Monday, July 24, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: July 24-29

It's the FINAL WEEK of the Editing Round for ShoreIndie 2017! This week we're making our final push toward getting the Round 1 winners' manuscripts copy-edit ready and preparing our materials for the Judging Round. This is also our final week of Editing Round events, and we have for you two workshops, one AskAuthor chat, and four giveaways. Scroll down for details and to enter this week's giveaways.

All events are open to all writers everywhere. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Wednesday, July 26 - AskAuthor chat at 6pm ET
Join  author Laura Hughes and ShoreIndie editor Sione Aeschliman on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Laura's experience as an indie author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

Monday, July 17, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: July 17-23

Only 2 weeks left in the Editing Round. O_o How time flies! This week's events include a workshop, an AskAuthor chat, and four giveaways. Scroll down for details and to enter this week's giveaways.

All events are open to all writers everywhere. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Tuesday, July 18 - AskAuthor Chat at 7pm ET
Join YA author Kellie Sheridan and ShoreIndie editor Sione Aeschliman on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Kellie's experience as an indie author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

Kellie Sheridan is a Canadian based author of YA books ranging from the zombie apocalypse to contemporary romance—while also "secretly" writing books for adults under various pen names. She has been self-publishing her work since early 2013 while also working with authors through small publishing houses or offering author services to the indie community.

When not directly surrounding herself with books, Kellie can be found on the YA WordNerds YouTube channel, talking about books. Her favorite authors include Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop and Rachel Vincent.

Connect with Kellie: Website   Twitter   Facebook   Instagram

Editor's Note: Not only is Kellie is the author of several books, including two nonfiction books for writers, and anthologized stories, she is a co-founder of Patchwork Press, the NetGalley Co-Op, and Weapenry; a blogger and book vlogger; a book manager; and a proud ShoreIndie sponsor. Her latest book, Two's Company (April 2017) is the second book in the Four of a Kind series.

Kellie has also generously agreed to run a giveaway of a 2-ebook bundle of her nonfiction books for writers, Refilling Your Inkwell and Tips, Tools, & Tactics: For Getting Your Book Reviewed. See the Giveaways section below to enter!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: July 10-16

It's Week 5 of the Editing Round already! This week's events for emerging indie authors include two workshops, an AskAuthor chat, and five giveaways. Scroll down for details and to enter today's giveaway.

Note: All events are open to all writers everywhere. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Monday, July 10 - 24-hr Giveaway
Supercharge Your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson*
This giveaway is open from midnight to 11:59pm ET on July 10th.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: July 3-9

It's Week 4 of the Editing Round. This week's events for emerging indie authors include two AskAuthor chats and six giveaways! Scroll down for details and to enter today's giveaway.

Note: All events are open to all writers everywhere. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Monday, July 3 - 24-hr. Giveaway
How to Market a Book (3rd ed., ebook) by Joanna Penn*
This giveaway is open from midnight to 11:59pm ET on July 3rd.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Your Novel's Structure

by Sione Aeschliman

What is structure?
When we talk about the structure of a novel, we're describing the order of the major plot points, the work that needs to be done by the major plot points and between those plot points, and the timing of the major plot points, with the goals of ensuring that the story 1) hooks the reader, 2) sets up accurate expectations in the first fifty pages about what the story's about, 3) maintains forward momentum, and 4) delivers an appropriately intense emotional payoff.

My approach to narrative structure is influenced primarily by the three-act structure as explained to me by my friend Diane Gilman, who wrote screenplays for many years, and by Viki King's description of the nine plot points in her book How to Write a Movie in 21 Days. Influenced being the operative word; what I offer here is not a simple mash-up of those two approaches but rather my own interpretation of them with modifications to fit commercial and upmarket fiction for today's readers.

Act I: The Beginning
This is The Beginning of your story, starting on on Page 1. It introduces the novel's setting, tone, characters, and theme(s) and includes two inciting incidents: the one that happens within the first five or six pages, and the one that heralds the end of Act I, around page 50.

Yes, that's right: Act I is only 50 pages long, if that. Here's a post that discusses Act I in detail.

This week in ShoreIndie: June 26-July 2

It's Week 3 of the Editing Round. This week's events, targeted at emerging indie authors, include two AskAuthor chats and five giveaways! Scroll down for details and to enter today's giveaway.

Please note: Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. While the majority of our giveaways are open to the entire ShoreIndie community, one of this week's giveaways is only open to authors who submitted to the contest. All other events are open to all writers everywhere. Contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Monday, June 26 - AskAuthor Chat at 6pm ET
Join science fiction and fantasy author Ruthanne Reid and ShoreIndie editor Jeni Chappelle on Twitter's #AskAuthor hashtag for a conversation about Ruthanne's experience as an indie author. All are welcome to join the conversation and ask questions!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

This week in ShoreIndie: June 19-25

It's Week 2 of the Editing Round, and we have another full week of events planned, including two AskAuthor chats, a live writing tips broadcast, a writing workshop, and five giveaways! See below for details, and don't hesitate to contact us on Twitter @ShoreIndie with questions.

Please note: While the majority of our giveaways are open to the entire ShoreIndie community, some of this week's giveaways are only open to authors who submitted to the contest. Giveaway winners will be announced on Twitter the day after the giveaway ends. All other events are open to all writers everywhere.

Monday, June 19 - 24-hr Giveaway
Supercharge Your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson
This giveaway is open to the entire ShoreIndie community from midnight to 11:59pm ET on June 19th.

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Tuesday, June 20 - AskAuthor chat and Live Writing Tips Broadcast