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Sean Platt

Choose Your Genre Part Two: How Do You Know if You Need Genre Therapy?

Choose Your Genre Part Two: How Do You Know if You Need Genre Therapy?

It’s not every day we begin the journey of writing a book. You want to choose your genre wisely. To do so, you may need genre therapy with Sean and Johnny.

Choose Your Genre Part 1: What is Genre Therapy?

Choose Your Genre Part 1: What is Genre Therapy?

Many authors lose interest after several books. Often, the reason is due to writing in the wrong genre. Genre therapy will ensure you find the right one.

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part Two

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part Two

Making a living as a self-published author is more possible now than ever, but there are plenty of hazards to avoid and time-tested tips for success.

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

10 Steps to Making a Living as a Self-Published Fiction Author – Part One

You want to make a living as an author.  It’s an alluring idea, the notion that you could spin straw into gold by turning dreams into stories and stories into assets that pay out on repeat, and for the rest of your life.  No publisher telling you what you can or cannot write, or what…

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

A Story Solution Bonus: The Story Jacket

Enter: The StoryJacket.   After the hook and a rough sketch of characters and plot, but before the outline goes too far, we always go through the process of getting what we call a StoryJacket on that outline. This is a full developmental edit of the narrative we’re planning to tell — the kind of edit…

The Story Solution: Theme

The Story Solution: Theme

So what is theme?  A theme is a guiding principle. Not quite a mantra; it’s not that easy to compartmentalize. More like a common thread. A running gag, without the humor. A theme holds things together that otherwise might fall apart. It’s an implied connection between items that might otherwise seem disparate.   Consider a well-planned…