While we spent much of the year working on our fiction, we have also been teaching classes and still have our eyes firmly planted on ways to help aspiring writers become full fledged authors or assist published authors with whatever writing project they have in the works.
After years of being asked by many of our students if we were ever going to put some of our classes into book form so they could either buy and keep them or share them with other writing friends, we finally decided to do just that. We took your comments to heart and are putting many of our lectures into a series of how-to books for writers.
We spent many weeks working on editing our lectures for books, but before we could go “public” with our books, we had to come up with some type of not only a format but a recognizable image and name that people would come to associate with Sue and Becky, the writing teachers. We needed to focus on a marketing image.
There are hundreds of how-to write books out in the marketplace, so what would make our books stand out so the beginning writer would feel comfortable reading and following our advice?
An image was needed. Finally, after much research and discussion, we decided on a mouse. No other book cover had a mouse on it. Oh, there were pencils, pens, computers, typewriters—but no mouse. Right. A cute mouse. A writing mouse.
And she would be working with a really tall number 2 yellow pencil. Eventually the mouse ended up with her pencil making several dots. And her dress became full of polkadots. It was then Dottie was born. Let’s Write a Story became our overall marketing concept. It, along with Dottie, will be on the cover of all our writing books.
Our first book is out…
As we announced earlier, Seven Ways to Plot is now available at Amazon.com. It focuses on the seven plotting methods that most writers use when planning their books. We hope you'll take a look.
More books are coming. We are on the final edits of book #2, Creating Memorable Characters which should be available in early 2016.
We hope you had a good 2015 and are looking forward to 2016 and many more Dottie books ahead!
If you have any writing questions, and we mean ANY QUESTIONS at all on your writing, we hope you'll email us at SueViders@comcast.net or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to answer them on this blog or privately.