The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel part 4 How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth

How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth Part 4 of The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel “How can I fix the saggy middle of my story?” I love it when writers ask me that. Why? Because the answer is so incredibly juicy–and it all revolves around the Moment of Truth … More The Do’s and Don’ts of Storytelling According to Marvel part 4 How to Transform Your Story With a Moment of Truth

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act The First Act is one of my favorite parts of any story. Why? On the surface, the First Act seems to be the slowest part of the story—and it often is. It’s just setup, after all, right? True enough, except for that one little word just. … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 7: The First Act

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World By K.M.Weiland Who wants to read about a boring old NormalWorld? The Lost World? Sure! The Exciting, Unusual, Exotic, and Absolutely Thrilling World? You betcha. But the Normal World? Isn’t that a pretty lame way to begin a story? Nope. Not if you want your character’s change … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 6: The Normal World

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment By K.M Weiland First impressions do count. And your protagonist’s Characteristic Moment is his first chance to impress your readers. Now that we’ve got the basic theory of character arc out of the way and figured out how to set up your protagonist’s inner conflict, via … More Creating Stunning Character Arcs, Pt. 5: The Characteristic Moment

8 Tips to Keep in Your Mind When Seeking Book Reviews

8 Tips to Keep in Your Mind When Seeking Book Reviews Our thanks to literary publicist Claire McKinney for this guest contribution! When I worked for publishing houses in New York City there was a debate about book review coverage: Does seeking book reviews really sell books?  The answer is sometimes yes and sometimes no, … More 8 Tips to Keep in Your Mind When Seeking Book Reviews

Book Cover Basics

Book Cover Basics by Chris Payne (@99designs) As an author, your book is your baby. Just like a real child, you spend years putting work into it, crafting it into all it can be, and then you’re ready to send it out into the world. But as with your child, you wouldn’t send them out … More Book Cover Basics