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BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity
WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
“The Stuff Series Are Made Of” in the The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create & Sell Your Work, 3rd Edition
“The Ins and Outs of Outlines” in the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})
“The Stuff Series Are Made Of” in the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market
“Series Writing” in the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents
THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
THE WORLD OF AUTHOR KAREN WIESNER: A COMPENDIUM OF FICTION
From One Author to Another Monthly Column
Miscellaneous Nonfiction
Reviews for Karen’s Writing Reference Titles
Q&A with Karen
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Bring Your Fiction to Life I have a new writing reference available from Writer's Digest Books titled BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity. The paperback and download now available for order from Writer’s Digest Books, Amazon.com and BN.com! Find out more here.

Bring Your Fiction to Life Tutorial The tutorial based on BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity is now available! Find out more here.

30 Days to a Finished Novel Kit The 30 Days to a Finished Novel Kit includes my ebook FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, the tutorial "First Draft Outline", as well as a lot of other great resources. You can find out more and purchase it here.

BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity) was reviewed by WOW! Women On Writing’s blog, The Muffin.

My article “Three-Dimensional Writing” (based on my new writing reference BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity) has been featured in the Pros on Prose/Writer Tips section of RT Book Reviews’ website.

I was featured on the Savvy Authors Blog, talking about my upcoming THREE-DIMENSIONAL WRITING workshop (see below) with Savvy Authors. Visit the blog here.

I was the featured author on the Savvy Authors Blog, talking about my “Writing Back Cover and Series Blurbs That Sizzle—and Sell!” workshop with Savvy Authors.

April 16, 2018, I'll be the featured on the Savvy Authors Blog, talking about my upcoming THREE-DIMENSIONAL WRITING workshop based on my writing reference Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity (see below, April 2018) with Savvy Authors. The Savvy Authors blog is here.

Savvy Authors April 23-29, 2018 (rescheduled), I’ll be teaching a workshop titled THREE-DIMENSIONAL WRITING (based on BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity) at Savvy Authors. Register: Click the blue button on the Savvy Authors course page just listed. Cost: Premium Members $25; Basic Members $30 (sign up for free membership here) to qualify for the workshop. Register at least a week before the class starts to receive a $5 discount. Course description: Applied to writing, the word "three-dimensional" is easy to define as solid, realistic, rounded and lifelike, even living. The hard part for authors comes in translating these concepts into the craft of writing. Writing that is three-dimensional seems to have length (essentially the foundation of a story), width (structure), and depth (the completeness of fully-fleshed-out characters, plots and settings as well as multiple layers and rich, textured scenes). Your host for this workshop is Karen Wiesner. Many of you know Karen as the author of First Draft in 30 Days and Writing the Fiction Series available from Writer’s Digest Books. Her writing reference Cohesive Story Building was reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing in print and ebook formats. She's also the award-winning author of 120 fiction titles and has 39 more contracted releases. She writes in nearly every genre of fiction. In this workshop, she’ll be talking about her newest Writer’s Digest release, Bring Your Fiction to Life: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity which teaches writers the three aspects that need to occur in order to bring about the potential for three-dimensional writing including three-dimensional characters, plots, and settings; complex, three-dimensional scenes; and multilayered storytelling. This intensive five-day workshop will show authors how to:

  • -master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element.

  • -develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through the fictional world.

  • -construct helpful aids and utilize tools and techniques to analyze where a story may be lacking dimensionality.

Three-dimensional writing is what allows a reader to step through the pages of a book and enter the world created, where plot and characters are in that glorious, realistic realm that starts with little more than a line and progresses into shape and finally represents solid form. Once three-dimensionality is within reach, all things are possible in crafting a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable. Find out more about this book here.

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Bring Your Fiction to Life

BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781440349829 (trade paperback); 9781440349843 (PDF download)
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Bonus Material! Expanded Three-Dimensional Example using Full Novel of BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

Three-Dimensional Character, Plot and Setting Sketch Worksheet Example using BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

P/P/F Dimension Development Chart Example using BOUND SPIRITS by Karen Wiesner

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Craft a Story That Towers Above the Rest

You know it when you read it: In page after page and scene after scene, a truly engrossing novel has qualities that set it apart. Authentic characters, a well-rounded plot, and immersive settings work in harmony to create a three-dimensional experience--one you can practically step inside and explore.

