Finding Your Spot in the Writing Marketplace with Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald

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Finding Your Spot in the Writing Marketplace

Many writers, both professional and beginner, are overwhelmed by the vast publishing marketplace and wonder where their work fits. This class teaches effective tools and skills to keep you happily writing and moving forward toward real marketing goals.

By the end of this class you will find out where in the marketplace your work really belongs.

October 31 - November 28, 2016

CLASS OBJECTIVES

*Set writing goals that support your writing lifestyle and aspirations.

*Identify the difference between literary, upmarket, and genre literature and where you fit in the scheme of things.

*Determine where your work will fit and define the common tropes in that genre.

*Determine what writing and marketing techniques are working in what genre and what possible ideas will you want to use to promote your work.

CLASS DESCRIPTION

Once we determine what writing and marketing techniques are working, you will find out where your work really belongs within the writing marketplace. After we have the foundation laid, the class will dive in to assess the competition. We will fit your writing into a specific genre and explore what possible ideas you want to use to promote your work.

WHAT THIS CLASS WILL OFFER

Week 1

New York Times, Here I Come: Honing Your Goals

Determine what your writing goals are and if you want to make a living with writing, go for the top tier publications, or enjoy the process and just see your work in printed form.

The Genre Maze: Literary? Commercial? Sci-Fi? Romance?

Figure out who you are as a writer as far as subject, style, and where you think you will fit in the whole realm of things.

Week 2

Genre Game

We will play a game where the class members guess the genre of each other’s work—taking clues from tropes, characters, and story.

Everyone will submit a paragraph to give clues to see if your peers place you in the same category as you do.​​

Boost Your Writing Life In 90 Days

Build a 90-day plan where you want to go with your writing and market goals for the next 90 days. What do you need to put in place? What do you need to write, and how do you plan on accomplishing it?

Week 3

Genre Again! Dig Deeper

Dive further into market research. You will determine the pitfalls of the chosen genre, where you want to go and do deeper market analyses, not only in the publishing, but also on associations and places that will best support you to hit your personal objectives.

Week 4

Keep Your Dream When They Say No

Learn specific techniques and skills that you can use to defend against getting discouraged when, and if, rejection occurs. What can you do to keep the love of writing and not take the rejection personally?

About Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald

Lisa J. Peck-MacDonald is author of 23 books, including The Superstitious Romance, which hit Amazon best-seller list March 27-29, 2016 in Romance and Inspirational categories. She has published in a wide range of genres from historical fiction, mystery, sweet romance, quote books, picture books, middle-grade, cross-curriculum workbooks, and women’s fiction to self-help and business.

She also published in numerous magazines, including Women’s World, wrote the script for the movie, “Only Once” staring featuring Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Austin O’Brien. She was a script consultant for several other independent films, including bestselling Christian film, Christmas Mission.

She is also a creative coach for the past 14 years and has been a former radio show host. She can be found at www.StepItUpEnterprises.com and her current fiction written under a pseudo name www.AnastasiaAlexander.com