Keynote Speakers and NYT & USA Bestselling Authors

Victoria Alexander NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
VICTORIA ALEXANDER
(KEYNOTE SPEAKER #1)

Rebecca York NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
REBECCA YORK
(VIP TEACHER)

Angela Knight NY Times/USA Today
Bestselling Author
ANGELA KNIGHT
(VIP TEACHER)

Aliyah Burke USA Today
Bestselling Author
ALIYAH BURKE
(BESTSELLER)

Jami Brumfield New York Times
Bestselling Author
JAMI BRUMFIELD
(VIP TEACHER)

Lane Hart New York Times
Bestselling Author
LANE HART
(VIP TEACHER)

Melissa Stevens New York Times
Bestselling Author
MELISSA STEVENS
(VIP TEACHER)

RNC2015: Friday, June 26th

Friday, June 26, 2015
9:00am – 10:00am (60 min.)
CLASS 61: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 62: {ROOM: SILVER}

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CLASS 63: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 64: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 65: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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10:10am – 11:10am (60 min.)
CLASS 66: Rewriting and Editing Your Novel (Courage Knight) {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

You’ve written a book! Do you think you’re done? Sit back for a moment pat yourself on the back. You’ve achieved what most would-be writers only ever dream of doing. But don’t get too comfortable – the real work is just beginning. After you take a short break, you need to come back to your book and give it a hard look. How did the plot shape up? Do you have good tension, conflict, and resolution? What can you do to make it even better? How are your characters developed? Are their motivations strong enough to propel the plot to the final climax? Are there scenes that seem to bog down, that could be rewritten to make your story even stronger?

After you’ve tweaked the plot as much as you possibly can, then it’s time to look over the mechanics. How many clichés appear on your pages? What about overused words or expressions? What about passive phrases – are they really wrong? Is your punctuation correct? What inaccuracies, bungles or bloopers have you committed, that an editor would look for? If you’re self-publishing, then go the extra step and learn to do self-editing. Your finished novel will have a more professional look than much of what gets published online. If you’re going to send your book to a publisher, any revisions and editing you do yourself will give your book a professional stamp that will set you ahead of the competition.

Teacher: Courage Knight
Field: Editor & Author
Bestseller: Publisher Blushing Books – Romance “Domestic Discipline”
First book published: 1998
Books published: 36
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Website: CourageKnight.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Courage Knight graduated summa cum laude in 1982 with dual degrees in the field of education. As a stay-at-home mother she managed a small, professional day care, then landed a job as a reporter for a small newspaper in the Smokey Mountains, where she perfected her editorial skills. Courage then worked full-time as an editor for Blushing Books; a leading online publisher of erotica and romance, having her editing professionally since 2008. Courage currently works with over 30 authors, helping them refine and promote their work, with some of their books receiving recognition and reaching top sales at Amazon and other online retailers.
Other Presentations: 2014 Writer’s Retreat, Virginia: Editing Your Novel.

CLASS 67: Developing a Series and Creating Your World Inside the Series (Eryn Black, Linda Rae Sande) {ROOM: SILVER}

Looking to build a unique world for your next series? Whether your story is set in a historical or contemporary time, employs an unusual geography or takes place in a fantasy realm, this class will cover how to find and develop the foundation for your novels while helping your characters grow from book to book.

Teacher: Eryn Black
Field: Author of Erotic Contemporary Romance, Historical, Paranormal
First book published: 2013
Books published: 2 novels and 2 Anthologies
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press Published, Indie
Website: ErynBlack.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: An avid reader and writer in Erotic Romance, Eryn has worked with perorational Submissive and Dominatrix in the Los Angeles area in in her research.

