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Summary: Being An Indie Author Can’t Be That Hard, Right? So you want to be an indie author. Or maybe you're scared to do it all yourself and are looking for a publisher, but want to know more about the nuts and bolts of the book business. Either way, this book is for you. Scott is a thirty-year small press veteran who shares his knowledge—from the snarky to the sublime—and answers your questions: What should you consider before you start to write? What about when you get stuck? And what can you do when you start doubting yourself? This book is filled with practical advice, candid explanations, and emotional support for any writer navigating today's complicated publishing business, helping you to stay sane and define for yourself what being a “successful writer” means. In your career, you’ll have highs and lows. It’s important to put all the highs in a bottle and save them. And when the publishing world gets you down, pull it out and suck a little happy juice. “If I ever go off course, I will refer back to this guide to keep me going. The book's strength lies in its ability to demystify the writing and publishing process, making it a trustworthy companion for writers facing challenges. 5 Stars.” -Jaqueline Neves, Readers’ Favorite "Suck a Little Happy Juice is the kind of advice title one wishes every aspiring writer had in hand. Whether it's addressing getting ready to write or giving concrete examples contrasting tepid writing with captivating alternative approaches and revisions, Coatsworth sets aside ethereal advice in favor of the concrete examples writers need in order to prove more effective and hone their skills.. If libraries and readers were to select just a few titles on the subject of becoming an author, Suck a Little Happy Juice should be at the top of the list." --Midwest Book Review

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Suck a Little Happy Juice - J. Scott Coatsworth
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Summary: Are you a fantasy author who wants to create more vivid worlds or give them greater depth?  If so, this is the book you have been waiting for.  Subjects covered include: - How to create complex characters and an epic cast - Detailed lists of intelligent fantasy beings from myths and the world of fantasy, including celestial and paranormal species - How to create a celestial world and an underworld - Planning a novel - Ideas for plots, sub-plots, plot twists and book themes - Twenty-seven individual sub-sections on creating every aspect of a fantasy culture, from its history and jobs to its level of technology - Another five sub-sections on creating a planet, from geography to different realms to the effects of the sun(s) and moon(s) on the planet - Seven sub-sections about every aspect of creating a magic system - A list of fantasy creatures and how to create your own - Find inspiration and add an extra layer to your writing by using real myths, legends, folktales, historical events and stories of the paranormal - Eighteen detailed sub-sections on fantasy subgenres - Ideas to help you market your books - Twelve templates that you can use again and again every time you begin a new fantasy novel or series, that let you take the ideas in the book and turn them into something unique of your own In addition to all this, the paperback version of “Writing Fantasy” also contains over 100 illustrations to give you extra information and even more ideas. This is the perfect book for writers of fantasy.  Get your copy now so that you can take your writing to a whole new level.

Writing Fantasy - C.J. Solomon
Writing Fantasy (The Ultimate Guide and Complete Reference Book)
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Summary: So you want to write a fantasy novel? A trilogy? A series to rival the Wheel of Time books? Or maybe you’re into gaming and you want to put together the magical elements in a fresh, powerful way that will keep your players guessing? It’s all here. Who, what, and where. How much, how many, how often. While this ebook focuses on creating magic systems, it will also help you understand many of the elements that go into strong worldbuilding. A good foundation in your fictional world will open the doorways of inspiration to more and more plot twists, mythical creatures, cliffhangers and fabulous treasure!

The Writer's Spellbook - Lillian Csernica
The Writer's Spellbook
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