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)

2016 RNClasses & Panels

RNC2016 CLASSES & PANELS
PRE-WRITING
Class Title (Teacher)
Feed Your Dragon: Using Dictation Software to Improve Productivity (NYT/USA Bestseller Angela Knight)

DESCRIPTION: New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight discusses how she more than doubled her productivity using dictation software. She’ll demonstrate how to use Dragon Naturally Speaking to plan, write and edit a book. She’ll also share crucial tips to improve the software’s accuracy.
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Angela Knight (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 50 (20 novels, 30 novellas) | SINCE: 1996 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Digital/Online Small-Press

BIO: Angela Knight is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later she read ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer, and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

AWARDS:
REVIEWERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (RIO)
2006: Favorite Futuristic/Fantasy/Science Fiction, – Master of Swords, 3rd Place
2004: Favorite Debut Novel – Jane’s Warlord, 2nd Place
2004: Favorite Paranormal Romance – The Forever Kiss, 3rd Place

ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB MAGAZINE
2007: Career Achievement Award, Nominee
2006: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of Wolves, 1st Place
2005: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of the Moon, Nominee
2004: Best Erotic Romance – The Forever Kiss, 1st Place
2004: Best Futuristic Romance – Jane’s Warlord, Nominee
2004: Best Vampire Romance – Master of the Night, Nominee

BORDERS GROUP
2004: Bestselling Anthology – Hot Blooded, 1st Place

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Brainstorming to Revision: The Process of Creating an Erotic Romance
2014: RNC: From Mild To Wild: Creating Sex Scenes That are More Than the Same Old Bump & Grind
2014: RNC: Kung Fu Writing

Writing Groups - What are They and Why You Need One! (NYT Bestseller Melissa Stevens)

DESCRIPTION: Can you write on your own? Of course, but let’s discuss some of the benefits of a writing group and why you should find a good one, or start one.
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: Melissa started reading at a very young age, and her love for series started early, as the first real books she remembers reading is the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Through the years she’s found that there’s little she won’t read, and her taste varies from westerns, to romance, to sci-fi / fantasy and horror. Melissa has distributed over fifty thousand of her novels worldwide. While participating in (and winning) National Novel Writing Month since 2009, 2015 marked her third non-consecutive year as acting Municipal Liaison. Melissa’s history with technology and social networking make her an authority on how to approach self-publishing, engaging NaNoWriMo as a platform to kick-start your writing career, and how Indie authors CAN hit the best-sellers list.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: NaNo Prep Series Which Included Plot
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: Character and Worldbuilding
2014: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook
2013: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook

How to Use NaNoWriMo to Kickstart Your Writing (NYT Bestseller Melissa Stevens)

DESCRIPTION: Having a hard time getting started? Is your inner editor keeping you from making much progress? These reasons are exactly why National Novel Writing Month is a great way to jumpstart your writing. You’re encouraged to lock away your inner editor, don’t go back and rewrite, don’t even re-read what you’ve written. You just rush to get it down, let the story or characters take control. Ride with it, you can fix any errors, plot holes, character issues later. Getting something on the page is more than half the problem. Let me show you what I mean.
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: Melissa started reading at a very young age, and her love for series started early, as the first real books she remembers reading is the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Through the years she’s found that there’s little she won’t read, and her taste varies from westerns, to romance, to sci-fi / fantasy and horror. Melissa has distributed over fifty thousand of her novels worldwide. While participating in (and winning) National Novel Writing Month since 2009, 2015 marked her third non-consecutive year as acting Municipal Liaison. Melissa’s history with technology and social networking make her an authority on how to approach self-publishing, engaging NaNoWriMo as a platform to kick-start your writing career, and how Indie authors CAN hit the best-sellers list.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: NaNo Prep Series Which Included Plot
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: Character and Worldbuilding
2014: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook
2013: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook

Push Through the Fear to Find Success (NYT Bestseller Jami Brumfield)

DESCRIPTION: Fear of success and failure is commonplace when one is getting ready to move forward with their success path. The negative impact of giving in to the fear, no matter where it originates from, can be devastating for an author and the readers who will miss out on the author’s unique voice and the story to be told. These feelings come in all shapes and forms and they leave one feeling the same, disappointed and frustrated. This class will share some techniques to help an individual push past these obstacles.
(may have visual presentation)
(Thu and/or Fri, afternoon)

TEACHER: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie

BIO: Jami Brumfield is a hypnotist and life coach by day and paranormal author by night. She has helped many people overcome fears and/or roadblocks keeping them from the success they deserve and desire. She felt the same apprehension and pushed through the block in 2013 and since has published 26 full length novels and/or novellas.

The More the Merrier (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller, Amazon Top 100 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: Learn how to write with other authors on boxed sets and anthologies. Working together and making the numbers work for you.
(does not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: LaVerne Thompson (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 30 | SINCE: 2008 as Laverne Thompson, 2011 as Ursula Sinclair | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: Ursula Sinclair is the alter ego for LaVerne Thompson an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and as Ursula writes new adult romance. She is a certified chocoholic and is currently working on several projects. Some might even involve chocolate. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don’t like the term empty nester. She’s added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully, writing will keep her sane.