But while you can recognize this work when you read it, writing it can be much more challenging. Bring Your Fiction to Life teaches you how to build a solid narrative structure and layer in lush, textured scenes to create a story that rings true. You'll learn how to:

-Master the three-dimensional aspects of characters, plots, and settings using detailed sketches that define the past, present, and future aspects of each element.

-Develop complex opening, resolution, and bridge scenes that expertly lead readers through your fictional world.

-Construct and analyze an outline for your manuscript, using tools and techniques to analyze scenes that lack dimensionality.

-Brainstorm, research, and draft efficiently and effectively, and juggle multiple projects with ease.

Packed with story-development charts, worksheets, and checklists, Bring Your Fiction to Life shows you how to craft a vivid story world that readers will instantly recognize as remarkable.

Download Printable Versions of Worksheets from Bring Your Fiction to Life

Individual (Blank and Printable) Worksheets:

Character Sketching Worksheet

Plot Sketching Worksheet

Setting Sketching Worksheet

Character Present Self Worksheet

Character Past Self Worksheet

Character Future Self Worksheet

Opening Scene Worksheet

Bridge Scene Worksheet

Resolution Scene Worksheet

Back Cover Blurb Worksheet

PPF Dimension Development Chart

Cohesion Checklist

Scene Template

Project Goals Worksheet

Yearly Goals Worksheet

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Writing the Fiction Series

WRITING THE FICTION SERIES:
The Guide for Novels and Novellas

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1599636900 (trade paperback)
Also available as a download
Published by WritersDigestShop.com

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Download PDF worksheets from WRITING THE FICTION SERIES. Please note that you may need to be registered and logged in at the site to access the worksheets.

Read in-depth interviews with series authors.

The definitive guide to crafting a series!

From the Hunger Games Trilogy to the Jack Reacher series, from Harry Potter to Harry Dresden, there's no denying that writers--and readers--have caught series fever. But if you're contemplating writing a series, there are plenty of considerations you'll need to make first. Writing the Fiction Series is the complete guide to ensuring your series stays hot after the first, fourth, or even fifteenth book.

Inside, you'll learn how to:

  • Write a series that captures the hearts of readers and stands out in a sea of competition.

  • Find the focus of your series, develop your idea, and plan ahead.

  • Hone in on the two most important aspects of series writing: characters and consistency.

  • Utilize a variety of series organization techniques, complete with downloadable worksheets and checklists.

  • Market your series effectively and increase your sales.

With insights from nearly 100 series authors and publishers, as well as Grow Your Series Muscles" exercises, Writing the Fiction Series is the only book you'll need to write a series that sizzles.

Would you like to submit a reader review of WRITING THE FICTION SERIES?
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The Stuff Series Are Made Of

”The Stuff Series Are Made Of”
by Karen S. Wiesner
in the The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Sell Your Work, 3rd Edition

Writing Reference/Nonfiction Article Re-print
ISBN: 978-1440348396 (trade paperback)
Available now from the publisher; available for pre-order from distributors
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Get advice from the best in the business on every part of the novel writing and publishing process! A collection of Writer's Digest Books’ best content on novel writing. In The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, you'll learn from the invaluable advice of established writers. Discover new ways to generate ideas, implement intriguing techniques, and find the inspiration you need to finish your work. This fully-revised edition includes a revamped marketing section that covers the unique challenges of today's publishing market and the boundless opportunities of online promotion. The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing is your one-stop resource for everything you need to know about the craft and business of creating a bestseller.

