Fabulous Novel Action Plan by M D Flyn
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Prewriting Action Plan 2 months
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Brainstorm
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/how-to-brainstorm-give-your-brain-free-rein
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PreWrite Project Workbook (8 days $7)
https://www.well-storied.com/the-prewrite-project
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Outline character arc
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/character-arcs-1/
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Outline story structure
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/secrets-story-structure-complete-series/
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Develop characterization
http://thewritepractice.com/resources/characterization/
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Backstory monologues/freewrite
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Create settings and context
http://www.nownovel.com/blog/elements-setting/
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Discover your ideal reader
https://www.well-storied.com/blog/ideal-reader
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Identify 5-10 similar bestselling books = potential reader/target audience
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2015/12/11/how-to-write-non-fiction/
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Define tone
http://theeditorsblog.net/2013/04/19/tone-mood-style-the-feel-of-fiction/
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Define genre
http://writetodone.com/pick-right-genre-novel/
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Define age market
https://writersrumpus.com/2015/04/03/age-group-and-genre-targeting-your-manuscript/
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Choose 2-5 book categories (find 3-5 similar modern books)
https://mlouisalocke.com/2011/10/24/categories-key-words-and-tags-oh-my-why-should-an-author-care/
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Decide POV and viewpoint characters
http://writershelpingwriters.net/2015/11/how-to-decide-how-many-pov-characters-our-book-needs/
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World-Building Leviathan method (1+ per day, 52 steps, overlaps)
http://belindacrawford.com/2013/08/04/the-world-building-leviathan-scrivener-template/
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Snowflake method start (to character charts)
http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
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One Page Novel spreadsheet
http://www.eadeverell.com/the-one-page-novel-plot-formula/
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Choose theme/dramatic premise – know WHY, heart and soul of story
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/single-best-way-write-powerful-themes/
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Create visual storyline
http://isaacbotkin.com/2010/03/the-board/
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Index cards/outline
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Write discovery pre-draft (tell the story to yourself, just WHAT happens)
http://wordstrumpet.com/2012/03/writing-the-discovery-draft.html
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Snowflake method finish
http://www.advancedfictionwriting.com/articles/snowflake-method/
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Write book blurb (selling tool, cover)
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2010/11/16/how-to-write-back-blurb-for-your-book/
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Write book synopsis (for querying)
http://graemeshimmin.com/how-to-write-a-novel-synopsis/
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Write book proposal
http://www.rachellegardner.com/how-to-write-a-book-proposal/
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Design sample cover/mockup
http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/designing-book-covers/
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Review notes, tidy outline, character charts, etc
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Brain nap (2 weeks)
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/5-reasons-you-should-stop-writing/
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Drafting Action Plan 7-9 months
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Write last scene
https://writingcooperative.com/how-to-write-a-novel-on-a-shoestring-94061c1d46f6#.888kc25my
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Write 10 most important scenes
http://www.livewritethrive.com/2016/07/04/the-first-10-scenes-you-need-to-plot-for-your-novel/
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Adjust outline – know WHY
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Layer 1: Skeleton Draft - The Junk Draft plot based
https://goinswriter.com/how-to-write-a-book/
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Working 1hr/day for 8 months, 110,000 word novel, 1,310 words/hour
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Inciting Incident 20% 47 days
http://jamigold.com/for-writers/worksheets-for-writers/#Master Beat Sheet
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End of the Beginning 5% 13 days
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Pinch Point #1 13% 30 days
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Review and adjust – know WHY
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Midpoint 13% 30 days
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Pinch Point #2 13% 30 days
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Crisis 13% 30 days
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Climax 24% 58 days
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Resolution 1% 2 days
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Adjust outline – know WHY
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Review/Write book blurb – ideal version of your book
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Layer 2: Flesh, Muscles, Heart - The Structure Draft characters, theme
https://rachelgiesel.com/blog/write-and-revise-in-5-draft-phases
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Layer 3: Freckles Revision - The Rough Draft
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Adjust outline, blurb – know WHY
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Book nap - 1 month, develop character backstory/worldbuilding into short stories to submit
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Editing Action Plan 3 months
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Complete read-throughs, out loud, backwards
http://www.dailywritingtips.com/how-to-revise-edit-and-proofread-your-writing/
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Increase tension, conflict, suspense
http://writeswithtools.com/2015/04/06/tension-conflict-suspense/
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Rearrange, cut, add scenes
https://www.well-storied.com/blog/scene-cards
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Layer 4: Check Up Edits - The Surgery Draft
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Run through Pro Writing Aid copy edit prowritingaid.com
https://prowritingaid.com/
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Book nap - develop character backstory/worldbuilding into short stories
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Revise, adjust outline, blurb – know WHY
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Paid Big picture level edit > structural/content edit $0.05/word $350-$1,000
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/editors/
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Beta readers (3-6, swap services for editing/eyes?)