AWARDS:
2013: Favorite Multicultural New Adult Fiction – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2012: The Swirl Awards: Best series – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2009: Literary Nymphs Golden Blush Award
2009: Literary Nymphs Hot List
2009: Lub Dub Award: Best Fight Scene
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Rookie Author of the Year
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Short Story of the Year
2008: Romance Slam Jam: Best Aspiring Author

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015 IR Expo: Panel on Dark Heroes and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: Swirling The Big Easy: Panels on New Adult and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: RNC: What To Expect The 1st Year of Publishing
2015: RNC: Should Authors have Pen Names
2015: RNC: Other Worldly Creatures… More than Just Vamps
2015: RNC: Panel on Custom Cover Design
2014: IR Readers Cruise: Dark Heroes in Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
2014: IR Readers Cruise: New Adult- What Is It?
2014: RNC: New Adult- Beyond Twilight
2013: RNC: New Directions for the IR/MC Genre


TEACHER: Taabia Dupree (Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 8 | SINCE: 2011 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: Taabia’s love of books, and anything with words, came from her parents. She read anything she could get her hands on, from cereal boxes, to the Encyclopedia Britannica, to the National Geographic, to the business section of the local newspaper. Yet some of her favorite reads came from writers such as L’Amour, Tolstoy, Eddings, Tolkien, Hugo, Wright, Dickens, and Hemingway. In 1999, Taabia started writing erotic fantasy stories for online story groups. Today, Taabia Dupree writes poetry and erotic short stories. Her books can be found in several genres, including coming of age, mystery & psychological-thrillers, fantasy, and paranormal, while currently working on a crime novella and a sci-fi fantasy novella.

Create and Organize Your Book Files (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: Writing a book may result in a single document file, but what about all the other files you need to publish and market your book? Even if you use Scrivener to write and publish your books, you’ll still have a collection of supporting files that require organization. In this course, you’ll learn about the various files you’ll need to create and keep organized along the way, such as your book’s character bible, character images, beat sheet, word count file, synopses, cover images, audio files, ebooks for every platform, link files, media kits and promotional materials. Author support sites are also discussed, including Author dB, Authorgraph, BookBub,The Fussy Librarian, Choosy Bookworm, and Independent Author Network, among others. The course is presented with PowerPoint slides and handouts are provided.
(includes visual presentation)
(Wed, Thu, Fri, am or early afternoon)

TEACHER: Linda Rae Sande (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author & Documentation Specialist)
BOOKS: 12 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: An author of 12 Regency novels with a global readership, Linda Rae has been an instructor and panelist at several book conventions including all the RNC Romance Novel Conventions, both Midwestern Book Lovers Unite! conferences, and the InD’Scribe Convention as well as local book gatherings. Her classes have included ”Book Production Using InDesign”, ”So, You Want to Write a Book”, ”Write and Publish a Book”, and ”Build a Better Bookfile”, all based on her prior experience in book production, technical writing, and historical romance writing. Her panel topics have included worldbuilding, historical fiction heroes, understanding the Regency era, and judging books by their covers. Utilizing Facebook ads and book marketing services specializing in targeted subscription e-mail services, she’s been able to sustain consistent sales on seven digital platforms as well as to reach #1 in Regency fiction on Amazon and #1 in Historical Romance on iBooks (with both paid and free books). Her latest project involves working with three different producers to create audio books of her three completed series.

AWARDS:
2014: RNC: RONÉ Post-Medieval Historical – Honorable Mention

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book. Now What?
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2015: Midwestern Book Lovers Unite: Understanding the Regency Era
2015: Park County Library Winter Gathering: So You Want to Write a Book
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book
2014: Park County Library Winter Gathering: Building a World
2013: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Build a Better Bookfile

Access the Erotic in You

DESCRIPTION: Even if you don’t see yourself as erotic. Even if eroticism and sex make you uncomfortable, it is part of us – all of us. Let’s talk about it. What do you enjoy about reading erotica? How far do you want an author to go? There’s a (fine) line between the boundaries of romantic, erotic and graphic fiction. The genres are available to suit everyone’s interests and fetishes. Learn how to let go and find the erotic in you.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Madison Lake (Erotic Romance Author)
BOOKS: 6 | SINCE: 2010 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: My writing life began with the production of (unglamorous) business newsletters, then moved to freelance writing for magazines, which included many features. That was twenty three years ago and I have been writing professionally ever since. My career as a literary author began in 2007. It was then I stumbled upon writing romantica after several colleagues remarked that I had a knack for erotic description. I created my website and blog, and began to write stories.

Become Self-Reliant, Focused and Confident in Your Craft

DESCRIPTION: What it takes to write. From setting up your writing space and working at home, to writing and submitting your work. It’s all part of the passion and the program of becoming a successful writer.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Madison Lake (Erotic Romance Author)
BOOKS: 6 | SINCE: 2010 | Website.com | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO:

WRITING
Class Title (Teacher)
39 Steps for Creating Suspense and Tension (NYT/USA Bestseller Rebecca York)

DESCRIPTION: Rebecca York will share the techniques she uses for creating suspense and tension in her stories, including an attention-grabbing beginning, red herrings, cliffhangers, tying one hand behind the hero’s back, including a ticking bomb, foreshadowing, and more.
(does not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Rebecca York (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 150 (novels & novellas) | SINCE: 1978 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Independently (Indie)

BIO: NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future. Rebecca has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and teaches courses on both romance writing and genre fiction writing.

