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Edit Your Own Romance Novel

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Jenn reviews Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel

About the Book

Edit Your Own Romance Novel; Ebony McKenna
Adult; Reference; 157 Pages

Ebony McKenna (May 28, 2017)

A land of pure magic hides between worlds, and Maggie is trapped in paradise.

This practical, step-by-step guide will give your manuscript the structure, pace and the emotional hit today’s romance readers are looking for.

This editing book will be your new best friend. It will show you the best methods for Backburning Backstory. It will make sure your romance novel has The 13 Main Scenes (and what needs to be in them) and show you how to ramp up your powerfully emotional scenes with The Staircase of Turning Points.

Delivered with Ebony McKenna’s trademark friendly and funny style, this book will become your ‘go-to’ when planning, writing and editing your novels for years to come.

The author’s self-published, self-edited book The Girl & The Ghost won the 2018 Romance Book of the Year from the Romance Writers of Australia.

Maggie is dragged out of a wizard’s battle and finds herself in a land of pleasure. But dark secrets taint the days of endless perfection. Secrets that could cost Maggie her life.

As the danger grows, Maggie finds an unlikely ally in the annoyingly charming Bertrand Wayland.

Seeking a chance for survival, Maggie follows Bertrand on a daring adventure and finds herself in a land on the brink of war. As a handsome hero shows her unimaginable beauty, his alluring ways draw her deeper into danger.

A deadly enemy approaches. His thirst for blood is stronger than Maggie’s magic. The fate of a world depends on which life Maggie is willing to sacrifice…

About the Author

As a teenager, Ebony lived and worked in her family’s restaurant, which provided much of the inspiration for the Ondine novels. Ebony waitressed, prepared food – and yep – washed dishes. So many dishes.

In the 1990s she worked as an award winning journalist on many leading Melbourne newspapers. By day she wrote other people’s stories, but by night she plotted epic adventures. Now she writes novels for a living.

Ebony McKenna lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband and young son.

She loves gadgets and anything futuristic. Doctor Who and The Goodies have always been TV treats. A weekly trivia night at the local pub allows her to show off her knowledge of 1980s pop music. She recently appeared on the TV quiz show Million Dollar Minute, where she was the reigning champion across 4 nights.

Coffee, chocolate and Facebook games are her worst vices. Playing with her son’s toys is fun and reading to him at bedtime is a joy.

A huge influence was British humorist and author Frank Muir. For sixteen years Ebony and Frank swapped letters filled with family anecdotes and stories. They later met in 1995, dining at The Groucho Club in London. While there, one of her other literary heroes, Douglas Adams, was pitching “something rather exciting and complicated to a couple of suits at the next table.”

Jenn’s Review

I write romance. But I haven’t gotten past the editing stage for a variety of reasons – the kind of reasons that have less to do with not liking my work (out of some sense of false modesty), and more with trying to figure out how the really good authors work their magic (because I’ve also read a ton of tragically BAD romance, too). So when I found Ebony McKenna’s Edit Your Own Romance Novel, I jumped on it. (Sorry, Hubby. I know my budget for books rivals your budget for gas in the car…)

This little book? I just finished reading through it, did some of the work outlined (I’m mired in a rewrite. Again.), and this book has a permanent home on my writer’s resources shelf, where I can easily grab it.

Draft your book first. Read through it and correct any glaring problems that you can fix first, then let that binder sit for a month or so. Literally. Go draft the next book, have a reading binge. Watch a few seasons of something or other. And then break out your manuscript and this book.

Just working through the 13 major scene cards was a HUGE revelation. This isn’t just story beats for romance, it’s an organization system that allows you to see where your novel is off-kilter, at a glance.

The editing advice in section one is brutally kind and just potent enough to help the quailing writer find their own, ruthless inner editor.

And the staircase of turning points? I’m all in. This is something I’ve struggled with since my first writing course, and Ms. McKenna’s explanation is helpful.

This book is destined for my top recommended reads for writers, and I’m so grateful for this author’s clarity and sense of humor (plus, tons of great literary and film references!).

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Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!

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Get your fantastic idea for a business book out into the world fast with Write Your Book in a Flash

About the Book

Write Your Book in a Flash: The Paint-by-Numbers System to Write the Book of Your Dreams—FAST!; Dan Janal
Adult; Reference; 197 Pages

TCK Publishing (April 18, 2018)

Do You Want to Know the Secret to Writing a Non-Fiction Business Book Without Wasting Time or Money?

Write Your Book in a Flash shows business executives, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders how to get focused fast, so you can write your book without tearing your hair out.

Most people dream of writing a book, but they get stopped in their tracks because of a fatal flaw. Without a clear system for writing a book, nothing gets finished.

The secret to completing a book quickly is to have a system. Unlike books that show you why you should write a book, this book actually shows you how to write a book! You’ll discover:

  • How to write a simple outline that makes the writing process faster and easier
  • How to get stunning testimonials to help sell your book
  • How to find and manage beta readers who will share honest feedback before the book is published
  • How to research interesting ideas, stories, and facts so you never run out of ideas or information
  • How to overcome “The Imposter Syndrome” and other limiting beliefs that stifle nearly every would-be author
  • Clear examples that show you what to do (and what not to do)
  • Empowering exercises that show you how to write better and faster
  • Simple how-to steps anyone can follow to write a book

You’re about to learn a simple and proven system for writing a book that matters.

