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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 

During his time in the military, Don Helin served at a number of stateside posts as well as overseas in Vietnam and Germany. He is the author of seven thrillers that draw from his military experience, including three tours in the Pentagon. He writes for TheBurg, a community magazine based in Harrisburg.

Don is the editor of the new anthology, VOICES FROM THE PANDEMIC. 2020 has brought changes in everyone’s life. Read the memoirs of healthcare workers, educators, writers and entertainers, people who have experienced loss, and a special group — elementary school students — to better understand what this period has meant to all of us.

His novel, Secret Assault, was selected as the Best Suspense/Thriller at the 2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. His novel, Long Walk Home, won a Five Star review at Readers Favorite Awards and his latest novel, Roof of the World, was a finalist in the 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

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Zoom Into Books Presentations

Coming Soon to Zoom Into Books YouTube Channel

  • Travel Writing for fun and Profit  
  • During these troubled days, consider documenting your story in a memoir. 
  • The importance of believable villains. 
  • Newspapers, Magazines or Television:  Stories ripped from the headlines. 
  • Flawed or Too Perfect.  
  • First Sentence, first page, first chapter.  Watch HERE
  • Point of View and Dialogue.  Who’s telling the story and what are they saying?
  • Passport to Panic  Watch Here
  • Memoir Workshop – Research and Story Structure in the New Normal
  •  Memoir Workshop – First Sentence, first page, first chapter. How to hook your reader?
  • Memoir Workshop – How to Develop Believable Characters and Interesting setting.
  • Memoir Workshop – Point of View and Dialogue. Who’s telling the story and what are they saying?

Booking Info

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