Tina Kashian

Cozy Mystery Author


Workshops I offer!

Tina is available to speak at writers’ groups, bookshops, and conferences. If you are interested, please email her at tina@tinakashian.com for availability. Below are some of the workshops she’s presented:

Legal Mumbo Jumbo – Publishing Contracts Simplified

Are you confused or intimidated by publishing contracts? Learn what basic contract provisions mean such as author grant of rights, reversion clauses, and options. This is not your typical boring legal workshop. Understand secrets lawyers use to negotiate contracts. Then prepare to get dirty in this hands-on session where you get to role play as author and publisher and learn how to negotiate a better contract.

Query Letters That Get You Noticed By Agents and Editors!

Query letter writing is an art that can be learned. This is a hands on workshop, and all attendees will leave with a draft of their query letter. Workshop topics include what to include in a query letter, how best to tell the agent or editor why you are querying them, and how to describe your book in one short paragraph. And most importantly, we’ll talk about how to add to your credentials, even if you think you don’t have any. Examples of good and bad query letters will be presented. We’ll also discuss the top mistakes new authors can make.

Get Started Publishing Your Book!

Have you always wanted to write and sell a book? Do you know where to start? Workshop topics include: literary agents, traditional as well as e-publishing houses, editors, book proposals and query letters. The presentation will also briefly touch on writing organizations, writing contests, and the value of critique groups.

What’s All the Fuss About?
How To Use Believable Conflict To Write A Great Book!

She did what? He didn’t tell her that? Without believable conflict, chances are a reader won’t finish the book and an editor won’t buy it. Learn what makes great conflict and how it can help hook your reader from beginning and keep the reader turning the page. This workshop will focus on the importance of internal and external conflict and how both can strengthen plot and pacing. We will also cover “conflict pitfalls” and how to use conflict to get past the dreaded sagging middle.