Kristen Lamb is an author, blogger, international speaker, and unrepentant troublemaker. She’s published several #1 best-selling titles and is the creator of the perennial branding and social media guide, "Rise of the Machines–Human Authors in a Digital World." Kristen has dedicated almost twenty years to unearthing the most lucrative form of writing---which turns out to be ransom notes and is highly illegal.Huge bummer, there. For those writers not yet willing to commit to a life of kidnapping and grand larceny, she can at least teach you how to write about people who DO. And maybe add in dragons or spaceships or dragons with spaceships. Her primary goal is to educate and empower authors of the digital age...because it's hard to write best-selling books when you're crying and day drinking.

All Sessions by Kristen Lamb

10:00 - 11:00
Room 420B

Bring on the Binge: Hot to Plot & Write a Series

Series are HOT, HOT, HOT! Readers want to fall in love with our stories, our worlds, and our characters. What do they want even MORE? For the experience to NEVER END...EVER. When readers fall hard for a cast of characters or a world or a storyline, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible. So let's give them what they want! Series are a fantastic way to build a loyal and evangelical fanbase. Also, statistically, authors who have more titles for sale have far greater odds of making more money. Connect these book titles together into a series? Who can resist just one...more...ride? Another advantage to series? The small screen television business is BOOMING. From HBO to Netflix, to Amazon to the Hallmark Channel and more, producers are on the hunt for series that WOW. Why? Because when they option a series it makes their business way simpler. They already have stories that a)are a proven commodity b) are simpler to translate to the screen and that c) come with the bonus of a ready-made fanbase. Every genre has a breakaway series ignites a fanbase and that very often can also set fire to the small screen audiences as well. If you're not yet excited about writing a series? Check if you have a pulse! In this class we'll cover a LOT of territory: • The different types of series; • How to turn your standalone into a series; • How to plot a series ahead of time;

11:15 - 12:15
Room 420B

Bring on the BINGE: Creating Characters for a Series

CHARACTERS are critical when it comes to creating a series readers want to BINGE. When readers fall hard for a main character or a cast of characters, they want to remain in that dreamscape as long as humanly possible because they CARE. They've become vested in what happens to their favorite character(s). So let's give them what they want! In this class we'll cover a LOT of territory: • How to create a hero/heroine for the disconnected series (e.g. Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles) • Crafting the larger than life character readers can't help but fall for (e.g. Detective Harry Bosch) • Creating a dimensional CAST for your disconnected series • Crafting supporting characters that drive your MC's character arc • How to create a hero/heroine for the connected series (e.g. Harry Potter) • Balance the party • Crafting a larger than life cast of characters that can build your series' momentum And more!

13:20 - 13:45
Room 420A/B

Round Table Chat Kristen

A round table chat with one of our presenters where you can ask questions and get to know them better. There is a limit of six participants per session, so sign up early at the conference to reserve your space.

03:15 - 04:15
Room 420ZA

What Does it Cost to Publish a Book?

What does it cost to publish a book? Well, other than"it depends" our panel will dive in to what those costs are, and how much you or your publisher might expect to pay.

16:30 - 17:30
Room 420B

Dark Arts: Writing Unforgettable Villains

Villains are some of the most powerful characters in all of literature. Create them well and they become the substance of legend. Fail to craft them properly, though, and the reader is left with a dull, mustache-twirling plot puppet. Flat, lifeless and...forgettable. This class is designed to train you to dig deep into the human psyche to craft villains readers won't be able to stop talking about. Superlative villains make for high stakes, high tension, and a knuckle-biting, page-turning read (regardless of genre). Virtually any genre can employ (or deploy) the villain, and this class will show you how to use your villain(s) to craft a story readers won't be able to put down.