AWARDS: RebeccaYork.com/media-room/awards

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
Romance Writers of America
New Jersey Romance Writers
Orange County (California) Romance Writers
Washington Romance Writers
Maryland Romance Writers
Omaha Writers Workshop
Malice Domestic
Sisters in Crime
Bouchercon
Smithsonian Institution
World Fantasy Convention
Women’s National Book Association

CLASSES TAUGHT:
39 Steps for Creating Suspense and Tension
Writing Romantic Suspense
The Writer as Master of the Universe
Using Metaphor and Simile

Using Metaphor and Simile to Juice up Your Writing (NYT/USA Bestseller Rebecca York)

DESCRIPTION: Pure gold nuggets or torpedoes lobbed from the Death Star, metaphor and simile can spark your fiction and nonfiction or drag your work down to a whole new level of bad prose. Learn to recognize these mainstays of figurative writing. Consider the richness they can add to a piece, along with jaw-dropping examples of writers straining too hard for effect. And practice constructing some in a couple of fun and interactive exercises.
(does not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Rebecca York (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 150 (novels & novellas) | SINCE: 1978 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Independently (Indie)

BIO: NY Times & USA Today best-seller, Rebecca York, is the author of 150 books. She has written paranormal romantic thrillers for Berkley and romantic thrillers for Harlequin Intrigue. Her new romantic-suspense series, Decorah Security, is set at a detective agency where agents have paranormal powers or work paranormal cases. She also writes an Off-World series where each story is a science fiction romance taking place on a distant planet in the far future. Rebecca has also appeared on many TV and radio programs and teaches courses on both romance writing and genre fiction writing.

AWARDS: RebeccaYork.com/media-room/awards

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
Romance Writers of America
New Jersey Romance Writers
Orange County (California) Romance Writers
Washington Romance Writers
Maryland Romance Writers
Omaha Writers Workshop
Malice Domestic
Sisters in Crime
Bouchercon
Smithsonian Institution
World Fantasy Convention
Women’s National Book Association

CLASSES TAUGHT:
39 Steps for Creating Suspense and Tension
Writing Romantic Suspense
The Writer as Master of the Universe
Using Metaphor and Simile

Hearts and Handcuffs: Writing Believable Police Fiction (NYT/USA Bestseller Angela Knight)

DESCRIPTION: Readers love cops, but writing believable police and sheriff’s officers can be difficult if you don’t know the procedures cops use to defend themselves and investigate crimes. In this workshop, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight and her husband Michael Woodcock, a veteran officer of more than twenty years, will cover everything from felony car-stops to murder investigations and hostage negotiations. Many cops have offered classes on aspects of police work, but since they’re not writers, they often don’t know what writers really need to know. As a result, they tell a lot of war stories, but may not cover the details essential to believability. Knight and Woodcock plan to give that information.
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Angela Knight (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 50 (20 novels, 30 novellas) | SINCE: 1996 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Digital/Online Small-Press

BIO: Angela Knight is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later she read ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer, and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

AWARDS:
REVIEWERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (RIO)
2006: Favorite Futuristic/Fantasy/Science Fiction, – Master of Swords, 3rd Place
2004: Favorite Debut Novel – Jane’s Warlord, 2nd Place
2004: Favorite Paranormal Romance – The Forever Kiss, 3rd Place

ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB MAGAZINE
2007: Career Achievement Award, Nominee
2006: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of Wolves, 1st Place
2005: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of the Moon, Nominee
2004: Best Erotic Romance – The Forever Kiss, 1st Place
2004: Best Futuristic Romance – Jane’s Warlord, Nominee
2004: Best Vampire Romance – Master of the Night, Nominee

BORDERS GROUP
2004: Bestselling Anthology – Hot Blooded, 1st Place

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Brainstorming to Revision: The Process of Creating an Erotic Romance
2014: RNC: From Mild To Wild: Creating Sex Scenes That are More Than the Same Old Bump & Grind
2014: RNC: Kung Fu Writing

Brainstorming to Revision: The Process of Creating an Erotic Romance (NYT/USA Bestseller Angela Knight)

DESCRIPTION: During this class, New York Times bestselling author Angela Knight demonstrates the techniques she uses in creating an erotic romance, while actually in the process of writing an e-book. The class is designed to help new authors better understand one method of writing a romance, while giving more experienced writers useful ideas about how to go about the creative process.Topics include: Brainstorming the initial idea; how to decide what kind of story to write, how long it will be, and which publisher to target it to; designing the hero and heroine, along with conflicts, inner, external and romantic. She will also discuss brainstorming the plot and the paranormal world; beginnings, middles and climaxes; rewriting and grammar; and novels vs. short fiction, and how to tell what length story you actually have.
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Angela Knight (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 50 (20 novels, 30 novellas) | SINCE: 1996 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Digital/Online Small-Press

BIO: Angela Knight is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later she read ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer, and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

AWARDS:
REVIEWERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (RIO)
2006: Favorite Futuristic/Fantasy/Science Fiction, – Master of Swords, 3rd Place
2004: Favorite Debut Novel – Jane’s Warlord, 2nd Place
2004: Favorite Paranormal Romance – The Forever Kiss, 3rd Place

ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB MAGAZINE
2007: Career Achievement Award, Nominee
2006: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of Wolves, 1st Place
2005: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of the Moon, Nominee
2004: Best Erotic Romance – The Forever Kiss, 1st Place
2004: Best Futuristic Romance – Jane’s Warlord, Nominee
2004: Best Vampire Romance – Master of the Night, Nominee

BORDERS GROUP
2004: Bestselling Anthology – Hot Blooded, 1st Place

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Brainstorming to Revision: The Process of Creating an Erotic Romance
2014: RNC: From Mild To Wild: Creating Sex Scenes That are More Than the Same Old Bump & Grind
2014: RNC: Kung Fu Writing

Mild to Wild: Creating Sex Scenes More Than the Same Old Bump & Grind (NYT/USA Bestseller Angela Knight)

DESCRIPTION: Many writers groan when they have to write sex scenes. “It’s all tab A in slot B! It’s boring!” A New York Times bestselling author of erotic romance shows how to write love scenes that will inspire anything but yawns. Topics include: how to use love scenes to develop characterization, conflict, and the growth of the romance. She’ll also cover how to create a range of sensuality, from sweet to erotic. If you’ve ever wondered how to give your love scene that extra sparkle, she’ll provide valuable hints.
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Angela Knight (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 50 (20 novels, 30 novellas) | SINCE: 1996 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Digital/Online Small-Press

BIO: Angela Knight is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author of books for Berkley, Red Sage, Changeling Press, and Loose Id. Her first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later she read ‘The Wolf and the Dove’ and fell in love with romance. Besides her fiction work, Angela’s publishing career includes a stint as a comic book writer, and ten years as a newspaper reporter. Several of her stories won South Carolina Press Association awards under her real name. Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a polygraph examiner and hostage negotiator for the county’s Sheriff’s Office. The couple have a grown son, Anthony.

