Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Yes, this is a giveaway. I did tell you in advance that I had something in mind for this week's post! Today, I'd like to introduce a dear friend's book, Finding the Core of Your Story.

Now the very idea behind this is to be able to boil down your book idea into a single sentence. This is great for marketing and for normal conversation among friends. I cannot tell you how irritating it is when I ask people about their ideas over e-mail and they reply "I can only tell you in person, you'll only understand it that way." The impatient side of me, which pretty much consists of all of me, wants to know now or I'll loose interest. It's just the way that a lot of us work.

I've met Jordan Smith on Holyworlds, who has a thread on there just for developing these cut and dry attention getters. He did a great job shaping out mine, and every bit of expertise that he showed there is in this book as well. It's short, sweet, and funny too. And for those who need a bit of practice or are slow learners, like me, there are exercises after each chapter. It's an hour read that's really worth the time and effort that Jordon put into it, and I'm thankful to have been blessed to have found him in the Holyworlds community. To be honest, it would be even greater if he started looking into other concepts like this and devise other guides with his expertise. I've come to respect him for this and I expect more from him in the future!

Now this e-book is available off off Smashwords, but it's not free. That's where the giveaway comes in. Since there aren't a ton of viewers on this blog, I won't make you do anything strenuous like writing your own logline (but I hope to see the ones the winners create!). Instead, I will make a random drawing from the people who comment on this. Simple right? All you have to do to get a free, stupendous book is comment on here! Trust me, it will be worth your time. To the winners I will send a code that will enable them to get the e-book for free on their computer.
You have until June 24 to do so.

And to those who are curious about my normal rantings, my first draft made it past the 30k word count (that's 30,000 words). My goal is a 80,000 word novel, about 250 pages. I'm almost half-way people!

I also have to make a note that there will be no post next week because I'm going to be gone at camp. I'll miss all you guys! Hopefully I'll be able to bring my camera, but a camp called Water Sports Camp just doesn't sound like the best place to bring one. Survey says no. Sorry guys.

I also have some pictures collecting dust that might be interesting, which I'll do a separate post about. Until then,



  1. * bounces * I want one! I am entering in all the giveaways for it I can find...

    * explores blog while she's at ti *

  2. Yep, I'm the Jordan Smith who wrote the book. :-)

    Thanks for the review, Seabird! Appreciate it!

  3. I love the idea of Jordan writing more how-to guides! We should talk to him about this, Seabird. ^_^

    Don't enter me in the giveaway - I have a review copy. I just wanted to come comment on your giveaway, too! :)

    1. You're going to have to tell me what to write them about first… But I'm open to ideas!

  4. I'd like to be entered in the giveaway! :D

  5. I might not be talking, but I am reading your posts! Thank you, Aurbey, Eclectic, Jordan, and Lady Rwebhu!

  6. I can't wait til Jordan Smith makes his next feature length film. :) Enter me!!!

  7. *enters Seabird's cool contest with this comment*

  8. I'd like to be entered in the giveaway. :D

  9. I just won the book elsewhere, so I need to withdraw my entry here. :)

  10. Okay, entry is closed! Jonathan, your comment has been noted. :) Everyone else, good luck!