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About Steve Windsor
His Nine Day Novel series on the details and difficulties of writing fiction is helping new authors everywhere overcome the initial hurdles of becoming a self-published author.
Steve's fiction thrillers are full of profanity, sarcasm, social satire, and best of all "OMG" action moments. They're told in a gut-wrenching, hard-hitting style similar to watching a prize-fighter "rabbit-punch" a speed bag.
Formerly a technology executive in Silicon Valley, Steve's cold gray roots in Seattle, Washington provide a backdrop for his dark thrillers. Worlds where it isn't hard to imagine the parallels and perils that the modern day world will soon face.
He's not one of a kind, but he is one of "that" kind.
Currently, Steve lives in the Bay Area of California, but secretly wishes he had a beach house on the Big Island of Hawaii.
In his own words:
I wish I was more like Chuck Wendig. I have the profanity part down.
But I love to tell stories--spice up the truth with some serious "What if this happened?" More than that though, I attack writing like a horror villain with a chainsaw! I write in long stretches until my body aches, then I drink some more coffee, tell my body to shut up, and then I keep going.
My novels aren't for everyone. Are any books, really? I like to push the envelope--poke the comfort zones. And if you like wild, controversial and irreverent thrillers ... you will love them!
For me, becoming a fiction author has been a great--though sometimes brutal and unforgiving--ride. Because of that, I started writing books that I wish I would have had when I started the process of learning to write fiction.
I've tried to strip out all the "journey" and "inner-muse" stuff and define and outline the act of physically getting words on the paper in the right order and in the right places. I've tried to put the "how" back in the how-to book genre that so many of them I've read are lacking.
If you like that, then my author how-to books are for you.
Andrew Vachss is my hero. You should definitely read him.
Betty White--Lake Placid. All I'm sayin'.
"I write fiction ... because the truth is just way too scary."
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If you're new to fiction writing, this book's for you! (Updated!)
Are you tired of dreaming about writing a novel—waiting for the novel in your head to magically appear? Tired of being told to “write a little bit a day every day?” How’s that advice working for you? It’s not, is it?
If it was, your novel would be written already. But I hear you—writing fiction isn't easy. When I first learned how to write a novel, that “helpful” information … wasn't. I went slowly, plodded along, writing a little each day like all the authors told me to. Then I would get disinterested or distracted and my novel would get DElayed!
You’ve listened to the podcasts on writing skills, taken the fiction writing workshops, read how to write a novel guides, but your novel still isn't written. Are you still waiting for that “1 hour a day” conventional wisdom to pay off?
Let's face it, it's a new ballgame for indie authors!
A numbers game. The number of fiction books you publish, reviews you get, and downloads you can expect are all partly a function of how many words you write—how many novels you publish. Conventional “wisdom” is getting us nowhere.
It’s time to take a different approach!
Wouldn't it be great to have a finished novel to show for all your hard work? Forget next year! What about sitting down to proofread your first draft next week?
That's what this book offers. That's what I want to show you how to do, because I've been there.
In this step-by-step fiction writing workshop—feels more like boot camp adrenaline sprint—Steve Windsor walks you through how he writes novels in 9 “days.” With concrete examples of how to apply story structure, outlining, plotting and a generous dose of hard work, you'll learn to drive your hero through his or her story.
You CAN write a novel in less time than it takes you to need your next haircut. Steve shows you how blockbuster novels and movies use a formula that’s as old as Aristotle to produce hits.
Packed with examples!
Using examples from his own novels, he even makes up a story right before your eyes! Steve is a hands on hardcore writer who will show you just how “easy” it is.
Make no mistake, the Nine Day Novel, Fiction Writing Basics series isn’t for everyone. Some people like pacing themselves on their way to the death of their dreams of becoming an author. Then again, you aren’t them.
In this motivational fiction writing retreat disguised as a fast-paced workshop, you'll learn:
- How to write a novel faster with story structure.
- Through mainstream examples and Steve’s own brand of “Darth Vader” humor, you'll stay pumped up to write your novel faster.
- And the FREE fiction writing resources?
Inside the Nine Day Novel, you’ll get access to a starter file for one of the most popular fiction writing software packages out there—Scrivener. Rather than spending hours or even days learning and creating a story structure outline, Steve did it for you.
Congratulations! You just finished writing your first novel!
“What do I do next?”
If you’re like I was, that was the first question you asked yourself.
Do you remember what I said last time? In Nine Day Novel: Writing?
Steve, I totally remember: You said, “Bravo! Pop champagne and…”
You remember that part after the champagne about calling someone, right?
Your Editor—the Last Line of Defense.
