Youâ€™ve axed, shot or otherwise knocked off a key character in your latest book, now what? You have to do SOMETHING with the body! Even if the forensics, murder, or death arenâ€™t central to the story, there is that annoying dead guy to dispose of. So, decisions, decisions. Is an autopsy necessary? A funeral and burial? Lots of plot possibilities, but the details!
Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the pernicious particulars of body disposal and how to use minutiae of death to throw your characters together or drive them apart. Learn about embalming, vaults, cremation, reconstructive cosmetics, coronerâ€™s reports, death certificates and more at this get-the-basics research track online class.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR:
Jeanne P. Adams knows a thing or two about getting rid of a body, in reality as well as in books…her third book, Deadly Little Secrets (Zebra, Sept. 2010) is already being hailed as â€œOne of the best Suspense Books of the Year!â€ by Romantic Times. Itâ€™s also a TOP PICK and garnered 4.5 stars, as did her second book Dark and Deadly. Her award winning debut, Dark and Dangerous, was also an RT TOP PICK.
In addition, Jeanne is a multi-published non-fiction writer and consultant with credits in magazines such as Forbes and Nature. She worked in the funeral business, both for a cemetery and several funeral homes, for twelve years. In her reading, sheâ€™s winced over a variety of mistakes dealing with the storyâ€™s dead guy (or gal) which led to this class!
â€œThe Tiny Art of Elevator Pitches: How to Craft Them & How to Use Themâ€ with Carrie Lofty November 15 â€“ December 11, 2010
If youâ€™ve ever considered attending a conference, youâ€™ve probably heard the term â€œelevator pitch.â€ Itâ€™s nothing more than a bare-bones summary of your novel. But reducing tens of thousands of words down to 30 or less can be difficult, daunting, and confusing. What to leave in? What to ignore? How to give it punch and drama? Instructor Carrie Lofty will share the elevator pitches that got her in the door, as well as her techniques for making them both concise and effective.