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Self Publishing for Success

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Self publishing is a skill that every author should have in their toolbox. Although the market has changed and become a lot more crowded since those heady early days of self publishing, it’s important knowledge. To paraphrase a recent article from Just Publishing advice, romance novels are dominating the self publishing arena with Smashwords stating, “it is quite startling to discover how dominant self-published romance novels have become. In short, the romance genre accounts for a staggering 87% of the top 100 bestsellers on Smashwords and their aggregators.” Click here to read the article. It’s a difficult market with midlist …

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Is it possible to make Facebook your friend? Or are they always out to get you?

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How often do you hear people saying that Facebook is doing something mean and miserable in order to force you to advertise with them? To force you to pay money to reach your followers? (“My followers! How dare you keep me from my followers!”) I’d be rich if I had a dollar for every time I’ve seen that on a Facebook post. Which seems ironic, but there you are. I’ve given up trying to explain anything different because the poster is normally so wedded to this view that nothing is going to part them from it. And it’s often because …

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3 Ways To Pick Up The Pace Without Using Action

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We all know pacing is vital to the success of a story. There is no right or wrong—a high-stakes thriller might be very fast paced, while a regency tale of unrequited love a little slower, and both will be the better for it. One thing we can all agree on, however, is that pacing needs to vary in order to create an interesting read. Think of pacing like a rollercoaster. You know that feeling you get as it moves slowly, oh-so slowly to the top—then downdowndown in a rush? The thrill is greater because of the anticipation, the slowing of …

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Perfect Pacing

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Presented by Lauren Clarke Course Dates – 2ndOctober to 29thOctober Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–www.trybooking.com/TVWH About the course…. Perfect your pacing in this Online Workshop with Lauren Clarke. Sign up now in order to: Learn more about page-turning quality – why it is important and what you can do to achieve it. Start your story with a bang. Discover the question-and-answer technique (a simple tool that will revolutionise your writing). Perfect your language choice to make your story shine. Participants will gain: Knowledge of the fundamentals of pacing; An understanding of why pacing is important; …

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Make Facebook your Friend

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Presented by Sara Hood Course Dates – 2ndOctober to 29thOctober Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–www.trybooking.com/TXIC About the course…. This course will cover how to use Facebook to sell more books, in particular: Understanding what Facebook is and what it isn’t How Facebook fits into your sales funnel Insights into the Facebook algorithm and how it works Why a business page is critical to have and why you’re an idiot if you’re running your author page off a personal profile! How to use free Facebook features to cut the amount of time you spent in there …

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Harnessing Your Reader’s Psychology – with Tamar Sloan

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Long before I was a writer, I was a psychologist. The study of the whys of what we do drew me like the smell of roast turkey on Christmas day. There was no point in fighting it, for me, it’s practically a primal need. Discovering the evolutionary, biological, and psychological drives behind the choices we make fascinated me. I was always asking ‘but, why?’. Why do we say what we should do, but then do the exact opposite? Why do we fear something that might never happen? Why can’t I say no to cheesecake? So when I discovered writing, it …

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Create Advertising That Will Hook your Reader

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Presented by Charmaine Ross Course Dates – 2ndJuly to 29thJuly 2018 Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–www.trybooking.com/348638   About the course…. There are so many authors advertising their books on Facebook nowadays, what with Mark Dawson and Nick Stephenson’s ‘Advertise on Facebook’ courses going wild. Which is all good and fine, but how do you actually create that advertising panel to support your marketing strategy? What images should you choose? How should you present your book? What colours attract potential readers? What should your advertising copy actually say?   You have to know that your …

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CREATE COMPELLING CHARACTERS THROUGH PSYCHOLOGY

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Presented by Sue-Ellen Pashley Course Dates – 2ndJuly to 29thJuly Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–www.trybooking.com/348645   About the course….  What makes a character human? How can we make sure we are creating real people in stories rather than just clichés? This workshop will make use of psychological tools and principles to help create characters that are authentic and congruent. It will explore the psychological development of a character trying to find their place in their world with all their experiences and traumas. Having a deeper understanding of our characters means they can become people …

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PITCH PANEL BOOT CAMP – Your first 5 pages.

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PITCH PANEL BOOT CAMP – Your first 5 pages. Presented by Samantha Bond & Robb Grindstaff Course Dates – 2ndJuly to 29thJuly 2018 Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–https://www.trybooking.com/379943   About the course…. Before committing to a book, most readers open it and read the first page in a store, or download the free excerpt of an eBook before buying it. That’s also what an agent or publisher does with your manuscript. There’s massive pressure on your first few pages because their job is to hook your readers (be that agents, publishers or eventual everyday …

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Pitch Like a Professional!

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PITCH LIKE A PROFESSIONAL – a conference primer! Presented by Anita Joy Course Dates – 4thJune – 1STJuly 2018 Cost: RWA Member – $55. Non-RWA Member – $80. Try-booking Link–https://www.trybooking.com/348155     About the course….   Gearing up for the RWAust conference in just a couple of months? Excited but silently terrified about the opportunity to pitch your book to an editor or agent? “Pitch Like a Professional”is a four-week conference primer designed to getyour synopsis, query letter, in-person pitch (and you!) glinting with readiness. Each week will focus on one aspect of the pitching and submission skillset. As well …