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: Wednesday, June 24th

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
9:00am – 10:00am (60 min.)
CLASS 01: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 02: So, You Want to Write a Book. What Now? (Linda Rae Sande) {ROOM: SILVER}

Deciding you want to write a book is the first step. This class will cover the various inspirations for writing a book and provide some tips on how to actually complete your writing. Additional topics include finding beta readers, editors, and proofreaders, defining metadata, deciding on a cover design and publishing both print-on-demand as well as e-books. This class is presented with PowerPoint slides and handouts will be provided.

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 03: Addressing The Public... Your Consumer! (Jimmy Thomas) {ROOM: COPPER}

In this class Jimmy Thomas will teach you the dos and don’ts to public speaking, how to present yourself in verbal form, written form and in physical form. You will learn how to sound like a professional speaker without being one, how to come off to others as a knowledgeable professional even if you are just starting off in your field, how to remember names of others you meet, and what it takes to have people remember you and your name when meeting you.

“It’s not how many people you know, it’s how many people know you.” – 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 04: Critique Groups – What You Should Look For (Antonia Cyn) {ROOM: ELY}

Are you ready for a critique group? You may have spent your time quietly writing your story, hoping someday to publish. Where do you go for help for your story-in-progress. While friends and loved ones may want to read your stories, they are not always the best resource. This class will give ideas of what to look for in a critique group, and guidelines for members to use to give and receive criticism.

Teacher: Antonia Cyn
Field: Author
First book published: 2014
Books published: 1
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Website: AntoniaCyn.com
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: When I became serious about writing, I knew I needed help. Luckily, I found a critique group nearby.
Through the years, the members of this group helped my writing by indicating the strengths and weaknesses within the stories. I am grateful to all of them for their advice and criticism.

CLASS 05: Writing As a Business (Gwen Steel) {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

Self-publishing is changing at a rapid rate, why becoming a ’Business’ is in your best interests for your present and future. Learn the basics for creating a business; what is a business plan and why do you need it? What are ”Articles of Incorporation” and what type of corporation is best for you? Where should your business be located? What do you need to get a business banking account? And many other basic essentials for creating a business. A Beginner’s class to business, don’t get tangled with the IRS.

Teacher: Gwen Steel
Field: Author & Publisher of Tri-Swan Press LLC
First book published: 2011
Books published: 22
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie
Website: GD Steel Romance, Tri-Swan Press LLC
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: G.D. Steel began writing over 15 years ago when she went to Scotland to visit family she hadn’t met. She stepped off the plane and felt like she had come home. G.D. fell in love with the country and its people and tragic history. She picked up a pen and hasn’t put it down since, and in the past 5 years has been writing for others as well. Gwen is the CEO/CFO of Tri-Swan Publishing, LLC. She has had several businesses, from Party-Lite home parties to Private Nursing Care; she has held licenses in several states. She has been an Independent Author writing in three genres. Gwen is a single mom of two, a US Navy Veteran, Registered Nurse, Aesthetician, Reiki Master, Business Owner, Author and avid traveler.

10:10am – 11:10am (60 min.)
CLASS 06: 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 07: Book Production Using InDesign (Linda Rae Sande) {ROOM: SILVER}

Want to self-publish but don’t like the templates offered by the various publishing houses? Need a bookfile that will give you a great printed book as well as convert easily for Kindle, Nook and iBooks? This course will cover how to use Adobe InDesign to create your print-ready PDF as well as MOBI and e-Pub files for all formats of your novel. Topics include creating templates for the five parts of a novel, setting up margins for each section, setting up headers and footers, using paragraph styles that will easily convert for e-books, and choosing a font from the ”top five” for readability. The presentation will be done with PowerPoint slides. Handouts will be provided.

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 08: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 09: 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 10: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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

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CLASS 12: {ROOM: SILVER}

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CLASS 13: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 14: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 15: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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

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1:40pm – 2:40pm (60 min.)
CLASS 16: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 17: {ROOM: SILVER}

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CLASS 18: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 19: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 20: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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2:50pm – 3:50pm (60 min.)
CLASS 21: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 22: 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 23: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 24: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 25: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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4:00pm – 5:00pm (60 min.)
CLASS 26: {ROOM: LAUGHLIN}

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CLASS 27: {ROOM: SILVER}

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CLASS 28: {ROOM: COPPER}

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CLASS 29: {ROOM: ELY}

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CLASS 30: {ROOM: GOLDFIELD}

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

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7:00pm – 10:00pm (3 hrs.)
RNC Kick-Off Party {ROOM: NEVADA BALLROOM}

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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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