Help Writing Your Novel

Inkitt launches a free program to help you turn your idea into a novel within 30 days


Have you ever thought about writing a novel? There are millions of people in the world who have ideas floating around in their heads that they want to write down but never find the time.

Inkitt, the world’s first reader-powered book publisher, will be launching their first ‘Writers Write Program’  on November 1st to help you turn your idea into an original novel. The 30-day program is completely free and filled with special benefits such as:


  • Free, 30 min private sessions with professional writing coaches (including the editor of The Martian)
  • Events and tips with bestselling authors like Andy Weir, Lauren Kate, and Gayle Forman
  • A variety of community features such as the choice to get a writing buddy who you can exchange manuscript feedback with

“Our intention is to enlarge the writing community by encouraging more people to become writers,” said CEO of Inkitt, Ali Albazaz. “The program is completely free so for us, this isn’t about making money; it’s about encouraging talented and committed writers to keep going and finish what they started.”


If you are serious about taking on the challenge or want to finish (or start!) a manuscript then make sure to get your spot in the program now. There is less than a week left before it starts.



Bound4Escape isn’t affiliated with Inkitt in any way but I thought I’d pass this on in case anyone is interested.

Book Review: Scribble & Author by Miri Leshem-Pelly


Title: SCRIBBLE & AUTHOR        
Author: Miri Leshem-Pelly
Publisher: Kane Miller Books
Pages: 32
Genre: Picture Book for Authors

Scribble & Author is written as a dialogue between the main character, Scribble, and the author who created her. 

Scribble’s journey starts on a peaceful shore called THE BEGINNING, continues to the rough, adventurous MIDDLE, and leads finally to the gate of THE ENDING, but it’s not at all what Scribble expected… Scribble is a scribble and Author is an author, but who really gets to tell the tale?

A picture book about finding your own voice, making your own decisions, and writing your own story.

Watch the book trailer at Vimeo.


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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Scribble & Author is a colorful book about writing a story. It’s an unusual picture book that teaches about writing your own story and making your own decisions. It pertains to writing as well as to our lives. Scribble and the author communicate throughout the book and the author encourages Scribble to make his own decisions, therefore writing his own story.

This book is definitely one that children would enjoy as well as writers.


Book Excerpt

A color spot,

some pencil lines,

and here you are… Scribble!

Hi, who are you?

Hello Scribble.

I’m the author, and I’m here to help you create your journey.

Let’s start at the beginning.

Wow, Author, you’ve created a beautiful beginning!

Where do I go next?

Well, it’s your journey, so it’s up to you.

What would you like to do?


About the Author

photographer: Efrat Shine,

Miri Leshem-Pelly is the author-illustrator of 14 children’s books. She’s also illustrated 14 books for other writers. When Miri isn’t writing she can be found speaking at schools, kindergartens and libraries. She is invited to do more than 200 presentations with her books per year. Miri is also a Regional Advisor for SCBWI (Society of Children’s book writers & illustrators).

Miri is represented by Olswanger Literary Agency.

Miri’s works have won awards and her illustrations have been shown on several exhibitions.

Miri lives in Israel with her husband and two children, and loves reading books and going on nature hikes.





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Book Review: The Author Training Manual by Nina Amir

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4-20-2014 7-00-54 PMTitle: The Author Training Manual
Author: Nina Amir
Publisher: Writer’s Digest Books
Pages: 256
Genre: Nonfiction
Format: Paperback/Kindle

About the Book:

Anyone can publish a book and become an “author,” but if you want to become a successful author with a profitable publishing career, you need a clear, step-by-step guide to help you develop book ideas that sell. In The Author Training Manual, expert editor and book coach Nina Amir reveals the exact process successful authors have used to create business plans and proposals for their books and teaches you how to view your ideas through the eyes of acquisition editors and literary agents.

 Whether you write fiction or nonfiction, plan to traditionally publish or self-publish, The Author Training Manual provides you with the tools you need to achieve your goals and become the author publishers and readers want. Inside you’ll find concrete steps, evaluations, sample business plans, in-depth training activities, editor and agent commentaries, and much more – all designed to help you stand out, from the slush pile to the shelf.


I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.

This is a great book for authors who are serious about getting their book published whether it’s through a publishing company or being self published. One of the many topics is which one is best for you.

The first chapter and Step #1 of the Author Training Process are mostly motivational, helping the author to get the right attitude which can be so important. After each step of the Author Training Process, there are exercises at the back of the manual which the author states is “the real training.”

The Author Training Manual presents writing a book like starting a business. Before you start writing your book it states you should have a business plan/business proposal whether you plan on trying to go through a publisher or being self published. It includes a lot of resources and samples of proposals and business plans.

This is definitely a good resource for any writer who is serious about getting their book published.


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About the Author:

4-20-2014 7-00-03 PM Nina Amir, the Inspiration to Creation Coach and author of How to Blog a Book and The Author Training Manual, transforms writers into authors. She inspires people from all walks of life to create books that positively impact readers and to develop careers as authors, achieve their goals, and fulfill their potential. Nina is a sought-after nonfiction developmental editor, proposal consultant, and author, book, blog-to-book, blog, and results coach. Some of her clients have gone on to sell 300,000+ copies of their books and to land deals with major publishing houses. She writes four blogs, has self-published 12 books and is the founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, aka the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge.


You can find all of Nina’s blogs by visiting her main website,

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Authors’ Outlines

This is J.K. Rowling’s outline for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I am not a writer but the process fascinates me. The mind of an author must work overtime when they’re writing a book.rowling_outline2

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There are several other outlines of famous works of literature in this article by Emily Temple.