Online Career School

ITW is excited to bring you the first annual

ONLINE CAREER SCHOOL!

Have you signed a book deal and are now anxiously awaiting publication? Do book tours and social media expectations overwhelm you? Are you a frustrated author looking for discovery? Do you feel like you need better tools to help you with the “business of writing”?

If you can answer yes to any of these questions, then this eight-week online course is perfect for you! Let the experts teach you step-by-step how to succeed in publishing!

SCHEDULE   |   HOW IT WORKS   |    REGISTRATION    |   CONTACT   |    FAQ   |    BIOS


SCHEDULE

January 7 – 11: Steve Berry
How To Build A Career Starting From Scratch

Join New York Times & #1 International bestselling author Steve Berry as he guides you along the path to building your career from the ground up. Full Bio

January 14 – 18: M. J. Rose
Marketing and Buzzing Your Book

Author, marketing expert, and founder of the first marketing company for authors, AuthorBuzz, M. J. Rose will teach you how to create that all-important *buzz* around your book leading up to, and after, publication. Full Bio

January 21 – 25: Maggie Linton & Kim Alexander
Media Training

Maggie Linton and Kim Alexander are former co-hosts of Sirius XM’s Book Radio, and they’ll be using their significant expterise to help make you more media savvy. Maggie’s Bio | Kim’s Bio

January 28 – February 1: Jillian Stein
Social Media and Blog Tours

Jillian Stein is a social media expert and founder of the book review blog Read~Love~Blog, as well as the Social Media Manager of 1,001 Dark Nights and Author Relations Manager for the International Thriller Writers, Inc. Join her to learn everything you need to know to create a successful social media campaign and blog tour. Full Bio

February 4 – 8: We’ll take a one-week break to help digest everything we’ve learned.

February 11 – 15:  Jenny Milchman
Creating A Great Book Event & A Great Book Tour

Join the creator of what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour,” award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist Jenny Milchman as she takes you through the soup to nuts of hosting a successful book event, discusses the pros and cons, and shows you how to be part of a book tour that actually moves books…and moves the needle on your career. Full Bio

February 18 – 22: Peter Hildick-Smith
What An Author Needs To Know – The High Impact Book Message: Positioning, Title, Cover and Copy

Peter Hildick-Smith is the founder and CEO of Codex-Group LLC, pioneering book audience strategy research through large sample, quantitative pre-market testing. In laymen’s terms, Peter will share his expertise of the industry to help you expand your audience, build your brands, boost your book’s *discovery* factor and increase sales. Full Bio

February 25 – March 1: Randy Susan Meyers
How To Talk To Readers: On Tour, On Social Media, & Via Email

Prolific author and co-author of What To Do Before Your Book Launch, Randy Susan Meyers will teach you how to properly communicate with your readers and potential readers, whether on tour, via social media or even direct communication like email. Full Bio

March 4 – 8: Liz Berry
Nuts & Bolts of Your Brand & Conference Networking

ITW’s Executive Director and co-founder of Evil Eye Concepts / 1,001 Dark Nights will close out the course by teaching you how to build your author brand, while also touching on the that all-important aspect of conference networking. Full Bio


HOW IT WORKS

The Online Career School will take place on a private Facebook page. Each Monday you will join that week’s instructor for a Facebook Live presentation / lecture, usually at 2pm (Eastern) although the schedule may vary slightly from week-to-week. Afterward you’ll have an opportunity to ask any questions that you might have. You’ll also have time throughout the week to review the video lecture should you be unable to attend the live broadcast, as well as ask any follow-up questions that you may develop during the week. You will also be provided with course materials, handouts, and reading suggestions where applicable. You’ll have the opportunity to post any questions you may have for the instructor throughout the week. You will also have access to the course materials, including the video presentations for at least 6 months following the conclusion of the class.


REGISTER

Registration for the 8-week online course is $495.

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CONTACT

If you have any questions or if there is anything that is not clear about the online course, please do not hesitate to contact ITW’s Art Director and Website Administrator, Christopher Graham:

Email: ITWOnline@thrillerwriters.org

Phone: 732-267-6449


FAQ

Do I have to have internet access to participate in the course?

Yes, online access is required. You’ll also need a Facebook account (which is free if you don’t already have one), along with the desire to learn from nine of the publishing industry’s most successful authors and instructors.

What if I’m unable to attend some or all of the live broadcasts?

