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Through that time he also had a marriage that teetered towards divorce, suffered from anxiety attacks and a personality disorder, and had the IRS subpoena him. Tim hopes his story will inspire and help people during the pursuit of their dreams.
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Like many beginning writers, Tim Grahl struggled to learn his craft—and even to find the right words to describe his questions and challenges. After reading a library of how-to books, Tim found what he needed in the unique Story Grid approach.
With the help of editor, friend, and Story Grid creator Shawn Coyne, Tim discovered a new vocabulary—what he now calls The Writers’ Common Language. Learning this language can help us all think and talk about our stories with more clarity and specificity.
In this book, Tim shares moments from his own journey as a storyteller and how the strategies and tools of Story Grid transformed the way he reads, writes, and edits his own work. “Once you can apply these tools to your own story,” he says, “you will be amazed at the progress you can make.”
With a shared understanding of terms such as “genre,” “point of view,” “value shift,” and “theme,” writers and editors can talk more productively and meaningfully to level up every project.
When we speak in this writers’ common language, we can create community, learn from each other, and—most important—bring more great stories into the world.
EXPANDED AND UPDATED 2ND EDITION
"If I could give an aspiring writer one piece of advice, it would be to read this book." - Hugh Howey, New York Times best selling author of Wool
"Tim Grahl is fast becoming a legend, almost single-handedly changing the way authors around the world spread ideas and connect with readers. If you've got a book to promote, stop what you're doing right now and start reading YOUR FIRST 1000 COPIES.” — Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of Drive and When
"Your First 1000 Copies is a must-read for authors trying to build a connection with their readers." — Dan Heath & Chip Heath, co-authors of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive
"I watched in awe as Tim Grahl had 5 clients on the New York Times bestseller list in the same week. There is no one I trust more to learn about book marketing." — Pamela Slim, Author, Body of Work
"Tim was an early pioneer in teaching book authors how Internet marketing actually works." — Hugh MacLeod, author of Ignore Everybody and Evil Plans
Imagine if you had a direct connection with thousands of readers who loved reading your books. And imagine if those readers eagerly awaited the launch of your next book. How would that direct relationship with your readers change your writing career?
How would you feel knowing that every time you started a new book project, you already had people excited to buy it and ready to recommend it to others?
In Your First 1000 Copies, seasoned book marketing expert Tim Grahl walks you through how successful authors are using the online marketing tools to build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books.
Tim has worked with over 100 different authors from top best sellers such as Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Barbara Corcoran, Charles Duhigg, Chip and Dan Heath, Ramit Sethi and Pamela Slim to authors just get started on their first writing project. He has worked with authors across all fiction and non-fiction genres. Along with his client work, he has studied many other successful authors to learn what works and what doesn't.
The result is Your First 1000 Copies where he walks you through the Connection System, a plan that every author can immediately start using. The plan looks like this:
- Permission - How to open up communication with your readers where you can reliably engage them and invite them to be involved.
- Content - How to use content to engage with current readers and connect with new ones.
- Outreach - How to ethically and politely introduce yourself to new readers.
- Sell - How all of these steps can naturally lead to book sales without being pushy or annoying
This is a system that any author can immediately put in place to start building their platform. Whether you're a seasoned author looking to step into the new publishing landscape, or you're a brand new author, Your First 1000 Copies will give you the tools to connect with readers and sell more books.
Nothing is worse than pouring your soul into a manuscript only to have no one read it.
Tim Grahl has worked with top bestselling authors such as Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Chip and Dan Heath, Sally Hogshead, Michael Bunker, and many more. He's launched dozens of bestselling books, many to the top of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists. In fact, at one point he 5 clients on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.
He has also worked with many new authors getting their first books off the ground and helped them to successfully launch their books as well.
In each of these launches, he used the same underlying framework:
- Sell to fans.
- Encourage sharing.
- Influencer outreach.
In Book Launch Blueprint, you learn how each of these steps work and how you can apply it to your next book launch.
When you dream, you envision a magical future. You have heroically slayed the dragons and unlocked the creativity and genius buried deep inside.
