The Passionate Plotter Guidebook Series is a self-directed writing workshop that helps writers along the path to becoming Independently Published Authors.
Designed for writers from grade seven thru adult, each book in the series takes the writer on a deep-dive adventure into the five primary stages of the writing journey:
Written in a highly accessible, casual, and conversational tone, each book in the series includes specific Reflection Prompts with writing space, to help you discover the ideas you didn't know were waiting. As you work through the program, each chapter will enhance your understanding of writing fiction, non-fiction, memoir, and children's books.
The Passionate Plotter program provides an engaging and entertaining strategy that will support your publishing goals with practical instruction and step-by-step guidance inside a program you'll want to use again and again.
Each book also includes a Special Secret QR Code which leads to the Online Access Portal for all of the Reflection Prompts as Supplemental Worksheets in Microsoft Word, in a fillable format. These worksheets are provided to you to aid in your writing quest, adventure after adventure!
What Readers Are Saying:
“This is a book that every author should own! Whether it is a person thinking of writing a book, having just published their first book, or a seasoned author veteran this book will help enhance their book’s visibility. Diana-Kathryn Plopa’s book is smart, creative, and discusses ideas that are vital to an author’s career. It goes through each part of the process of marketing and even some things that someone may not think of. Have you thought about whether your brand or your reputation should be the focus of your marketing? I had not until I read this book and I am thankful for the information that I am already putting into use.
“One of my favorite parts of this book, besides the numerous ideas, is the reflection prompts. These are places where she guides you on how to utilize the ideas she had been talking about. This is such a smart and fun way to encourage authors to begin thinking outside of the box. This is a book I wish I had when I first became published! Now it is my new favorite resource to increase my book’s visibility.”
~ Lisa Jacovsky Author of the Lets Talk! series
No swearing or use of deity as a swear word (dang, darn, and other substitutes okay)
May contain minimal crude humor appropriate for young children and up
No descriptions of nudity
No sex or talking about sex
No kissing (except a quick peck or two)
May contain minimal violence or horror
May contain minimal discrimination or bullying
No drug, alcohol, or tobacco use by minors
May contain small mention of alcohol and tobacco use by adults
What Readers Are Saying:
"The only issue I find with this workbook is that it wasn’t available when I began writing!
"Diana Kathryn has taken many lessons learned, as a writer, editor, publisher, and bookstore proprietor, and compiled them into a single volume. This is an excellent source book, with outstanding worksheets for the new writer to build a sound foundation. It could also serve an experienced writer as a review or refresher for the basics of a successful writing career."
~Dr. Michael L Schwartz, PE, PMP
President; Positive Concepts, Inc.
"The Passionate Plotter is an engaging and interactive workbook that breaks down the daunting desire of writing a book into manageable and purposeful tasks. Unlike many craft books that focus only on writing or publishing, The Passionate Plotter includes all aspects of the creative and business sides of penning a book and birthing it into the hands of eager readers. Beginning writers will benefit greatly from the explanatory chapters and corresponding worksheets to plan and author their first (or second or seventh!) book."
~Melissa Grunow, author of I Don't Belong Here
MFA with distinction from National University
Assistant Professor of English at Illinois Central College
"Every aspiring author (or well-established one for that matter) would certainly benefit from reading this book and applying the author’s hard-earned advice. The friendly, casual tone was given weight by the seriousness of the information presented and the power of the author’s obvious expertise. The interview questions, and highly detailed worksheets, push writers deep inside their character’s psyche. Striving to find what THEY would say in reply is very instructive and makes them come alive. After reading The Passionate Plotter, I am both encouraged and terrified by the awesome task of writing, publishing, and marketing my own books. With three genre-defying books only half done, I know that this guidebook will become an essential tool in helping me to carry these tales through to their proper end.”
~Erik Sven Rurikson; BA/MA in English, History, Anthropology, Archaeology; Author, Educator
“Many indie writers enter the writing community because they have an itch to write. They have something to say, but getting their work published and sold is something that they learn along the way. They may market their work based on advice they pieced together in a patchwork of information. At some point, they may feel like nothing is working. Some even give up. Don’t. Take a breath. What you have to say is important. There is a reader who really needs to hear what you have to say, so take a moment. Breathe. Then, take the time to figure a few things out.
“First, read this book, because it will help you figure out what you want to do with your writing career. Diana Kathryn Plopa’s book first helps you to sort out what sort of career you want from hobbyist to side-gig to full-time writer. Once you figure that out, you can then focus on how to achieve that sort of career. She takes you through various aspects of the writing business and not only gives you a solid foundation in those areas, but she also helps you to brainstorm ideas on how to use the ideas that she presents in the book.
“This book is well-organized, full of useful information, and a must-have for anyone who wants to sell their books either as a side-gig or full-time writer. There was a reason you decided to write in the first place. Taking the time to figure out how to have a career as a writer, whether as a hobbyist to full-time writer, will help you be more mindful on the business activities of writing so that you can be more present for doing the work that you love … writing.
~Michelle Raab, PhD, Author