Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting is an interesting story for us here at Crickhollow Books. The typical sales pattern for titles published by any publisher, large or small, is that the greatest volume of sales comes in the first year after release.
Then, volume tends to drop, gradually.
Fill-in-the-Blank Plotting, by Texas writer and teacher Linda George, is doing the opposite. More than a year after its release in 2009, it’s now climbing steadily in monthly sales.
This seems to have started sometime last fall. Might have been in connection with NaNoWriMo, or possibly with an Amazon.com recommendation.
Clearly, the booklet is being discovered by novel writers as a useful tool.
In this book, Linda shares her two “plotting boards,” which cleverly merge the twelve steps of the Hero’s Journey and the classic Three-Act Structure.
As one reviewer, Sophia Chang, said:
It’s a short, quick read with handy charts. I’m a pantser who’s rarely plotted in my life. I followed her advice to a T – going to OfficeMax and splurging on post-its, a black corkboard, and gorgeous metallic markers – and putting up a storyboard exactly the way she diagrams. It helped.
I’m now super prepared for this year’s NaNoWriMo; I understand my plot better and was able to move scenes around and up the ante where it was missing.
That’s exactly what I saw when, as editorial director, I decided to publish this booklet. It gets right to the point, and offers a real-life, practical approach to a big challenge for fiction writers: organizing the scenes of a long project like a novel.
And without wasting your time! At 76 pages, it’s a handbook for action . . . focused on what you really need to do to plot a novel. It’s clear, functional, and flexible.
We’re so glad more people are being helped by it! At the moment, the book has an Amazon Bestsellers Rank of #7,061. That’s pretty good for a little book from a little press like Crickhollow.