13 Week Rewrite: Week Eleven – Reality

This week, you’re rewriting through approximately one-third of your Third Act. Many things are happening to your heroine at once by this point in the story. As a result of her surrender, she’s re-framed her relationship to the meaning she

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Ten – Surrender

This week, you’ll rewrite up to the end of Act Two, where your hero surrenders the possibility of ever achieving his goal. Through this surrender, he experiences a death of his old identity and reframes his relationship to his goal.

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Nine – Suffering

This week, you’ll rewrite up to the point where your protagonist suffers. Certainly your hero struggles in a variety of ways throughout the story, but what makes this moment of suffering unique is that her suffering is due to an

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Brain To Books Cyber Convention and Book Exposition

There are rumblings deep under the mountain, and those who live close by swear that they have seen fire and smoke in the distance. Ever since the town was established, local bards have told tales of a great monster that

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Guest author: Michael Dellert – What is the Title of My Book?

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
I was recently asked where the title for my new book, The Wedding of Eithne, came from, and what it meant to me. I only had about 100 words to answer that…

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Eight – Act Two, the Sequel

At this point in your story, the stakes are rising. The story may be turning in a new direction and the challenge in the rewrite is to allow this to happen. You may not have seen the most dynamic possibilities

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Fantasy Art, Book Cover Design, and the Indie Author

In past posts, I’ve spoken on the subject of what many people don’t appreciate about good book cover design. This subject has been a learning curve for me as an indie publisher, despite a publishing career handling the coding end

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The Wedding of Eithne Goodreads Ask the Author Event!

Come Join The Wedding of Eithne Goodreads Ask the Author Event! On 11 March, 2017, we’ll be hosting a live Q&A on Goodreads with author Michael E. Dellert! Michael’s well-versed in both the indie and traditional publishing worlds and has

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13 Week Rewrite: Week Seven – Temptation

This week, you’re rewriting up to the midpoint of your story. At this point, your protagonist experiences a temptation to retreat back to the familiar rather than going forward into the unknown. This temptation is a crucial stage in the

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Surprises of Success: Heidi Angell and The Hunted Book Launch

One of the surprising joys of blogging for me is the opportunity to work with other indie authors, to learn more about their work, and to spread the word about their successes on these crazy Adventures in Indie Publishing. This

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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