AWARDS:
REVIEWERS INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (RIO)
2006: Favorite Futuristic/Fantasy/Science Fiction, – Master of Swords, 3rd Place
2004: Favorite Debut Novel – Jane’s Warlord, 2nd Place
2004: Favorite Paranormal Romance – The Forever Kiss, 3rd Place

ROMANTIC TIMES BOOKCLUB MAGAZINE
2007: Career Achievement Award, Nominee
2006: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of Wolves, 1st Place
2005: Best Werewolf Romance – Master of the Moon, Nominee
2004: Best Erotic Romance – The Forever Kiss, 1st Place
2004: Best Futuristic Romance – Jane’s Warlord, Nominee
2004: Best Vampire Romance – Master of the Night, Nominee

BORDERS GROUP
2004: Bestselling Anthology – Hot Blooded, 1st Place

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Brainstorming to Revision: The Process of Creating an Erotic Romance
2014: RNC: From Mild To Wild: Creating Sex Scenes That are More Than the Same Old Bump & Grind
2014: RNC: Kung Fu Writing

New Adult - Beyond the Frat Parties (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: New Adult is not just college life anymore. We’ll take a look at the growth of this firmly established category that has taken romance to another level.
(does not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: LaVerne Thompson (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 30 | SINCE: 2008 as Laverne Thompson, 2011 as Ursula Sinclair | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: Ursula Sinclair is the alter ego for LaVerne Thompson an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and as Ursula writes new adult romance. She is a certified chocoholic and is currently working on several projects. Some might even involve chocolate. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don’t like the term empty nester. She’s added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully, writing will keep her sane.

AWARDS:
2013: Favorite Multicultural New Adult Fiction – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2012: The Swirl Awards: Best series – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2009: Literary Nymphs Golden Blush Award
2009: Literary Nymphs Hot List
2009: Lub Dub Award: Best Fight Scene
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Rookie Author of the Year
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Short Story of the Year
2008: Romance Slam Jam: Best Aspiring Author

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: IR Expo: Panel on Dark Heroes and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: Swirling The Big Easy: Panels on New Adult and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: RNC: What To Expect The 1st Year of Publishing
2015: RNC: Should Authors have Pen Names
2015: RNC: Other Worldly Creatures… More than Just Vamps
2015: RNC: Panel on Custom Cover Design
2014: IR Readers Cruise: Dark Heroes in Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
2014: IR Readers Cruise: New Adult- What Is It?
2014: RNC: New Adult- Beyond Twilight
2013: RNC: New Directions for the IR/MC Genre

Writing Scenes That Smolder (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: Writing sex scenes at various heat/comfort levels.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: L.M. Pruitt (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 23 | SINCE: 2011 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing
2014: RNC: The Good, The Bad & The Irresistible

Writing Erotic Romance

DESCRIPTION: There is a difference. It’s not eroticism, it’s not porn and it’s not just romance. It’s titillating storytelling. finding the right descriptive language, leading your reader on, creating believable characters – it’s mild seduction with an edge. And with a story. That’s a glimpse the world of writing and reading Romantica.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Madison Lake (Erotic Romance Author)
BOOKS: 6 | SINCE: 2010 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: My writing life began with the production of (unglamorous) business newsletters, then moved to freelance writing for magazines, which included many features. That was twenty three years ago and I have been writing professionally ever since. My career as a literary author began in 2007. It was then I stumbled upon writing romantica after several colleagues remarked that I had a knack for erotic description. I created my website and blog, and began to write stories.

POST-WRITING
Class Title (Teacher)
Presenting Yourself to the Public: The Consumer (RNC CEO Jimmy Thomas)

DESCRIPTION: In this class Jimmy Thomas will teach you the do’s 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, and what it takes to have people remember you and your name when meeting you, as well as how to remember names of others you meet.
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO & Most Published Cover Model)
WEBSITE: RomanceNovelCovers | RomanceNovelCenter | RomanceNovelConvention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC

BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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 CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping
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
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

Does Your Swag Have Swagger (RNC CEO Jimmy Thomas)

DESCRIPTION: Promoting yourself is a must in any industry if you want to get yourself seen, heard, known or well-known. While there are many forms of swag, which is best for you? From prints to gadgets, quantity to quality, marketability to cost… Learn what works, what doesn’t, and why.
“It’s not how many people you know, it’s how many people know you.” – Jimmy Thomas

(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO & Most Published Cover Model)
WEBSITE: RomanceNovelCovers | RomanceNovelCenter | RomanceNovelConvention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC

BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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 CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping
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
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

Is Self-Publishing Right for You? A Look at the Pros vs. Cons (NYT Bestseller Melissa Stevens)

DESCRIPTION: Editing, formatting, book cover. There are a lot of things a traditional or small press publisher takes care of for you, but could you do it yourself? Of course you can. Let’s take a look at what’s involved so you can choose which option is the best fit for you.
(includes visual presentation)
(Wed, Thu, Fri, am)