No problem, attendance for all eight weeks is not mandatory. If you are unable to attend each week you will still be able to view the video broadcasts and review the questions that were asked. If you are unable to attend an entire week you won’t be able to ask questions of that week’s instructor, as each instructor is only scheduled for one week, but you will be able to review the Q&A from the other students and that week’s instructor.

Can I attend if I live outside the US?

Yes! One of the reasons ITW offers online classes is so that more people can participate both inside and outside the US. We find it’s often difficult for people to travel to Manhattan in July to take part in ThrillerFest and CraftFest, so the online Career School and Thriller School are a great way for people to get the same level of instruction, but in a much more convenient way. The class is also spread out over eight weeks, nine instructors total, which makes it easy for people to participate at night, mornings and around their work schedules. Your timezone should not be a problem at all, since the instructional videos can be listened to and reviewed at your leisure. The online Q&A with each instructor will run all week, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and have your questions answered.

What’s a Facebook Live video?

Great question! A Facebook Live video is a convenient way for anyone to create and broadcast a live video in just a matter of minutes. You’ll be invited to the Online Career School “Private” Facebook group, where only you, the instructors, and the other students who are registered will have access to the instructor’s videos.

Is the Online Thriller School Facebook group private?

Yes. We are using a Private Facebook group for the online course that is by invite only. The only people being invited are the instructors, administrators and registered students.

What if I’m not very technical?

No problem! As long as you have access to email, the Internet, and Facebook, we can help you participate in the class. ITW’s Website Administrator, Christopher Graham, will be available by email and phone (732-267-6449) to help you with any technical issues and even to walk you through connecting to the weekly video and discussion.

Will I be able to participate on my smartphone and/or tablet?

Yes, you certainly can. In fact, we recommend you use whatever device you are most comfortable with when viewing Facebook. Most students prefer to use their desktop or laptop computer, but if you are comfortable using a different device we encourage you to do so.

What is ITW? How can I join?

ITW, the International Thriller Writers, is the premier organization for thriller writers. It is an honorary society of authors, both fiction and nonfiction, who write books broadly classified as “thrillers.” This would include (but isn’t limited to) such subjects as murder mystery, detective, suspense, horror, supernatural, action, espionage, true crime, war, adventure, and myriad similar subject areas. READ MORE

Interested in joining? Just click on the following link: HOW TO JOIN ITW

What if I have more questions, or if my questions have not been answered?

No problem! Just reach out to ITW’s Website Administrator, Christopher Graham, by email or phone (732-267-6449).

 

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INSTRUCTOR BIOS


Steve Berry

Steve Berry is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of The Bishop’s Pawn, The Lost Order, The 14th Colony, The Patriot Threat, The Lincoln Myth, The King’s Deception, The Columbus Affair, The Jefferson Key, The Emperor’s Tomb, The Paris Vendetta, The Charlemagne Pursuit, The Venetian Betrayal, The Alexandria Link, The Templar Legacy, The Third Secret, The Romanov Prophecy, and The Amber Room. His books have been translated into 40 languages with over 22,000,000 copies in 51 countries. They consistently appear in the top echelon of The New York Times, USA Today, and Indie bestseller lists.

History lies at the heart of every Steve Berry novel. It’s his passion, one he shares with his wife, Elizabeth, which led them to create History Matters, a foundation dedicated to historic preservation. Since 2009 Steve and Elizabeth have crossed the country to save endangered historic treasures, raising money via lectures, receptions, galas, luncheons, dinners and their popular writers’ workshops. To date, over 3,000 students have attended those workshops and nearly a million dollars raised.

Steve’s devotion to historic preservation was recognized by the American Library Association, which named Steve it’s spokesperson for National Preservation Week. Among his other honors are the Royden B. Davis Distinguished Author Award; the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award given by Poets & Writers; the Anne Frank Human Writes Award; and the Silver Bullet, bestowed by International Thriller Writers for his philanthropic work. He has also been chosen both the Florida and Georgia Writer of the Year. He also currently serves on the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board. In 2010, a NPR survey named The Templar Legacy one of the top 100 thrillers ever written.

Steve was born and raised in Georgia, graduating from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University. He was a trial lawyer for 30 years and held elective office for 14 of those years. He is a founding member of International Thriller Writers—a group of over 4,500 thriller writers from around the world—and served three years as its co-president.

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M.J. Rose

M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice…  Books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.

Rose is a the Co-President and founding member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first marketing company for authors: AuthorBuzz. She runs the blog, Museum of Mysteries.

In 1998, her first novel Lip Service was the first e-book and the first self-published novel chosen by the LiteraryGuild/Doubleday Book Club as well as the first e-book to go on to be published by a mainstream New York publishing house.

