We have discussed all nine aspects of the 3by3 method.
We have looked into MS word short cuts and the concepts of constant contained conflict, the six main characters, the dismissal of the lazy antagonist and the need for persistence, clarity and networking. But how do all these ideas come together?
Unlike many step by step writing processes, only the first section is linear.
You define your writing time and space, commit to daily writing at the seam time each day, complete the character and scene forms and then write the book using the plotted scene cards as guides. A book will form from this planned dedication.
Then revisions, reviewing, peer reviews and hiring an editor takes place. You can’t edit a book that isn’t written, you can’t write a book without a plan.
But 4 – 9 are not linear at all. Once you have a book that is full of CCC, where the characters work out their inner conflicts and the lazy antagonist is finally confronted. You can now switch hats. You are no longer just a writer. You are a publisher.
“But” you say, “I’m sending out my chapters to a publisher. My agent is sending my book around. My work is done.” Wrong. Even if that publishing contract arrives at your door, you still will have to write bios, summaries, promotional pieces, solicit and schedule interviews, book signings and talks to clubs.
If you are reading this, your chances of landing a publisher/agent are slim. A soon as you finish your book, you will be preparing your POD and eBook release. Do not assume you are the one in a ten thousand that wins a six figure advance (or even a four figure one).
Here is how 4-9 works. Once the book is complete and queries are in the mail, the daily writing routine does not stop. You still have to format your book for printing and write all your promotional material.
Here is the key to the 3by3 writing method. – you use the last three parts to enhance your confidence and influence on the world. Today‘s successful writer (not the drunk F. Scott Fitzgerald, or the erratic Hunter S. Thompson) works their craft, stays CLEAR, NETWORKED and PERSISTENT, knowing their work needs to be marketed and read.
We will cover an few more of the details in the attempt to gain representation, traditional publication, kindle publication and media attention, but no matter what, if you follow the 3by3 method you will at the very least, have an eBook published that you can use your skills to market and sell.
Next – elements of the query letter
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