TEACHER: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: Melissa started reading at a very young age, and her love for series started early, as the first real books she remembers reading is the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Through the years she’s found that there’s little she won’t read, and her taste varies from westerns, to romance, to sci-fi / fantasy and horror. Melissa has distributed over fifty thousand of her novels worldwide. While participating in (and winning) National Novel Writing Month since 2009, 2015 marked her third non-consecutive year as acting Municipal Liaison. Melissa’s history with technology and social networking make her an authority on how to approach self-publishing, engaging NaNoWriMo as a platform to kick-start your writing career, and how Indie authors CAN hit the best-sellers list.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: NaNo Prep Series Which Included Plot
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: Character and Worldbuilding
2014: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook
2013: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook

How to Hit the Bestseller List as an Indie Author (NYT Bestsellers Jami Brumfield, Lane Hart & Melissa Stevens)

DESCRIPTION: In order to make the national bestsellers lists you have to make a huge number of sales in a single week. It’s not an easy task if you don’t have the power and money of a New York publisher behind you. But we’ve done it and we’ll show you how to organize, publish and promote a bestselling multi-author box set.
(includes visual presentation)
(Fri, am or pm)

TEACHER: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie

BIO: Jami Brumfield is a hypnotist and life coach by day and paranormal author by night. She has helped many people overcome fears and/or roadblocks keeping them from the success they deserve and desire. She felt the same apprehension and pushed through the block in 2013 and since has published 26 full length novels and/or novellas.


TEACHER: Lane Hart (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 13 | SINCE: 2014 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: After ten years in the legal field, Lane Hart started writing romance novels as a hobby. That hobby has now become a booming business! She’s self published thirteen full length books in less than two years, ten of which have been Amazon bestsellers. Lane has also won multiple Kindle Select All-Star awards for being a top 100 Kindle Select bestselling author in the United Kingdom. Lane recruited and organized a collaboration with nineteen other indie authors to release a paranormal romance anthology, Wicked After Dark, that became a New York Times bestseller in October 2015.


TEACHER: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: Melissa started reading at a very young age, and her love for series started early, as the first real books she remembers reading is the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Through the years she’s found that there’s little she won’t read, and her taste varies from westerns, to romance, to sci-fi / fantasy and horror. Melissa has distributed over fifty thousand of her novels worldwide. While participating in (and winning) National Novel Writing Month since 2009, 2015 marked her third non-consecutive year as acting Municipal Liaison. Melissa’s history with technology and social networking make her an authority on how to approach self-publishing, engaging NaNoWriMo as a platform to kick-start your writing career, and how Indie authors CAN hit the best-sellers list.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: NaNo Prep Series Which Included Plot
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: Character and Worldbuilding
2014: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook
2013: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook

Getting Started in Self-Publishing (NYT Bestsellers Jami Brumfield, Lane Hart & Melissa Stevens)

DESCRIPTION: Self-publishing is easier than you think. Find out the step-by-step process on how to prepare, publish and successfully promote your first book. You’ll also learn tips and tricks to help you avoid some of the common mistakes beginners make.
(includes visual presentation)
(Fri, am or pm)

TEACHER: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie

BIO: Jami Brumfield is a hypnotist and life coach by day and paranormal author by night. She has helped many people overcome fears and/or roadblocks keeping them from the success they deserve and desire. She felt the same apprehension and pushed through the block in 2013 and since has published 26 full length novels and/or novellas.


TEACHER: Lane Hart (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 13 | SINCE: 2014 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: After ten years in the legal field, Lane Hart started writing romance novels as a hobby. That hobby has now become a booming business! She’s self published thirteen full length books in less than two years, ten of which have been Amazon bestsellers. Lane has also won multiple Kindle Select All-Star awards for being a top 100 Kindle Select bestselling author in the United Kingdom. Lane recruited and organized a collaboration with nineteen other indie authors to release a paranormal romance anthology, Wicked After Dark, that became a New York Times bestseller in October 2015.


TEACHER: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

BIO: Melissa started reading at a very young age, and her love for series started early, as the first real books she remembers reading is the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Through the years she’s found that there’s little she won’t read, and her taste varies from westerns, to romance, to sci-fi / fantasy and horror. Melissa has distributed over fifty thousand of her novels worldwide. While participating in (and winning) National Novel Writing Month since 2009, 2015 marked her third non-consecutive year as acting Municipal Liaison. Melissa’s history with technology and social networking make her an authority on how to approach self-publishing, engaging NaNoWriMo as a platform to kick-start your writing career, and how Indie authors CAN hit the best-sellers list.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: NaNo Prep Series Which Included Plot
2015: Local National Novel Writing Month: Character and Worldbuilding
2014: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook
2013: Local Library System for One Book Arizona: How to Publish an eBook

How to Be an Authorpreneur (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: In today’s publishing world, an author has to be a businessperson in addition to being a writer. This course will cover how to set up your business, create spreadsheets to track expenses and royalties, back up data, create a media kit for each book, set up your author database of information. and publish to a variety of retailers. In addition, promotional tasks will be covered, including creating a website, setting up a blog, setting up a newsletter signup, and adding your book to a variety of free and low-cost sites to help with discovery. Finally, protecting your work using copyright and anti-piracy services will be covered.
(includes visual presentation)
(Wed, Thu, Fri, am or early afternoon)

TEACHER: Linda Rae Sande (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author & Documentation Specialist)
BOOKS: 12 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

AWARDS:
2014: RNC: RONÉ Post-Medieval Historical – Honorable Mention

BIO: An author of 12 Regency novels with a global readership, Linda Rae has been an instructor and panelist at several book conventions including all the RNC Romance Novel Conventions, both Midwestern Book Lovers Unite! conferences, and the InD’Scribe Convention as well as local book gatherings. Her classes have included ”Book Production Using InDesign”, ”So, You Want to Write a Book”, ”Write and Publish a Book”, and ”Build a Better Bookfile”, all based on her prior experience in book production, technical writing, and historical romance writing. Her panel topics have included worldbuilding, historical fiction heroes, understanding the Regency era, and judging books by their covers. Utilizing Facebook ads and book marketing services specializing in targeted subscription e-mail services, she’s been able to sustain consistent sales on seven digital platforms as well as to reach #1 in Regency fiction on Amazon and #1 in Historical Romance on iBooks (with both paid and free books). Her latest project involves working with three different producers to create audio books of her three completed series.

