2018 SavvyWriterCon Author Webinars
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Escalating Romantic Tension: Stages of Intimacy in a Romantic Arc with Amie Charney
Friday September 14 @ 7 p.m. EST
Not Your Grandmother’s Bodice Ripper: Exploring the Stages of Intimacy in a Romantic Arc through Plot Structure and Characterization
“Romantic tension is more about how the characters feel about slots and insertions, than the physical slots and insertions” Tessa Dare, New York Times and USA Today bestselling historical romance novelist
We will begin by delineating the different categories within the women’s fiction genre and establish the differences between a romance novel and mainstream fiction with a central romance. This craft lecture will also explore the unique plot structure, pacing, and characterization that define each of the categories. Along the way, we will take a practical look at the beats needed to build a romantic arc and how these stages are key to escalating romantic tension, not only in women’s fiction, but any genre.
About Amie:Amie Charney a fiction writer living in San Antonio, Texas. She has an MFA in Fiction from the University of California Riverside. Amie has several short stories and works of poetry published in literary journals such as As You Were, High Country Magazine, and Oh! Cat! But, she also loves kissing books, and believes there is nothing more satisfying than an ugly cry HEA. Amie is a PRO member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), and also teaches high school Literature and Writing, and Creative Writing. She is also a proud Marine Corps wife and mother of two teenage children.
Investing in Marketing that Works with Stephanie Carroll
Friday September 14 @ 9 p.m. EST
Indie authors want the same advantages as traditional authors, but not all traditional marketing techniques work anymore. Should you hire a publicist or invest your entire budget in Facebook ads? What is worth your time and money and what should you strategy really focus on? Get a jump start with this Marketing webinar hosted by Stephanie Carroll, an indie author who used her lessons in marketing books to jump start a marketing career on the side.
About Stephanie: Stephanie Carroll writes American Victorian and Gilded Age fiction. Her indie novel A White Room was featured as a Notable Page Turner in Shelf Unbound Magazine and named 2013’s Best Cross-Genre title by USA Book News. Her short story “Forget Me Not” was featured in Legacy: An Anthology, and she also writes an author blog. She used her skills from marketing her book to transition into a career as a marketing manager. Learn more and receive free historical goodies at her website www.stephaniecarroll.net. Visit her @CarrollBooks on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest!
Branding for Beginners with Romy Sommer
Saturday September 15 @ 11 a.m. EST
When you’re just starting out, building a brand and creating an online presence can seem very daunting, but it is essential that writers have a plan in place long before their first book releases.
This webinar is designed to help beginner writers design their unique brand and develop a clear and easy-to-follow plan on which to build their future book marketing.
About Romy: Romy Sommer is the author of five contemporary romance novels published by HarperCollins London, and has also indie-published a further seven books under her own name and a pseudonym. With her Hollywood romance novel, Not a Fairy Tale, Romy became the first South African to be nominated for the prestigious RWA Rita award. Her passion for encouraging and growing aspiring writers led Romy to found ROSA (Romance writers Organisation of South Africa). Through ROSA, she has mentored and taught a great many writers, and now she offers her expertise via workshops and personalised, one-on-one coaching to writers of all commercial fiction genres.
Using Social Media Tools to Free up your Time with Lisa Catto
Saturday September 15 @ 1 p.m. EST
Social media is one of the biggest time sucks most writers battle on a daily basis. Have you ever opened Instagram to post a photo then notice twenty minutes have passed without realizing it? This webinar will walk you through several third-party tools to help you to streamline your social media process and not get sucked into endless scrolling on your news feed every time you want to post something.
Lisa will give you a tour of tools like Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and Buffer so you can learn how to schedule posts in advance on several platforms and make your Twitter feed less overwhelming You should take this webinar if you are comfortable using at least one of the major platforms (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram).
* This webinar is not a great fit if you have never used (or are brand new to) the major platforms.
About Lisa:Lisa Catto has worked in public relations for more than fifteen years, specializing in social media. She loves how social media can bring people together and help authors build relationships with their readers. Years ago, Lisa began writing romance and has helped her author friends with their social media questions and frustrations ever since. She understands that social media can be daunting and she puts her expertise to use with her own podcast for authors called Social Media Deconstructed. Lisa also coaches and trains authors on using social media more effectively to have more time to write.
