In this first ever Biblio Breakdown, we examine inciting incidents, characterization through relationships, setting as character, dramatic irony, and more, all with the goal of developing a deeper understanding of how we can approach each of these in our own writing. To do this, we'll do a deep dive into Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns. If you haven't read A Thousand Splendid Suns, there's no need to fear: I provide context along the way to make sure the content is as accessible to those who have read as it is to those who have not. After each topic, I offer sample writing exercises or prompts you can use to move forward with a re-examination of or fresh perspective on the subject matter discussed. So pop in those headphones or turn up the speakers, it's time for the very first Biblio Breakdown!
The release date for Accounting For It All may still be months away, but that doesn't mean I'm not working on it in the background. Here's what I've been up to since the last update went out! First Revisions Submitted I submitted a new draft of the manuscript to my editor at NineStar Press on… Continue reading February Update: Accounting For It All
Valerie Biel returns to the show to talk crunch time: what to do in the final thirty days before a book launch! In this episode, she covers strategies for outreach through traditional and digital media, giveaways, paid advertising, and direct marketing strategies.
It's time for another Biblio Breakdown! In this installment of the series, we'll examine John Green's Turtles All the Way Down. If you recognize the name John Green, you should. Aside from Turtles (and a number of other titles), he's the author of The Fault in Our Stars, a book so impactful that even just typing its title… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: Turtles All the Way Down
In part two of this mini-series, Sione Aeschliman talks ISBNs, formatting our manuscripts for ebook and print, and best case practices for proofreading before we hit the publish button.
Alright, it's time for part three of this Biblio Breakdown for A Thousand Splendid Suns. Looking for parts one and two? You can find them here and here, respectively. Want more background on Biblio Breakdowns before reading on? You can learn more at this link. Now let's discuss setting as character before we advance into an exploration… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Part 3
Welcome to part two of this Biblio Breakdown for A Thousand Splendid Suns. Looking for part one? You can find that here. Want more background on Biblio Breakdowns before reading on? You can learn more at this link. Alright---now let's get right back to it. Relationships as Metaphor In part one, we explored the notion that characters… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Part 2
Welcome to the inaugural Biblio Breakdown, a series in which we'll explore books not from the perspective of a reviewer or casual reader, but rather as writers. Every book has something to teach us about our own writing, and this series is designed to get us to examine just that. To kick off things off,… Continue reading Biblio Breakdown: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Part 1
Sione Aeschliman walks us through the early steps of the self-publishing journey. In this episode, we talk what you need to have done before looking to publish, the platforms through which one can self-publish, cover design and cover art resources, and best case practices for each of these critical phases. Sione Aeschliman (pronounced see-OWN ASH-lemon)… Continue reading Self-Publishing Part One: a How-To Featuring Sione Aeschliman – Writescast 029
Well, I only signed the contract a week ago, but that doesn't mean I'm not already busy working to get this book in your hands! Here's a brief overview of the progress and projects so far. Revisions Have Begun! I'm planning to get my editor an updated copy of the manuscript by the end of… Continue reading January Update: Accounting For It All