AWARDS:
2014: RNC: RONÉ Post-Medieval Historical – Honorable Mention

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book. Now What?
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2015: Midwestern Book Lovers Unite: Understanding the Regency Era
2015: Park County Library Winter Gathering: So You Want to Write a Book
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book
2014: Park County Library Winter Gathering: Building a World
2013: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Build a Better Bookfile

Print to Audio (Amazon Top 10 Bestsellers)

DESCRIPTION: In today’s publishing world, an author has to be a businessperson in addition to being a writer. This course will cover how to set up your business, create spreadsheets to track expenses and royalties, back up data, create a media kit for each book, set up your author database of information. and publish to a variety of retailers. In addition, promotional tasks will be covered, including creating a website, setting up a blog, setting up a newsletter signup, and adding your book to a variety of free and low-cost sites to help with discovery. Finally, protecting your work using copyright and anti-piracy services will be covered.
(includes visual presentation)
(Wed, Thu, Fri, am or early afternoon)

TEACHER: LaVerne Thompson (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 30 | SINCE: 2008 as Laverne Thompson, 2011 as Ursula Sinclair | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: Ursula Sinclair is the alter ego for LaVerne Thompson an award winning, best-selling, multi-published author, an avid reader and a writer of contemporary, fantasy, and sci/fi sensual romances. She also writes romantic suspense and as Ursula writes new adult romance. She is a certified chocoholic and is currently working on several projects. Some might even involve chocolate. Both of her daughters are now away at college. However, she and her husband don’t like the term empty nester. She’s added a cat to the household to keep the dog of the house company. Hopefully, writing will keep her sane.

AWARDS:
2013: Favorite Multicultural New Adult Fiction – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2012: The Swirl Awards: Best series – writing as Ursula Sinclair
2009: Literary Nymphs Golden Blush Award
2009: Literary Nymphs Hot List
2009: Lub Dub Award: Best Fight Scene
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Rookie Author of the Year
2008: Romance Erotica Connection: Contemporary Short Story of the Year
2008: Romance Slam Jam: Best Aspiring Author

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: IR Expo: Panel on Dark Heroes and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: Swirling The Big Easy: Panels on New Adult and Paranormal/fantasy romance
2015: RNC: What To Expect The 1st Year of Publishing
2015: RNC: Should Authors have Pen Names
2015: RNC: Other Worldly Creatures… More than Just Vamps
2015: RNC: Panel on Custom Cover Design
2014: IR Readers Cruise: Dark Heroes in Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
2014: IR Readers Cruise: New Adult- What Is It?
2014: RNC: New Adult- Beyond Twilight
2013: RNC: New Directions for the IR/MC Genre

TEACHER: Linda Rae Sande (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author & Documentation Specialist)
BOOKS: 12 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)

AWARDS:
2014: RNC: RONÉ Post-Medieval Historical – Honorable Mention

BIO: An author of 12 Regency novels with a global readership, Linda Rae has been an instructor and panelist at several book conventions including all the RNC Romance Novel Conventions, both Midwestern Book Lovers Unite! conferences, and the InD’Scribe Convention as well as local book gatherings. Her classes have included ”Book Production Using InDesign”, ”So, You Want to Write a Book”, ”Write and Publish a Book”, and ”Build a Better Bookfile”, all based on her prior experience in book production, technical writing, and historical romance writing. Her panel topics have included worldbuilding, historical fiction heroes, understanding the Regency era, and judging books by their covers. Utilizing Facebook ads and book marketing services specializing in targeted subscription e-mail services, she’s been able to sustain consistent sales on seven digital platforms as well as to reach #1 in Regency fiction on Amazon and #1 in Historical Romance on iBooks (with both paid and free books). Her latest project involves working with three different producers to create audio books of her three completed series.

AWARDS:
2014: RNC: RONÉ Post-Medieval Historical – Honorable Mention

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book. Now What?
2015: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2015: Midwestern Book Lovers Unite: Understanding the Regency Era
2015: Park County Library Winter Gathering: So You Want to Write a Book
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Book Production Using InDesign
2014: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): So You Want to Write a Book
2014: Park County Library Winter Gathering: Building a World
2013: RNC (Romance Novel Convention): Build a Better Bookfile

Beginner's Guide to Self-Publishing (Amazon Top 10 Bestseller)

DESCRIPTION: Overview and breakdown of the steps to self-publish your own work.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: L.M. Pruitt (Amazon Top 10 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 23 | SINCE: 2011 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)

BIO: L.M. Pruitt has been reading and writing for as long as she can remember. A native of Florida with a love of New Orleans, she has the uncanny ability to find humor in most things and would probably kill a plastic plant.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Publishing
2014: RNC: The Good, The Bad & The Irresistible

COVERS
Class Title (Teacher)
Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping (RNC CEO Jimmy Thomas)

DESCRIPTION: Your cover needs to inflict emotions to your potential readers, and your cover image(s) will determine whether this happens or not. Learn how to select the best cover image(s), what makes them great, good, ok or bad, what should be cleaned and 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.

