Orlando, FL (PRWEB) April 26, 2012
Aspiring fiction authors have a new comprehensive resource when preparing their work for publication. Steve Alcorn's newest book, “How to Fix Your Novel,” offers a practical guide for fixing flaws that prevent a novel from becoming a bestseller. Alcorn’s classroom style encourages hands-on learning. The conversational narrative and examples from contemporary novels make his techniques easy to apply.
Alcorn is well-suited to author “How to Fix Your Novel.” Over the past decade he’s taught more than 10,000 students how to structure and polish their fiction through the online learning programs of more than 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Alcorn has also written mysteries, young adult stories, historical fiction, and romance. He most recently penned the popular “Theme Park Design,” available in printed and interactive iBook formats.
“In ‘How to Fix Your Novel,’ I’ve assembled the best techniques from my classes and writing experience.” says Alcorn. “This book is for writers who need help creating a new novel from scratch, or fixing one they’ve already started.”
Alcorn explains that all stories originate with characters. “You begin by building characters readers will become personally invested in. Then you use your characters to create the structure every novel needs to succeed. I break the traditional three acts into easy to follow checkpoints so you can’t go off track. With this roadmap you’re sure to end up at the finish line!”
“How to Fix Your Novel” is filled with what Alcorn calls “test drives” that offer writers opportunities to try his approach on their own material. “It’s about as interactive as a book can be,” he says. “I encourage writers to apply these techniques and see what works best for them.”
In addition to character building and story structure, the book’s topics include viewpoint, tense, voice, setting, conflict, suspense, mystery, dialogue, writing big, and beginnings and endings. Alcorn also has a section on getting published. It offers insights into publishing and promoting in today’s digital world.
Many of Alcorn’s students have used his techniques to solve vexing story problems and get into print. “That’s the most gratifying thing,” he says. “I love receiving an autographed copy of a student’s novel in my mail.”
“How to Fix Your Novel” is available on Amazon.com.
EDITORS: For review copies or interview requests, contact: Loren Barrows
Email: loren(at)alcorn(dot)com (When requesting a review copy, please provide a street address.)