Allow me to be completely honest and transparent here.
I’ve been looking for a way to notify my 4000 or so Storyfix friends when my new book, “Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing” finally launches.
So let me go straight at this:
Actually, the fabled “publication date” is a bit of a ballpark thing these days.
The Amazon listing for the book, which has been up for about six months, had listed today, February 24th, as the “Publication date.” But it’s been for sale there on a pre-order basis for about two months, and they began delivering on those pre-orders about two weeks ago.
As for the bookstores, they’re typically late to this party. Some may have the book now, but the ones I checked at dawn this morning – yeah, that’s how it goes on Launch Day – didn’t have it yet.
I encourage you to ask your bookseller to get with the program.
If you’ve been here for a while you’ve had your share of my previews and references and links about Story Engineering. A good number of you have already opted in, and for that I thank you.
By the way, the book has already visited the #1 spot on Amazon’s “Top 100 Bestsellers” within the fiction writing category (if there’s a book out there, it has a category;) for both the trade paperback and the Kindle versions. It’s bounced around the Top-15 for a few days now (it’s currently #2 on the Kindle list as I write this), but it’s a long road ahead and chances are I’ll be checking in there about every 90 seconds or so.
That’s how it goes from the writer side of this process. It’s what you’ll do, too, when your book reaches launch day.
Any writer who says she/he doesn’t check is lying. Any writer who says they don’t care is named Jonathan Franzen (inside joke, Google him and Oprah in the same line and you’ll get it).
So here we are. The book is out.
I hope you’ll pick one up. It’s the whole six core competencies enchilada, complete with extra spicy sauce and examples right off the bookshelf.
Dare I say, it’s the book you’ve been looking for to wrap your head around turning a story idea into a publishable manuscript. There are many other worthy and wonderful titles out there in this arena – including the work attributed to the names below — but you should know that Story Engineering offers a completely new paradigm and model on how to get it done.
We never get too much insight into things that are both hard and worthwhile.
For now, I’d like to offer you a few blurbs from some famous names. Terry Brooks, Christopher Vogler and Jim Frey kind of famous.
I told you I didn’t make this sh*t up.
I just broke it down, then re-interpreted, re-engineered and repackaged it in a way that’s never been done before.
“If you’ve been searching for an accessible, well-reasoned explanation of how the story building process works, look no further. Here is the roadmap you need to understand the craft of writing.” —Terry Brooks, author of more than twenty five bestselling novels including The Sword of Shannara
“Nobody on the planet teaches story structure better than Larry Brooks. Nobody.” — Randy Ingermanson, author of Writing Fiction for Dummies
“Story Engineering is a master class in novel writing. Reading it is like getting an MFA, without the pesky admissions process or student loans. This book will make you smarter about the craft. Period.” — Chelsea Cain, New York Times Bestselling author of Heartsick, Sweetheart, and Evil at Heart
“Larry Brooks’s Story Engineering is a brilliant instructional manual for fiction writers that covers what the author calls the `Six Competencies of Successful Storytelling.’ The author presents a storytelling model that keeps the writer focused on creating a dynamic living and breathing story from concept to the `beat sheet’ plan, through story structure and writings scenes. It’s a wonderful guide for the beginner and a great refresher for the pro. I guarantee this book will give you new ways to fire up your creativity.” — Jim Frey, author of How to Write a Damn Good Novel
“A useful guide explaining how to transfer screenwriting techniques to the craft of novel-writing. Good for screenwriters, too, summarizing the essence of entertaining commercial storytelling with great clarity.” — Christopher Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers
“Larry Brooks’ groundbreaking book offers both novelists and screenwriters a model for storytelling that is nothing short of brilliant in its simplicity, its depth, its originality and its universality. Following his unique process is guaranteed to elevate your writing to the highest professional level.” — Michael Hauge, author of Writing Screenplays That Sell, and Selling Your Story in 60 Seconds
“Save yourself years of fuzzy workshops and failed drafts. Here is Story revealed with clarity, inspiration and simplicity. A masterful guide to the novel.” — Kay Kenyon, author of Bright of the Sky
Thank you, Storyfix readers, for making this book a reality.
Larry’s son, Nelson, has one more college year to go , so he hopes you’ll give Story Engineering a try. It’s unconditionally guaranteed to enlighten and empower your storytelling process, so if you decide you want your money back… see the clerk at Barnes & Noble.