“It’s all about the visual and emotional stimulation that your service or product gives.” – Jimmy Thomas
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO & Most Published Cover Model)
WEBSITE: RomanceNovelCovers | RomanceNovelCenter | RomanceNovelConvention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC

BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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 CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping
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
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

Product Packaging: Judging the Inside by the Outside (RNC CEO Jimmy Thomas)

DESCRIPTION: 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
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO & Most Published Cover Model)
WEBSITE: RomanceNovelCovers | RomanceNovelCenter | RomanceNovelConvention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC

BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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 CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping
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
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

MISCELLANEOUS
Class Title (Teacher)
Success: Branding, Marketing & Self-Promotion (RNC CEO Jimmy Thomas)

DESCRIPTION: Learn what branding is and what it takes to create your own brand, how to market yourself and self-promote, using pen names vs. real names and when, the power of domain names and websites, presenting yourself to the public-your customers to earn their respect, the do’s and dont’s of social media and using it to your benefit, swag that works best for you, networking, and offering coupons/giving away your novels away for free. Jimmy’s success with his RNC businesses is due to the “emotional response/reaction” his work inflicts on the consumer.

“It’s not how many people you know, it’s how many people know you.” – Jimmy Thomas
(may include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO & Most Published Cover Model)
WEBSITE: Romance Novel Covers | Romance Novel Center | Romance Novel Convention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC

BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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 CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2014: RNC: Stock Images: Selecting, Cleaning, Editing & Cropping
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
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

What You Need to Know to Talk to a Web Designer (20 Year Software Professor & Technician)

DESCRIPTION: Your author website is a major marketing and branding tool that requires constant attention and updates to effectively sell your books and your brand. Do you need an author website, but don’t know where to begin? Do you currently have an author website, but don’t know how effective it is, or how to improve it? If so, “What You Need to Know to Talk to a Web Designer” is for you. Information you need to talk to a professional web designer and be able to make informed decisions about your author website will be presented for the non-technical lay person. Technical concepts that you will need to know will be defined and explained in easy to understand language.
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Doug Miles (20 Year Software Professor & Technician)
WEBSITE: VeritableSoftware.com

BIO: Doug Miles started in the Technology field when he taught himself to program at 10 years of age. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Doug has worked professionally in the Software/Technology field for over 20 years, and has taught technology courses at the Art Institute of Phoenix. He is the Founder and Head of the Phoenix Perl user group where he has been giving technical presentations for over 15 years.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: RNC: What You Need to Know to Talk to a Web Designer
2015: RNC: Virus Protection, Backups, Digital File Information, and Free Software For Writers
2014: RNC: What You Need to Know to Talk to a Web Designer
2014: RNC: Virus Protection, Backups, Digital File Information, and Free Software For Writers

Free Writer Software, Backups, Virus Protection, Digital Files & More (20 Year Software Professor & Technician)

DESCRIPTION: This course covers a broad spectrum of technology issues that you should be aware of to run your business. Virus protection software: why is it so important? Back-ups and online storage: the benefits of each. Why can’t you increase the size of images without losing quality? What do all of these digital file types mean (jpg, jpeg, png, psd, tiff, bmp, pdf) and what are they used for? What free software is available that can replace expensive proprietary software?
(includes visual presentation)

TEACHER: Doug Miles (20 Year Software Professor & Technician)
WEBSITE: VeritableSoftware.com

BIO: Doug Miles started in the Technology field when he taught himself to program at 10 years of age. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. Doug has worked professionally in the Software/Technology field for over 20 years, and has taught technology courses at the Art Institute of Phoenix. He is the Founder and Head of the Phoenix Perl user group where he has been giving technical presentations for over 15 years.

OTHER CLASSES/PRESENTATIONS GIVEN:
2015: RNC: What You Need to Know to Talk to a Web Designer
2015: RNC: Virus Protection, Backups, Digital File Information, and Free Software For Writers

PANELS
Panel Title (Panelists/Teachers)
(ALL PANELS ARE OPEN FOR MORE PANELISTS / 3+ PANELISTS PER PANEL)
Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

Learn the differences and the pros & cons.

PANELIST: Victoria Alexander (NY Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 31 (+6 novellas) | SINCE: 1995 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market


PANELIST: Lane Hart (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 13 | SINCE: 2014 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)


PANELIST: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)


PANELIST: Laura Hawks (Historical Paranormal Fiction Author)
BOOKS: 4 + Short Story | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)
How Do Authors Come Up With Their Stories

Authors show you how every day events inspire their stories.

PANELIST: Victoria Alexander (NY Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 31 (+6 novellas) | SINCE: 1995 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market


PANELIST: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie


PANELIST: Laura Hawks (Historical Paranormal Fiction Author)
BOOKS: 4 + Short Story | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)


TEACHER: Madison Lake (Erotic Romance Author)
BOOKS: 6 | SINCE: 2010 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: My writing life began with the production of (unglamorous) business newsletters, then moved to freelance writing for magazines, which included many features. That was twenty three years ago and I have been writing professionally ever since. My career as a literary author began in 2007. It was then I stumbled upon writing romantica after several colleagues remarked that I had a knack for erotic description. I created my website and blog, and began to write stories.

Plotter, Pantser, Or Both?

The how to step of self publishing and approaching publishers. The does and don’ts of the trade.

PANELIST: Rebecca York (New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 150 (novels & novellas) | SINCE: 1978 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Traditionally/Mass-Market, Independently (Indie)


PANELIST: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie


PANELIST: Laura Hawks (Historical Paranormal Fiction Author)
BOOKS: 4 + Short Story | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)
Otherworldly Creatures... More Than Just Vamps

A panel of paranormal authors open their books.

