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Tangible problems you can address

I’m always looking to improve my craft, and I like that the guide focuses on steps all authors can take to self-evaluate. Was there something in a review? Are beta readers giving the same criticism? Sue’s guide focuses on tangible things you can address rather than things authors don’t necessarily have control over...like algorithms!

I’m looking forward to taking a deeper dive into her checklist for character development. I’ve tried some other tools before, but Sue asks some different questions I hadn't thought of. I love the idea of becoming addictive. I was expecting more of the same—marketing do’s and don’t’s and Goal-Motivation-Conflict—but Sue’s guide goes deeper and comes at it from an another angle that I appreciate. The sections on looking deeper at my storytelling elements benefitted me the most. What makes my stories my stories, and how can I make them better?

I’d suggest this guide for authors who have learned the basics, maybe written a couple of books, but aren’t seeing the results they’d hoped for, or, authors who have had some success and they want to build on it. However, there’s something here for authors at all stages if they’re willing to take a closer look at what they do.

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R.L. Merrill
Award-winning author

An enlightening, flexible yet detailed guide

I finished writing my rough draft - yay! - but have felt a little lost in the editing process. I purchased the workbook because I was hoping to narrow down my thought process and try to refocus on my story instead of focusing on all the work I have left to do and how daunting it all seems.

The workbook helped me think on a deeper level about my style—not my story, but my style of writing that story. It was enlightening. I have often searched for a workbook type guide to help me organize my thoughts for a story. This book not only did that but helped me focus on the details of how to write that story and in my own voice/style. Any struggling writer could find this helpful. It's a flexible yet detailed guide to focusing inward by assessing what things you do and don't like about stories you read or write and how to apply those assessments.

Even at the full price of $21 I think it's worth it, as you can reuse it as many times as you need and can help you reorganize your thoughts and priorities per story or as something to keep near your desk to refer to whenever you start feeling overwhelmed in the writing process. It just felt good to self-examine that deeply and in a way I wouldn't have thought to go about it exactly. The workbook helped me identify the various elements I love and helped show that you can mix and match, making it your own, instead of just trying to emulate your favorite author.

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Buffy Kennedy
Aspiring Writer

The "Secret to 1-click fans" was insightful

Three Fixable Reasons didn't meet my expectations exactly, but exceeded them. It's not a long drawn out guide on how to change everything in your life to achieve your goal the "right way", but an in-depth guide on achieving your goals with a little boost in identifying problems and suggestions to fix it. I realized I need to start at the very foundations of my story and writer brand. The guide helped me ask myself some very thought provoking questions that helped me identify various aspects of my writing that I may not have thought about before. Honestly I hadn't thought too much about making solid fans as much as just getting people to check out my book (if/when published), so the "Secret to 1-click fans" was insightful. I tend to overthink myself in circles on things, one of those being characters, and that section helped me realize that perhaps one of the biggest things you can do is make your characters relatable and that alone will help keep readers coming back for more.

Any of my aspiring writer friends could benefit from this book. I don't think it's just a guide to marketing your published book, but a guide for various aspects to keep in mind from the very beginning of the writing process. I found the guide to be very positive, written in a friendly and encouraging way as opposed to purely instructional. It made me want to jump right back into my editing and helped me realize a few more places off the top of my head I can improve, such as a few characteristics that would help my hero & heroine be a little more authentic and relatable.

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Buffy Kennedy
Aspiring Writer
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Tangible problems you can address

I’m always looking to improve my craft, and I like that the guide focuses on steps all authors can take to self-evaluate. Was there something in a review? Are beta readers giving the same criticism? Sue’s guide focuses on tangible things you can address rather than things authors don’t necessarily have control over...like algorithms!

I’m looking forward to taking a deeper dive into her checklist for character development. I’ve tried some other tools before, but Sue asks some different questions I hadn't thought of. I love the idea of becoming addictive. I was expecting more of the same—marketing do’s and don’t’s and Goal-Motivation-Conflict—but Sue’s guide goes deeper and comes at it from an another angle that I appreciate. The sections on looking deeper at my storytelling elements benefitted me the most. What makes my stories my stories, and how can I make them better?

I’d suggest this guide for authors who have learned the basics, maybe written a couple of books, but aren’t seeing the results they’d hoped for, or, authors who have had some success and they want to build on it. However, there’s something here for authors at all stages if they’re willing to take a closer look at what they do.

R.L. Merrill , Award-winning author
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Ideas you probably never considered

I hope to get more sales and boost my rank on Amazon and other online retailers at some point. My books once sold well and I have been trying to discover why the sales fell off a few years ago. Three Fixable Reasons helped me realize that while I knew I had two targeted audiences with my different series of books, I probably never targeted the audiences correctly when launching the releases. It's too soon to tell. I read it today. The guide made me realize that my way isn't the only way and not necessarily the best way to publish. To make sure I get to know my characters and my audience better.

It's a good short read with ideas you probably never considered. The benefits? Possibly more sales and a tighter story. It made me realize that I need to target my audiences independently instead of grouping all of my readers together in a neat little box. Some of my books have 20-30 something heroines. Others have middle-aged heroines. Not everyone is going to want to read every one of the books. If I target the age groups better, the sales and reviews might reflect that.

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My expectations were high. I was not disappointed.

Sue is a savvy editor who knows the industry. I know she is a perfectionist, so my expectations were high. I was not disappointed.

Three Fixable Reasons confirmed for me that focusing on advertising and promotion, which I hate, and following trends aren't necessarily the answers. That the most important element of attracting readers and holding onto them is the writing and storytelling. Music to my ears because it's the part of the job that's most important to me.

The guide helped me realize that I have a lot of heavy lifting to do at the onset of my story, even before I start writing. I need to know my characters inside and out and I need to plot more. I need to go much deeper than I have been.

I especially liked the section about getting lost in the crowd. I write in a very crowded market and it's easy to get overlooked. Sue's guide reminded me that holding on to my style is extremely important because it may be what sets me apart.

I recommend this guide for anyone who is unhappy with their sales or just anxious to hook new readers, or hold the ones they already have. Three Fixable Reasons reinforced just how important the story is to readers and how hard you have to work to make each book come alive, to make it resonate with readers and keep them coming back for more.

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