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Writer's Digest presents an excerpt from my webinar, "Three Secrets of the Greats: Structure Your Story for Ultimate Reader Addiction."

Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn, one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers, interviews me about storytelling, writing, independent editing, and the difference between literary fiction and genre, with an impromptu exercise on her own Work-in-Progress.

Editing client Stu Wakefield, author of the Kindle #1 Best Seller Body of Water, talks about our work together on Memory of Water, the second novel of his Water trilogy.






  • By Victoria Mixon

    Wow, is it fun to work in fiction!

    In 2009 I launched my editing business and began work with my first fiction clients, my brain literally exploding with everything I wanted to say about fiction.

    acw-fiction-cover-600x900At that time, my husband had already sat through 11 years of animated dinner-table conversation on the subject. He’s the one who suggested that I start a business.

    I wonder why?

    I was still burbling with fiction—constantly, all day and night—so I sat down to write my first book on writing:

    Art & Craft of Writing Fiction

    I thought I would cover everything. It would be the ultimate book on writing and being a writer. . .with jokes! We created La Favorita Press, with a logo based upon an old 1899 bullfighting advertisement that my parents found in an hacienda in Ecuador in 1972.

    And in 2010, we published Fiction.

    acw-stories-cover-600x900However, I hadn’t gotten very far into writing Fiction before I’d realized that I would not have room to cover everything. So I went right back to work writing a follow-up:

    Art & Craft of Writing Stories

    There was still so much to say about storytelling! So much to say about plot structure and character design! There was still so much to say about how plot grows out of character through very specific organic steps, like a plant growing leaves or an animal growing organs. So much to say about language.

    There was also—which will be news to none of you—so much to say about those twin occupational hazards: revision and despair. Revision. And despair. So I wrote about those, too. But again. . .I added jokes.

    And a year later, in 2011, we published Stories.

    Then last year, in 2015, I began studying Nick Stephenson’s system for self-publishing serial books. I’d been watching the self-pub industry evolve for six years. It worked decently for nonfiction—such as my own books—but it was an absolute mosh-pit of fiction. And Nick is teaching how all that is now changing.

    His system is simple (although you need to see his three free videos to actually do it properly):

    1. Write and polish the best book you possibly can
    2. Self-publish it
    3. Give it away permafree

    Unfortunately, both Fiction and Stories ring it at close to 400 pages apiece, so I wasn’t going to give away either of those permafree.

    acw-secret-cover-600x900Fortunately, however, I have years’ worth of material about fiction on this blog. Even more fortunately, the posts that have gone (in their own modest way) viral are buried and therefore invisible to loyal readers.

    This meant that I could unearth those posts and make them easily-available. And give them away. Permafree.

    So in 2015, I collected my ten most-viewed posts (plus a bonus that I wrote just for the book) in a new slim volume:

    Art & Craft of Writing: Secret Advice for Writers

    And we published Secret.

    FREE.

    But there’s more!

    Because your permafree book is the portal to your mailing list, where your loyal readers get notifications of everything else that you publish in your series, a list for which they must voluntarily sign-up because—you know—they want that stuff. And for this to work, you need to do the whole process all over again:

    1. Write and polish another of the best books you possibly can
    2. Self-publish it
    3. Give it away free

    The difference is this: it’s not permafree. It’s for sale. But whenever someone voluntarily signs up for your mailing list, they get it.

    FREE.

    acw-favorite-cover-600x900So I also collected another batch of special posts, those that I’ve written for other blogs in the online writing community, into another slim volume:

    Art & Craft of Writing: Favorite Advice for Writers

    And we published Favorite.

    And while there are, this time, fourteen posts, four of them had been posted on a single blog: Writer Unboxed.

    Because I love Therese Walsh, who manages Writer Unboxed. When she had the Writer Inboxed newsletter a few years ago, I wrote a monthly editorial column, Ask Victoria, opposite the agent column, Ask Chuck, by Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest. I was even slated to become a regular contributor to Writer Unboxed after that, although my editing business got too busy and I had to bow out. Therese and I are still friends. She’s a love.

    And this is where you come in: you can get both Secret and Favorite

    FREE.

    Just click to download Secret and sign up for the email list through the link inside to get Favorite.

