Nonfiction Writing Reference by Award-winning Author Karen S. Wiesner

Award-winning Author of Nonfiction Karen S.

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WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas
“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 WORLD OF AUTHOR KAREN WIESNER: A COMPENDIUM OF FICTION
From One Author to Another Monthly Column
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 POWER OF PROMOTIONAL GROUPS
Miscellaneous Nonfiction
Reviews for Karen’s Writing Reference Titles
Q&A with Karen
About the Author
Author Appearances
Website Map

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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 Your Novel Karen’s book FIRST DRAFT IN 30 DAYS is included in the new Writer’s Digest Book 30 Days to Your Novel premium collection kit. Purchase the kit here: 30 Days To Your Novel.

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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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:

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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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:

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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:

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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:

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
PDF Version
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 (ebook); coming soon (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 original title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. The paperback will be available shortly. An optional, bonus worksheet booklet is also available!

Download from Writers Exchange E-Publishing

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Bonus! Worksheets, Checklists, and Exercises from COHESIVE STORY BUILDING:
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 will also available.

Download available for only $1.99 from
Writers Exchange E-Publishing
Print version coming soon

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.

Would you like to submit a reader review of COHESIVE STORY BUILDING?
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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
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

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 and here http://guardianshorts.co.uk/writing-book-30-days-60-minute-masterclasses-karen-wiesner/.

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.

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:
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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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About the Author

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 128 awards, and has 40 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, 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}, now out of print. It’ll be reissued soon in paperback and electronic formats under the title COHESIVE STORY BUILDING. Karen’s third release with Writer’s Digest Books is WRITING THE FICTION SERIES: The Guide for Novels and Novellas available now in trade paperback. 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.

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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