It has been a little over a month since I published Take Off Your Pants!: Outline Your Books for Faster, Better Writing, and I have to say, I am pleasantly surprised at the response from readers.
I thought it would be nice if I put up a little signboard here to answer a few common questions I've received since publishing Pants.
Yes, I will release a paperback edition. Very soon. I didn't think this book would sell more than a handful of copies, so I figured ebook-only (as with Gotta Read It!) would suffice. But lots of people want a paperback, so I'm putting one together over the coming week, and unless the Internet Gods are against me, it should be proofed and approved and ready to rock before April 25th.
A revised edition is also coming very soon. Lots of authors have written to ask me how to tackle things like series plots, and have sought clarification on other points I raised in TOYP. This has made me realize that I wasn't clear enough about these topics in TOYP, and the book could benefit from a few additional sentences here and there.
No, I will not be creating a template or workbook to download. Lots of people have suggested that this would add some incentive/additional monetization to the book, but I've decided against it. Why? First of all, because I'd rather write new books than find ways to squeeze all the pennies I can out of an existing one. :) But mostly, because a template will make users think about story structure too rigidly. I want writers to feel free to wiggle and squish and re-arrange the various steps in my outlining process in ways that suit the logical events of their story. A PDF template isn't conducive to creative cut-and-paste sessions. One of the things I'll make clearer in the revised edition is that you can and should feel free to be adventurous with the structure--as long as all the parts of basic story structure are in there somewhere, and in an order that's logical within the context of your plot and your world, you can and should customize it at will.
So that's it for now. I've got a few projects on my plate at the moment, but I am determined to get the revised and print editions of TOYP out as soon as possible.
I will also be offering up my how-to for historical fiction authors (and people who want to become historical fiction authors) in May.
Thanks to all of you for your wonderful enthusiasm for Take Off Your Pants! I'm really happy to see that so many authors find my advice useful.