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What Writers May Not Know about the “Required” Three-Act Structure

Breaking blocks

I’m going to spend some weeks on tearing apart novel structure. I’ve hesitated over the years to get into this.

Why? Because there are tons of books and blog posts that cover story structure, and a lot of great ones too, so why should I add my two cents to the mix?

Because the longer I thought about it, the more I realized I have some unique approaches and twists to the standard three-act structure. Well, let’s just say I’m not always a team player on this court.

And, as well, I want to share with you a method of building your novel’s framework that I’m playing with. I call it the 10-20-30 Scene Builder. The purpose of using a “staged” or multilevel process is to help you flesh out that basic story idea you have. And one thing I’m excited about showing you is my special way of layering subplots. Continue Reading…

10 Things You Ought to Learn before You Self-Publish Your Book

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Today’s post is by author Karen Pashley:

Going indie is a fantastic adventure. So much to learn! So much to do! If there is one thing I could advise wanna-be indie authors, it’s this: resolve to learn all you can well in advance of actually publishing your book.

What, you say, is there to learn? All I need to do is write my book, design a nice cover, and upload the whole thing to Createspace, right?

Oh, ye of little indie knowledge.

There’s a bit more to it than that, as I found out with my first indie project—an edgy women’s inspirational novel.

To break it down, let’s begin with a list. Because search engines love lists. This is a tidbit you’ll pick up during your SEO education. (That’s search engine optimization—also known as tip #5 on my list). Continue Reading…

Free Webinar on the 4 Steps to Nailing Genre for Big Sales

flaming arrows and target 1000 wide

I’ve made it my objective this year to help all my readers and clients and author friends see success in 2016. Why? Because it’s hard to thrive as a writer. I’ve spent thirty years navigating these waters, and have made a lot of mistakes.

Mistakes I don’t want you to make!

Publishing success is getting harder all the time. Despite the ease of self-publishing, there’s a glut of ebooks. More than four thousand new ebooks get published each day!

It took me a few years to figure out the best ways to get discovered and sell big. Without selling out. And I’m going to share more of what I learned for free on April 25th!

My free webinar, How Novelists Can Target Genre for Big Sales without Selling Out, is open for enrollment! Continue Reading…

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