Rose has been profiled in Time magazine, Forbes, The New York Times, Business 2.0, Working Woman, Newsweek, and New York Magazine.

She has appeared on The Today Show, Fox News, The Jim Lehrer NewsHour, and features on her have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and abroad, including USAToday, Stern, L’Official, Poets and Writers, and Publishers Weekly.

Rose graduated from Syracuse University and spent the ’80s in advertising. She was the Creative Director of Rosenfeld Sirowitz and Lawson and she has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC.

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Maggie Linton

Maggie Linton has been in broadcasting for over 42-years.  She was born and raised in Kansas.  She attended the University of Kansas where she majored in Radio-TV-Film.  Maggie began her career in 1972 as a Sports Anchor for the KU Sports Network at KANU-FM in Lawrence, KS.  In 1974 she became Community Affairs Director and weekend Sports Anchor for KAKE-TV in Wichita, KS.  As the first woman Sports Anchor on TV in Wichita, KS she repeated this honor in St. Louis, MO at KPLR-TV and again in Washington, DC at WTTG-TV.

Maggie was a Sports Anchor and feature reporter for XM Satellite Radio USA Today News Channel.  She was also a producer for the Major League Baseball Channel, Associate Producer for the 2006 Grammy Awards, and Host of Red Cross Radio which aided the government, Red Cross and victims of Hurricane Katrina.  From 2006 – 2013 Maggie was Program Director of Sirius XM Book Radio.  After programming book radio she became Host and Executive Producer of The Maggie Linton Show, a two hour award winning weekday talk show on Sirius XM Urban View Channel 126. Maggie will soon be launching her podcast. Stay tuned!

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Kim Alexander

Kim Alexander grew up in the wilds of Long Island, NY and slowly drifted south until she reached Key West. After spending ten rum-soaked years as a DJ in the Keys, she moved to Washington DC, where she lives with two cats, an angry fish, and her extremely patient husband who tells her she needs to write at least ten more books if she intends to retire in Thailand, so thank you for your patronage.

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Jillian Stein

Living in the Philadelphia suburbs with her husband, son, and many books, Jillian Stein turned a voracious appetite for reading and a love of all things social media into a successful career. She spreads the love of those two things by working with many New York Times bestselling authors and serves as the social media manager for the 1,001 Dark Nights series, and the Author Relations Manager for International Thriller Writers, Inc.

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Jenny Milchman

Jenny Milchman is an award-winning, critically acclaimed novelist from New York State, who lived for fifteen months on the road with her family on what Shelf Awareness called “the world’s longest book tour.”

Jenny’s debut novel, COVER OF SNOW, was published by Ballantine/Penguin Random House in 2013, earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, as well as praise from the New York Times, San Francisco Journal of Books, the AP, and many other publications. It was an Indie Next and Target pick, short-listed for the Barry and Macavity awards, and won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for best suspense novel of 2013.

RUIN FALLS, also an Indie Next Pick, was published by Ballantine in 2014 to starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal, and chosen as a “10 Best of 2014” by Suspense Magazine. Jenny’s third novel, AS NIGHT FALLS, was published by Ballantine in 2015. It was selected as an Indie Next Pick, earned a starred review from Shelf Awareness, was chosen as one of PureWow’s Summer Top 30 and won the Silver Falchion award for Best Novel. The film rights to As Night Falls recently sold and the movie is currently being cast.

Jenny’s latest book, Wicked River, was published by Sourcebooks in May 2018 and chosen as an Indie Next Pick, a Barnes & Noble thriller bay featured selection, and an Amazon Best Mystery of May.

Jenny is Vice President of Author Programming for International Thriller Writers, and hosts Inside Thrill, a radio show jointly produced by ITW and Suspense Magazine. Jenny is a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau, which sends her all over the country, speaking to Sisters and Misters about this writing life.

She is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which was celebrated by over 800 bookstores in all 50 states and on five continents in 2017. Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day Field Trips–whereby schools in at-risk regions receive funds to send classes to the nearest local bookstore–began in 2015. They are a true labor of Jenny’s heart, and with the help of talented book-lovers, authors, booksellers, and other advocates, she hopes ultimately to bring them nationwide.

Jenny’s short story The Closet was published in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine in November 2012. Another short story, The Very Old Man, was published by EQMM in the July 2014 issue, and the short work Black Sun on Tupper Lake appeared in the anthology ADIRONDACK MYSTERIES II. A third story is slated to be included in Adirondack Mysteries III. In 2018, Jenny will have two short works published in anthologies coming from Down and Out Books.

