Are you going to LasVegas for RNC 2015? Bethany Burke, Breanna Hayse, Courage Knight and Antonia Cyn will be there. Here are the classes they will be leading. Look for them and say hi. We love meeting new friends.


Establishing Your Plot Direction in the First Two Chapters | Bethany Burke

Within the first two chapters of your novel, you should accomplish nine major tasks. Do this, and it’s highly likely that your story is off to a great start. Do you know what those nine things are? This workshop will look at the first chapters of several popular novels, including “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, as an in-depth examples of how all nine goals can be accomplished in a very few number of words.


Understanding the Amazon Algorithm | Bethany Burke

What is the Amazon algorithm? How does a book show up on Amazon? What factors effect your algorithm ranking and can you – as a publisher or author – affect it?

Using a “Beat Sheet” to Define Your Novel | Bethany Burke

Plotter or pantser? Rigid outline or seat of the pants? There IS a ”middle road”: the beat sheet. Virtually all fiction – whether screenplays or novels – hits certain story beats at certain intervals in the story. Based on the traditional three-act structure, these turning points (or beats) are the building blocks of your story. Hit them, and your story “works.” Miss them, and your story will not feel right to the readers, even if the reasons are unclear. This workshop presents these beats using an easy to follow, interactive spreadsheet, which allows authors to gauge their beats based on story length, and define each beat with just one or two sentences.
Spicing Up Your Loglines | Bethany Burke

Loglines are traditionally used as a way of pinning screen writers down regarding what their movie is about. A log line tells something about the story and pulls the listener in in typically fewer than 30 words.
But a log line can be a great tool for a novelist as well, both during the writing phase and during the selling phase. Lead off your query with a strong “log line,” and you have an editor’s interest. This interactive class will give dozens of examples of terrible log lines, and working with the audience, will show how to rewrite them to both communicate something about the story and pique listener interest.
Historical Fiction vs. Historical Romance vs. Costume Drama | Bethany Burke

How to know what to write and how to write what you know. What’s the difference between historical fiction, historical romance, and costume drama? Given your interests and current markets, what should you write? Blushing Books CEO, Bethany Burke gives you the skinny on which market is best for you.
Is Self-Publishing Dead? | Bethany Burke

A Publisher for 16 years, and author for 31 years, gives her perspective.

Teacher: Bethany Burke
Field: CEO Blushing Books, Author
Bestseller: Amazon Top 10, Amazon Top 100
First book published: 1984
Published: Traditionally/Mass-Market
Bio: Bethany Burke has a long history of involvement in the romance and erotic publishing industry. First published by Avon in 1984, she left traditional publishing in the early 1990s in favor of starting her own romance publishing business. For seven years she was probably the first ”self-published” romance author, as she sold erotic and spicy romances through mail order. The arrival of the Internet changed everything, and since 1999, Bethany has run first, Bethany’s Woodshed and then Blushing Books. Blushing Books was the first online ebook publisher (we started in 2001) and currently represents approximately 200 authors, publishing 30-24 books per month.
Other Events Presented:
RNC2013: Getting Historical Details Right: Where to Start for New Writers
RNC2013: History of Costume 1000-1900
RNC2013: Historical Fiction vs. Historical Romance vs. Costume Drama
RNC2013: History 101: What’s Important for the Historical Writer


How a #1 Best Selling Author Picks a Genre- and Makes it Happen! | Breanna Hayse

Let’s face it- anyone can write Romance- especially BDSM erotic. You throw in a few common terms that you heard in a movie, use an honorific or two seen online, and add a couple of dozen sex scenes- and boom! You are a writer of erotic fiction! You wait excitedly, watching the numbers and then the first review pops up. It is the notorious ‘anon’ review stating “This is SO unrealistic!”Believe it or not, there are ways to make even the most far-fetched story become so real to the reader that they will forget it’s fantasy and become so engrossed that they demand for more. There are also ways to break away from the lethal reputation of being a ’One Trick Pony’ and change the readers in how they view you. I am here to give you the tools to make these things happen.In this class, I will share my secrets about how I pick the genre, the venue and the characters and turn them into something that your readers will not only cling to- but will beg for more!. You will be shown methods to discover inspiration- even in those moments of ‘brain-deadedness’, the means to communicate realism in fiction, and techniques to help you to grow in your art while still having fun. You will also be addressed as a person, and given ideas of how to delve deeper inside so that you may touch your readers on a more intimate level. With that, you also increase your fan base.You don’t have to be a lifestyler to understand and explore the differing genres associated in BDSM Romance, just have a sincere desire to take your passion to another level and make it work to become beautifully and uniquely yours.Teacher: Breanna Hayse
Field: Author
Bestseller: Amazon Top 10, Amazon Top 100, Multiple Genres with over 36 Publishers
First book published: 2012
Books published: 36 (5 more waiting for release)
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: I am a writer of multi-genre Romantic erotica including Western, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Contemporary BDSM, Age-play, medical play, and polyamory, I have been involved in the BDSM lifestyle since discovering the dynamic in my later teens/early twenties, and I live in a 24/7 D&S relationship with speckles of AP.

