IPPY Independent Publisher Book Awards Bronze Medal

IPPY Award Winner: Structuring Your Novel!

Structuring Your Novel IPPY Award 165

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I was tremendously honored to discover that Structuring Your Novel: Essential Keys for Writing an Outstanding Story is an IPPY Award winner! It was awarded a Bronze in the Writing/Publishing category. From the official press release:

Launched in 1996 and conducted each year to honor the year’s best independently published books, the “IPPY” Awards recognize merit in a broad range of subjects and reward authors and publishers who “take chances and break new ground.” … The medal-winning books will be celebrated with … IPPY medallions awarded in 78 national, 22 regional, and ten e-book categories. This year’s contest drew over 5,500 entries from authors and publishers in all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, and 32 countries overseas.

Structuring Your Novel is particularly dear to my heart, so I’m extra tickled  it was chosen.

About Structuring Your Novel

Why do some stories work and others don’t? The answer is structure. In this  guide, you will learn the universal underpinnings that guarantee powerful plot and character arcs. An understanding of proper story and scene structure will show you how to perfectly time your story’s major events and will provide you with an unerring standard against which to evaluate your novel’s pacing and progression. 

Structuring Your Novel will show you: 

  • How to determine the best techniques for empowering your unique and personal vision for your story.
  • How to identify common structural weaknesses and flip them around into stunning strengths.
  • How to eliminate saggy middles by discovering your “centerpiece.”
  • Why you should NEVER include conflict in every scene.
  • How to discover the questions you don’t want readers asking about your plot—and then how to get them to ask the right questions.

Story structure has enabled countless bestselling and classic authors. Now it’s your turn! 

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About K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland

K.M. Weiland is the award-winning and internationally-published author of the acclaimed writing guides Outlining Your Novel, Structuring Your Novel, and Creating Character Arcs. A native of western Nebraska, she writes historical and fantasy novels and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


  1. What a thrilling honor! Congratulations!!! 🙂

  2. Totally excited for you. You wrote a terrific, helpful book. You deserve the win!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      Thank you so much, Linda! You were a huge factor in not just the book, but in the writing journey leading up to it.

  3. Sue McMillan says

    Congratulations! Such a well deserved award. I’m working through your book right now and it’s the best one I’ve read on writing. It’s been like a million light bulbs popping in my head! You explain everything so clearly and the examples from movies and litereature are a great help too. Thanks for an awesome book!

    • K.M. Weiland | @KMWeiland says

      That makes my day even more than the award! I’m so glad it’s been helpful to you.

  4. Congratulations! What an honor!

  5. Congratulations! I am so thrilled for you!

  6. Congratulations!! Just received it in mail last week!!

  7. Nice to hear that. Every time I hear news like that it gives me new hope. Congratulatins.

  8. Thought I’d stop by to say congratulations again.

  9. Woohoo! SYN has been invaluable in the early planning stages of my WIP. I knew it was just a matter of time before this thing started winning awards and stuff… 😉 A huge congrats to you!

  10. Congratulations. Your books have been very helpful and I get the feel that you enjoy what you do.

  11. Great job, Kim!

  12. Congrats!! Are you planning a trip to New York?

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