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My favorite writing teacher is in the bundle!

Mary Buckham is one of the best teachers on writing that I know. Back when we were both a bit younger—and we both ran our courses via email—I took every online class she offered.

She had a profound impact on my work, and the things I learned from her have become an automatic part of my writing/revising process.

Well, she must have been a late add to the Write Publish Profit 2.0 bundle because I had no idea she had a course in there. It’s called Mastering the 10 Universal Hooks, and it usually costs $297. Honestly, if I’d known, I’d have led with that yesterday.

And if I hadn’t already planned to purchase Write Publish Profit 2.0 for myself, her class alone would have made it a no-brainer. I love her work that much.

Click here to learn more about Write Publish Profit 2.0.

Cheers!

P.S. Feel free to share with a friend. ♥︎

You don’t want to miss this…

One of my goals, when wearing my instructor hat, is to help you become a better and more efficient writer/self-publisher.

Usually I stick to Scrivener topics (since that's where my main expertise lies), but I'm always looking for other tools, ideas, and resources to share.

Well, today I’m excited to share the amazing deal I hinted at last week: Write Publish Profit 2.0.

Write Publish Profit 2.0 is a curated* collection of 40+ premium ebooks, ecourses (including one of mine!), extended free trials of premium software (including ProWritingAid and Authorcats), PDF workbooks, ready-to-use templates, and more.

Inside this bundle, you’ll find things like:

  • How to rank in the top 5000 books on the entire Amazon platform
  • Ways to transform your book from good to great through editing
  • The 12 Key pillars of Novel Construction
  • How to build a book sales page that sells
  • A primer on how to write short romance novels as a home-based business
  • Easy, organic, can't-fail ways to create compelling characters and plot your best-selling novel
  • How to get the most out of using Scrivener (FYI, that's me. 😉)
  • Free, versatile, professionally designed book trailers
  • The 7 “P’s” of publishing success
  • Plus memberships, discounts on writing software and much much more…

If you paid full price for each of these items, it would cost you more than $4,600. Instead, it's all packed inside Write Publish Profit 2.0.

This week only, you can get everything for 98% off. Basically, you get my class plus a whole ton of freebies for $10 ($0 for Windows users). And if you already have one of my intro courses, it's still an amazing bundle.

Click here to learn more about this limited time deal.

If Write Publish Profit 2.0 sounds like it's for you, don't wait! After next Tuesday, this it's gone.

Those of you who've been with me a while know I rarely promote outside offers. I only share things that I feel are a tremendous value that you'll want to know about.

I decided to participate in Write Publish Profit 2.0, because I felt like I could offer it to you with a clear conscience. It's an insane deal for so much useful content all bundled together in one place.

No pressure at all, but if it sounds like a great deal to you too, grab Write Publish Profit 2.0 before it expires.

And feel free to share this offer with a friend you think might benefit as well. 🙂

* Write Publish Profit 2.0 was put together by Cary Richards over at Infostack.io. Can you believe he spent the last 8 months curating this impressive collection of resources? If you're not familiar with Infostack.io, they produce amazing bundle deals, and they have a fantastic refund policy (60 days, no questions asked money back guarantee).

Free Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow!

If you’re interested in finally writing, publishing and marketing your first novel, then keep reading.

Brian Berni, best-selling author and creator of Authorstech.com, has just announced his latest project, and it’s a going to be amazing!

He’s pulled together SCORES of the most successful names in indie publishing to share their best tips, strategies, and ideas for writing, publishing and marketing a page-turner your readers won’t be able to put down.

And it’s all coming to you FREE in The Indie Novelist Summit!

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You’ll hear the latest and greatest from world-class writers and publishing experts like Joanna Penn, Adam Croft, Joel Friedlander, Dave Chesson, Derek Murphy, Matt Stone, James Scott Bell… Plus dozens more, including me! 😬

Click here to get your free ticket!

Just in time for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), the Indie Novelist Summit will take place October 17-21, and I can promise it’ll be stellar. Brian is bringing together the biggest names and most knowledgeable experts to share their best secrets.

And my readers get a free ticket!

Here’s just a small sample of what you’ll learn on the live masterclasses:

  • How to Master Your Mindset
  • How to Come Up With Ideas For Your Novel (That Are Proven to Work)
  • How to Beat Writer’s Block Once and For All
  • How to Market Your Novel Step-by-step
  • Plus much, much more!

If you’re serious about writing your first novel, this is a must-attend event.

Not only will you be exposed to tons of new ideas and strategies, you’ll also have the opportunity to connect in real time with some of the most innovative and cutting-edge thinkers on in indie publishing today.

Whether you’re a relative newcomer to the writing world or you’ve been dreaming of writing your novel for years, you’ll learn tons of new strategies to write, publish and market your first work of fiction.

The Indie Novelist Summit starts tomorrow, and my session is on Thursday at 6pm Eastern (right after James Scott Bell 😮).

I’ve already grabbed my ticket—get yours now! It takes less than a minute, and you’ll be all set to take your writing to the next level.

Happy writing!

Finish Your Book (and a whale sighting!)

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If you're struggling to finish your #$%@& book, check out the free preview of the Finish Your Book Summit led by popular story coach Jim Woods, which starts today.

