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4S Author: Sales

Get caught up on the 4S series here: 4S | Self | Story | Support | Sales Selling your books is a process that quickly gets out of control, leading to confusion, indecision, overwhelm, and then shut down. The cause is too much information, too quickly, and at the wrong time.  Authors (and everyone else on the planet) are consumers of information, but consumption … Read More 4S Author: Sales

4S Author: Support

If you haven’t read them get caught up here: 4S Author | Self | Story | Support | Sales It’s easy to slip into thinking your writing is just you—the author. Your readers and those dreaded gatekeepers are way over there. In essence, it’s you alone and then everyone else you are trying to reach across some great expanse, whether real or imagined. It … Read More 4S Author: Support

4S Author: Story

Welcome back to the next S in our 4S author career series! Get caught up: 4S author career | Self | Story | Support | Sales Story is arguably the most important part of a writing career. You can be wicked confident and have a ton of money to throw at an in depth marketing plan, but if your story isn’t compelling all the hype will quickly flop. … Read More 4S Author: Story

4S Author: Self

Starting with SELF is appropriate because it’s often the thing authors abandon first. We spend so much time trying to contort ourselves for agents, editors, and readers we completely forget that we’re a very important piece of our stories. If you haven’t read the Series Kickoff outlining the 4S’s, do that here. The self has two sections: your physical self and your higher self. … Read More 4S Author: Self

The 4S Author Career

There are a lot of paths to publishing your novels, and it can become quite overwhelming to decide which one is right for you. But under all the tech and strategies and marketing your success will hinge on only 4 core thing. Over the coming weeks I’ll dive into each one a bit further. Note: This series was adapted from a summer series available … Read More The 4S Author Career

Pitch it to Write it

Not long ago, I was preparing to teach at a writing retreat. As I sat down to plan, I listed out some ideas of short classes I could present. Then, I sent my ideas to the group of attendees for a vote. As an afterthought, I slid in – How to Know What to Write Next – and it ended up with the most … Read More Pitch it to Write it

6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

How do you prepare to write a new book? Many authors have a system they follow to plan, plot, and prepare before they sit down to write–myself included. While there are no real rules for how to write a book, I find that I prefer to have a loosely structured system that works for my storytelling style. I’ve written a little over 30 novels–maybe … Read More 6 Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Story Before You Sit Down to Write

5 Point Story Mapping

The 5 Point Story Mapping Method isn’t a plotting device. It’s not a new series of beats or a reworking of classic plot tools. The Waypoint Method aims to get deep under the skin of your story so that you understand more than just what happens to your characters. It’s about setting yourself up to succeed, understanding your own motivations as well as your … Read More 5 Point Story Mapping


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