You need a good straight man (or woman) to bring your comedic, heroic, or otherwise unconventional characters into sharper focus.
Elmore Leonard's punchy style and compelling characters has Hollywood continually coming back to his work. Some of the many adaptations of his writing are highlighted in this post.
Two of the classic story shapes are "the fall" or "the rise." In these story arcs, the main character climbs to a peak of happiness, falls from one, or does a round-trip for maximum emotional impact.
Excerpted from BookBaby’s latest guide, 5 Steps To Self Publishing, Part III of our series looks at the benefits of producing eBooks and printed books for your self-published title.
If you can’t really afford to spend a lot on a book publicity campaign, carve out some time to do it yourself and apply these 15 commandments.