Bonus Online Classes
Dr. Trina Boice
Dr. Trina Boice co-founded Lifelong Learning Education and is passionate about learning! She is a university professor, #1 best-selling author of 31 best-selling books, author coach, movie critic, blogger, podcaster, YouTuber, and mom of 4 sons.
Did you know there are MANY MORE ways to make income from your book than just sales? This fun class will teach you how to create additional streams of income with an extra focus on affiliate marketing. We'll talk about simple tweaks you can make to your current marketing strategy to increase income and impact. This course is taught by #1 best-selling author of 31 books and author coach, Dr. Trina Boice.
Heidi Eljarbo grew up in a home filled with books and artwork. She never imagined she would do anything other than write and paint. She studied art, languages, and history, all of which have come in handy when working as a freelance writer, magazine journalist, and painter.
After living in Canada, six US states, Japan, Switzerland, and Austria, Heidi now calls Norway home. She and her husband have a total of nine children, ten grandchildren—so far—in addition to a bouncy Wheaten Terrier and a bird. They love to have the munchkins come and visit at the Duck and Cherry, their family dwelling. Their favorite retreat is a mountain cabin, where they hike in the summertime and ski the vast, white terrain during winter.
Heidi’s favorites are family, God’s beautiful nature, and the word whimsical.
Enjoy Historical Research
You want to write a novel set in a different time period, maybe even in a foreign country, and sprinkled with real historical events. What is beyond the backdrop? Can you write a fascinating story that doesn’t sound like a history lesson? And how do you balance research and creative writing to build a world that readers will love to visit? Discover what information to look for and where to find it.
Monster Ivy Publishing
Mary Gray balances dark and twisty plots with faith-based messages. Some of her best ideas come when she’s lurking in the woods, experimenting with frightening foods, or pushing her kids on the tire swing. She is a contributor to THE FAITHFUL CREATIVE magazine and is the membership chair of INDIE AUTHOR HUB. Mary is the author of THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM, HER DARK FANTASY, OUR SWEET GUILLOTINE, HUSH, NOW FORGET, HOW TO WRITE FAITH-BASED MESSAGES FOR A SECULAR MARKET, and is a contributor of the rockin’ anthology, THE DEVILS YOU MEET ON CHRISTMAS DAY. All of these books are published through Mary’s small press, Monster Ivy Publishing.
First Five Pages:
How to Hook an Agent or Editor
First impressions mean everything when submitting to an agent or publisher. As a writer, your job is to convince them to read more. In this class, we'll discuss critical introductory elements an industry professional is looking for, address how to apply these elements in your manuscripts, and analyze examples that successfully snagged a book deal with a publisher.
Award-winning author Kierstin Marquet grew up fascinated by her dad’s career as a sheriff’s deputy and was always intrigued by why people do what they do—especially criminals. This curiosity led her to pursue a degree in criminal justice and a minor in psychology then a career in law enforcement. When Kierstin and her federal agent husband started a family, she left crime-fighting to him.
Now, she uses her experiences to write about creepy villains and heartwarming heroes and heroines in the Aurelian Society, her families vs criminals thriller series. Kierstin won 1st Place in the Suspense category at the LDStorymaker’s First Chapter Contest and her debut novel and its sequel were published by Soul Mate Publishing. Her favorite types of stories are: clean novels with HAPPY endings because real life is too depressing. Favorite genres: thrillers/suspense/mystery, fantasy/sci-fi, action/adventure, and dystopian.
You can find her at kiersinmarquet.com.
Writing Authentic Law Enforcement Officers
In this class, I'll teach you to just say NO to making the same mistakes Hollywood, the media and other authors make when writing about law enforcement characters. For example: If an officer shoots someone, the officer would NOT return to work until TWO investigations into the incident are completed. Those investigations can take weeks to months and some even take a year to resolve.
