For the 200+ authors that used it, NSD provided a much-needed service. Finding newsletter swaps always feels, for me at least, like a sh*tty scavenger hunt. I search about 8-10 facebook groups, and at least three different websites and then wait for responses, and check back daily. Ugh... what a slog. Thankfully, Mailerlite is now back in the game and stronger than ever. So now, it's coming back -- for me as much as for anyone else. And the even better news is, it gave me an opportunity to recreate and streamline the service a bit. Here's how it will work this time around...
Every author’s journey begins with the launch of a book. Understanding the economics of a book launch, then planning and budgeting a successful launch is a skill set that will support your entire indie publishing career and provide confidence in the numbers behind your business. Before you worry about setting up a business, taxes or... Continue Reading →
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Announcing a new member of the AotA team, Joe Solari! Also, check out our flash fiction contest, and get the latest news about Art of the Arcane, including our first-ever publication for authors!
From outline to first draft, the master of Kung Fu and Friendship breaks it all down with his method for writing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixL6lWDADdk Blocking Out Character Arcs This is so important we’re going to have it in big bold letters. The person who goes through the most change from the beginning to the end of... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXfunT0F2QY Tech Talks See what I did there again? Yeah, you saw it. So clever. Let’s get into context clues buried within technobabble so we can talk future stuff and not lose our audience. First, let’s take this snippet of dialogue from Star Trek, they love this stuff. Let’s see how they did it:... Continue Reading →
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqZOF4WjbT8 Plotting Time Travel The key to plotting satisfying time travel stories is to make sure you keep them grounded in satisfying story arcs. For all its complication, Interstellar is a story of one father’s love for his daughter. Groundhog Day is about making the most of a day, and finding what’s important. Back to... Continue Reading →
We don't want James Bond foiling bank robberies, and saving the world seems to be above John McClain's pay grade. So let's talk about framing your world correctly for the hero you create! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfTsF9ruU6E
Trying something new here, we're going to look at the rules we've covered in past videos and how breaking them is leaving a sour taste in everyone's mouth. There are MAJOR SPOILERS in this video. I strongly recommend you see the movie before ever watching this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDrVcF660tY