Gail’s Short Presentations
1-2 HOURS EACH
Gothic Roots of Genre Fiction
Did you know most genre fiction was born out of the Gothic literary movement? Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery and Romance novels all borrow tropes and archetypes from the Gothics.
Miss Carriger lectures on what it means to be Gothic and how to manipulate the roots of genre to manage reader expectations when writing genre fiction.
Peopling Fiction with Comedy
Presentation on bringing character depth, narrative pace, and social subversion to fiction using comedy. Miss Gail addresses how authors can analyze and source humor, the many different ways to inject funny into fiction, and why you might wish to.
Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Selling My First Book
Successful hybrid author Gail Carriger covers concepts and terms that established authors and book industry professionals use all the time but you might not actually completely understand. She reviews current industry standards and expectations of authors. She will help you understand which path a best for your book: traditional publishing, self publishing, or a hybrid of the two. She’ll cover the 4 things she believes EVERY author should have set up online BEFORE the book launches into the world.
Branding Basics for Fiction Authors
What does it mean to be a brand how is that different from just writing a book? Why is it important to know about branding? How do I figure out my brand and why should I? What are some best practices for authors coming with this complex identity and online world? How to build a brand the encourages reader loyalty.
Social Media for Fiction Authors
What are some requirements for success online as an author? Which platform is best for you and your book? How to choose which platform to start with? How to successfully generate and reuse content. How to drive traffic and maximize organic reach, by setting things up in such a way that if serendipity strikes you’re prepared to take advantage of it.
How to Give Good Newsletter
How to find and hold onto an audience of loyal readers with a monthly newsletter. Gail’s popular Chirrup has 13k+ subscribers with an open rate of 55-65% and click throughs of 15-20%. What does that mean and why is that very good for an author newsletter? Find out that and more in this presentation on how to encourage sign ups and then produce a newsletter that keeps readers happy and coming back for more – so you don’t loose eyeballs between books.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Blogging for Fiction Authors
Why should a fiction author have a blog at all, is it useful if you don’t write nonfiction? What are some issues and concerns around blogging unique to fiction writers? Tips and tricks for creating a useful, brand expanding, informative blog for your fans and readers. Data around blog retention and effectiveness in actually selling books.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Uploading, Keyword & Meta Data Tips & Tricks for Self Publishing
Want goo organic reach without having to constantly focus on advertising. This lecture is designed for self and indie authors specifically focused on all the things you do around uploading your book to reach the right audience. We dive into the nitty gritty of using description, category hacks, strategic keywords, plus your own reviews to make sure you reach the largest and best audience in your genre. This lecture is only be helpful to authors who already have experience self publishing and at least one book up on Amazon.
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
- Comedy Author Looks at Humor on the Internet
- A Completely Biased List of Funny Books that Make Me LAUGH!
- Literary Technique ~ Lamplighting in Comedic Writing
- Hidden Brain Podcast: Humor Us
Miss Carriger is an experienced teacher and not afraid to make a fool of herself. To ask about her rates please drop us a calling card.
CONFERENCES PLEASE NOTE
Gail uses Keynote on a MacBook Air (2017) laptop for her lecture presentations. She’ll need facilities with projection and the appropriate cables for a Thunderbolt 2 port. YOU/HOTEL MUST PROVIDE CORRECT HDMI ADAPTER.
“My cat must be very well educated – considering how many times I’ve practiced presentations on her. Then again, she always falls asleep in class.”
~ Gail Carriger