Listen to many of the social media "experts" out there and social media is a chore, a hassle and even---dare I say it? A NIGHTMARE.
No, worse than a nightmare. To do this social media properly one must possess cloning technology or wheelbarrows of cash to hire help! And then there is all this "adulting", kids to feed, day jobs, and we should get around to writing some books...
Many writers feel enslaved to the very tools that should be setting them free! They grouse and groan and grudgingly comply in order to be good and dutiful "professionals." After weeks or months or years of wearing themselves out, they loudly proclaim, social media doesn't sell books!
Fair point. It actually doesn't (not the way these frustrated folks are going about it anyway).
Yet, I counter that many of us were handed this miraculous tool, then either no instructions or flawed instructions. Social media legalism that squished all the fun out of the experience (FUN that actually is highly attractive to strangers, which is code for "future readers").
Yay! I proclaim ye goeth out and haveth some funneth!
Yes, well get ready to tip over some sacred social media cows and learn how to locate, connect and cultivate and audience for your books and actually enjoy building your brand and cultivating fans. #RadicalStuff
This class is all about working smarter not working harder. At the end of the day, we all need time left to do our NUMBER ONE JOB---living life and enjoying it!
Oh, then the other super important job, WRITING MORE BOOKS.
***A recording of this class is also included with purchase
Kristen has written over twelve hundred blogs and her site was recognized by Writer’s Digest Magazineas 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.
Instructor: Cait Reynolds Price: $45.00 USD Standard Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom When: Friday, October 20, 2017. 7:00-9:00 p.m. EST
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?
BONUS: How to talk about erotica as literature and fun facts about the history of erotica!
A recording of this class is also included with purchase.
Get one hour of phone consultation with Cait and workshopping of a sex scene of up to 2,500 words! This is personalized instruction and guidance on making your writing sizzle!
About the Instructor:
Cait Reynolds is a USA Today Bestselling Author and lives in Boston area with her husband and four-legged fur child. She discovered her passion for writing early and has bugged her family and friends with it ever since. When she isn’t cooking, running, rock climbing, or enjoying the rooftop deck that brings her closer to the stars, she writes.
Class Title: Blogging for Authors
Instructor: Kristen Lamb
Price: $50 USD Standard
Where: W.A.N.A. Digital Classroom
When: THURSDAY OCTOBER 26th, 7:00 PM E.S.T. to 9:00 P.M. EST
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 help you simplify your blog and make it one of the most enjoyable aspects of your writing career.
NOW OFFERING BLOGGING GOLD!
Includes the class (recording included free in purchase price) PLUS one hour with me one-on-one discussing your brand and your blog. How can you connect to and cultivate YOUR readers?