Does Size Matter? Small Press Strategies with Sarahlyn Bruck and Jennifer Klepper
Sunday September 16 @ 11 a.m. EST
Learn the ins and outs of what it means to publishing and if the size of press really makes a difference. This webinar will discuss:
- What IS a small press?
- Benefits to publishing with a small press
- What do you want?
- What to consider & due diligence
- Marketing – pre-launch – launch – post-launch
- What next?
About Sarahlyn: Sarahlyn Bruck writes contemporary women’s fiction and lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter. She is the author of DESIGNER YOU, published by Crooked Cat Books on August 31, 2018. She’s also a full-time writing and literature professor and a part-time book coach. DESIGNER YOU is Sarahlyn’s debut, and she is hard at work on her next book. Want the latest updates? Follow along for news, events, and announcements at http://sarahlynbruck.com.
About Jennifer: Jennifer Klepper attended Southern Methodist University and the University of Virginia School of Law before becoming a corporate attorney. She is on the social media team of the debut author group Authors 18 and serves as tech lead for the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. A Midwest native, Jennifer now lives with her family outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Jennifer’s debut novel, Unbroken Threads, releases August 21, 2018, from Red Adept Publishing.
Trademark Issues for Authors with Jacqueline Lipton
Sunday September 16 @ 1 p.m. EST
Over the past year there has been a lot of confusion in the publishing industry about the extent to which authors can trademark words used in book titles or in their books generally. The recent trademark registration by romance author Faleena Hopkins of the “cocky” trademark is one example that has caused a lot of concern, but previous cases have arisen involving terms like “muggle” in the context of the Harry Potter franchise. This webinar will explain the basics of trademark law as applied to the publishing industry, including the use of trademarks in the context of book titles, book texts, and social media branding initiatives. It will also explain the important differences between trademark and copyright law in this context.
About Jacqui: Jacqui Lipton is a law professor, fiction and nonfiction author with an M.F.A. in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has interned for several years at various literary agencies as well as doing contract and business/law consulting for a number of agents, authors and editors. She writes flash fiction, short stories, novels and nonfiction and is currently working on legal issues handbook for authors (forthcoming, University of California Press, 2019/20). She is the director of Authography LLC, a business dedicated to helping authors and artists achieve their creative and professional goals. You can find her online at: authography.org
Fight Scenes with NY Times Bestselling Author Angela Knight
Sunday September 16 @ 3 p.m. EST *** TO BE RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA ***
Honor Roll member and New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight discusses the techniques she uses to write effective fight scenes. She provides tips on how to create fights that flow logically in a way readers can visualize without confusion. She reveals how to create a climactic fight that resolves not only the book’s external conflict, but the heroic couples’ internal and romantic conflicts as well. Knight also discusses using the five senses in fights, as well as how to use sentence length and rhythm to create a sense of urgency and threat.
This session is based on a successful month-long online class Knight has presented several times. She has boiled it down into an hour-long power point presentation.
From Mild to Wild: Creating Sex Scenes that are More than the Same Old Bump and Grind with NY Times Bestselling Author Angela Knight
Sunday September 16 @ 5 p.m. EST *** TO BE RESCHEDULED – DATE TBA ***
In this hour long presentation, Angela Knight boils down the principles of her month-long class on Mild To Wild: Creating Love Scenes that Are More than the Same Old Bump and Grind. A New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance shows how to write love scenes that will inspire anything but yawns. Topics include: how to use love scenes to develop characterization, conflict, and the growth of the romance. She’ll also cover how to create a range of sensuality, from sweet to erotic. If you’ve ever wondered how to give your love scene that extra sparkle, she’ll provide valuable hints.
About Angela: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author of the Mageverse paranormal series for Penguin Putnam’s Berkley imprint. She started out as a comic book writer in 1988, but was first published in erotic romance in 1996 in Red Sage’s Secrets anthology series. Since then, she has written 21 novellas and eight novels. She has also won two Critics Choice awards from Romantic Times magazine for Best Erotic Romance and Best Werewolf Romance. This year, she was nominated for a career achievement award as well as an award for Best Shapeshifter for Master of Dragons. All of her novels have received Top Picks from the critics at Romantic Times.