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You'll find helpful tips from amazing authors like Jeff Goins, Jon Acuff, and Jennifer Blanchard. And me. 😉 I'm honored to be in such amazing company! My session will be live for free on August 30th & 31st.

If you just can't get to “The End,” you owe it to yourself to check out the summit today. If you decide you want the paid version, use code GWEN at checkout for a $50 discount.

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P.S. In case you missed it, I saw a whale during my bike ride yesterday!! Pretty sure it was a humpback, and it was awesome to see it so close to shore. Here's a pic of its fin, and a short video.
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A Scrivener Story Genius template and an iOS course

Story Genius and Scrivener

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If you’re a fan of Story Genius by Lisa Cron, I published an article at Writer Unboxed on Sunday about how to use Scrivener to work through the Story Genius process. I also included a Scrivener template—reviewed and approved by Lisa Cron—that I created to go with it.

Even if you aren’t familiar with Lisa’s book—which I highly recommend for all types of fiction writers—you might find the discussion of how to set up a project useful/interesting. 😀

Scrivener for iOS Training

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Love the idea of using Scrivener on your iPad or iPhone, but need help? I offer private training on the iOS version, but if you’re looking for a budget-friendly and incredibly thorough online course, you can’t go wrong with Steve Shipley’s new Udemy course.

Steve is a Scrivener super user who built the course with Scrivener for Windows developer Lee Powell. The class is on sale now, with an extra discount through the end of March if you use the link above.

I hope your writing is going well, and that the groundhog is good to you tomorrow!

Author In Progress: your writing friend in a book

Author in Progress coverAuthor In Progress: A No-Holds-Barred Guide to What It Really Takes to Get Published is officially out today from Writer’s Digest books! This is the book I wish I’d had when I first started writing (and still need today). It’s like a writer friend in written form, always there with exactly the advice you need, when you need it.

More than fifty authors from the Writer Unboxed community contributed chapters to this book. Mine is called “Light It Up—Don’t Burn It Down: What to do When You Think You Can’t Write Another Word.” In it, I give you my best advice on how to keep going when you start to hate your manuscript.

Others—including James Scott Bell, Therese Walsh, Donald Maass, Heather Webb, Jane Friedman, David Corbett, and Lisa Cron—tackle topics like choosing your story, finding your process, productivity, characterization, writer’s block, critiques, conferences, revisions, envy, health, finding writer friends, perseverance, and publication.

There is so much goodness throughout Author In Progress that I hope you’ll check it out. Maybe add it to your holiday wish list, or put it in another writer friend’s stocking. 🙂

P.S. Several of the AIP authors—including me—participated in a Twitter chat earlier today. If you'd like to read back through the Q&A, just search for #WDchat.

What part of writing/writing life do you struggle with? Which writing books have become your virtual friend?

Why I read

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If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.
~ Stephen King

You can find amazing things between the covers—actual or virtual—of a book.

I’ve been a book lover since I first sounded out the words detailing Spot the dog’s adventures. As an only child with lots of time on my hands, reading offered adventure, romance, education, and thrills during long, boring summers (and pretty much any other time of year).

I became one of those awkward teenagers whose friends made fun of her for knowing weird, “big” words—though not necessarily how to pronounce them—like gauche and risqué. By age sixteen, I had solved dozens of mysteries with Nancy Drew, visited exotic places full of intrigue with Mary Stewart’s independent heroines, run with spies, chased down terrorists, lived in worlds of pure fantasy, and traveled in time.

Not that I spent every moment buried in a book. I’ve always loved to travel, explore, hang out with friends, and be active in the real world. But reading was by far my favorite way to fill downtime. During the summers in junior high and high school—before I could drive—I would burn through 10-14 books a week.

Thank you library.

I can still read like that, but I rarely do. There are too many other things I want and need to do.

And yet, as a writer, it’s imperative that I continue to read for more than research or obligation. Not only because I still love stories, and they soothe me, but because they refill my creative well.

As a reward for finishing the first draft of Blind Ambition (Book 2 in my Men of Steele series)—insert happy dance here!—I bought Joanna Bourne’s latest book, Rogue Spy. [If you love history, romance, intrigue, spies, danger, daring and exciting characters, and twisty plots all wrapped in prose so beautiful it makes you want to cry, you must check out her books. I wrote more about her here.]

Twenty percent of the way in, I was struck with the need to take notes for the book I’m working on next. Something about the way the hero viewed his world—through the eyes of a painter and a spy—got me thinking about how my own hero must see his world—as a photographer and a sniper.

I know this stuff. I’ve studied it. But sometimes seeing it done well is better than reading a craft book, attending a lecture, or taking a class on the topic. These are lessons I already know, but reading a good book can inspire me to see my own work in a different light, and apply those lessons in a new way.

The only way to become a better writer is to write. Absolutely. But writers also need to read. Reading is what fed my passion to write in the first place. It’s where I acquired my intuitive sense of story structure and narrative and character.

Reading inspires me as a writer the way a painter might be inspired by walking through a museum.

Reading a really good book also just makes me happy. 🙂

That’s why I read. What about you?