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Peter Hildick-Smith

Peter Hildick-Smith founded Codex-Group LLC in 2004, pioneering book audience strategy research through large sample, quantitative pre-market testing. The firm’s clients include “Big 5” book publishers, national book retailers, authors, agents, international bookseller associations and tech companies –helping each develop consumer-informed growth strategies, platforms and titles. Codex-Group’s proprietary Book Preview, Author Equity and Fan Fulfillment pre-publication market test programs expand audiences, build brands, boost new book discovery, improve book purchase conversion rates and increase sales—supporting the successful publication of numerous New York Times bestsellers.

Codex-Group’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall St. Journal, CBS Evening News, Forbes, Wired, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Smart Money, Salon.com, Marketplace (NPR), CNBC and Publishers Weekly. Peter also sits on the board of directors of the Book Industry Study Group, and lectures on book publishing strategy at The Wharton School, as well as at Princeton University and NYU.

Prior to founding Codex, Peter was Chief Marketing Officer for GE Capital Global Consumer UK; SVP, Customer Management for GE Capital Retail Financial Services North America. He also served as V.P. Marketing for the Young Readers, School, College and Library businesses, as well as Corporate V.P. Merchandising for Bertelsmann’s Bantam, Doubleday, Dell division. His brand management experience includes brand leadership roles at Quaker Oats and Kodak.

He holds an MBA in Marketing from The Wharton School, and a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, is Editor in Chief of The Wharton Club of NY Magazine, and lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York.

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Randy Susan Meyers

The drama of Randy Susan Meyers‘ novels is informed by over twenty years working with criminal offenders and families impacted by emotional and physical violence.

Meyers’ fourth novel, The Widow of Wall Street, the story of a woman’s seemingly blind love for her husband as he conquers Wall Street, and her extraordinary, perhaps foolish, loyalty during his precipitous fall, was called “compelling” by The Washington Post.

Library Journal wrote, “Full of deceit, scandal, and guilt, her novel expertly explores how rising to the top only to hit rock bottom affects a family. The consequence will leave readers reeling.”

Kirkus Reviews described it as “compelling, a great read, and an emotional and engrossing journey.”

Publishers Weekly called The Widow of Wall Street “an engaging and sharp reflection of the rapid changes in marital dynamics over the course of the 20th century, as well as a cautionary tale about the dangers and allure of ambition in the heyday of Wall Street.”

New York Times bestselling author, Melanie Benjamin wrote, “I dare you not to read Randy Susan Meyers’ The Widow of Wall Street in one big gulp,” after reading this novel.

Two previous novels, The Murderer’s Daughters and Accidents of Marriage were finalists for the Mass Book Awards (2010 & 2015) and each was included as a “Must Read Book” by the Massachusetts Council of the Book, which declared, “The clear and distinctive voice of Randy Susan Meyers will have you enraptured and wanting more.”

The Boston Globe called Meyers’ second novel, The Comfort of Lies “sharp and biting, and sometimes wickedly funny when the author skewers Boston’s class and neighborhood dividing lines, but it has a lot of heart, too.”

Choosing Accidents of Marriage as a People “Pick of The Week,” the magazine wrote, “This novel’s unsparing look at emotional abuse and its devastating consequences gives it gravity and bite, while a glimpse into a physically damaged mind both surprises and fascinates.”

The Murderer’s Daughters was called a “Knock-out Debut” by the LA Times and was a nationwide Target Book Club pick.

Raised in Brooklyn, New York, Randy now lives in Boston with her husband and is the mother of two grown daughters. She teaches writing seminars at Boston’s Grub Street Writers’ Center. There are currently over thirty-five foreign editions of her novels.

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Liz Berry

Liz Berry has two passions. She is the executive director of International Thriller Writers (ITW), a trade group of over 4,500 thriller writers from around the world. Previously, she was the long-time director of Thrillerfest, the annual gathering of ITW, which happens in New York City every July.

With M.J. Rose, Liz co-founded and co-operates 1,001 Dark Nights and Evil Eye Concepts, Inc — an Internet marketing company that works to brand authors and expand readership within the romance genre.

Liz has a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Georgia and also studied at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. Both areas of study have allowed her to gain twenty-plus years of experience in the ever-changing marketing field.

She proudly serves on the Education Committee for the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board, and, with her husband, novelist Steve Berry, operates History Matters, a non-profit foundation dedicated to historic preservation. For more information, visit ThrillerWriters.org, 1001DarkNights.com, and History-Matters.org.

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