http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/find-your-next-beta-reader/
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Revise on Kindle (use comments)
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/09/19/editing-kindle/
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Layer 5: Toning - The Last Draft
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Move to Pitching (for traditional publishing)
http://graemeshimmin.com/creating-an-irresistible-elevator-pitch/
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Paid Paragraph level edit > line edit $0.04/word $800
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Paid Sentence level edit > copy edit autocrit.com editminion.com hemingwayapp.com $0.03/word $600
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Paid Word level edit > proof reading polishmywriting.com $0.02/word $400 (must do editing, min $200)
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Pitching Action Plan 12 months
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Review and revise querying materials
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Write query letter template
http://query-letter.com/how-to-write-a-query-letter/query-letter-template/
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Research literary agents and publishing houses
http://www.sfwa.org/real/
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Query agents. Repeat. (At most 5 at once, wait for response 1 month then move on)
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Meet w/ reps at writing convention
http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2012/10/16/25-things-writers-should-know-about-conferences-and-conventions/
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Participate in contest or social media event
http://www.webdesignrelief.com/10-tips-host-creative-contest-promotes-book/
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Publishing Action Plan 6 mo-2 yr
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ISBN purchase 10 for $250 or 1 for $125; You need separate ISBNs for ebooks, print and audio
http://selfpublishingadvice.org/isbns-for-self-published-books/
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Formatting DIY (Vellum on Mac, Jutoh) $200 or $30 ea, or paid $150
http://completelynovel.com/self-publishing/writers-toolbox-typesetting-and-format
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Paid cover design, $50 premade, $150-2500 avg $350; book artist early
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/bookcoverdesign/
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Copyright $35
https://www.thebookdesigner.com/2009/10/self-publishing-basics-a-5-minute-guide-to-copyright/
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Amazon
http://selfpublishingadvice.org/all-the-ways-to-self-publish-a-book-on-amazon/
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Audio (DIY it, paid $2000)
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/2012/07/15/how-to-create-an-audio-book/
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If selfpublished wait 6 months, several iterations, selfpublish print book on demand Createspace
http://www.thecreativepenn.com/how-to-self-publish-a-print-book/
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Marketing Action Plan 5 months (overlaps)
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Author headshot (DIY it, paid $200)
http://www.webdesignrelief.com/author-headshot-how-to-create-portrait/
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Build author platform
http://writetodone.com/build-writer-platform-time-credentials-book/
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Build author site - add book page/section (selfhosted $15/mo incl domain)
https://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/10-tips-for-a-diy-author-website/
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Update site and media kit
http://www.adazing.com/author-media-kit/
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Build mailing list
https://goinswriter.com/email-list/
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Amazon presence
https://www.bookworks.com/2016/02/how-to-optimize-amazon-author-central-page/
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Print media - business cards, bookmarks (DIY it or Vistaprint)
http://thehelpfulwriter.com/author-business-cards-book-cards-and-general-author-swag/
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Booklet/short (handout/promotional item)
http://selfpublishingrelief.com/6-affordable-promotional-items-to-market-your-book/
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Engage with readers to build trust and familiarity
http://www.copyblogger.com/demonstrate-your-expertise/
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Promote novel (authentically, handsell first 1,000 readers)
https://janefriedman.com/can-you-promote-a-book-without-making-yourself-miserable/
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Events - Participate in cons, book tours, signings, readings
http://www.readerscircle.org/
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Blogger reviews
http://authorsociety.com/how-get-bloggers-review-your-work-without-having-beg-or-bribe
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Guest posts
https://goinswriter.com/guest-posting/
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Virtual blog/podcast tour (DIY it, paid $150)
https://www.tckpublishing.com/virtual-book-tours-a-powerful-promotion-tool-for-authors/
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Paid advertising (BookBub $350, GoodReads giveaway)
https://www.thecreativepenn.com/2014/04/22/promote-first-book/
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Book trailer video (DIY it, paid $400)
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/nookpress-blog/guest-blog-book-trailer-tips-to-make-your-dreams-come-true/
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