What people are saying about my courses

A wonderful step-by-step process to identify a writer’s strengths

The Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook sparked the desire to actually think about why I like or dislike certain styles, tropes, and points-of-view. I love the last exercise which boils down the answers into a cohesive statement. It’s the first time I’ve ever completed with a workbook to this type of conclusion.

I would recommend this guide for authors new to writing. It’s a wonderful step-by-step process to identify a writer’s strengths. The information is exceptional.

Lisa Coughlin
Author of contemporary small-town romance

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.

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.


Helped me get back to the joy of storytelling

The Define Your Storytelling Style primer workbook focused on the why most writers write. In the push to do marketing, publicity, and the business side of publishing, writers sometimes forget the reason they wanted to tell stories in the first place. This really helped me get back to the joy of wanting to tell a story.

I have a style! That was a revelation. I never thought, as a beginning writer, that I could have a 'style''. The questions in the workbook made me re-evaluate how I want readers to feel when they read my books. The workbook gave me an entirely new perspective on what style is. Working through the questions, especially thinking about what emotions my favorite books evoke in me, showed me how I want my stories to grab my readers.

The workbook made me really go back to why I wanted to be a writer. I have something unique to say, and that got lost in all the 'tropes, GMC, and plotting' focus and the marketing and business emphasis put on authors. While an author needs all that too, the love of writing never gets mentioned at all. The joy of writing gets lost in all the noise of everything else an author is 'supposed' to be doing. I was blown away by how this workbook did what it said it would.

I was a bit skeptical about 'defining a writing style' for myself. But the workbook did just that. I loved so much of the workbook, but the section looking at your favorite author and when they started and what need their stories fulfilled at that time. I would highly recommend that all authors do this at any stage of their careers, but also redo the workbook at different stages of their careers. I'm just starting out but I can see the benefit of rereading it and filling out the questions again. I had mixed feelings about the cost of the workbook, but what I learned from it is priceless, so it makes it hard to quibble about the price.

Evoking an emotion in readers and getting back to why I wanted to write in the first place really helped me. I have gotten so caught up in the business side of writing that I forgot the pure joy of just telling my story.


This guide has something for everyone, not just romance writers

I felt stuck with my writing and wanted to read something that would inspire some ideas. The part about committing to your own style really resonated with me. I realized I have a tendency to constantly change my style of storytelling when I write and second guess myself. It prohibits me from moving forward and finishing because I keep going back. I usually write in Scrivener, but the problem with that is each chapter is easily accessible to me, which makes it easy for me to go back instead of forward. Once I realized my problem, I saved my story into a word document, making it more of a hassle to go back and it made me focus on where I was supposed to be.

The Three Reasons Guide gave me the information it said it would as well as some bonus information, which is always a plus. It also felt less like I was reading a book and more like I was talking to a friend. I've struggled with owning my own style for years, but it's thanks to books like this that I've been able to figure it out little by little. I realized that I just need to write what I love and not overthink it.

Anyone who is serious about writing would benefit from this book. Even if they aren't exclusively romance writers. There is something for everyone in here.

Alex Pitones , YA/Urban Fantasy Writer

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.

Buffy Kennedy , Aspiring Writer

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