Join the ranks of authors who write in the most popular and best-selling genre of all fiction stories. Over 1,300 students enrolled!
This course will help set you on the path to becoming a career author. Learn to write novels, determine a publishing route, promote your books, and complete a flexible business plan that fits your individual goals as a romance author.
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Romance novels have been around for hundreds of years (in one form or another) and have had quite an influence on readers and writers. Some have even called this billion dollar a year genre "worthless drivel". Ha!
Learn popular methods of planning and writing a novel. There is no one-size-fits-all method, so whether you're a "pantser", "plotter", or "plotster", you'll find a method that suits your style. This lecture includes a downloadable plot chart.
Creating a premise will help clarify your plot and character actions throughout the novel. Knowing your theme is an extra bonus. Includes downloadable themes list and assignment.
The characters bring to the story internal emotional and intellectual goals, motivations and conflicts that make them the way they are. Discover how to create realistic issues that provide reasons for the hero and heroine to believe the relationship is never going to work. Includes an assignment.
Discover practical methods to cause your hero and heroine to meet and continue having to see each other despite trying (at first) to stay away. Includes an assignment.
Getting to know your characters helps determine their internal GMCs and how they will change and keep each other from reaching their external goals. Includes a character interview document.
In the section on Organization and Planning, I presented several methods of planning your novel. Now we'll hone in on a romance novel version of the Freytag model with the three-act structure included for timing and pacing reference. Includes downloadable a basic romance plot chart and sample story plotted out.
Planning and organization are key factors when writing a series. Books in a series can increase your sales because the reader wants to get to the next book to see what happens. In this lecture, you'll discover the elements of a series and what readers expect. Includes downloadable series plot spreadsheets--one blank and one with a sample series.
Discover how to keep your plot moving forward with each scene and its sequel (reaction), which bridges to the next scene. Includes a downloadable scene and sequel spreadsheet.
You'll discover how point of view serves to enhance action, further the storyline, add character depth, and eliminate wordiness. Get ready to dive into deep point of view! Includes downloadable headhopping samples to help you learn to spot point of view changes.
We want to draw in the reader by showing what is happening through the character’s senses and emotions, through his/her actions and physiological reactions.
But how do we keep the pacing and action going without bogging down the story with emotion and description? Where's the balance between showing your reader what is happening versus telling the reader?
This lecture's objective is to provide understanding of how pacing and action tie in with showing versus telling what is happening.
All romance novels have some level of sexual tension. Discover some of the best methods used to include this vital form of conflict. Includes a downloadable infographic. An assignment accompanies this lecture.
Love scenes provide turning points in the plot and serve to provide an emotional bond for the hero and heroine. Find out when to include them and how to make them sizzle. An assignment accompanies this lecture.
Congratulations on finishing that first draft! In this lecture, you'll receive guidance on the next steps in revising your romance novel. An assignment accompanies this lecture.
Is a critique group for you? Find out the pros and cons of a critique group and how to figure out if a particular group is a good fit.
Romance writing contests can be fun, addicting, and worthwhile, but there can be drawbacks. Discover the good, bad, and ugly of contests.
Find out how to gather a tribe of final readers that will give your manuscript that all-important final read to see if the book is truly ready to publish. Includes a downloadable Beta Reader questionnaire and examples of Beta Reader findings.
You'll discover the different types of editing depending on your book's needs, and how to find the best editor for your novel. Includes a downloadable infographic on the types of editing.
Some authors can sell a book because their name is on the cover. For the rest of us, three factors determine whether someone buys a book. Prepare to go deep in looking at covers, blurbs, and titles. An assignment accompanies this lecture.
Find out the pros and cons of traditional publishing. Includes a downloadable chart of advantages and disadvantages of traditional vs. independent publishing.
Like traditional publishing, independent (self) publishing has its pros and cons.
Learn strategies for promotion and marketing that will help with your author success. Includes a downloadable list of promotion ideas.
Your website is a reflection of your author brand. Discover the basics of an author website and how to showcase your books.
Publishing your book means getting reader reviews, which can boost sales and generate publicity. Identify the advantages of getting reviews and learn how to gauge their overall significance.
Pam Roller is an award-winning romance author, instructor, and presenter and has been writing for over twenty years. A former publishing and freelance editor, she currently writes contemporary and historical romance and is experimenting in other romance subgenres. As a regular contest judge, she has read hundreds of manuscripts and advised new and experienced authors.