GASP! Do you need to rewrite scenes to make your story authentic? Whether you're rewriting or just starting out, I'll teach you what authors need to know by digging deep into motivation, habits, and training to help you create a realistic character. You'll also learn what officers’biggest pet peeves about how they and their jobs are portrayed. If you’re worried this will ruin your storyline, never fear. I'll show you ways to fix it and/or fake it.
ALLISON HONG MERRILL
Allison was born and raised in Taiwan and arrived in the U.S. at twenty-two as a university student. That’s when she realized her school English wasn’t much help when asking for directions on the street or opening a bank account. By recording each of the classes she took––including physical education––and reviewing the tape every night for a year, she eventually learned English well enough to earn an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. But please excuse her if she misuses the verb tenses or mixes up the genders in third-person pronouns when she speaks. It’s no secret––English is a hard language to learn.
Writing a Memoir
Samantha Milburn, managing editor of Covenant Communications, happily dedicates her work life to editing excellent books. She’s been reading books every spare moment she has since elementary school; why not make a career of her first love? She collaborates with extremely talented writers and cherishes not only her friendships with them but also the honor it is to help them turn their manuscripts into masterpieces. She has done so with hundreds of books for multiple authors.
She graduated from BYU–Idaho with honors with a bachelor’s degree in English. She currently lives in Rigby, Idaho, and dedicates her nonwork life to her husband, Matthew, and their five beautiful children. Besides reading, Samantha enjoys watching and playing sports, cooking, and being with family.
Editing Character and Storyline
Your character isn't quite consistent, and you have a plot hole in your story . . . and you can't even see these issues. Let's sit down together to learn how to tweak a scene here and delete some dialogue there to make everything line up and make sense. We'll open your eyes to editing character development and storyline progression so you know exactly who your characters are and what their story is when you reach the end of your book.
HEATHER B. MOORE
Heather B. Moore is a four-time USA Today bestseller and award-winning author of more than seventy publications. Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management–which has absolutely nothing to do with writing novels. But at least she can balance a mean checkbook and color-coordinate her kids’ school clothes.
Heather writes historical novels and thrillers under H.B. Moore. She also writes women’s fiction, romance, and inspirational non-fiction under Heather B. Moore, including the Pine Valley series, The Newport Ladies Book Club, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthologies.
Expand Your Author Platform:
Writing Serializations & Episodes
Interested in writing a serialization or a novel with episodes? Learn more about the new Amazon program called Kindle Vella. We’ll discuss the tips and tricks to writing serializations and episodes. Keep your readership growing and your platform expanding with this publishing option of serialization story form.
USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms. Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 27 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons. She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.
Traditional publishing-vs-Indie Publishing. Which route is right for you?
Authors have so many choices now when it comes to publishing. Is it better to try and go the traditional route or is it better to take things into your own hands and self-published your novel? Janette will discuss the pros and cons of both options. She’ll cover contracts pitfalls from traditional publishers and the big mistakes you don’t want to make if you’re going indie, and much more.
Sammie Trinidad is a proud Slytherin and a "Filipina Wonder Woman”. Having fallen in love with writing at the age of nine, she dabbles in many genres but especially favors fantasy, magical realism, creative non-fiction, contemporary, and short fiction. Her short stories have been published in the League of Utah writer anthology as well as the Eagle Con anthology. The three T's are important to her: traveling, tacos, and time with family.
Building Your Writing Community
Most people come to conferences to learn the craft, but getting into publishing also requires networking and getting to know people. That can be intimidating, especially if you’re introverted or just starting out. This class will help you with strategies and tools to simply get to know people and fast track the way to surrounding yourself with friends and a writing circle.
Kya Wolf lives in Missouri with her husband and two sons. She is a graphic designer and seamstress by day and a writer by night. She owns and operates her own sewing business where she specializes in screen accurate costumes.
Kya is a warrior and advocate of mental illness.
Stand Strong, Stand Tall, and LIVE!
Writing with Mental Illness
Writing with Mental Illness can bring it's own challenges on top of the challenge of writing. Explore ways to support your mental health as you write and get published.