Story Seedlings: The Independent Track

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Everyone has a story to tell. But not everyone feels rock solid about getting started on their storytelling journey. Don't worry. I can help. 

In the Story Seedlings Independent Track, I help you work through the basic elements of your story by giving you easy to follow prompts, supported by direct instruction and awesome resources.

The best parts? You work at your own pace. And when you have completed the prompts, you get to pick 5,000 of your words (about 20 double spaced pages) to send to me for feedback!

Have questions? Email me. Have doubts? Don't!  Together, we've got this! With your idea and my help... this story will be well on it's way in just a little over a month. What are you waiting for! Ready, set, WRITE! Click HERE to learn more and get going!


What are other writers saying about working with me?

"Fiction is a new writing format for me, and Amanda makes it a joy to learn how to do it!  She demystifies the process and breaks down the emotional barriers to creativity through a spirit of fun, imagination, and collaboration.  She also provides a process that helps you take small but significant steps towards building and refining a story. Amanda puts people at ease and immediately starts building a sense of discovery and community among any group of aspiring writers who are fortunate to come into her friendly and knowledgeable orbit."             - Jodi Vandenberg-Daves, author of Modern Motherhood, An American History

"I signed up for Amanda’s Story Seedlings. Although showing up to write every week day for an entire month is a challenge, I wanted to do this for exactly that reason. Amanda’s writing prompts are fun, varied, and cover a wide spectrum of possibilities. This was the first time that I had ever attempted to write fiction, and Amanda is very encouraging for first timers. Her prompts are structured to guide you through the awkward first steps, and as a writer, you feel so good at having accomplished the writing objective of the day. Thanks to this 30 day daily grind, I saw my protagonist in the stages of creation, and this character’s physical looks, background, passions, missions, personality flaws have been born. It’s very exciting to see that happen and I’m in a place now where I never would have been before." - Teri Holford Talpe, leader of Luna/Wwink writing group

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Word Nerd Amanda Zieba even writes about writing!

The Power of  Little Free Libraries for Indie Authors

As I reflect on the launch of my most recent book, I noticed that many aspects of sharing my words with the world remained the same. The typical author paranoia was present. The prolific social media posting was also there. And of course there was the incredible sense of accomplishment that overshadowed all the worries as I held the finished product in my hands.But the one thing that was different this time around was the mention of Little Free Libraries. http://littlefreelibrary.org/ 

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About a year ago I found myself attempting to swim through unknown waters. I made the plunge into the self-publishing world. But now what? I have never taken a marketing class. I do not have a wise council of advertising experts to turn to for advice. I spend all day teaching twelve year olds. So what do I do with the hundreds of books sitting in my basement? Here are six ways I chose to get the word out there about my books and launch a moderately successful book promotion plan.