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2016 Novel & Short Story Market

”The Ins and Outs of Outlines”
by Jennifer Foster
Featuring Karen S. Wiesner
in the 2016 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781599639383 (trade paperback)
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THE BEST RESOURCE FOR GETTING YOUR FICTION PUBLISHED

Novel & Short Story Writer's Market 2016 is the only resource you need to get your short stories, novellas, and novels published. As with past editions, Novel & Short Story Writer's Market offers hundreds of listings for book publishers, literary agents, fiction publications, contests, and more. Each listing includes contact information, submission guidelines, and other essential tips.

This edition includes articles and interviews on all aspects of the writing life:

  • Learn how to unlock character motivations to drive your story forward.

  • Imbue your fiction with a distinct, memorable voice.

  • Revise and polish your novels and short stories for successful submission.

  • Gain insight from best-selling authors Chris Bohjalian, John Sandford, Lisa Scottoline, and more.

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First Draft in 30 Days FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 1582972966 (trade paperback);
9781582977089 (PDF download)
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where you'll find bonus supplementals to the book!

Finish an outline so complete it reads like a first draft--in just 30 days!

Say goodbye to writing and rewriting with no results. Starting--and finishing--your novel has never been easier!

FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS provides you with a sure-fire system to reduce time-intensive rewrites and avoid writing detours. Award-winning author Karen S. Wiesner's 30-day method shows you how to create an outline so detailed and complete that it actually doubles as your first draft. Flexible and customizable, this revolutionary system can be modified to fit any writer's approach and style. Plus, comprehensive and interactive worksheets make the process seem less like work and more like a game. This invaluable resource also includes:

  • Itemized and flexible schedules to keep you focused each and every day

  • Dozens of detailed worksheets to guide you through the outlining process

  • Completed sample worksheets inspired by best-selling novels

  • Tips for outlining projects already in development

  • Brainstorming techniques to keep you motivated

  • Goal sheets for getting--and keeping--your career on track

Many aspiring and experienced novelists toss out hundreds of pages (and waste valuable time) before they have a workable first draft of a novel. You don't have to fall into this category anymore. With FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, you'll have the tools you need to write your masterpiece!

FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
Extras:
Worksheet 1: Character Sketch
PDF Version
Microsoft Word Version
Worksheet 15: Story Evolution
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Microsoft Word Version
Worksheet 16: Formatted Outline Capsule
PDF Version
Microsoft Word Version
View or download five outlining worksheets from FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS

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Cohesive Story Building

COHESIVE STORY BUILDING
(formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})

by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-922233-64-6 (electronic);
978-1-925191-12-7 (paperback)

Note: The Writer’s Digest Books edition is out of print. This title has been revised, updated, expanded, and reissued in trade paperback and electronic formats by Writers Exchange E-Publishing under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. An optional, bonus worksheet booklet is also available!

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Worksheets, Checklists, and Exercises from COHESIVE STORY BUILDING:
978-1523221721 (paperback)
Also available in ebook format

One of the questions I was asked most when the first edition of this book was published by Writer's Digest Books was whether the worksheets, checklists, and exercises were available in a usable format. With this second edition, my new publisher and I are offering a download of all of these that are in a usable format, namely Rich Text Format (RTF), which allows for cross-platform document exchange and which most word processors are able to read or write to. In other words, the file allows you to type right into the document and use it over and over as needed! Additionally, for those who prefer a printed version, a paperback booklet is also available.

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Without layering, a story is one-dimensional, unbelievable, boring. Layers mean stronger characters, settings, plots, suspense, intrigue, emotions and motivation. Layering also produces cohesion of all elements. Characters must blend naturally with the setting the writer has placed them, just as plot becomes an organic part of character and setting. If a story doesn’t work, it could very well be because the elements aren’t cohesive. COHESIVE STORY BUILDING shows how each element hinges on the other two and how to mix them until they fuse irrevocably. Additionally, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING carefully explores each of stage of story development from brainstorming and outlining to drafting and revision. From a thorough look at the fundamentals of writing to comprehensive story building techniques, as well as submission guidelines and etiquette, this must-have guide will see writers through the entire novel writing process from start to finish.

Set within the framework of comparing the process of building a house to the process of building a story, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING gives a solid plan of action from start to finish through in-depth examples and exercises, and leave-no-stone-unturned checklists that will help writers take the plan into their own writing. Features detailed examples from published novels to illustrate story-building principles.

