Category: Writing

+

DIY Workbook: A+ Submission Packet

Ready to start querying agents and/or publishers? We got you. The A+ Submission Packet walks you through the following: Checking the Market for the viability of your novel Creating a pitch that an industry professional can’t ignore Building a query letter to capture attention Writing a synopsis that will best showcase your story Discovering a personal bio that connects you to your work How … Read More DIY Workbook: A+ Submission Packet

+

DIY Workbook: Write Better Stories Series

Allie and Jo are passionate about helping quality stories find their place the world. We created this series of workbooks to give intermediate authors a series of questions and checklists to strengthen the following: Write a Better Story Create a Better Character Construct Better Tension Build a Better Romance Write a Better Story walks you through the steps to create stories with the kind … Read More DIY Workbook: Write Better Stories Series

+

DIY Workbook: Master Self Editor

Want to get the most out of your edits and get your book noticed? The best way to make your book as strong as it can be is by learning how to edit your own words before your manuscript ever leaves your hands.  No one knows your story the way you do, and no one can edit in a way that helps you stay … Read More DIY Workbook: Master Self Editor

+

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

+

How to Make Your Villains Multidimensional

We’ve all seen it in the movies and on TV: the boilerplate villain, often faceless, sitting in a large leather chair with a fluffy (yet menacing) white cat in his lap. The image is so ingrained in our entertainment that we all instantly understood the joke the first time we saw Dr. Evil in Austin Powers. (Okay, I may be aging myself with that … Read More How to Make Your Villains Multidimensional

+

The Benefits of Talking Through Your Book While in the Drafting Stage

During the drafting stage of writing your book, it’s highly beneficial to talk through your ideas with someone familiar with your genre. This can be a bookworm friend, editor, or even a coach. As writers, we often find ourselves working in a vacuum, stuck in our own heads. Once we’ve firmly planted ourselves inside our own brains (keep your hands, arms, and legs inside, … Read More The Benefits of Talking Through Your Book While in the Drafting Stage

+

Edit Levels: What They Are and Why They Matter

Over and over I see people agonizing over word choices and commas before their story is figured out. Or beta readers marking copy edit style edits when the author doesn’t yet know if their story works–or if the scene the reader is editing will even make the final cut of the novel. This is why it’s important for an author to know what to … Read More Edit Levels: What They Are and Why They Matter

+

Five Things I Learned from Story Genius

I love STORY GENIUS by Lisa Cron. I recommend it for everyone who is a writer or wants to be a writer. But I especially recommend Story Genius for those authors who want to be traditionally published, receive requests for full manuscripts from agents and/or publishers, but keep getting pass letters. This book will help you gain that final layer so necessary for great books. … Read More Five Things I Learned from Story Genius

+

Pep Talk: Unleash your Creative

I’ve read a ton of pre-published manuscripts, and it’s been amazing and interesting, but here’s what is lacking in so many instances – creativity. Seems crazy, right? Like, someone wrote and entire novel, what more could you possibly want? Creativity. Creativity in the way a character sees the world. In the way the world sees the character. Bonus if those two things work against each … Read More Pep Talk: Unleash your Creative