But editors cost a lot of money. Wouldn’t be helpful if we could minimize some of that expense by doing a little bit of editing ourselves? Before we send it off to an expensive professional?
Don’t make the mistake I did!
After I wrote my first novel, I debated for months between paying an editor and whether I should just “edit” the entire thing myself. After all, how hard it be, right?
Predictably, money won out, and I chose poorly, publishing my first novel before a professional editor had copyedited it.
That was a big mistake.
That one decision set my writing career back about a year. Why? Because my book languished on Amazon as yet another unprofessional, unfinished and unwanted draft, posing as a completely finished novel.
I got discouraged, disappointed and down. It took months before I overcame my fear of what a professional editor would say about my first novel. Because that was the real reason I had edited it myself all along.
A great editor will make your novel shine.
Picture your reader, trying to follow the fantastic story that you painstakingly outlined, researched and wrote. As they read, their eyes are interrupted by misspellings, grammatical errors, improper word usage and dialogue that’s punctuated poorly. Finally, unable to stay engaged through those constant interruptions, they give up and close your book.
We’re not going to let that happen!
Next to a well-designed book cover, your editor will have the single biggest impact on the professional look and feel of your novel. But that doesn’t mean we can’t do a little bit of “editing” ourselves. In fact, inside this book, I’ll show you how you can do quite a bit of self-editing before your draft needs to go to an editor. And that’ll save you money.
Removing the mystery about editing.
For many beginning authors, editing is a mysterious and often misunderstood process.
In this book, I’ll define the types of editing you need, outline the parts that you can and should do yourself, and then explain the process that your editor will go through as they clean up what's left.
No idea where to find an editor?
I’ll show you how to find a good one on popular freelancing sites. If that doesn't work, I’ll give you the contact information of my own editor! Then I’ll introduce you to a piece of software that’ll save you countless hours in turnaround time, working with your editor. And I’ll walk you through the steps my writing partner and I use to fix our own drafts before they go to our editor.
Avoiding mistakes: Back to fiction writing basics.
Editing is much easier if you make fewer mistakes in the first place. Seems simple, right? It should be.
For that reason, I felt it was important for this book to have two parts to it: How to clean up what you'd already written … and how to minimize all that cleanup by knowing what and how to w
Outlining your novel doesn’t have to be hard.
But when was the last time you sat down to write with the confidence and true belief that you knew exactly what story you were going to tell?
Outlining a novel? Where do you start?
If you’re like I was, you started writing your first novel without outlining it first—no idea where your story was headed. Believe me, two novels and almost 500,000 words into that “process” I had to stop and re-evaluate my strategy. Now, before I commit the time and energy to pen a 90,000 word novel, I make a map.
I wrote these Nine Day Novel-Fiction Writing Basics books after I realized how difficult it was for new fiction authors to plot, write, edit and publish their first novel.
This book is a roadmap to get you beyond the theory and into the practicality of putting words on the page in the right order. Novel outlines help.
Being a committed newbie author isn’t easy
Some scoffed at me when I said you can write a novel in nine days. Then I sat down and did it … 4 times.
Now, literally thousands have read my book on writing, describing how to carve out time and write faster by using story structure, and the second book on how to streamline the fiction editing process with Scrivener.
But I made a mistake with those first two books!
Plenty of you emailed me and told me as much.
“Steve, shouldn’t you have started by showing us how to outline a novel? How am I supposed to write 90,000 words of a story when I have no clue where it’s headed?”
Though I detailed the Four Part Story Structure inside NDN: Writing Fiction, the point was taken—outlining your novel… plotting your novel to the Four Part Story Structure—is a difficult task that deserves a more in-depth discussion.
In Nine Day Novel: Outlining I’ll detail:
- Why you should outline your novel
- How to generate ideas and inspiration for your novel
- Whether you should weave your own story into your first novel outline
- How to turn your ideas into high concept stories
- The top ten novel themes and popular variations of them
- How to keep track of settings, vocabulary and characters
- How and why you should create multiple summaries for your novel
Don’t write another book by the seat of your pants!
I’ll show you a step-by-step, milestone-oriented way to ensure that your hero has a worthy journey before you write the opening line of your novel.
I promise you that if you follow the tips on how to outline your novel, examples and structure in this book, your next novel will get planned and plotted better than it would have otherwise. You’ll feel more confident in your story before you start and experience less “writer’s block” trying to figure out where to take your hero next.
And as always I’ll do all of that inside my favorite storytelling structure, the Four Part Story Structure. And, since it’s hard for me to imagine writing more efficiently without it, I’ll introduce you to my favorite writing software, Scrivener!