Many who have read Karen Wiesner’s reference FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, which focuses on in-depth outlining and goal-setting, will find COHESIVE STORY BUILDING a perfect companion to that book.

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COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (formerly titled FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building})
Extras:
View or download The Cohesion Test worksheet
View or download an example of a Story Plan Checklist filled out with DEAD DROP, Book 4 of the Incognito Series by Karen Wiesner
View or download an example of a synopsis created using a Story Plan Checklist (DEAD DROP, Book 4 of the Incognito Series by Karen Wiesner)

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The Stuff Series Are Made Of

”The Stuff Series Are Made Of”
by Karen S. Wiesner
in the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market

Writing Reference/Nonfiction Article Re-print
ISBN: 9781599638416 (trade paperback)
Published by WritersDigestShop.com

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Be an active part of the fiction writing community and get published with the best resource for the business of writing. Writing alone is hard work that takes patience and dedication. Don't worry about where to send your manuscript. Use this guide to find hundreds of publishers, literary agents, and contest waiting to hear from you.

Check out dozens of articles on how award winning authors published their first work, how to market your work, how to build a loyal fan base, and much more! Take the guessing work out of your publishing contacts and send your manuscript to the right people. With the purchase of this book you will also receive access to an exclusive Writer's Digest webinar.

You'll love 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market if:

  • You need help turning your writing into a published success.

  • You want to hear stories of how other authors advanced their careers.

  • You are ready to launch your writing career.

  • You want to learn about professional writer's events and contests.

  • You want the most up-to-date information on novel and short story publishers available.

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Series Writing

”Series Writing”
by Karen S. Wiesner
in the 2015 Guide to Literary Agents

Writing Reference/Nonfiction Article Re-print
ISBN: 9781599638430 (trade paperback)
Published by WritersDigestShop.com

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The best resource available for finding a literary agent!

No matter your genre of writing, you need a literary agent to secure a book deal. The writing industry can be tough to break through, but with 2015 Guide to Literary Agents, you'll be able to find someone to represent you and help you land a book deal. We created this guide to literary agents to help you learn how to find an agent who is right for you!

The 2015 Guide to Literary Agents includes guides to writing a winning query letter, a list of agents and the genres they represent, and exclusive interviews with authors on how they found an agent. Also, get access to an exclusive OnDemand webinar from Writer's Digest and access to an online agent database! This book contains thousands of agents out there who are actively seeking clients for writers of a variety of genres. Order this book for complete, detailed listings that will help you land a book deal. Each listing is complete with contact and submission information including the types of materials being sought after! Inside your 2015 Guide to Literary Agents, you'll find a link to a free webinar! Guide to Literary Agents editor Chuck Sambuchino provides all the information you need to know on how to get a literary agent in the 90-minute webinar, "Securing a Literary Agent." Listeners will learn how to compose a query letter, what makes up a compelling pitch, synopsis writing tips, how to research/find agents, and much more. You'll love 2015 Guide to Literary Agents if:

  • You are a writer who needs an agent that is right for you.

  • You want to hear stories of how other authors found an agent.

  • You are ready to launch your writing career.

  • You want to learn about professional writer's events.

  • You want the most up-to-date information on literary agents available.

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The Power of Promotional Groups

THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS

Reissued Edition
by Karen S. Wiesner

Writing Reference/Nonfiction
ISBN: 978-1-300-33432-3 (trade paperback)
Available now from Lulu

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Paperback from Lulu (40% discount!)
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Most authors--regardless of whom they're published with and how long they've been published--often use a loose-cannon approach to promotion. They fire at anything that appears in their marketing scope. They live for the moment promotionally-speaking because the moment is a lot cheaper than worrying about the long haul. Successful authors, however, have two things in common: Their marketing is focused and long term, and they've developed an irresistible lure. So how do authors get their books into the hands of readers all year round without breaking the bank?

THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS teaches authors how to jumpstart their careers by advertising in long-term, affordable ways within the safety and strength of a promotional group. These authors accomplish together what few can do alone by sharing the cost of promotion and market their releases individually and as a group.

The book makes full use of the most valuable promotional resource available to all authors--the internet. With 130 writing organizations listed where authors can find other like-minded published authors and nearly 700 links to Web sites to find marketing opportunities, dozens of unique ideas are explored. The innovative plans for group and individual promotion included in THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS are both flexible and affordable for nearly any budget. Promotional groups offer authors the means to gain focused, irresistible promotion--indefinitely!

Visit Karen's award-winning promotional group, Jewels of the Quill.

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Miscellaneous Nonfiction

Complete Handbook of Novel Writing, 3rd Edition My article "The Stuff Series Are Made Of" is included in Writer’s Digest Books’ The Complete Handbook of Novel Writing: Everything You Need to Know to Create and Sell Your Work, 3rd Edition. Find out more here.

Launch Your NaNoWriMo Novel Launch Your NaNoWriMo Novel Value Pack includes my book FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, the tutorial "First Draft Outline", as well as a lot of other great resources. You can purchase it at a 77% discount here: Launch Your NaNoWriMo Novel Value Pack at Writer's Digest Shop

The Writer's Digest Books version of FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} is out of print. The book has been reissued by Writers Exchange E-Publishing in print and electronic formats under the original title, COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. An optional, bonus worksheet booklet is also available! Find out more here.

30 Days to a Finished Novel Kit My article "Preparing a Novel Query and Submission Package" (an excerpt from FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}) is included in 2010 Writer's Digest Write Your Novel in 30 Days and is now part of Writer’s Digest Book’s The Novel Writer's Tool Kit. Purchase the kit here: The Novel Writer's Tool Kit.

30 Days to a Finished Novel Kit My book and the tutorial based on FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS are included in Writer’s Digest Book’s 30 Days to a Finished Novel bundle. Purchase the kit here: 30 Days to a Finished Novel Kit.

Turn Your Book Into a Successful Series My book and the tutorial based on WRITING THE FICTION SERIES are included in Writer’s Digest Book’s Turn Your Book Into a Successful Series bundle. Purchase the kit here: Turn Your Book Into a Successful Series.

Novel & Short Story Market 2016 I'm featured in Jennifer Foster’s article "The Ins and Outs of Outlines" included in Writer’s Digest Books’ Novel & Short Story Market 2016, available now.

Writing a Book in 30 Days Writing a Book in 30 Days: A 60-Minute Masterclass (60-Minute Masterclasses 5)
This is an edited extract of FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS (Writer's Digest Books) by Karen Wiesner. Find out more here: http://www.amazon.com/Writing-Book-Days-Masterclass-Masterclasses-ebook/dp/B009TH5U96/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=Karen%20Wiesner&linkCode=ur2&qid=1403376638&sr=8-1&tag=theworldofawa-20&linkId=BOZYOSVBQKVJBYEC.

How to write a book in 30 days How to Write a Book in 30 Days (Guardian Shorts): This is an edited extract of FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS (Writer's Digest Books) by Karen Wiesner. Find out more here: http://www.amazon.com/Write-Book-Guardian-Shorts-ebook/dp/B009TH5U96/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&keywords=How%20to%20Write%20a%20Book%20in%2030%20Days%20(Guardian%20Shorts)&linkCode=ur2&qid=1355944410&s=digital-text&sr=1-1&tag=theworldofawa-20 and here http://www.theguardian.com/how-to-write/sign-in.

Writer’s Workbook Available now, Karen’s article “A Series of Fortunate Events” (an expanded version of “The Stuff Series Are Made Of”) has been published in a special edition of Writer’s Digest Yearbook Presents titled “Writer’s Workbook”. Purchase a download or print copy now: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fwriters-workbook-fall-2013-group&lcpt=0&lcpf=3.

