April 13, 2019 – Brenda Chin, Editor

Both Sessions: Life is too short to read bad books…

We’ve all heard it. And with the plethora of books on the market today, readers won’t give an author much time to catch their interest. But how long do you have? A page? A chapter?

While there are some readers who still insist on finishing every book they start, those people are few and far between. Today’s readers are busy. A successful author knows she has to grab them right away. And that starts with the first chapter.

In this daylong workshop, Brenda will go over some of the do’s and don’ts of first chapters—what grabs a reader’s (or editor’s) attention, how to showcase voice, introduce characters, and set the plot in motion. She’ll also touch on setting, and ways of introducing worldbuilding so that the reader is welcomed into the new world, not left standing outside, confused. In the morning, she’ll give examples of some first chapters needing work, and then show how a little revision can fix them up. In the afternoon, we’ll be looking at work from chapter members, putting into practice what we’ve learned, and showing how to critique with success in mind.

This meeting is a Premium Seminar and is closed to guests. The fee to attend is $15.00. The registration form is posted in Members-Only Section.

Brenda Chin

Award-winning editor Brenda Chin has worked in the romance industry for more than 30 years.  Throughout her many years with Harlequin, she had the opportunity to work with some of the best writers in the business, including such notables as Brenda Jackson, Jill Shalvis, and Vicki Lewis Thompson. During those years, Brenda also bought 74 new authors–Carly Phillips, Stephanie Bond, Julie Kenner, Leslie Kelly and Tawny Weber, to name but a few. Many of the authors introduced to Harlequin have gone on to hit the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. 

After leaving Harlequin, Brenda joined Belle Books as the Editorial Director of ImaJinn Books, where she learned a whole new side to the business and had the opportunity to work with some incredibly talented authors. Then she moved on to Entangled, joining the team as the Editorial Director of Entangled’s Brazen and Scorched lines.

Now, Brenda is working as a freelance editor, working with numerous Indie authors, as well as taking on projects for Belle Books, Entangled, Tule and Dreamspinner Press. You can find her on Facebook at Brenda Chin, Editor.