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10 Steps to a Perfect Pitch: Free Webinar

Join me Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Join me Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Know one paying attention? Maybe it’s not your book; maybe it’s your pitch. Join me Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. EST for a free webinar on how to move toward the perfect pitch. You’ll leave with actionable steps you can put to immediate use, plus a few things to think about before you create – or recreate – your pitch. Oh, and don’t forget to bring your questions.

The webinar is free. Sign up here.

See you online Tuesday.

 

 

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Free Webinar: Making Intimacy More Appealing

“Ready for round two?” she whispered. “You bet,” he said.sexscenes copy

Round two in this case is a repeat – by request – of my free webinar: “Sex Scenes: It Starts Between the Ears.”

This intimate conversation begins with a question: Which sells, sex or sexy? The short answer is, both sell. Some audiences are impatient, others prefer drawing a little tension-building romance and seduction. The act – and the writing of the act – are of course intensely personal. As with any form of writing, the more you practice, the better you get. But practice what, and how?

Join the webinar on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. for a look at the art of seducing your readers with scintillating prose that appeals to our most primal instincts.

The sign-up sheet is here.

 

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Dial Up Sex Scenes Webinar 3/11

Tune in 3/11 & 3/28

Tune in 3/11 & 3/28

Which sells, sex or sexy? As we know, the answer is, both sell. Some audiences are impatient, others prefer drawing a little tension-building romance and seduction. The act – and the writing of the act – are intensely personal. As with any form of writing, the more you practice, the better you get. But practice what, and how?

Attraction, they say, begins with the eyes. Male or female, we see something we like and quickly – almost primitively – begin plotting to get it. Sometimes the plotting is deliberate and obvious; sometimes it’s sweet and subtle.

Where does it happen? Why does it happen? What do our eyes take in? What smells are in the air? Where does attraction strike and how long does it take to go from mutual appreciation to a shared laugh … to hands touching … to a private setting and then to a first kiss? Or does it all happen in plain view – say on the beach at sunset – or at 2 a.m. in a club with music blaring and the bass cranked up so high, it feels like your own heartbeat?

Most relevant from the writer’s perspective, how do we capture the sexual tension as well as the act – for the two are not the same – in a way that is arousing, revealing – in terms of character development – and which successfully moves the story forward?

I hope you’ll join me for a webinar that will explore these questions and many more next Tuesday (3/11) at 7:30 p.m. and/or on March 28 at 1:30 p.m. EST. Mark your calendars and sign up here.

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Let’s Undress a Few Sex Scenes

Illus3-Dan&RuthieWhich sells, sex or sexy? As we know, the answer is, both sell. Some audiences are impatient, others prefer drawing a little tension-building romance and seduction. The act – and the writing of the act – are intensely personal. As with any form of writing, the more you practice, the better you get. But practice what, and how?

Attraction, they say, begins with the eyes. Male or female, we see something we like and quickly – almost primitively – begin plotting to get it. Sometimes the plotting is deliberate and obvious; sometimes it’s sweet and subtle.

Where does it happen? Why does it happen? What do our eyes take in? What smells are in the air? Where does attraction strike and how long does it take to go from mutual appreciation to a shared laugh … to hands touching … to a private setting and then to a first kiss? Or does it all happen in plain view – say on the beach at sunset – or at 2 a.m. in a club with music blaring and the bass cranked up so high, it feels like your own heartbeat?

Most relevant from the writer’s perspective, how do we capture the sexual tension as well as the act – for the two are not the same – in a way that is arousing, revealing – in terms of character development – and which successfully moves the story forward?

I hope you’ll join me for a webinar that will explore these questions and many more on March 28 at 1:30 p.m. EST. Mark your calendars and sign up here.

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Free Webinar 10/1: Character Above All

Uncover your characters' secrets

Uncover your characters’ secrets

Novelists know that our characters begin much like the little wooden boy began. They sit one-dimensional, quiet and unmoving unless – or until – we pull the strings. Only then do they start to move, talk, lie and grow big noses. But a funny thing happens the deeper you get into your story. Call it growth. As your characters develop and mature, they come alive. Your work at the keyboard is like the blue dust that turned the wooden boy into Pinocchio. Once this transformation takes place, your characters become more like sentient beings, full of the same needs and emotions that drive the rest of us. Those of you with children will recognize this as a significant moment – the day when the kids begin expressing their own point of view, and when your words are no longer accepted as gospel simply because you are the parent. Yes, you can subdue or quiet your characters in a way that will not work with your children, but that is the wrong strategy, in my view. For if you look at the writing of a novel as a journey through uncharted territory – and with you as the leader – your characters, if you let them, if you talk to them, ask questions and listen to what they have to say … will steer you to fascinating and secret places that do not exist on any map. And that is where your stories will take off. I hope you’ll join this discussion in a free webinar Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

 

 

Improve Your Blog Posts: Free Webinar Tuesday!

Author Steve Piacente with Bootlicker poster

Come blog with me …

Cover the 5 C’s, and you’ll be blogging with more confidence and capturing the attention of more readers. Come learn and try a few exercises in my free webinar on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The sign-up sheet is here. Hope to see you Tuesday!

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Free Webinar: Beef Up Your Brand

Bootlicker BookmarkSo tell me about yourself.

What rattles through your head when someone utters those five little words? Do you go on auto-pilot and deliver a few well-rehearsed lines? Do you grapple with the personal you versus the professional you? Are you different online than you come across in person?

Self-published authors should become adept at personal branding before venturing into cyberspace. Social media offers tremendous opportunities, but there are best practices to observe and pitfalls to avoid. I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. EST for a free webinar that will help you bolster your brand and strengthen your online persona.

Here’s the sign-up sheet.

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Free Webinar: How Authors Can Use Pinterest

If women love Pinterest and also buy the most books, where should authors be?

If women love Pinterest and also buy the most books, where should authors be?

If you’ve written a novel, you’ve already told plenty about yourself. But social media sites provide authors the chance to reveal a lot more. How far should you go? How far is too far? Should you post pictures of your kids and dog on Pinterest?

This is one of the topics I’ll be discussing in a free, fun webinar on how authors can use Pinterest on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Please sign up and drop by: bit.ly/MLzN1P

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Free Webinar Dives into Book Launch Strategy & Tactics

Join me for free webinar this Wednesday.

Who says you can only have one launch party when you publish your book?

I say line up some dates and venues and party your pages off.

There’s lots more this Wednesday night at 7:30 EST in Part 2 of a free webinar on how to successfully get your book off the ground. If you missed Part 1, no worries; there’s a quick review up front.

The sign-up sheet is here. 

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Launch Kicks Off the Marathon – Free Webinar, Part 2

What should you post on your blog the day you launch your book? If you think readers want to know how long it took to write, how hard you worked, or how wonderful the story is, I would disagree.

Learn why, and what readers are really interested in, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the second part of a free webinar where I’ll discuss how to build and maintain momentum throughout your book launch. No worries if you missed part one; I’ll be recapping the highlights.

 The sign-up sheet is here

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