Teacher: Linda Rae Sande
Field: Author and Documentation Specialist
Bestseller: Amazon Top 10, Amazon Top 100, In Specific Genre on Amazon, ARe, or Publisher
Awards: RNC2014 RONÉ Award Honorable Mention
First book published: 2013
Books published: 9
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie
Website: LindaRaeSande.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Prior to publishing six historical romance novels in 2013, two in 2014 and one so far in 2015, Linda Rae was a technical writer specializing in graphics workstations, software and 3D animation. She writes using a variety of tools including Mellel, InDesign, iA Writer and Word. Having worked in documentation production and as a commercial printer for many years, Linda Rae is able to format her own books for print production as well as create various e-books files for each book release.
Other Events Presented:
2015 Park County Library Winter Gathering, Write and Publish a Book
2014 RNC (Romance Novel Convention), Book Production Using InDesign
2014 Park County Library Winter Gathering, World Building
2013 RNC (Romance Novel Convention), Build a Better Bookfile

CLASS 68: The Ins and Outs of Author Collaborations (Linda Winstead Jones) {ROOM: COPPER}

From publisher initiated continuities, to joint projects with friends, collaborating with other authors can be fun and profitable. It also comes with a number of pitfalls. Is it right for you, and how do you get started?

Teacher: Linda Winstead Jones
Field: Author of Historical, Fairy Tale, Paranormal, Contemporary and Romantic Suspense
Bestseller: New York Times & USA Today
Awards: RITA Award in the paranormal romance category, 2004 — Shades of Midnight, writing as Linda Fallon.
First book published: 1994
Books published: 70
Published: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Indie
Website: LindaWinsteadJones.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Linda Winstead Jones has co-written 2 books with Linda Howard, has collaborated on a 6-book series with Lori Handeland, she is a 6-time RITA® Award finalist, and lives in northern Alabama with her husband of 42 years.

CLASS 69: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 70: How to Write for Women in Today’s World (Geraldine Solon) {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

This class will be geared to writing for women in today’s world which is a combination of the craft of writing and marketing strategy: 1. How to hook readers in this ADHD era. 2. How to create strong powerful heroines that resonate with your readers. 3. How to construct meaningful stories that will make your readers buy more of your books. 4. How to create a unique plot. 5. How to target the non-Romance readers.

Teacher: Geraldine Solon
Field: Author / Event Planner
Bestseller: Amazon Top 100
Awards: 2011 Beach Book Festival Romance, Global Ebook Awards (Romance Finalist)
First book published: 2011
Books published: 6
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie
Website: GeraldineSolon.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Two of Geraldine’s books have been optioned for independent films. She served as Vice President for the Fremont Area Writers Club, was former Managing Editor of a food/fashion magazine and is the Executive Producer of her upcoming movie, Love Letters.
Other Events Presented:
2015 Fremont Area Writers Club: Tips on How to Write a Romance Novel
2014 St. Theresa’s College, Philippines: Writing From the Heart and How to Construct a Novel
2013 Dublin Writers Club: The Different Routes of Publishing
2013 Writerly Pubcamp: Keynote Speaker
2013 Pittsburgh Writing Group: Writing, Publishing and Promoting
2012 Fremont Area Writers Club: Writing from the Heart; Write, Publish, Promote

11:20am – 12:20pm (60 min.)
CLASS 71: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 72: Product Packaging: Judging the Inside by the Outside (Jimmy Thomas) {ROOM: SILVER}

Learn how your novel cover (product packaging) helps or hurts your reputation and novel sales, from the selection of your cover image, to knowing, and understanding the primary focus points of the creation of your cover, as well as the importance of colors, fonts and text size, choosing digital “and” print or digital “or” print, and understanding what/who is responsible for (directing) your novel sales. It’s not just cover artists who need to know the aspects to great covers, authors need to as well. As it is YOUR product being packaged. Authors need to understand why covers are so important to your sales, reputation, career and success, to know and understand what makes a cover shine over others, and how the viewer’s subconscious mind plays the biggest role in grabbing their attention.

Inflicting emotions on your readers and potential readers is an absolute MUST, and your cover image(s) will determine whether this happens or not. Learn how to select the best cover image(s), what makes them so great, good, ok or bad, what should be cleaned/edited and why, and the strong importance of image cropping. Discover the real reasons for headless covers, learn all about image copyrights, who actually has the rights to sell you their images, what you can and cannot do with them, to how to properly combine images together, avoiding the super-imposed amateur look, and the most common faux pas that give, and leave, bad impressions. Jimmy’s success with his RNC businesses is due to the “emotional response/reaction” his work inflicts on the consumer, as well as the quality level of his “product packaging”.

