varkat (varkat) wrote,

Webinar, New Releases and Magical Words

I'm putting the final touches on my upcoming webinar for Writer's Digest on writing Science Fiction, Fantasy and Paranormal.  I've put a ton of work into it, and I think it's going to be great.  If you're interested and haven't already signed up, there's still time.  Some of the details are below.  Full information is available here.

Session date: Thursday, June 9, 2011
Starting time: 1:00 pm Eastern
Duration: 90 minutes

Each registration comes with access to the archived version of the program and the materials for 1 year. You do not have to attend the live event to get a recording of the presentation or ask the presenter questions. In all WD webinars, no question goes unanswered. Attendees have the ability to chat the instructor during the live event and ask questions. You will receive a copy of the webinar presentation in an email thank you message that goes out one week after the live event. The answers to questions not covered in the live presentation will be included in this email as well.

About the Webinar Critique
Following the event, all registrants are invited to submit their story pitch to instructor Lucienne Diver for a critique. Pitches should be 50-200 words, like pitches found in query letters. Lucienne may ask to see pages from any pitches she enjoys.

This webinar, taught by a literary agent who also writes paranormal, will discuss building rich and resonant worlds and cultures using an anthropological systems approach; developing protagonists and antagonists; and unique magic systems, complete with rules and restrictions. We'll also go over plot building, both in terms of stand-alone novels and series development.

The discussion will also cover idea generation and how to take the rocky road to originality rather than the easy path to ideas that have gone before and what makes a concept or creation truly unique.

What you will learn:
  • Building worlds that are unique and believable, whether they be in far off space, other earths or our own world at a slant
  • Creating viewpoint characters who are as real as you and I.
  • Developing magic systems with inherent logic and consistency
  • Working with internal and external conflict to drive the story
  • How to professionally present your ideas when your writing is ready for submission to agents and editors

I'm also very excited to announce two new releases today:

Chicks Kick Butt edited by Kerrie Hughes and Rachel Caine
Anthology featuring original stories from thirteen authors, eleven of whom are New York Times bestsellers:
L.A. Banks
Rachel Vincent
Karen Chance
Lilith Saintcrow
Cheyenne McCray
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Jeanne Stein
Jenna Black
Elizabeth Vaughan
Carole Nelson Douglas
Nancy Holder
Two of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine's Morganville Vampire novels in one volume.

Fade Out
Without the evil Bishop ruling over Morganville, the vampires have made major concessions to the human population. But when a filmmaker goes missing after starting work on a documentary about vampires, Claire Danvers and her friends feel anything but safe...

Kiss of Death
Vampire Michael Glass's music has attracted the attention of a music producer-giving Michael the opportunity to leave Morganville. But between a horde of hateful humans and a savage party of feral vampires, Michael may not make it to the show on time...or ever.

Last but not least, here's a link to a very interesting interview by some of the authors behind the wonderful Magical Words blog, including three of my clients: David B. Coe, Faith Hunter and Kalayna Price.

While we're on the subject of Faith Hunter, she was also kind enough to host me today on her site, talking about my wonderfully loony family, inspiration and my upcoming release Bad Blood.
Tags: anthology, bad blood, chicks kick butt, david b. coe, faith hunter, fantasy, kalayna price, morganville vampires, new releases, p.n. elrod, paranormal, rachel caine, science fiction, susan krinard, webinar, writer's digest

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