This is just some of what's coming down the pike...
I've got lots of ideas! These are all the classes in various stages of planning. Keep reading for descriptions of each class, or click to jump down and sign up to be notified when classes start.
He Said, She Said
Dialogue is, unarguably, one of the most important aspects of a good story. It’s what breathes life into your characters. You want your dialogue to show your characters' emotions, to immerse your readers. That means it needs to flow seamlessly and the mechanics need to disappear into the background. We'll look at the technical aspects (punctuating dialogue properly) as well as the craft side—when and how to use dialogue tags as opposed to action beats, how to make sure dialogue is pulling its weight, and how to polish your dialogue so readers feel like they’re a fly on the wall, watching your characters interact.
Genre: Urban Fantasy Romance vs. Paranormal Romance
There may be a lot of overlap between these two subgenres, but make no mistake—they're different, and reader expectations reflect that. We'll cover the different conventions and tropes in both subgenres, how much romance / heat is expected, and how to effectively build a series arc in either genre, because both of them are fantastic for building your empire. MWA HA HA!
The Business of Writing
Great (Editing) Expectations
Indie authors wear a lot a of hats. But just because you're self-publishing doesn't mean you have to do it by yourself. Team-building is important, and your editorial support is paramount.
Word Nerds, Unite!
Grammar Boot Camp
Grammar is a critical skill, whether you're an author, a student, a businessperson—doesn't matter. But sadly, grammar isn't really being taught anymore. Schools are teaching to tests, and that's leaving a serious gap. And then, not all teachers are created equal. Mrs. Matthews may have put you to sleep rather than instilling a love of grammar.
Life in the Freelance Lane
Putting the Pro in Professional
Are you ready to take your freelance business to the next level? Or just getting started and not sure what to do next? I'm here to walk you through it. We'll cover invoicing, project management, website and email providers, all the things that will let you spend more time IN the business, doing what you love, rather than working ON the business and dealing with admin and other necessary but evil, time-sucking duties.
* Note: This is not editing specific; it's for anyone who runs a freelance business.
Let me know if you'd like to be notified when any of these classes launch. Easy peasy!