If you sell your books on Amazon, you’ll want to read this article.
Originally posted on Kristen Lamb's Blog:
We live in a really strange time and technology has altered the publishing landscape into something we could never have imagined in 1999. The changes have been nothing short of science fiction. Well, buckle your seat belts because it is about to happen again. Just about the time we kind of get the knack of things, it seems there is yet another upheaval and we have to adapt.
This is why I wrote my social media branding book Rise of the Machines—Human Authors in a Digital World. My methods keep us from having to tear down and start over every time something in the tech world goes topsy-turvy and we can maintain brand momentum no matter what. But this time it isn’t social media throwing the curve ball.
It is Amazon.
I’ve worked hard to be balanced in all my opinions…
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I found this intriguing as I am about midway through with the book. See what you think of the first draft (unedited) and let me know. I value all comments, so share and like, please. You can contact me at either of theses links.
What happens in the story? (beginning, middle & end):
Morgan Latimer hires Laura Sinclair as nanny to his children. From the start, he’s told his plan is a bad idea by those near him. He’s a shifter and that secret alone would put him and the family in mortal danger. He’s also a renegade against the government. Living as an outcast, he struggles daily with the desire to be normal and secure a future for his family. Laura Sinclair grew up as an orphan after the death of her mother. She wants to be an independent woman, so she answers the ad from the mysterious man from Louisiana. At first, Morgan admires the courageous spirit Laura possesses. But when she plans to help his daughter regain her health without his knowledge, they draw a line in the dirt . Stubborn to a fault, she seeks the help of Marie Laveau, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Little does she know that Marie is the reason Morgan is a shifter. She also wants payment for her services in the form of the soul of a ‘Seer’. Laura is that seer. Morgan can’t hide his desire for Laura any more than he can hide the need to run free as a wolf. The Voodoo priestess kidnaps Morgan’s daughter Sara, in exchange for Laura and her powers. Morgan uses the powers of the wolf to save both the women he loves more than life itself.
Name of Story:
What does the Hero in your story want?:
He wants freedom to be the shifter he has become and the love of the only woman strong enough to defy him, Laura Sinclair. Laura wants the love of the kind and gentle man she knows as Morgan. Unable to understand his temper, she continues to care for him, believing in the end, he’ll love her in return.
What does the Villain in your story want?:
Marie Laveau wants payment for the services she has provided Morgan Latimer in the past. Her powers have aided him with his war injury. The side effects have been his becoming a shifter. She seeks the gift of a seer and lures Laura into her web of deceit.
What are the Hero and Villain fighting about? Describe the Argument.:
The soul of Laura Sinclair, the seer. He cannot give her up and Marie desires her powers for her own.
What does the Hero learn from the Story:
The truth will always save you.
Do you struggle with crafting your stories. Do you find lost when trying to develop a theme in your work? If you do you are not alone. Theme is the most amazing part of a story, but it is also the most challenging because it doesn’t exist anywhere on the written page–it only exists in the mind of the reader. How does one control that? Take all the separate moments of a story, line them all up in a the order of your choice, with exposition, dialogue and descriptions and then poof–wallah! Theme is born. The best stories have it, but the question is do yours?
Everyone needs a method to conquer theme, or their stories will turn out directionless and devoid of meaning. Some people have a knack for this that defies explanation, gravity and the boundaries of human talent. Their stories get published, generate sales, and they even get the coveted title of Author. The rest keep trying to develop their own method, but never know if what they are doing is effective or not.
I’ve developed a method designed to help authors catch up with those whose storytelling abilities come naturally. My method will teach you how to develop and control your theme as you navigate your way through the ever-changing twists and turns in storytelling. To learn more about the Story Argument Method, fill out the form above, and I will share with you a simple way to look at your story like you’ve never seen before.
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Steam Train Schedule Update
Many of you are used to seeing the new episodes of our “interactive” Steampunk serial on Saturdays (when I post them from the USA). So I wanted to let you know that there will be a slight weather delay — the weather that I’m under.
I won’t be able to finish Episode-10 until tomorrow (Sunday for me).
Here’s a little preview. See you tomorrow!
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