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Don Helin

Marketing yourself through Travel Writing

      You’re following all the trends on Social Media; Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, maybe even a blog, but you’re still not getting your message out.  Learn how to build your community through travel writing and have fun doing it while developing your own niche.

The Villain’s Journey:  Writing Compelling and Believable Villains.

        Villains have to be strong and unique, not just your round-of-the-mill bad guys.  And they have to be motivated to do what they do.  Learn how to make you villain catch your reader’s imagination and keep it throughout your novel. 

How Fast Can a Novel Run:  The Art of Pacing.

        Your novel should start fast and keep moving.  In this interactive workshop, you’ll find the secret of structuring a novel that will keep your readers awake at night and coming back for more. 

Show vs. Tell

        A common writing mistake is to tell the reader the events of a story.  Fiction writing, on the other hand, creates the illusion of being there in the middle of the action.  Learn the secret of helping your reader see events happen without the writer telling them. 

You’ve Landed that Publisher – Now What?

        This workshop will highlight the importance of developing a quality marketing plan six months before your book is due to come out.  Items discussed include: investing in a quality website, Internet marketing, developing press releases and using nonfiction hooks to enhance media relations, guest blogging, and many other issues. 

Developing a Series Character

        What makes us love series characters?  How to keep your series characters fresh and fit in back story?  Does your character change or stay the same?  Learn the answers to these questions and many more in this interactive workshop. 

About the Speaker

Don Helin

About the Author

Using his experience from the military, including eight years in the Pentagon, Don Helin’s first thriller, Thy Kingdom Come, was published in 2009. His second, Devil’s Den, was selected as a finalist in the 2013 Indie Book Awards. His latest thriller, Secret Assault, was selected as the best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Indie Book Awards. Don is an active member of International Thriller Writers, Military Writers Society of America, Pennwriters, a statewide writers group in Pennsylvania, and is a mentor with the Mystery Writers of America. He makes his home in central Pennsylvania where he is hard at work on his next Zack Kelly thriller, Long Walk Home.


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