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Story Fix: Transform Your Novel from Broken to Brilliant

Announcing the release of the Kindle edition of my new writing book… two months before the official release date.


Nothing is ever precise about the “release date” of a new book.  It can end up in a bookstore two weeks before the prophesied “Official Release Date,” or because of the whims of booksellers, gather dust in a back room for weeks before they get around to putting it out on the shelves.

Same with the release of a Kindle edition versus a hard copy edition, which in my case, with my new writing book, “Story Fix: Transform Your Novel From Broken to Brilliant, “officially out” in October, but is actually available now — as in, you can get it on your Kindle right now — in its digital/ebook edition.

Many of you reading this site are here because of one or both of my previous writing books.  Some of you are new here, and have yet to give my writing books a shot.  Either way, this new book — which was named by the publisher (Writers Digest Books) in honor of, and to leverage, this website and its online brand — is already getting a bit of buzz… please go to and at least read the blurbs from names far more famous than mine who are talking it up. (The first two blurbs, from Robert Dugoni and Joe Moore, are embedded in the introductory copy just to the right of the image, the others are below the subhead “Editorial Reviews,” a bit further down the page.)

I’ll be posting more about this as the trade paperback edition release nears, but for now, just know that I wrote this book with the bold objective of creating a writing book unlike anything I’ve ever done, or anything anyone else has ever done.  It’s a book about you, the writer, as much as the manuscript that torments you, because at the end of the day it’s what we believe about storytelling and the ways in which our own process either serves us or compromises our goals that define the likelihood of our success.

If you think you’ve heard it all before, perhaps you have.  But I’m guessing you’ve never read about it in quite this way.  The book is billed as being about “revision,” but actually it’s a more literal effort to “fix” your story, which can and should happen before, during and after your first draft, as well as drafts that have come back to you as rejected or poorly reviewed by your peers.

The book might just be what you’re looking for to take your writing to the next level. 

Maybe even change your writing life entirely.  If you think that’s just me, executing the 101-level self-marketing we are constantly told is required… again, please go to and read those endorsements (blurbs), who say it much more clearly and enthusiastically than I dare attempt.

By the way, the Foreword was contributed by superstar writing guru Michael Hauge (Google him if that name is new to you), who taught the first writing workshop I ever attended, long before many of you were born.

That sort of full circle connection is only one of the reasons this new book is the one I was born to write, with everything that’s come before it — two bestselling writing books, six critically-acclaimed novels, over 800 blog posts here and over 1000 elsewhere, and a few dozen ebooks and ghostwritten projects — leading me toward the point of view and refreshingly unpredictable approach that the book describes in detail.

I’ll be posting Michael’s Foreword and a few sample chapters over the next couple of months, in case you’re not convinced.  But if you are – and I hope you’ve learned to trust my perspective on writing fiction that works — the book is available to you right now, as a Kindle edition.

If you’re not a Kindle person and prefer your writing books in hard copy so you can mark them up (or toss them at someone, you never know), the paperback is available for pre-order HERE, with the release date still slated for October.


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One From the Heart

Some of you may be aware that I’m now also blogging on The Kill Zone, which for me is like being asked to do a regular TED talk (a goal that remains in my sites, by the way).  Nine published thriller/mystery authors post daily (rotating the hot seat) on cross-genre writing topics.

Today is my turn (every other Monday), and the post is perhaps the most personally resonant I’ve written anywhere, while leading directly into the heart of what makes one writing career more successful than another.  Sometimes it goes back to your Square One/Day One starting point on this journey, which can take years to unwind and reboot if you get that wrong.

I’d like to share it with you.

Click HERE to access.

It might end up being a personal experience for you, as well.


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