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    The Five Commandments of Storytelling: Print / Digital Bundle

    Includes the paperback, ebook, and audiobook editions. Will ship by Tuesday, October 19th. Your story is important. It’s your opportunity to captivate readers and deliver a message that will change their lives forever. But somehow, it’s just not working. You’ve written multiple drafts and tried lots of “tips and tricks.” But time and again, readers… Read more »

    The Four Core Framework: Needs, Life Values, Emotions, and Events in Storytelling

    What’s at the core of every great story that leads readers to rush breathlessly to the end and then share it with all their friends? At Story Grid, we believe great stories are built of four essential elements: Core Needs, Core Life Values, Core Emotions, and Core Events. Whether you’re writing an action adventure, a… Read more »

    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide

    Bilbo Baggins, an altogether respectable hobbit, had never done anything unexpected—to say nothing of heroic—until he met a wizard in a blue pointed hat. After that meeting Bilbo embarked upon an adventure, recorded in the pages of The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien, that captured the imagination of readers around the world. With unparalleled… Read more »

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie: A Story Grid Masterwork Analysis Guide

    A murder. A master detective. A gathering of suspects. Between the covers of a book or on the big screen, is there anything more compelling than a great crime story? In the expert hands of Agatha Christie—one of the world’s bestselling novelists—every crime and every search for justice became a work of art. Story Grid… Read more »

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie: Print / Digital Bundle

    This bundle includes the Print and Ebook editions. A murder. A master detective. A gathering of suspects. Between the covers of a book or on the big screen, is there anything more compelling than a great crime story? In the expert hands of Agatha Christie—one of the world’s bestselling novelists—every crime and every search for… Read more »

    The Sand Sea

    “An astounding epic novel of J.R.R. Tolkien proportions!”

    — Steven Pressfield, Bestselling author of Gates of Fire and The War of Art

    Raiders of the Lost Ark playing A Game of Thrones

    The Sand Sea takes place on an alternative Earth roiled by war and conquest that mirrors our own Gilded Age. The treasure that ignites greed and folly in this parallel world is not petroleum, but beserite—a mineral of immeasurable value.

    Captivated by an ancient prophecy and the call of adventure, inexperienced nobleman and scholar Peter Harmon (think of a young Winston Churchill-like naif) joins an expedition to stake his nation’s claim to a global empire.

    Harmon’s destination is a vast and inhospitable desert halfway around the world, dominated by the iron-fisted Grand Vizer Jemojeen Jongdar. A tyrant on a mission to secure the ancient and supernatural Staff of the Ram, the Lion, and the Serpent, Jongdar knows the truth that others can only imagine: The one who controls the staff will possess the power to rule the world.

    Before he can seize his destiny, Jongdar must find and destroy the one person capable of thwarting his ambition, the rightful heir to the Sand Sea realm, an innocent woman named Selena Savanar.

    Can the brave and indomitable Selena accept her true destiny and rally her people in the eye of a gathering storm? To do so will require her to outwit the man who burned her father alive and left her an orphan and beggar a lifetime ago. Or will Peter Harmon and the cadre of opportunists he rides with conquer the divided empire?

    With the mythic structure of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy in a world as rich and real as George R.R. Martin’s Westeros, The Sand Sea is an immersive experience made to order for epic fantasy fans and anyone who enjoys grand-scale historical fiction.

    The Story Grid

    The Story Grid is a tool developed by editor Shawn Coyne to analyze stories and provide helpful editorial comments. It’s like a CT Scan that takes a photo of the global story and tells the editor or writer what is working, what is not, and what must be done to make what works better and fix… Read more »

    The Story Microscope: Print / Digital Bundle

    Includes the Print, Ebook, and Audiobook editions of this title. You’re a writer with 1,001 questions about how to fix your manuscript and you want answers. It’s hard to see your whole story in enough detail to find all the problems, much less craft the best solutions. After months of effort, you’re deep inside the… Read more »

    The Story Microscope: The Surprising Way a Spreadsheet Can Save Your Manuscript

    You’re a writer with 1,001 questions about how to fix your manuscript and you want answers. It’s hard to see your whole story in enough detail to find all the problems, much less craft the best solutions. After months of effort, you’re deep inside the characters and plot so you need a tool that’s objective—something… Read more »

    The Threshing

    After four years in the making on the Story Grid Podcast, Tim Grahl’s first novel is now available!

    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.

    Ever.

    The Threshing by Tim Grahl: A Story Grid Contenders Analysis Guide

    What if you could look inside a novel and see exactly how it works, like a doctor analyzing an x-ray or MRI scan? In The Story Grid Contenders Analysis Guide to The Threshing Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne look deep into the heart of Grahl’s dystopian action novel set in a grim future where people… Read more »

    The Threshing: Print / Digital Bundle

    After four years in the making on the Story Grid Podcast, Tim Grahl’s first novel is now available!

    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.

    Ever.

    The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide

    Is it possible to write a nonfiction book that changes minds or even changes the world? The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell sold 1.7 million copies in its first year of release, and today remains a perennial bestseller. What made it go viral?  What made it stick?  On the 20th anniversary of The Tipping Point’s… Read more »

    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide

    Dorothy Gale’s trip from Kansas to the Emerald City—in print, on screen, and on stage—has enchanted audiences around the world for more than a century. But what is her magical adventure really about? And can studying such classic tales help today’s writers improve their craft? In The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum:… Read more »

    The Writer’s Daily Practice: A Guide to Becoming a Lifelong Storyteller

    To write a story that captivates readers and stands the test of time, you need a daily practice and professional tools. In this guide, fantasy author and editor Danielle Kiowski rolls out an elegant blueprint for building your practice using Story Grid tools. Like all writers, you struggle to defeat Resistance and devote proper time… Read more »