Even if you hated writing in the past, you’ll finally feel good about writing your book. Most importantly, you’ll have all the tools you need to get the job done!

A Step-By-Step Guide to Writing Your Book

This is the perfect book to read if you are a thought leader, entrepreneur or business executive who wants to write a business book to build your personal brand, open doors to new opportunities, and leave a legacy of wisdom to future generations. Business leaders who write books get more clients at higher fees, have more impact, develop more credibility, and have more influence where it matters most: in front of clients, customers, and prospects.

Unlike other books on writing, Write Your Book in a Flash doesn’t debate the pros and cons of self-publishing vs. traditional publishing. Instead, it shows how to use your own work style and personal strengths, preferences, and personality, so you can write the book you were meant to share with the world.

Dan Janal has written more than a dozen books that help businesses build their brands, including seven books for publishing giant Wiley. He is an award-winning, daily newspaper reporter and business newspaper editor. As a publicity and marketing expert, he has helped more than ten thousand authors and experts build their platforms over the past sixteen years. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s famed Medill School of Journalism.

Dan’s journalism awards include the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Award for Excellence in News Writing, the Florida National Education Association’s Newsmaker Award for distinguished news coverage of public education in Florida, and the Greater Orlando Press Club’s Investigative Reporting award.

About the Author

Dan Janal helps leaders brand their businesses with books and publicity. He is one of the Founding Fathers of Internet Marketing and Publicity. He wrote one of the first books about marketing on the Internet back in 1994. A sought-after speaker, he has taught at Berkeley and Stanford, as well as spoken at conferences through the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, China and Hungary. 

In 2001, he founded PR LEADS, one of the most cost-effective publicity leads services, which has been copied by many other companies. He provides publicity and marketing coaching and consulting services for Independent Professionals and Small Businesses. He also writes press releases designed to rank high to rank high on search engines. 

For thought leaders, he offers these services: book coaching, developmental editing and ghost writing.

For information to work with Dan as a coach or as a speaker, please go to www.WriteYourBookInAFlash.com

Jenn’s Review

They say that writing a book is great for your career, especially if you are an entrepreneur. Writing a book demonstrates expertise and let’s potential clients get a feel for who you are. But actually writing the book can waylay the best intentions and the most focused business minds. Dan Janal’s book, Write Your Book in a Flash, helps you cut through the distractions, and get the book done.

Mr. Janal’s tone is conversational and down to earth, as he walks the reader through the step by step process of setting up a manuscript and getting down to work to finish the book.

Each chapter is cleanly laid out and easy to refer back to. Exercises abound, and a link to download the worksheets is tagged after each step. I’ve printed mine out, and have them ready to copy for each future project.

The truly great thing about this book is that the process can be applied to a variety of platforms, and not just the standard 200 page business book. It can also be used for planning blogs and other informational platform products.

And if writing the book yourself is too daunting, Mr. Janal has included information on working with coaches and ghostwriters.

This is a fantastic read/guide if publishing nonfiction is the next step for your business or career. Grab this book, print the worksheets, and get going!

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Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books) (Volume 1) – Review

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Jenn reviews ROMANCING THE BEAT: STORY STRUCTURE FOR ROMANCE NOVELS by Gwen Hayes - Nonfiction, Writing Craft, Romance Writing

About the Book

Romancing the Beat: Story Structure for Romance Novels (How to Write Kissing Books),  Gwen Hayes 

Teen/Adult, Research, 98 Pages

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 2, 2016)

What makes a romance novel a romance? How do you write a kissing book?

Writing a well-structured romance isn’t the same as writing any other genre–something the popular novel and screenwriting guides don’t address. The romance arc is made up of its own story beats, and the external plot and theme need to be braided to the romance arc–not the other way around.

Told in conversational (and often irreverent) prose, Romancing the Beat can be read like you are sitting down to coffee with romance editor and author Gwen Hayes while she explains story structure. The way she does with her clients. Some of whom are regular inhabitants of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.

Romancing the Beat is a recipe, not a rigid system. The beats don’t care if you plot or outline before you write, or if you pants your way through the drafts and do a “beat check” when you’re revising. Pantsers and plotters are both welcome. So sit down, grab a cuppa, and let’s talk about kissing books.

About the Author

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real-life hero and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.

Gwen’s first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012.

In addition to writing, Gwen is a freelance editor at www.fresheyescritique.com.

For more information, please visit http://www.gwenhayes.com or sign up for her non-spammy newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/v-4Xj

Gwen is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency.

Jenn’s Review

I’m pulling my writing craft books off the shelf and reading them as November draws near. I picked this particular book up, hoping to clarify plot beats for my romance writing. When I received it, though, I lost hope. It’s so slender, how could it possibly help me straighten out my messy storylines?

I took my time reading it, though, and have all but chained it to my desk as a permanent part of my writing toolkit. The author of this slim book on romance writing packs so much into this volume in a clear and concise way, and then throws humor and music playlists in on top of it! I’ve been able to sit down with my manuscripts and walk through each, with this book, and identify what’s missing and what needs to be cut. (Hallelujah!)

Of all the books on my shelf, this one tops the list for helpful. Aspiring romance authors, grab this one and don’t let go!

Jenn reviews ROMANCING THE BEAT: STORY STRUCTURE FOR ROMANCE NOVELS by Gwen Hayes - Nonfiction, Writing Craft, Romance Writing

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