“The bonuses (for the series) are more than worth the price of the books!”
Bonus writing tools like:
- Four Part Story Structure starter file as a fill-in-the-blanks Scrivener file.
Fear of Writing? Let's kick that writing phobia to the curb … right NOW!
Have you ever…
- Heard a little voice inside your head, whispering that your writing sucked?
- Simply felt too terrified to write?
- Had the wind knocked out of your sails—had your writing critiqued by a “well-meaning” person—and decided that they were right and gave up?
- Read and read motivational books on how to start writing only to end up more fearful afterward?
- Compared yourself to “successful” writers and decided that you’d never measure up?
If so, congratulations! You’re a WRITER!
And I’ll tell you what no other motivational mushery book will tell you about your completely rational fear of writing—in the beginning…
We all sucked when we first started writing.
I’ll let you in on a little secret. All those “successful” authors you wanna be just like? The “Stephen Kings” and the “Nora Roberts"… The list of writers who seem fearless for you to envy is endless. But you know what? When each of those authors started, the first sentence each one of them wrote … sucked. The only difference between them and you?
Successful authors overcame their fear of writing!
I used to be a yearning-for-fame and scared-to-death wannabe writer. I’m assuming that if you’re reading the description of a book called Authorphobia, chances are high you’re looking for a little bit of inspiration and motivation like I was—you may be having more than a little hesitation about becoming a writer. But all the motivational “la la” books never spoke to my fearful writing soul … so I did what I always do—I wrote a book to fill that void.
The best way to overcome your fear of writing?
Let me suggest that before you read another tired book that starts out with “FEAR is just False Expectations Appearing Real,” you embrace the one thing that will crush your writing phobia faster than anything I know—HUMOR.
Learn to Laugh Your Fear of Writing in the Face
My goal with this book was to get down and dirty with your concerns and expose the naked truth of them—show them for what they are. Common, communicable if you’re not careful, controllable, and ultimately conquerable using the one thing that human beings have always relied on to survive dark scary nights in the forest of our irrational doubts. Nervous, naughty, sometimes a little nasty … sarcastic wit.
This is not your grandma’s writing inspiration book.
At the publication of this book, there are at least a dozen “Author quote, ‘authorpreneur’, get over your fear, there-there Johnny or Sally, everything will be okay, hand-holding” books you could read that’ll have you convinced in no time that all this author stuff is easy-peasy lemon squeezy. This … is NOT one of those books.
Are you ready for some writer fear-busting?
This book will:
- Help you laugh at your anxiety surroundi the word “suck.”
- Introduce you to the “Goldberg the Goalie” technique for overcoming your writing “jitters.”
- Give you some of the best old-dead-author quotes you’ll ever read.
Self Publishing is Hard?!
Does the KDP dashboard feel like the control panel of a jumbo jet?
Does getting your book self published to CreateSpace feel like you're lost in space?
...been there, done that, so let me show you the T-shirt!
The first time we self published a book to KDP, we were so afraid to make a mistake that it took hours. Then came the errors and the publishing, republishing and republishing again and again to make sure the files were right. And every time we needed to change the description or adjust keywords or pricing for the book, we had to wait 12 hours to see it live!
And that was just publishing to Kindle... CreatSpace is a whole other can of worms...
Help is Here
Self publishing your own book is rewarding, but it is also painful if you don't know the techinical in's and outs — which is where our experience comes in!
Between the two of us, we've self published over 30 books in the past 12 months, both on Kindle and CreateSpace, so we know a thing or two about the process. And we want to save you the heartache and hair-pulling that can occur when you're trying to do everything yourself.
But this book is more than just a step-by-step tutorial guide about how to use Scrivener to compile the files for KDP and CreateSpace.
We've crammed in hard-won knowledge like:
- Author Platform basics
- Email Autoresponder Basics
- How to set up a basic Mailchimp opt-in form
- Better book building functions
- Structuring your novel's contents like a pro
- Plus so much more
Let's not beat around the bush any longer. It's time to feel good about self publishing your book, because you're fully equipped with the tools and knowledge to get it done and up on Amazon so your raving fans can gobble it up!
Scroll to the top, click or tap on the "buy now" button and start reading your way to self publishing success in 5 minutes or less.
Love or Life? Either way . . . you'll never make it out alive.
Before Benito Benedetti was ever born, he was meant to bring salvation to the suffering—he was destined to be a priest. Even his name had an otherworldly purpose. Benito Octavio Benedetti—B.O.B.—Father Ben.