Take Control of Your Career On sale now, my article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” is published in a special edition of Writer’s Digest Magazine titled “Take Control of Your Career”: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http://www.writersdigest.com/sept-13. Click here for a download: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fwriters-digest-sep-2013-pdf%3Flid%3Dwdjsonlineexclusive070913&lcpt=0&lcpf=3; here for print: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fwriters-digest-sep-2013&lcpt=0&lcpf=3. Visit http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http://www.writersdigest.com/online-exclusives/sept-13/5-build-your-series-muscles-exercises for five "build your series muscles" exercises to help you see Karen's series techniques in action.

Read Karen's article "Your Novel Blueprint” which is an excerpt from FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} in the Summer 2012 Writer’s Digest Yearbook presents Novel Writing magazine:
http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fnovel-writing-wdsm12&lcpt=0&lcpf=3 (print)
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Read Karen's article "Using Your Outline to Write a First Draft", which is an excerpt from FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS in the January 2011 issue of Writer's Digest Magazine:
http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fprint-issue-writers-digest-january-2011&lcpt=0&lcpf=3 (print)
http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fdigital-issue-writers-digest-january-2011&lcpt=0&lcpf=3 (PDF download)

Read Karen's article "Preparing a Novel Query and Submission Package", which is an excerpt from FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} in Writer's Digest Magazine presents Write Your Novel in 30 Days:
http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fwrite-your-novel-in-30-days-digital-issue&lcpt=0&lcpf=3 (PDF download)

Read Karen's article "Your Novel Blueprint", which is an excerpt from FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} in the February 2009 issue of Writer's Digest Magazine:
http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fdigital-issue-writers-digest-february-2009&lcpt=0&lcpf=3 (PDF download)

Karen’s article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” has been reprinted on the Writing-World.com website as well as in the Writing World Newsletter.

Karen’s article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” has been reprinted as a chapter in 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market in print and electronic formats. Available now!

Karen’s article “Series Writing” has been reprinted as a chapter in 2015 Guide to Literary Agents in print and electronic formats. Available now!

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About the Author

Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

Karen Wiesner is an accomplished author with 121 titles published in the past 19 years, which have been nominated/won 134 awards, and has 44 more releases contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, fantasy, science fiction, gothic, inspirational/Christian, thriller, horror and action/adventure. Her fiction releases have won or been nominated for RT Book Reviews Reviewer's Choice Award, the Dream Realm Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, eCataromance Reviewer's Choice Award, The Romance Studio's CAPA Award and Sweetheart Award, FTHRW's The Lories Award, the FCRW Published Beacon Contest, the Frankfurt Award, many L-Edit Slip contest awards, and multiple EPIC Awards. For more information about Karen’s fiction and series, consult her official companion guide THE WORLD OF AUTHOR KAREN WIESNER: A COMPENDIUM OF FICTION.

Karen is also the multi-award-winning author of poetry, children's books, and writing reference titles such as her bestseller, FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS, available now from Writer's Digest Books. Karen's second release from Writer's Digest Books was FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, out of print. It’s been reissued in paperback and electronic formats under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. Karen’s third release with Writer’s Digest Books was WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas available now in trade paperback. Her newest writing reference is BRING YOUR FICTION TO LIFE: Crafting Three-Dimensional Stories with Depth and Complexity from WDB, available now for order. For more information, visit Karen's nonfiction page. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. The group disbanded in 2014. THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS is available now.

Karen also runs a blurb service for authors. She's crafted back cover blurbs for all of her own books and series as well as those for the stories in several award-winning anthologies, and evaluated, revised and crafted series and back cover blurbs for the entire backlist of hundreds of books in one publisher's catalog. Visit Karen's Blurb Service for more details and to access a massive sampling of blurbs Karen's written in nearly every category of fiction, nonfiction and everything in-between. Additionally, you can find information about signing up for Karen's blurb workshop.

Interested in what Karen is working on? Click here for Karen's WIP, along with information on new and/or unsold projects.

Find out more about Karen by visiting her website at http://www.karenwiesner.com. View editions of current and past issues of Karen Wiesner's newsletter, Karen's Quill, here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/KQnewsletter.html and subscribe by typing your e-mail address in the subscription box below:

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