Simple Question: How did you, a midlist writer, manage to write more than thirty novels in different genres (not to mention all the stuff you’ve done in nonfiction) UNDER YOUR OWN NAME and still hang on to your core readers…and still love writing every day?
LESSON DESCRIPTION: This was my own personal EUREKA! moment, spread out over a number of years and a series of improbable connections—this is how I have managed to stay a successful full-time writer since 1991, and how I finally became a decently paid one, when the average shelf life of a midlist writer is ONE TO THREE BOOKS. This is not magic. It’s a teachable, reproducible skill. I’ll show you how right now.
Your purchase includes DRM-free PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats, and your link to the downloadable, printable lesson worksheets.
In LESSON 29: How to NOT Be A One-Book Wonder, you will learn how to:
- Write good book after good book without burning out, making every one different and every one better—because you and I have both read countless pro writers whose careers started with a bang and then fizzled into "every book like every other" sameness—and you don’t need or want to be one of those writers.
- Build your readership through consistency, because once you know your exact steps for YOU to be a good writer (this is personal, individual, and unique—but you’ll have it by the time you finish this lesson—you can deliver great stories to your readers time after time after time. Be worth their money. Give them something that matters to take away from what you’ve done. Earn your following with quality writing and consistently great stories.
- Take readers with you from genre to genre (within reason)—odds are pretty bad that you’ll drag your male SF readership with you if you move over to romance, or carry your female romance readers with you if you start doing gritty guy westerns…but you have a lot more latitude for your career than you might imagine—and when you deliver the goods, a surprising number of your readers will brave new aisles of the bookstore or new categories online to track down your latest work.
- In other words, you will learn how to build and maintain a career.
The public version of the course consists of these 29 individual lessons, and downloadable, printable worksheets included in the purchase price, and available from simple-to-type links at the back of each lesson.
Each lesson is taught in sequence, and builds on techniques taught in previous lessons.
TO AVOID CONFUSION AND FRUSTRATION, DO THE LESSONS IN ORDER, starting with LESSON 1.
"Fantasy writer and teacher extraordinaire Holly Lisle (no relation!) earns my undying thanks for her online courses on writing and editing, without which this book might still be languishing in revision Hell."
–From the Acknowledgements in THE ALCHEMIST OF SOULS, by Anne Lyle
"My newest novel (revised with some of the methods I learned in this course) got contracted by the very best Fantasy-agent in Germany."
– Katharina Gerlach, Germany
"I’ve been a professional journalist for 20 years… I was hoping to silence the editor. (And) I realized I’d written 5,000 words without going back to check spelling, etc."
– Max Howard
"I’ve been a journalist for 25 years, and I’ve written fiction (short stories) off and on since childhood. Some even have been published! Taking the course, …I learned to let a story take on its own life and stop trying to force it to become what I originally imagined it might be. That’s incredibly liberating."
– Kathleen Rice Adams
"It is by far more detailed than I could have ever hoped. It’s not just a collection of tips and tricks; it’s a complex, complete system for getting that damn book done and done right. It’s changed my whole approach to writing but in a way that feels natural, like, ‘why didn’t I think of doing it this way before?’"
– K.T. Appleby
Each of the 29 lessons teaches one or more essential sideways-thinking skills that will allow you to write better fiction, find markets for your work, revise intelligently (and just once per book), sell what you write, and make every book you write better than the last. It includes both commercial publishing and self-publishing tracks: I have many years of experience in both.
HOW TO THINK SIDEWAYS: Career Survival School for Writers is not "how to write A book."
The course is "How to write books you love for the rest of your life in ANY genres you wish to pursue, get paid for doing it, hit deadlines, crush writer’s block, NEVER run out of ideas, and build a career telling stories you’re proud of to people who love what you do."
The course is written exclusively for people who want to learn how to make a living from their writing, and my system is built around learning how to THINK sideways, and how to apply sideways-thinking skills to your writing—and while you will write, revise, and submit (or publish) a novel or novella as your course project, if you are unwilling to learn new ways of thinking, you will not benefit from the course.
How "HOW TO THINK SIDEWAYS" Became A Course
In 2008, a group of writers asked me how I’d managed to sell 30 novels to more than a dozen major commercial publishers worldwide, in half a dozen different genres, in a multitude of languages, all under my own name—and how I’d managed to make writing a full-time career with which I’d paid the bills and fed my family for (then) 17 years.
I explained that it wasn’t luck—that I’d developed a system of "thinking sideways" that allowed my to see publishing opportunities other writers missed, and let me switch genres when I needed to, and allowed me to keep selling my work under my own name even in down markets and bad economies.
The writers I answered wanted to learn my system, and in 2008, my first class of 120 students, including journalists, editors, published novelists, a screenwriter, various computer programmers, a few accountants, a couple of doctors, quite a few stay-at-home moms, and many more, went through the private six-month course I built to SHOW them how to do what I did.
Four years and 3000+ private students later, I have closed my classroom (because I’m going back to writing my own novels full-time) and have taken the 29-lesson HOW TO THINK SIDEWAYS: Career Survival School for Writers course public.
The public version of the course consists of these lessons, and downloadable, printable worksheets available from simple-to-type links included in each lesson.