I was gifted with the opportunity to travel the globe and discover the world through the eyes of both a Marine Intelligence specialist and a BDSM lifestyler. This experience has allowed me to gain unique inspiration for my books and provide realistic plots and characters that my readers can easily relate to.

I left the service to go into hospice nursing and counseling, and eventually began work as a marriage and family therapist for those involved in alternative lifestyle development. In 2004, my husband and I joined forces to work with both submissives and dominants- teaching, training, listening and loving. Our goal: take the mystery and fear out of the lifestyle and mentor people in safe, consensual and exciting relationships.

My first book, Game Plan (AKA Cassie’s New Plan) was published in 2012 and opened the door to the world of Age-Play literature. In April 2014, after publishing well over twenty-five best-selling books in the Amazon top 100 with several reaching top 10, I began to write full time and grabbed the opportunity to devote all my energy to writing, researching, community involvement, while continuing with private and group counseling in deviant behavior, alternative lifestyle, and addiction recovery.

How do I make it work? I am a full switch (acting in both a true dominant and submissive role) and my scenarios are pulled primarily from either personal experience or observation. I am admittedly a ’workaholic’ as seen by multiple college degrees in science and psychology, including an MA in psychology with specialties in deviant behavior and sexology. This multifaceted background allows me to glean from many avenues and provide a unique and intelligent literary experience through elements of fantasy and fiction. I also address the questions and psychology of the lifestyle in a manner that is fun and informative, and based on ’the real deal’ of the BDSM lifestyle.
Other Events Presented: As noted above, I work pro-bono as a lifestyle mentor, marriage and sex counselor for all genders and preferences. I’ve been in the professional field of teaching for over twenty years and have focused on this specific topic for nearly ten. I designed an author training course which has produced several new authors, and also run a private group on FB called The Real Deal- which offer topics to both authors and fans on how to maneuver the way though the dynamic and use life as inspiration to bring forth realism.


Achieving Your Own Happily Ever After | Courage Knight | DAY 0:00ap

We write about romance… but we’re called to write what we know. If you want to really spice up your stories, then spice up your marriage! The author will share ideas and strategies that she has learned along the way during the 35 years (and counting) of marriage to her best friend.Do It Yourself Editing, a Guide for the eBook Author | Courage Knight

How to polish your book and present a more professional image. This class covers identifying plot issues, building stronger characters, improving dialog, catching common grammar gaffes, and more. Learn what “Show, don’t tell” really means. Taught by a professional editor and author of over 30 books, including “Do It Yourself Editing, a Guide for the eBook Author”.Teacher: Courage Knight
Field: Author (as Courage Knight) & Editor (as Lorelei Sieja)
Bestseller: Publisher Blushing Books – Romance “Domestic Discipline”
First book published: 1998
Books published: 36
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: I graduated summa cum laude in 1982, with dual degrees the field of education. I was a stay-home mom for a while, managing a small, professional day care. Later I landed a job as a reporter for a small newspaper in the Smokey Mountains, where I perfected my editorial skills. I work full-time as an editor for Blushing Books, a leading online publisher of erotica and romance. I have been editing professionally since 2008, and currently work with over thirty authors, helping them refine and promote their work. Some of these books have received recognition, reaching top sales at Amazon and other online retailers.
Other Presentations: 2014 Writer’s Retreat, Virginia: Editing Your Novel.Critique Groups – What You Should Look For | Antonia Cyn

Are you ready for a critique group? You may have spent your time quietly writing your story, hoping someday to publish. Where do you go for help for your story-in-progress. While friends and loved ones may want to read your stories, they are not always the best resource.
This class will give ideas of what to look for in a critique group, and guidelines for members to use to give and receive criticism.Teacher: Antonia Cyn
Field: Author
First book published: 2014
Books published: 1
Published: Digital/Online Small-Press
Amazon: Amazon Profile
Bio: When I became serious about writing, I knew I needed help. Luckily, I found a critique group nearby.
Through the years, the members of this group helped my writing by indicating the strengths and weaknesses within the stories. I am grateful to all of them for their advice and criticism.