K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY, NIEA, and Lyra Award-winning and internationally published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic, the historical/dieselpunk adventure Storming, the portal fantasy Dreamlander, the medieval epic Behold the Dawn, and the western A Man Called Outlaw. When she’s not making things up, she’s busy mentoring other authors on her award-winning blog. She makes her home in western Nebraska. For more information about her fiction, click here.
What should I read first on your site?
I recommend you start by reading my four core series:
How do you mentor authors?
Can I ask you a question about my book?
Absolutely. I’m always available to respond to any question you may have about writing, publishing, or marketing fiction. You can contact me here.
If your query is business-related, you should hear back from me within 48 hours.
If your query is a writing-related question, be assured I answer them all! However, due to the number of questions I receive, it can take me a few weeks to get to each one. Thanks for your patience!
Unless you specifically request otherwise, I may republish your question (sans any personal details) and my answer in my bi-monthly e-letter.
What services do you offer that can help me become a better writer?
I recommend starting with the blog. Since 2007, I’ve published over 1,200 posts. You can work your way through the entire archive, or start with some of the most popular subjects, linked in the left-hand sidebar. You can also sign-up for my bi-monthly e-letter to receive news, updates, inspiring quotes, handy resources, exclusive how-to content, creativity exercises, and an interactive Q&A feature. When you sign up, you will also receive my free e-book Crafting Unforgettable Characters.
You may also want to check out my writing craft books Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs, the Outlining Your Novel Workbook, the Structuring Your Novel Workbook, Conquering Writer’s Block and Summoning Inspiration, and Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. If you have a little more time on your hands, you can sign up for my workshops and webinars.
Finally, be sure to grab my free “Wordplayer’s Manifesto,” browse my cache of infographics, watch my video tutorial for the free writing software yWriter, or grab the free Scrivener template based on the principles I teach my books.
Which of your writing how-to books should I read first—Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, or Creating Character Arcs?
Outlining Your Novel is about brainstorming and organizing ideas. It covers broader story principles like discovering your characters and figuring out your plot.
Structuring Your Novel is about the nitty-gritty of story, scene, and sentence structure.
Creating Character Arcs is about using structure to harmonize character, plot, and theme into a seamless and powerful narrative.
If you’re going to read all three, I recommend reading them in the order they were published: Outlining Your Novel, then Structuring Your Novel, than Creating Character Arcs. They build right into each other. However, if you’re only going to read one, I recommend Creating Character Arcs. It’s more important than outlining and includes basic info on structuring.
Will you edit my book?
Unfortunately, my schedule no longer allows me to personally consult on manuscripts.
Will you review my book?
At this time, I am not taking on any solicited reviews.
Will you write a blurb or endorsement for my soon-to-be-published book?
I write endorsements only when I have fully read the book and can wholeheartedly give it five stars. Sadly, this rarely happens, so my policy is generally: no blurbs. Sorry!
Do you have a list of recommended books for writers?
Absolutely. I list my favorite writing-craft books here. Check back every now and then, since I’m always updating it.
Can you recommend an editor/cover designer/e-book converter?
Click here to find a list of all the book-industry professionals (most of whom I have personal experience with) whom I recommend.
What do you think of self-publishing?
As both an independently and traditionally published author, I’m a proponent of both publishing venues. Independent publishing has presented authors with unprecedented opportunities that should always be taken into consideration and weighed against the pros and cons of traditional publishing.
However, independent publishing does not guarantee success. I’ve seen far too many indie authors who jumped into publishing, believing with all their hearts their books were polished and professional, when they were anything but. Before opting to self-publish, take a moment (or several) to be brutally honest with yourself about your priorities. Hire professionals (especially an editor) to help you produce a product that will enhance your career as an author, rather than tarnish it.
Do you accept guest posts?
I’m sorry. I’m not currently accepting regular guest posts.
Do you write full time?
I manage to sneak a little sleeping, binge-reading, and chocolate-truffle-eating in there, but, yes, I’m blessed to spend all day, every day writing … and editing, and marketing, and blogging, and checking email, and … you get the idea.
What is your daily schedule?
Most of my days look something like this: breakfast, workout, shower, writing (outdoors, whenever possible), email and social media, lunch, more email and social media, small odds and ends, more social media, marketing/editing/big odds and ends, supper, even more email and social media, movie watching, reading, sleeping.
Where can I find more info about your novels?
If you’re unsure which book (or short story) to start with, check out the below chart (click for a bigger view):
What are you currently writing?
Use this workbook companion to Creating Character Arcs to plot out your own characters’ arcs in real time.
A common lad apprenticed to a blacksmith, Will Hardy’s chances of seeking adventures, making a fortune, and winning the hand of Lady Isabella Barbary aren’t looking very good. But when the unthinkable happens, and the irresponsible Will discovers he has the ability to run faster than any human being and leap tall buildings, he reaches legendary status overnight.
But being a legend isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. After unwittingly rescuing a young street urchin named Rose, he finds himself trapped in a pit of deceit and danger that goes deeper than he could have dreamed. Cast adrift in the rigid class system of Regency England, he must choose between the adventures he’s always dreamed of and a responsibility he didn’t ask for.
Hailed as a hero by a people he has no intention of saving, he sets out do battle against an enemy even more gifted than he is. Towing the impish Rose along and intent on winning the heart of Lady Isabella and becoming a gentleman once and for all, he little dreams he might become… the Wayfarer.
Genre: Historical Fantasy
As the veil between our world and the world of dreams begins to rupture, the former “Gifted” Chris Redston, now shorn of his abilities, must struggle back to his lost love, the fierce and conflicted Queen Allara, and help her overcome dangerous international intrigue and discover the impossible truth about their still intertwined destinies—before a mysterious heretic can commit the ultimate abomination of permanently fusing the worlds. (Sequel to Dreamlander.)
Genre: Portal Fantasy
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