But every priest’s faith must first be tested. Some … more than others. Young Benito survived the Water, endured the Earth, and conquered the Wind. The boy proved that his faith could not be killed. Now … he has only one test left.
At Saint Samuels Seminary Academy, the Clergy’s disciples are taught to hone their minds, harden their bodies, and steel their souls into razor sharp instruments of faith. But a secret pact, etched in the forgotten flesh of angels, has taken root at the very top of Saint Samuels. And the daily beatings are only the beginning.
Looking back on all of it, Father Benito Benedetti knew it had to turn out this way—the old boozing priest he had become wrote the book that would bring the world to his belief. Now, staring down at a dead angel on the floor of his church, he knows that today is the beginning of the end.
Father Ben has but one celestial day to bring this special angel back to Life … or all the eternities to come will suffer God's wrath.
The third novel in THE FALLEN series of religious thrillers
If you love a suspense-filled thriller fantasy with twists and turns galore, get your copy of FAITH now!
Do you love thriller books? “FURY throws you off the roof . . . literally leaving you screaming all the way down to the street.”
** From Author Steve Windsor**
Fury has a secret wish. She’s willing to do just about anything to see it come true. That includes risking a trip to the meanest, nastiest place that an archangel from Hell can find herself—the Garden of Eden—Life’s Earth.For an angel, the land of the Man-monkeys is no day at the beach. And Fury is finding out how true that is. It’s hard to imagine that her soul could get any more lost than it all ready is, but she’s got seven blasts of the trumpet left . . . before we'll all be lost with her.
Trapped in a resurrection dream turned redemption nightmare, any hope that Fury had for revenge against her father has gone fluttering off the roof with her fast and furious wings. The angry little angel is enduring things that make you wonder exactly why she would go to all the trouble.
But Fury wants something she shouldn’t and she’s willing to go from Hell to Heaven to get it. And for a dark archangel in the new Hell, that’s saying something. But help is coming and not in the way she expected it. And with a little nudge from an old enemy and an even older ally, she might just make it back to Purgatory before the last trumpet blasts.
The second novel in THE FALLEN series of religious thrillers
FURY is a fast-paced, action-packed psychological suspense thriller that asks the only question worth answering—what would you give up for love?
“An even better follow up to what promises to be an unforgettable series.”
If you love an action-packed, wild and wicked thriller, get your copy of FURY now!
A forbidden love … and the fallen angel who will do anything to avenge its loss.
Think you know the story of the beginning of Eden’s precious Garden? Think again!
** From Amazon Bestselling Author Steve Windsor **
A dark religious fantasy about the Garden of Eden as you’ve never heard it told. A “religious” fantasy novella about how man truly faced his first temptation … and the eternal consequences we are damned to for it.
The archangel STEG has a dark dilemma. He can either fulfill his heavenly duty as the knowledge bearing serpent in the Garden—assist the daughter of Eden in bringing Life’s light to mankind—or he can chase a growing fantasy—a love deep inside him—beyond his control or comprehension.
Steg’s love is more forbidden than any fruit growing in the Garden, and to pursue it he’ll have to break just about every commandment he’ll ever know, yet to be written or silently understood hardly matters.
But love is not one to wait and wane while it withers on the vine. Neither is Steg, who, as the highest and most beautiful angel—the very first angel—is mere breaths away from being a god himself. Now, he has 7 days of creation to win the affection of the one he loves, or he will incur the wrath of a God who purports to love him above all others.Either way, the Garden will never be the same again.
Because sooner or later, the sin and treachery in Eden’s Garden… Eventually … sin touches every god.
The prologue novella to THE FALLEN series, STEG is a fast-paced, sarcastic and angry thriller that takes a distinctly human look into the just-may-be-possible roots of it all.
THE FALLEN series of books in order:
JUMP, THE FALLEN: Testament 1, a Thriller Novel
FURY, THE FALLEN: Testament 2, a Thriller Novel
FAITH, THE FALLEN: Testament 3, a Thriller Novel
HOLE, THE FALLEN: Testament 5, a Thriller Novel
DOGG, THE FALLEN: Testament 4, a Thriller Novel
BURN, THE FALLEN: Testament 6, a Thriller Novel
LIVED, THE FALLEN: Testament 7, a Thriller Novel
LIFE, THE FALLEN: Testament 8, a Thriller Novel
RAIN, THE FALLEN: Testament 9, a Thriller Novel
SALVATION, THE FALLEN: Testament 10, a Thriller Novel
If you love an irreverent and not-so-religious thrill-ride, scroll up and download a sample or buy STEG now!
The Fallen are coming! But are they Man's last hope … or his eternal damnation?
