Many authors—and even publishing houses—don’t understand Amazon’s genre categories. But if you don’t understand them, your book is almost guaranteed lackluster sales.
Perhaps ordinary readers only need to know Rowling’s fairy-tale ending, but us writers need to know the not-so-glamorous version of what it was like to write Harry Potter.
A grid that tracks all of Rowling’s changes between her outline and the final ‘Order of the Phoenix.’ She leaves very little untouched.
How Rowling Turned a Story Idea into a Best-Selling Series (Rowling’s Outline and the Book Architecture Method, Pt I)10.08.13
Although Rowling uses the word ‘plot,’ notice her outline isn’t one chaotic column that’s trying to track everything.
The Harry Potter series was groundbreaking in many ways, but the foundation of Rowling’s success was her reliance on basic story structure.
Agents and editors get swamped by unsolicited manuscripts every day. Here’s how Rowling escaped the slushpile with her first page in ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’