“It’s not about having consumers go to you for your service or product, it’s giving them reason to go to you over any other.” – Jimmy Thomas

Teacher: Jimmy Thomas
Field: RNC Founder & CEO, Most Published Cover Model
Website: RomanceNovelCovers.com, RomanceNovelCenter.com, RomanceNovelConvention.com
Bio: International Cover Model on over 7,000 covers, more than anyone in history. Founder & CEO of RNC; RomanceNovelCovers.com (the first stock image website specific to the romance novel industry, to provide the romance novel industry with stock images to be used for romance novel covers, website designs and promotional swag), RomanceNovelCenter.com (the first and only networking community website specific to the romance novel industry where you create your own profile to advertise who you are and what you do in this industry, to provide the Romance Novel Industry a place to all come together to provide their resources, promote their work, and offer their services to each other and to visitors), and Romance Novel Convention.com (the first and only 5-Day/4-Night, Annual, All-Inclusive Reader & Writer Romance Novel Convention, held in Las Vegas, Nevada).
Other Events Presented:
2014 RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping – Which, What, Why & Where
2014 RNC: Product Packaging: Judging a Book by its Cover and Why
2014 RNC: Success: Branding, Marketing & Self-Promotion
2013 RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping – Which, What, Why & Where
2013 RNC: Product Packaging: Judging a Book by its Cover and Why
2013 RNC: Success: Branding, Marketing & Self-Promotion
2013 RNC: Self Defense Is Easier Than You Think (w/ Fiona Jayde)
2013 RNC: Novel Cover Creation Appreciation: “Dragon’s Heart” (w/ LaVerne Thompson, Fiona Jayde, Bruce Heinsius)
2013 RWA Deer Valley, UT: RNC Photo Shoots, Branding, Networking, Marketing, Self-promoting & Cover Art
2013 Dreamin in Dallas: RNC Photo Shoots, Branding, Networking, Marketing, Self-promoting & Cover Art
2013 RWA Houston, TX: Branding, Networking, Marketing, Self-promoting & Cover Art
2012 Yvette Hines’ Book Launch Virginia Beach, VA: RNC Photo Shoots
2012 Live on the ‘Indie Authors’: RNC Photo Shoots

CLASS 73: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 74: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 75: How to Write for Women in Today’s World (Geraldine Solon) {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

This class will be geared to writing for women in today’s world which is a combination of the craft of writing and marketing strategy: 1. How to hook readers in this ADHD era. 2. How to create strong powerful heroines that resonate with your readers. 3. How to construct meaningful stories that will make your readers buy more of your books. 4. How to create a unique plot. 5. How to target the non-Romance readers.

Teacher: Geraldine Solon
Field: Author / Event Planner
Bestseller: Amazon Top 100
Awards: 2011 Beach Book Festival Romance, Global Ebook Awards (Romance Finalist)
First book published: 2011
Books published: 6
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie
Website: GeraldineSolon.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Two of Geraldine’s books have been optioned for independent films. She served as Vice President for the Fremont Area Writers Club, was former Managing Editor of a food/fashion magazine and is the Executive Producer of her upcoming movie, Love Letters.
Other Events Presented:
2015 Fremont Area Writers Club: Tips on How to Write a Romance Novel
2014 St. Theresa’s College, Philippines: Writing From the Heart and How to Construct a Novel
2013 Dublin Writers Club: The Different Routes of Publishing
2013 Writerly Pubcamp: Keynote Speaker
2013 Pittsburgh Writing Group: Writing, Publishing and Promoting
2012 Fremont Area Writers Club: Writing from the Heart; Write, Publish, Promote

12:20am – 1:40pm (80 min.)
LUNCH BREAK {ROOM: RENO}

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1:40pm – 2:40pm (60 min.)
CLASS 76: Creating Dialogue – Adapting Your Novel To a Script {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

This will be a hands-on slass. Learn techniques of creating dialog for a stage play or screenplay. Create interesting new characters and help find their voice for the written page. Working in groups of two or three you’ll try different techniques to build a short scene. We will be working with books from mainstream romance authors – as well as attending RNC authors. Join us to find ways to turn your romance writing into a working script.