Season 1 of The Fallen series - Rage, Redemption and Reverence
In the not too distant future, the State provides for the “peace and prosperity … for all.” To do that, the “gods” of men rule with Judgment and faltering justice. But even as citizens’ lives descend into authoritarian madness, Heaven has plunged into an even darker oppressive rule.
To save it, ten fallen angels will carry the fate of the eternities on their wings. In a plot born beneath the knowledge trees in Great Garden of Eden herself, five archangels of Heaven and five hounds from Hell will resurrect into a world that is worse than any “hell” they have ever known. the Garden—Earth. If they don’t succeed before the end of this eternity, the fate of all mankind is the least of their worries.
Heaven? Hell? The Garden? It’s getting harder to tell the difference.
Their conspiracy is as old as the Garden of Eden itself, and what was born beneath the sacred apple trees of knowledge and everlasting life, has now spread and taken root in the Heavens. Five fallen archangels from Heaven and five archangel demons from Hell are the unlikeliest of allies. But to stop the Eternities from plunging into darkness, they’ll give up their warring wings and resurrect back to mortality to save them.
But with Man as its caretaker, the Garden has been busy burning and boiling down to a cold, misty gray sewer. The Fallen have seven blasts of the trumpet left before the gray blanket of darkness over Seattle spreads to the Heavens and turns it to blackness.
Some of The Fallen may yet survive to see their souls back in the two Heavens. But even if they succeed, they will all most likely be annihilated by God. Which god will be left, is a secret that none of them will know until it’s too late. Because ten billion lost souls in the Garden later, chances are … none of them will be remembered.
The first three books in THE FALLEN series of Dark Fantasy Religious Thrillers
Contains the following titles:
Book #1: JUMP
Book #2: FURY
Book #3: FAITH
"I’d stick around for more if I were you. There’s plenty in this series so far to hook you for … Life!"
The Continuing Epic:
Book #4: HOLE
Book #5: DOGG
Book #6: BURN
Book #7: LIVED
Book #8: LIFE
Book #9: RAIN
Book #10: SALVATION
Love thriller books? “(JUMP) grabs you, shakes you, and spits you out . . . leaving you wanting more.”
The State took almost everything Jake Blake ever cared about. Tonight, they want everything else.
** From Thriller Author Steve Windsor **
Seattle. One man is trapped on the roof of a tall scraper downtown. Six angry agents are threatening to “remand him to Protection.” Jake knows that means he’ll be tortured and killed. Every citizen knows that.
Hiding and on the run for the past two years, for Jake, it’s the end of the lying. Now, there’s only one easy way down off this scraper, and getting captured and killed … isn’t it.
Welcome to a world where freedom means a person still has the power of choice. But most of those choices are between bad and worse.
The citizens of the future have assured their security … by giving up just about every freedom they ever had. And they also gave up the only means they ever had to resist.
There are no more guns in Jake Blake’s version of eternity, buried or otherwise. And if there are? If a citizen decides to dig one up? Well, they might find themselves trapped between the “heaven” of a quick and easy death and the “hell” of a long and torturous judgement.
Because, as Jake likes to say to anyone who will listen to one of his rants, “Sooner or later the boot finds its way to everyone’s neck.”
But tonight is citizen Jake Blake’s sooner, and this time … the neck under that boot is his.
Revenge for the daughter they took. Right now, it’s about as tall an order as the top of this scraper. But depending on the last decision he’ll ever make as a man… Jake doesn’t know it yet, but the fate of this eternity—the one where he’s standing on the ledge of a forty-eight story building—hangs in the balance.
In and out of reality and nightmare, in the end, Jake must find his own absolution. His own faith.
But no matter what happens next, if he doesn't figure himself out, humanity has one day left.
The first religious thriller in THE FALLEN series
JUMP is a fast-paced, action-packed psychological thriller that explores the accepted beliefs of religion and reality against a backdrop of tyranny and dystopian existence.
“A 21st Century version of 1984 … only worse.”
“You will root for the bad-guy.”
THE FALLEN series of books in order:
- JUMP, THE FALLEN: Testament 1, a Thriller Novel
- FURY, THE FALLEN: Testament 2, a Thriller Novel
- FAITH, THE FALLEN: Testament 3, a Thriller Novel
- DOGG, THE FALLEN: Testament 4, a Thriller Novel
- HOLE, THE FALLEN: Testament 5, a Thriller Novel
- BURN, THE FALLEN: Testament 6, a Thriller Novel
- LIVED, THE FALLEN: Testament 7, a Thriller Novel
- LIFE, THE FALL