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Karen’s article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” will be reprinted as a chapter in 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market August 2014 in print and electronic formats from WritersDigestShop.com.

FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building} is out of print and will be reissued (titled COHESIVE STORY BUILDING) soon. Find out more here.

new My third release from Writer’s Digest Books is now available! Find out more here: WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas.

new Writer’s Workbook Available now, my 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.

new Available now: COHESIVE STORY BUILDING tutorial [based on my writing reference title FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL (first edition) and COHESIVE STORY BUILDING (second edition)] by Karen Wiesner has been released from Writer’s Digest Tutorials. View a preview and purchase the tutorial: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=https%3A%2F%2Ftutorials.writersdigest.com%2Fp-446-cohesive-story-building.aspx%3Futm_source%3DWDTPromo%26utm_medium%3DNL%26utm_campaign%3Dwdtsjnl083013-cohesivestorybuild&lcpt=0&lcpf=3.

new Available now: FIRST DRAFT OUTLINE tutorial (based on my writing reference title FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS) by Karen Wiesner has been released from Writer’s Digest Tutorials. View a preview and purchase the tutorial: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftutorials.writersdigest.com%2Fp-445-first-draft-outline.aspx%3Futm_source%3DWDTPromo%26utm_medium%3DNL%26utm_campaign%3Dwdtsjnl083013-firstdraftoutline-edito&lcpt=0&lcpf=3.

new I was the Writer’s Digest Instructor of the Month. With this premium collection, featuring three books and a video tutorial from Karen S. Wiesner, you'll get the help you need to finish everything from your first draft to your fiction series. Karen takes you through creating an outline that's complete, taking that outline from a first draft to a novel, and turning that novel into an entire series. Limited quantities available, pick up this collection before it's gone! http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftutorials.writersdigest.com%2Fp-445-first-draft-outline.aspx%3Futm_source%3DWDTPromo%26utm_medium%3DNL%26utm_campaign%3Dwdtsjnl083013-firstdraftoutline-edito&lcpt=0&lcpf=3&lcfp=1&url=http%3A%2F%2FWritersDigestShop.com%2Finstructor-of-the-month-karen-wiesner-t0576%3Fmr%3AtrackingCode%3DF34AACAC-FA04-E311-A544-001B21A69EB0%26mr%3AreferralID%3DNA.

Available now: WRITING THE FICTION SERIES tutorial by Karen Wiesner has been released from Writer’s Digest Tutorials. Find out more about membership here: $15 Off TUTORIALS Course. View a preview and purchase the tutorial: http://www.linkconnector.com/traffic_affiliate.php?lc=108048039277004631&lcpt=0&lcpf=3&lcfp=1&url=http%3A%2F%2FWritersDigestShop.com%2Fwriting-the-fiction-series-u8539%3Fmr%3AtrackingCode%3D57F3093E-30D8-E211-A544-001B21A69EB0%26mr%3AreferralID%3DNA.

2013 Writer’s Digest Yearbook presents Novel Writing On sale now on newsstands, my article “From Outline to First Draft” has been published in the 2013 Writer’s Digest Yearbook presents Novel Writing edition of Writer’s Digest Magazine: http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.writersdigestshop.com%2Fwriters-digest-yearbook-novel-writing-group%3Flid%3Dwdjstw072613&lcpt=0&lcpf=3. This is based on an excerpt from FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building}.

Take Control of Your Career On sale now on newsstands, my article “The Stuff Series Are Made Of” will be published in a special edition of Writer’s Digest Magazine titled “Take Control of Your Career” (September 2013): http://www.linkconnector.com/ta.php?lc=108048000012004631&url=http://www.writersdigest.com/sept-13. The issue is on sale now. 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 my series techniques in action.

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.guardian.co.uk/books/series/how-to-write-a-book-in-30-days?INTCMP=SRCH .

In January 2011, Karen began a regular monthly guest column, called “From One Author to Another” on Savvy and the column ran for a year. Topics were of interest to writers--published and pre-published--and varied each month. To check out all of the articles for Karen’s column here: http://www.savvyauthors.com/vb/content.php?737-from-one-writer-to-another-with-karen-wiesner.

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:
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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:
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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:
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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:
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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)
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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.

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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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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!

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FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS
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Worksheet 1: Character Sketch
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Worksheet 15: Story Evolution
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Worksheet 16: Formatted Outline Capsule
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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

Note: The Writer’s Digest Books edition is out of print (but may still be available in paperback from select distributors). This title will be revised, updated, and reissued in trade paperback and electronic formats soon by Writers Exchange E-Publishing under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING.

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 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 Power of Promotional Groups

THE POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS

Reissued Edition
by Karen S. Wiesner
Writing Reference/Nonfiction
Available now from http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/karenwiesner--40% discount!
ISBN: 978-1-300-33432-3 (trade paperback)

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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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About the Author

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Creating realistic, unforgettable characters one story at a time…

Karen is an accomplished author with 105 titles published in the past 16 years, which have been nominated/won 126 awards, and has 41 more contracted for spanning many genres and formats. Named a "leading romance writer" in The Writer Magazine, Karen’s books cover such genres as women’s fiction, romance, mystery/police procedural/cozy, suspense, paranormal, futuristic, gothic, inspirational, 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, the Frankfurt Award, many L-Edit Slip contest awards, and multiple EPIC Awards. Find out more about Karen's fiction here.

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. Karen's second release from Writer's Digest Books was FROM FIRST DRAFT TO FINISHED NOVEL {A Writer's Guide to Cohesive Story Building}, now out of print. It’ll be reissued soon in paperback and electronic formats under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. Her third release from Writer’s Digest Books is WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas available now in trade paperback. Her previous writing reference titles focused on non-subsidy, royalty-paying electronic publishing, author promotion, and setting up a promotional group like her own, the award-winning Jewels of the Quill, which she founded in 2003. Jewels of the Quill produced two award-winning group anthologies per year published by Whiskey Creek Press from 2005-2011, edited by Karen and others. 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's complete book list can be found here: http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/kswiesner/jewelsbooklists11.html.

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 websites at http://www.karenwiesner.com and http://www.JewelsoftheQuill.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. If you would like to receive Karen's free e-mail newsletter and become eligible for her monthly book giveaways, type your e-mail address in the subscription box below:

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