Margie Lawson

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May, 2021: Editing Magic: Work With a Professional Editor

Before you approach an agent, or a publisher, and definitely before you self-publish, you need an editor. A good one. And before you approach an editor, you need to make your manuscript as clear, consistent, and clean as you possibly can.

This course walks you through the process of getting your manuscript as polished as possible before approaching an editor—because they are busy, too, and will not usually take on a project that needs too much work.

The course is also a professional sample edit with a lot of feedback. Lessons discuss how to find an editor, how to interact with one, and how to take the plunge of hiring one.

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May, 2021: Master Emotive Storytelling

The Master Emotive Storytelling workshop is for fiction writers who want to decipher the contradictions in the old ‘show don’t tell’ mantra so they can avoid author intrusion and maximize evocative actions and sensory details.

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May, 2021: Profitable Facebook Ads

This is a masterclass on creating profitable Facebook Ads for authors who want to improve the ROI of their ads. Imagine spending a couple hundred dollars and making back thousands. Or knowing what your income will be month after month after month. Or building the advertising know-how and technical assets to make a viable bestseller run. This is what Profitable Facebook Ads aims to teach authors. The class covers all the elements that go into an effective, compelling ad and how best to work with Facebook to avoid pitfalls in its AI and algo. Michelle will show you all sorts of examples and what has worked and what hasn't. In addition, she'll review your ad homework and let you know of any issues or potential home runs. After the class, students can stay in touch via a Facebook group.

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May, 2021: Psychology of Black Characters - historical version

At Point Comfort in 1619, more than a dozen enslaved Black men were bought to the shores of Virginia and the history of Blackness in the United States was established. There are three distinct time periods to think about and I will address them, depending upon what you are writing about: 1619-1800, 1800-1865, 1865-1950.

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Mentorship with Rhay Christou

1 month via email – Just starting out or well into writing and finding that your critique partners are questioning development of character, setting, plot, craft? Mentorship allows you to […]

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Potent Pitches and Brilliant Blurbs one-on-one with Suzanne Purvis

The same as the group class, only in a one-on-one personalized setting. Wowza!  Your book is done. Congratulations. You’re ready to put your fabulous story out there into the publishing […]

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Sizzling Synopsis Coaching with Suzanne Purvis

The same as the group class, only in a one-on-one personalized setting. You’re in need of a synopsis. I can hear the moans and groans echo through cyberspace. But do […]

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Substantive Developmental Editing with Rhay Christou

Regardless if you’re a beginner or a well-published author, every writer needs someone to give your work a hard look. With your words, your characters developed, and your plot rocking […]

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Website and Digital Branding Coaching with Lisa Norman

Note: price is per hour. Purchase up to 5 hours at a time.

One-on-one hourly coaching sessions scheduled via Zoom.

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April, 2021: Make 'em Laugh - How to Write a Comedy Screenplay

April 1 - May 14 Tags Class Make em Laugh

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April, 2021: The Indie Author: A hands-on guide to self-publishing

Think of this course as Self-publishing with training wheels!

In this course you will learn the ins and outs of the self-publishing world. How to take your book from written to published and all the things in between. And take a guided tour via zoom through the KDP jungle and other publishing platforms.

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April, 2021: Social Media for Authors

Tweet like a twit? Facepalm every time you check Facebook? Feel like a pinned bug on Pinterest?

What's an author to do with all of the social media opportunities clambering for our attention?

Confused by controversy? Troubled by trolls? You'll learn the skills to control your social media presence without losing your mind.

Class includes on-line lessons and one-on-one virtual meetings to help you discover and manage your own unique brand. Lisa will make sure you have the tools to tame social media.

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April, 2021: Virtues, Vices, and Plots

Characters are like people. Each of us has "good" traits, like courage and resilience and intelligence, but we also have traits that get us into trouble like foolhardiness, stubbornness, and too smart for our own good. Same with our characters. We create strong traits, on both sides of the spectrum, and watch as our characters stumble through the story.

But they don't need to stumble! We can harness those traits and direct them into strong, cohesive plots. Actually, nailing all those plot points and inciting incidents and black moments in the perfect place is like trying to scratch that hard-to-reach place on your back. But, once you know how it works, it's easy-peasy.

Whether you're starting a new book or editing an existing one, this course can help you put the "punch" in exactly the right place.

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April, 2021: Your First Five Pages, Reader Glue

We all know what it’s like to pick up a book and be sucked into the fictional world. You sense that you can trust the author and suspend disbelief to go on a journey. But how do your favorite authors do that? In this class you will have lessons and homework. You will get input from the instructor as well as other students. You will walk away with a solid, compelling, well-polished start to your novel.

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April, 2021: How to Speak Legalese: Understanding Literary Contracts

In this course we will dive into the dizzying world of literary contracts. You’ll learn what is typically in a literary contract, such as an author-agent agreement or a publishing contract, and what the most common clauses really mean. You’ll learn what to watch out for, when to try to change things, and when to walk away. And you’ll be given plenty of resources to help you do more research on your own.   

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April, 2021: Story Structure Safari 2.0

Beautiful words and exciting scenes aren't enough to propel the reader through a novel. Stories need a plan, a focus, a solid structure from beginning to end.

In this 30-day course, you will explore the story structure elements, transformational character arcs, and plot that make up powerful, bestselling stories. You will learn how to analyze examples, from bestselling novels, movies, or TV shows, for each story element or concept. A variety of activities and techniques help you hone your skills and infuse these elements and concepts into your own story. You’ll receive feedback from the instructor, and often from other classmates, to aid in your understanding of the concepts as you apply them to your story.

Story Structure Safari’s goal is to help you dig deep into the heart of your story and focus on how to consistently meet or exceed your reader’s expectations.

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