But how do you actually get there?
You can analyze the myths of visionary creators–artists, writers, musicians, software developers, etc that have accomplished the impossible. You’ll read about how they went for it, refused to quit, and would not be denied. But exactly how these successful creators went from being fearful dreamers to accomplished artists proves elusive. They seem to have secret sauce inside that you just don’t possess.
Running Down a Dream unflinchingly bares the naked truth behind all creations and shares the practical to-do list to take you from here to there.
The good news? You don’t have to be an Austen or a Michelangelo or an Oprah to create a work of art.
The bad news? There is no glossing over the pain, embarrassment, and financial terror necessary to contend with on your journey to mission accomplished.
More good news? What lies ahead for you is the realization of your heroic self. The run is worth it in ways you can’t yet imagine.
"If you are a fan of Hunger Games or the Matrix, this is the book that you carry around with you until you get to the end."
1. If you win, you survive.
2. If you lose, you and everyone you love slowly starve to death.
Years before twelve-year-old Jessie was born, everyday life tipped into this dystopia when firestorms burned through millions upon millions of acres of sustainable farmland. Now there's not enough food for too many people. Leaders from around the globe came together and conceived of the most extraordinary competition imaginable. The results determine who gets what and how much.
This battlefield lies within the grid, a virtual world where the people mine credits to stake their claim for their daily bread. When everyone else is living a virtual life honing unreal skills, only the truly gifted have the courage and know-how to be real.
And Jessie might be the most gifted competitor in The Threshing.
Getting to the Heart of Story
Every story has a moment we’re waiting for—a climactic scene that sends an electric pulse of emotion through us—a moment of catharsis. In the Story Grid Universe, we’ve analyzed hundreds of stories looking for the source of that electricity. And now we’ve gotten to the heart of the matter in what we’re calling the Four Core Framework: A core need satisfied or denied through the change of a core value in a core event that elicits a core emotion.
In this collection of twelve original works of fiction—one for each of our twelve story genres—we showcase the core events that make an audience gasp, sigh, or cry when they experience the emotional release they seek.
This anthology was written and edited by intrepid members of our Story Grid community inspired by the core events of masterworks in each genre. We hope it will encourage writers to explore new ways to improve their craft and captivate readers.
Stories by Genre
Action: Goliath Approaches by Leslie Watts, edited by Rachelle Ramirez
War: The Confession by Tim Grahl, edited by Valerie Francis
Horror: Outpost 5 by J. Thorn, edited by Ira Heinichen
Crime: Let Justice Prevail by Mark McGinn, edited by Leslie Watts
Thriller: X Pass by Rebekah Olson, edited by Randall Surles
Western: High Plains Migration by Shelley Sperry, edited by Larry Pass
Love: I Brush My Teeth Left-Handed and Other Reasons You Should Date Me by Rebecca Monterusso, Edited by Danielle Kiowski
Performance: Jaws by Courtney Harrell, edited by Melanie Naumann
Society: Above All Else by Shawn Coyne, edited by Tim Grahl
Status: The Good Daughter by Rachelle Ramirez, edited by Anne Hawley
Morality: An Artist’s Test by Kimberly Kessler, edited by Abigail K Perry
Worldview: Elixir by Julia Blair, edited by Catherine Lunardon
In Tales from Pennsylvania, Transport’s ever-growing desire for complete control forges new heroes as imagined by today’s leading voices in speculative fiction. You’ll meet an Amish family torn between their commitment to pacifism and impossible choices to preserve their way of life. A hacker named Gordian, who’s far too good at what she does for the Authority’s taste. A former stripper and her club-owner husband, who must learn to fit into Plain society or lose their lives. A young girl, lost in the winter cold and at the mercy of the Wild Ones. A scavenger on the Great Shelf, who befriends a woman he’d only intended to rob. A young Native American girl forced to undertake a journey in time. These adventures and more await you inside this collection.
If you liked Michael Bunker's Pennsylvania, you’ll come to love these new heroes. Their tales are heartbreaking. They’re exhilarating. They’re unforgettable.