PANELIST: Melissa Stevens (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 9 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)


PANELIST: Jami Brumfield (New York Times Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 26 | SINCE: 2013 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Indie


PANELIST: Magen McMinimy (Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author)
BOOKS: 27 | SINCE: 2010 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Independently (Indie)


PANELIST: Laura Hawks (Historical Paranormal Fiction Author)
BOOKS: 4 + Short Story | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon | Facebook
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press, Independently (Indie)
COVER MODEL PANEL - Everything You've Wanted to Know

What goes into a romance novel cover photo shoot, how do we prepare, do we have favorite genres to shoot, our best shoots, worst shoots, funniest shoots, and answering any questions you may have for us.

PANELIST: Jimmy Thomas (RNC CEO, Most Published Cover Model, Writer)
WEBSITE: RomanceNovelCovers | RomanceNovelCenter | RomanceNovelConvention
FACEBOOK: Jimmy Thomas | RNC
BIO: International Cover Model on over 8,000 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).


PANELIST: Julian Mora (Cover Model, Exotic Dancer, Choreographer)
WEBSITE: Julian Mora & Kyani
FACEBOOK: Julian Mora


PANELIST: Michael Hendrickson (Cover Model)
FACEBOOK: Michael Hendrickson
FACEBOOK: Michael Hendrickson


PANELIST: Zack Williams (Cover Model)
FACEBOOK: Zack Williams


PANELIST: Orestis Papapetrou (Cover Model)
WEBSITE: Orestis Papapetrou
FACEBOOK: Orestis Papapetrou
POSSIBLE CLASSES
Worldbuilding

DESCRIPTION: PowerPoint presentation on creating alternate dimensions and off-planet worlds. I go into minor physics/science in explaining planetary makepup, geological terrains and weather systems, wormholes and other inter-dimensional travel to planets and methods, creating social, political, and religious/spiritual (or lack thereof) systems, as well as a touch on creating different languages.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Chaeya Robles (Author, Entertainer, Entrepreneur)
BOOKS: 2 | SINCE: 2012 | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: Chaeya is a storyteller, songwriter, musician, poet, and all around daydream believer. When she isn’t being domestic with her husband and two daughters, she fancies herself the Empress of Ev*A*Dream and the leader of the band “Chaeya and Her Dark Secret.” Chaeya’s stories will take you on a journey to other worlds and dimensions. If you enjoy the science fiction, magic, and fantasy, then come along and become an Ev*A*Dreamer.

How to Grab Your Audience and Bring Them Along for the Ride

DESCRIPTION: Being a writer doesn’t make you a good storyteller. I would like to say that being a good writer is having a reader be ”unable to put down” your book down. It isn’t. Storytelling is an art. As an author you need the ability to engage your audience immediately and never let them go. Any perceived pause or confusion in a story can lose your audience. We all have books we put down and didn’t pick back up again. How do you change this? Find out in my class!
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Dalia Lance (Author)
BOOKS: 4 | SINCE: 2014 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED: Digital/Online Small-Press

BIO: Grew up in Hollywood, CA and now living in Tampa, FL. Have had a love for writing my entire life. I have held executive jobs in both Human Resources and I am currently a CIO for a company in the Mortgage Banking Industry. That, however, is terribly boring in relation to my passion for writing. I love studying humans, especially up close and personal. I have, in my writing, taken a non-traditional approach to romance. I believe women should be as empowered as men, in setting their own sexual destiny. My writing reflects the fun, graphic and sometimes awkward adventures a woman can have when she sets her own rules.
I am also known for my “Whoretips” given along these adventures (little pieces of life advice I give along the way).

Scrivener – Why You Should Use It to Write Your Novel

Scrivener. Why you should be using Scrivener to explore, analyze and write your book.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Livia Quinn (Author, Computer Instructor, Business Owner, School Placement Director)
BOOKS: 8 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: A D.C. native living on the bayou, most people who know me know about my fear of storms. With many interruptions in my career involving weather, it’s only natural that they would be at the center of many of my stories, but as the author, lol, I’m in control. Most of my books are set on a fictional lake in Southern Louisiana, with contemporary and military romance to the east in Larue and Thunder Point, and Cozy paranormal/urban fantasy on the west end. There, you’re sure to meet a Tempestestaerie, vampire or dragon.

Software Programs to Enhance Your Novel Planning & Writing

DESCRIPTION: How to look at your life and project your word count for the next year, two years or longer. Tips and practical exercises to help the attendee realize how much more they are capable of than they realize.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Livia Quinn (Author, Computer Instructor, Business Owner, School Placement Director)
BOOKS: 8 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: A D.C. native living on the bayou, most people who know me know about my fear of storms. With many interruptions in my career involving weather, it’s only natural that they would be at the center of many of my stories, but as the author, lol, I’m in control. Most of my books are set on a fictional lake in Southern Louisiana, with contemporary and military romance to the east in Larue and Thunder Point, and Cozy paranormal/urban fantasy on the west end. There, you’re sure to meet a Tempestestaerie, vampire or dragon.

Write more / Revise More

How to look at your life and project your word count for the next year, two years or longer. Tips and practical exercises to help realize how much more you are capable of than you realize.
(may or may not include visual presentation)

TEACHER: Livia Quinn (Author, Computer Instructor, Business Owner, School Placement Director)
BOOKS: 8 | SINCE: 2012 | Website | Amazon Profile
PUBLISHED:

BIO: A D.C. native living on the bayou, most people who know me know about my fear of storms. With many interruptions in my career involving weather, it’s only natural that they would be at the center of many of my stories, but as the author, lol, I’m in control. Most of my books are set on a fictional lake in Southern Louisiana, with contemporary and military romance to the east in Larue and Thunder Point, and Cozy paranormal/urban fantasy on the west end. There, you’re sure to meet a Tempestestaerie, vampire or dragon.