Teacher: Jan Buck
Field: Playwright and Sweet Romance Author
Awards: California Governor Accommodation in Directing
Bio: Studied at ABC, NAN in writing and Direction. Was an active member and performer in PATH at Paramount Studios. Studied under James Best and Tad Danielevsky (at NBC), Jan has worked the last 45 years as an Actress, Folksinger, Director, Voice over artist and Playwright. She has also produced a number of shows and events with her former theatre company, AIM, in Burbank, California and was an invited Drama Instructor for the prestigious John Casablanca School of Modeling in Chicago. She currently teaches script-writing and acting workshops throughout the Los Angeles, CA and Pasadena, CA area, and has founded the SODA Award for aspiring young authors. Eight of Jan’s plays have been produced and she is currently adapting her play ”The Letter” into the sweet romance book genre.

CLASS 77: RNC CUSTOM COVERS PANEL: Show & Tell (Jimmy Thomas, Mary Moriarty, Fiona Jayde, Bruce Heinsius) {ROOM: SILVER}

“Back in 2013 while I sat in a class at RNC 2013 in Las Vegas I listened to Jimmy Thomas, Fiona Jayde, LaVerne Thompson and Bruce Heinsius talk about creating LaVerne’s cover. I sat, and all of a sudden had one of those moments that I was picturing a future cover from start-to-finish, that later became Redemption at Midnight.”
– Mary Moriarty

Often overlooked or considered is the depth gone into a great novel cover. Let us enlighten, bedazzle, surprise and outright shock you, while we each detail our roles in the creation of the custom made covers of Mary Moriarty’s…

Mary will discuss her writing and inspiration of her characters, to the direction she wanted to go with for her novel covers, and choosing the process of hiring RNC’s own Jimmy Thomas to get her cover-vision brought to life.

Jimmy will detail all the aspects of his custom cover shoots, from his full thought-process and how he translated the vision given to him into a live-form, to working with his Photographer, Bruce Heinsius, as they work together to get just the right feeling, emotion and look needed to pull-off an amazing cover image that would bring her character and novel to life.

With decades of professional photography experience, Bruce will describe how those feelings, emotions, and that right look is made with lighting, lighting and more lighting. From key light, hair light, rim light and back light, to reflectors, bounce cards, umbrellas and snoots, learn that it’s not just about a subject to shoot and a camera to shoot it with, but rather the attitude, the three-dimensional projection, and the surreal life-like capture that all the shadows and lighting create, that dramatically enhance those feelings, emotions and needed look.

As the production shifts back to Jimmy, he will take you for a ride into his head, as he goes through the hundreds of images taken, to pinpoint the best of the best, and what makes them better than the others, then see through his experienced eyes what he sees as for what to clean, edit and where to crop, which concludes with the final image, for cover artist Fiona Jayde to work her incredible magic on.

The panel is then turned over to cover artist Fiona Jayde, who is then the director of Mary’s movie put into the form of a novel. Once Fiona was given descriptions and details by Mary, she combined just the right colors, cover art, additional features and just the right font, then off to Mary they go.

CLASS 78: Audiobooks, the Narrator’s Perspective (Jack de Golia, Daniel Dorse, Shelley Avellino, Gaynor M Kelly) {ROOM: COPPER}

An overview of audiobooks from the earliest incarnation as ”books on tape” to today’s market, explain how narrators and authors meet and do business through ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) at ACX.com, the audiobook production process, marketing, what happens after an audiobook goes on sale, advantages & Disadvantages of publishing the audio version of your book, how to find a narrator, how to select an audition passage, what to listen for in auditions, what to expect from your selected audiobook producer, time involved in audiobook production (and why), and the possible costs–advantages & disadvantages.

Teacher: Jack de Golia
Field: Audiobook Narrator
First book published: 2013
Books published: 40+
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Website: JackWestCoast.com
Bio: Jack de Golia, holds a degree in Dramatic Art, worked in public relations and fire information, and since 2009 as been a voice actor. His experience there ranges from commercials to e-learning to over 3 dozen audiobooks at Audible.com.

Teacher: Daniel Dorse
Field: Voice Actor
Website: DanielVox.com
Bio: An actor for over 50 years, Voiceover Professional for over 35 years, stand-up comic, college professor, retired craps dealer, & audiobook specialist (having produced over 75 titles in the past 3 1/2 years). I’ve recorded several Medieval Romances for Kathryn LeVeque, Contemporary Romances for Liz Crowe, & Erotic Regency Romances for Renee Rose, as well as works of Science Fiction, Mystery/Thrillers, & Ghost stories.

