Making It Publishable
What makes a book ready for Prime Time? What takes our manuscript from “almost but not quite” to “Wow, get this one under contract TODAY!”
In one word: editing.
It’s the editor, not the writer, who whips the book into shape. It’s the editor who identifies what’s working and what’s not working—and helps the writer bring it all together into a saleable, publishable work.
Today I’m thrilled to announce to our blog readers that Shawn Coyne’s much-anticipated book, THE STORY GRID What Good Editors Know, is on sale at Black Irish Books.
On Friday the book goes out to the wide world via Amazon.com, B&N.com and other outlets. But for the next three days, readers of this site get it at steep discounts—and get extra bonus material too. Watch the video. It’s Shawn and me explaining the book and the deal.
In a nutshell, lemme say only this:
THE STORY GRID is the indispensable tool for those of us (and that means you, me, and everybody who calls himself or herself a writer) who:
1. Depend utterly on our editors to whip our stuff into readable shape, or
2. Don’t have an editor at all—and thus have to be our own editors.
THE STORY GRID is the product of twenty-plus years of Shawn’s work in the publishing trenches. It’s the system that he evolved after reading thousands of manuscripts, etc. etc. all the hell that editors go through in big-time New York publishing.
The Story Grid has saved me. Shawn used it to turn Gates of Fire (which was 800 sprawling, incoherent pages when I first gave it to him) into a bestseller. He used the Story Grid to do the same for The War of Art, which was also a mess in its original form. And he’s done it on virtually every other book I’ve published.
They don’t teach what’s in THE STORY GRID at Harvard. You won’t learn it, even working at Random House. THE STORY GRID is a must-read, must-have, killer piece of work. There’s nothing like it out there.
And thanks again, everyone, for following this blog and for following Shawn at www.storygrid.com.