Author Academy

Go from Writer to Published Author

Author Academy led by Blue Dragon Publishing and The Duggan Difference

Tuesday evenings, 6-9pm
Next class begins: Mar 13, 2018

3204 Ironbound Rd, Ste D
(offices of BMG Safe)
Near Five Forks
Williamsburg, VA

Learn important tools of the trade


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Orientation to an Author’s World – Mar 13, 2018 ($77)

Author’s Life – Mar 20, 2018 ($77)

Realistic Expectations – Mar 27, 2018 ($77)

Creative Writers – Apr 10, 2018 ($77)

Publishing Options and Pointers – Apr 17, 2018 ($77)

Transforming from Manuscript to Book – Apr 24, 2018 ($77)

Sell Yourself – May 1, 2018 ($107)

Social Media Marketing and Calendar- May 8, 2018 ($107)

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ONE TIME PAYMENT OF $497 for all 8 Classes – Due Mar 6, 2018

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Orientation to the Author’s World
What’s the difference between an author and a writer? Is there one? Does it matter? In this series, we will examine what it takes to go from being a writer as a hobby, to being a published author. The first question to ask yourself is, why are you writing? Where do you want to be five years from now?
The Author’s Life, Step 1

Now that you have decided that you want to be published, it’s time to set yourself up for success. Dawn Brotherton, owner of Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC, will discuss your workspace, techniques for optimum writing time, and different tools of the trade. 

Creative Writers

How’s the writing going? Getting stuck? Greg Lilly, owner of Cherokee MeGhee Publishing and author of Sunsets and Semicolons, will discuss ways to work through writers’ block. Together, you will learn techniques to help you decide which path to take for your story.

Realistic Expectations

Setting realistic goals is important for any venture. But how do you know what’s realistic? We’ll go through a sample timeline to help you determine how long it will take to get your manuscript published once you’ve finished writing it. Editing is at least a three-step process. We’ll establish writers’ groups for tailored support.

Publishing Options and Pointers

In the digital age, the face of publishing has been transformed. No longer does an author have to wait by their mailbox for an acceptance (or rejection) notice from one of the five top publishing houses. Dawn Brotherton, owner of Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC, will walk you through some options and discuss what to look for when choosing a publisher.

Transforming from Manuscript to Book

The query letter is a thing of mystery that gives you one to two pages to sell your manuscript to an agent. We’ll hit the highlights and discuss what makes a good query letter standout. Whether you go traditional publishing or go it alone, the tips we will cover tonight will help give your manuscript a polished look.

Sell Yourself

Authors are a brand in themselves. You need to present yourself as an author. Patricia Duggan, owner of The Duggan Difference, will focus on public speaking, poise, and presence. Not all writers like to talk in front of people, but as an author, you will have to sell yourself in order to sell your book. We’ll talk elevator speeches and give you a chance to make a pitch for your book. As an added bonus, we’ll have a photographer on hand from Lisa Cumming Photography to take head shots for your website and business cards. Dress nicely!

Social Media and Marketing

The final class expands on what happens once you have the published the book. Social Media can be overwhelming these days; especially for those of us that didn’t grown up with it. We are bringing in Sheryl Sulouff of Paraclete Marketing to discuss social media marketing with you. You will go home with not just your own social media calendar, but a complete action plan and armed with resources.