.

  • Class will cover: What is POV

  • POV and narrative distance

  • What is Deep Third, when to use it and when not to use it

  • 12 Ways to Write Deep POV

 

About the Instructor:

Maria Grace is a #1 Best-Selling Author with 26 books under her belt. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences.

She has one husband, earned two graduate degrees and two black belts, raised three sons, danced English Country dance for four years, is aunt to five nieces, is designing a sixth Regency-era costume, blogged seven years on Random Bits of Fascination, has outlines for eight novels waiting to be written, attended nine English country dance balls, and shared her life with ten cats.

Price: $25.00

Date: December 7, 2019

Available Spaces: Unlimited