The Top Three Story Pitch Mistakes
If you’ve read Fix My Story for very long, you probably know that I’m big on story pitches. I call them by their Hollywood name of loglines. I’ve even written a book or two about how to make your story pitch amazing. It’s a passion of mine to make sure every storyteller who comes into my sphere of influence knows how to write a great story pitch.
Today, I want to go back to basics on story pitching. To do that, let’s look at the top three mistakes I see most often in story pitches.
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Kindle Keyword Strategy For Fiction Authors
A lot of people have had great success getting their books discovered on amazon thanks to selecting the right Kindle Keyword.
However, I’ve had a couple of authors tell me that the Amazon keyword strategy “doesn’t help fiction authors, only those in non-fiction.”
Well, using keywords for amazon books aren’t just a non-fiction tactic and can be incredible for fiction authors as well…it just takes a different approach is all.
Don’t believe me?
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Save That Cat! The Easy Secret To Introducing A Hero
How do you go about introducing a protagonist, let alone introducing a hero? First impressions are even more long-lasting in fiction than in real life, and your reader’s first experience with your protagonist is likely to define how they understand everything that comes after. That means it’s important to give a clear impression, guaranteeing you’re on the same page as your reader for what follows.
There are a lot of ways to go when this is your goal, but in this article I’ll be focusing on a ‘save the cat’ introduction, and why it might be a great fit for your hero. I should note here that I’m not referencing Blake Snyder’s book of the same name, itself a reference to this device. That’s what I’m not talking about, anyway, so what do I mean by ‘save the cat’?
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Scrivener for iOS Means You Can Write Your Zombie Novel Anywhere
EVERY NOVEMBER FOR the last 17 years, thousands of people have participated in National Novel Writing Month, which is more commonly and less pronounceably known as NaNoWriMo. In 2015, 431,626 people signed up to try and write 50,000 words in a single month. One guy apparently wrote more than a million.
NaNoWriMo has been very good to Keith Blount. Blount is the creator and primary developer of Scrivener, an app made specifically for writers wrangling huge word counts. Scrivener’s first public launch came via the NaNoWriMo forums in 2005, and now Blount and his company, Literature and Latte, sponsor a camp for aspiring novelists every year. A huge group of writers, at all levels of acclaim and wealth and prolificness, rely on Scrivener to do their work on Macs and PCs. And today, after years of development and even more years of user requests, Scrivener’s also available for the iPhone and iPad.
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