Accepting the Call

Exciting news for those of you who love great stories! Shawn Coyne, editor with 25+ years of experience with the Big 5 publishing companies, and author of The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know, has just trained a team of people in his unique and foolproof method for helping writers tell better stories.

And I’m one of those people.

Trust me, this is big news in the writing world. Huge in fact.

You have an intuitive knowledge of Story. When a Story works, you rave about it to your friends. You re-read the book. You watch the movie over and over again.

When it doesn’t work, you put the book in the donation bin. You turn off the movie before it’s over, or feel like you just wasted two hours.

Developmental editors fix the problems that keep a Story from working. And that means better Stories for us all to enjoy!

There are lots of developmental editors around, but others say things like “I’m just not feeling this chapter”… well, what’s a high-paying author to do with that advice? What does it mean? I’ve been the recipient of such guidance, and as well-meaning as it was, it was useless.

The Story Grid method pinpoints Story problems and gives concrete advice for resolving them.

Authors rejoice!

I’ll be honest, when I found Shawn’s method in 2015, I was happy dancing. My creative life became far less stressful. In February 2017, I attended the first Story Grid Workshop which was all about the Love Story Genre. No exaggeration here – I learned more in 2 ½ days with Shawn than I did in Masters-level University courses in English Literature.

When Shawn and Tim Grahl (co-host of The Story Grid Podcast, and creator of the Launch a Bestseller course) announced that they were going to train a select group of people to work as Certified Story Grid Editors, I jumped at the chance. I applied and was accepted – the only person outside of the United States to make the cut.

In September, I spent a full week with Shawn, Tim and 18 other Story nerds studying the Story Grid method.

I’m now officially a Certified Story Grid Editor and in addition to working with authors, I’m sinking my teeth into a Story Grid Edition of Dracula. (Sorry, couldn’t resist. :D ) Stay tuned to see me sweat blood on behalf of horror and gothic romance authors everywhere!

Oh, and Shawn will be editing my work … no pressure!

About the author 

Valerie Francis

Valerie Francis is a bestselling author, literary editor, and podcaster with a passion for stories by, for and about women.

Each month, Valerie recommends books from literature’s best female authors. Selections come from every genre because women write, and read, in every genre. The Women’s Fiction category offers up some terrific novels, but these days there’s a strong female presence in thriller, horror, crime, and other genres traditionally dominated by male writers. No matter what the publishing companies may think, in the 21st Century, Women’s Fiction is whatever we want it to be.

stories for women, by women, and about women