One of the things I love about teaching my online workshops is hearing from former and current students about their successes, and I love to promote them in my classes and blogs. Why? Because it encourages others to know they can do it too.
One of my former students became the American Title winner last year and has a book contract with Dorchester. Her first is coming out this year. Another is in the finals in the American Title contest. The one that wrote me with her exciting news, got a full request from Kensington. Even as published authors we get so many rejections from agents or editors, it's nice to share the good news to know that it can happen.
I have a couple of workshops coming up in December:
Happy Hookers: Engaging the Reader from Start to Finish
Slow starts and sleepy endings to scenes and chapters can ruin a manuscript's chance of being published. Conversely, solid hooks can make the sale - as workshop instructor Terry Spear demonstrates, with six publishers currently hooked for six manuscripts. Setting such practical matters aside, what author wouldn't be thrilled to hear someone say, "I couldn't put the book down"? Strong hooks are a vital ingredient in strong writing. In this online class, which features lectures, discussion, practical exercises, and handouts, she'll teach students how to captivate readers with great openings, scene hooks, chapter cliff hangers, and intriguing back cover blurbs. Participants will master the hook in all its environments, from the query letter through the novel. I give lectures and critique students work, 3 lessons a week, no deadline on lessons so students set their own pace in a Yahoo workshop, no set time for "class." I upload the night before and critique by the next day, two days at most. To register for class: http://www.heartsthroughhistory.com/hooks.htm
(2 weeks--11 lessons--$10)
Jumpstarting Your Muse:
What to Do if Your Muse Takes a Powder
Great way to start out your new year---
Creative ways to recapture your muse. Practice sessions designed to jumpstart your muse. Finding other writing avenues to give your muse the stimulation it needs to want to write again. To sign up: http://www.terryspear.com/id14.html
(2 weeks--8 lessons--$10)
Feeling Rejected?!?: How to Deal with Rejection & Do What You Love Most--Write!!
How to Deal with Rejection & Do What You Love Most--Write!!
Even the biggest most successful writers were rejected not once, not twice but tons of times. So, does that mean authors like Tom Clancy, Dr. Seuss, Rowlings, Margaret Mitchell didn’t have a great book because agents and editors rejected them before this? Not hardly. So in this 2-week online writing class, I'll give lectures on taking risks, adversity, goals, commitment, opportunities, taking it a step at a time, courage, dealing with doubts, and we'll do some exercises. The two week class has 4 lessons per week. Come join me for the two-week class designed to inspire you when rejections are getting you down. To sign up: http://www.terryspear.com/id14.html