Teacher: Simon Relph
Field: Narrator
Website: SimonRelph.co.uk
Bio: Simon has performed in many aspects of show business; Stage (Plays & Musicals), TV commercials, Film, Music and Voice-Over. Telling the story is the most important thing to him as a performer. When it comes to narrating audiobooks, he wants to bring the audience along on the ride of the written word and give their imagination the room to play.
Other Events Presented: Many years of presenting business related information: YMCA Director, Performer.

Teacher: Gaynor M Kelly
Field: Voice Actor
First book published: 2013
Number of books published: 6
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Website: GaynorsVoice.com
Bio: Gaynor M Kelly is an American Academy of Dramatic Art alumni and has had further training from many of the top theatrical and voice art people in Los Angeles beginning in 1990. Gaynor transitioned to voice acting work a few years ago, specializing in book narration and has a reputation of being a master storyteller.
Other Events Presented: Many classes and seminars taught in my other career as a Nursing Administrator.

CLASS 79: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 80: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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2:50pm – 3:50pm (60 min.)
CLASS 81: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 84: BDSM Toys Dos and Don’ts (Eryn Black) {ROOM: ELY}

With the explosion in the BDSM genre, the most common negative reviews toward books in this genre are the lack of realism in the use of the BDSM world in romance novels. Here we will discuss the various toys and techniques used in the lifestyle, as well as proper terminology and the universal rules shared in a BDSM relationship. This is also a chance for curious readers to see firsthand what they are reading about.

Teacher: Eryn Black
Field: Author of Erotic Contemporary Romance, Historical, Paranormal
First book published: 2013
Books published: 2 novels and 2 Anthologies
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press Published, Indie
Website: ErynBlack.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: An avid reader and writer in Erotic Romance, Eryn has worked with perorational Submissive and Dominatrix in the Los Angeles area in in her research.

CLASS 85: 10 Tips of Being an Authorpreneur (Geraldine Solon) {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

Based on my marketing guidebook, this class focuses on how authors can build their platform.

1. Identify Why You Write
2. Finding Your Audience
3. Make Investments
4. The Importance of Research
5. Take Advantage of Online Tools
6. Study Your Competitors
7. Know the Difference Between Sales and Marketing
8. Build Relationships With Your Readers
9. Be Consistent
10. Celebrate Your Milestones

Teacher: Geraldine Solon
Field: Author / Event Planner
Bestseller: Amazon Top 100
Awards: 2011 Beach Book Festival Romance, Global Ebook Awards (Romance Finalist)
First book published: 2011
Books published: 6
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie
Website: GeraldineSolon.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: Two of Geraldine’s books have been optioned for independent films. She served as Vice President for the Fremont Area Writers Club, was former Managing Editor of a food/fashion magazine and is the Executive Producer of her upcoming movie, Love Letters.
Other Events Presented:
2015 Fremont Area Writers Club: Tips on How to Write a Romance Novel
2014 St. Theresa’s College, Philippines: Writing From the Heart and How to Construct a Novel
2013 Dublin Writers Club: The Different Routes of Publishing
2013 Writerly Pubcamp: Keynote Speaker
2013 Pittsburgh Writing Group: Writing, Publishing and Promoting
2012 Fremont Area Writers Club: Writing from the Heart; Write, Publish, Promote

4:00pm – 5:00pm (60 min.)
CLASS 86: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 87: {ROOM: SILVER}

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CLASS 88: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 89: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 90: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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5:00pm – 7:00pm (2 hrs.)
DINNER BREAK {ROOM: RENO}

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7:00pm – 12:00am (5 hrs.)
Night In Vegas On RNC

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8:00pm – 10:00pm (2 hrs.)
RNCinema & Trivia {ROOM: Ely}

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RNCinema & Trivia {ROOM: Goldfield}

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10:00pm – 12:00am (2 hrs.)
RNCinema & Trivia {ROOM: Ely}

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RNCinema & Trivia {ROOM: Goldfield}

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