    Right here:

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MILLLICENT G. DILLON, represented by Harold Ober Associates, is the world's expert on authors Jane and Paul Bowles. She has won five O. Henry Awards and been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner. I worked with Dillon on her memoir, The Absolute Elsewhere, in which she describes in luminous prose her private meeting with Albert Einstein to discuss the ethics of the atomic bomb. Read more. . .


SASHA TROYAN is a Professor of English at Montclair University and author of the critically-acclaimed novels Angels in the Morning and The Forgotten Island, both Booksense Selections, tragic and beautiful stories based upon her childhood in France. I worked with Troyan to develop her new novels, Marriage A Trois and Semester. Read more. . .


LUCIA ORTH is the author of the debut novel, Baby Jesus Pawn Shop, which received critical acclaim from Publisher’s Weekly, NPR, Booklist, Library Journal and Small Press Reviews. I have edited a number of essays and articles for Orth. Read more. . .


BHAICHAND PATEL, retired after an illustrious career with the United Nations, is now a journalist based out of New Dehli and Bombay, an expert on Bollywood, and author of three non-fiction books published by Penguin. I edited Patel’s best-selling debut novel, Mothers, Lovers, and Other Strangers, published by Pan Macmillan. Read more. . .


SCOTT WILBANKS, represented by Barbara Poelle of the Irene Goodman Literary Agency, is the author of the debut novel, The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster, published by Sourcebooks in August, 2015. I'm working with Wilbanks on his sophomore novel, Easy Pickens, the story of the world’s only medically-diagnosed case of chronic naiveté. Read more. . .


SCOTT WARRENDER is a professional musician and Annie Award-nominated lyricist specializing in musical theater. I work with Warrender regularly on his short stories and debut novel, Putaway. Read more. . .


M. TERRY GREEN enjoys a successful self-publishing career with her three sci-fi/fantasy series based on her dual careers in anthropology and technology. I worked with Green to develop a new speculative fiction series. Read more. . .


DARREN D. BEYER is an ex-NASA experiment engineer who worked on every Space Shuttle orbiter but Challenger. In Casimir Bridge, the first novel of his debut sci-fi series, Beyer uses every bit of his scientific expertise to create a galaxy in which "space bridges" allow interstellar travel based upon the latest in real theoretical physics. Read more. . .


ANIA VESENNY, represented by Beverly Slopen Literary Agency, is a recipient of the Evelyn Sullivan Gilbertson Award for Emerging Artist in Literature and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I edited Vesenny's debut novel, Swearing in Russian at the Northern Lights, and her second novel, Sandara. Read more. . .


STUART WAKEFIELD is the #1 Kindle Best Selling author of Body of Water, the first novel in his Orcadian Trilogy. Body of Water was 1 of 10 books long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize. I edited Wakefield's second novel, Memory of Water, and look forward to editing the final novel of his Orcadian Trilogy, Spirit of Water. Read more. . .


GERALDINE EVANS is a best-selling British author. Her historical novel, Reluctant Queen, is a Category No 1 Best Seller on Amazon UK. I edited Death Dues, #11 in Evans' fifteen popular Rafferty and Llewellyn cozy police procedurals, which received a glowing review from the Midwest Book Review. Read more. . .


JUDY LEE DUNN is an award-winning marketing blogger. I am working with Dunn to develop and line edit her memoir of reconciling liberal activism with her emotional difficulty accepting the lesbianism of her beloved daughter, Tonight Show comedienne Kellye Rowland. Read more. . .


LISA MERCADO-FERNANDEZ writes literary novels of love, loss, and friendship set in the small coastal towns of New England. I edited Mercado-Fernandez' debut novel The Shoebox and second novel The Eighth Summer. Read more. . .


JEFF RUSSELL is the author of the debut novel, The Rules of Love and Law, based upon Jeff's abiding passions for legal history and justice. Read more. . .


LEN JOY is the author of the debut novel, American Past Time. I worked with Len to develop his novel from its core: a short story about the self-destructive ambitions of a Minor League baseball star, which agents had told him to throw away. Read more. . .


In addition, I work with scores of aspiring writers in their apprenticeship to this wonderful literary art and craft.

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