I have found Mary Buckham to be an incredible teacher and couldn't even begin to express how much I've learned from her. She teaches classes at two different website, the first is writeruniv.com (there are multiple classes going on each month and every class I've taken from Writer U has been well worth it). She also teaches through her own website, MaryBuckham.com.
I picked up this book last week and am just now really getting into it. Since it's written for the unpubbed, as well as the pubbed author, some of the information is basic and a repeat of what I've already learned (it was great to see that I'm retaining what I'm learning!!). But some of it is new and the templates are fantastic!
Here's the Product Description (from Amazon.com)
Getting a book published is hard enough—getting a novel published is doubly so! But a writer seeing his story on bookshelves everywhere is just a rewrite away with this book!
Written by two award-winning novelists, this workshop-in-a-book is all aspiring authors need to master the art of fiction—and see their novel in print. Based on their popular workshops, Mary Buckham and Dianna Love Snell have created a novel-writing system that anyone can follow. Their innovative method shows writers how to create stories of depth, excitement, and emotion with:
Easy-to-understand templates that guide the new writer through building a novel and show more experienced writers how to deepen a plot and take a first draft to the next level
Reference examples from a strongly-plotted popular genre films like suspense, classics, children, and romance
Simple worksheets to build a strong story one plot point at a time for any genre
Troubleshooting tips that reveal how to find and fix holes that weaken the plot
Insights from best-selling novelists representing a variety of fiction genres,
A bonus dialogue guide that reveals how to make a character come alive through conversation.
Inspiring authors shall struggle no more with the help of this step-by-step guide!
Have a great weekend!!
Peace and Love,