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Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the writing world, followed by an interview with James Scott Bell, author of bestselling thrillers and many books on writing, including Plot and Structure and Write Your Novel From the Middle. News: 1) Kindle Direct Publishing adds or improves two features: Image Handling and Tables of Contents in your eBooks; 2) The publishing industry experiences book shortages that curtail sales during the holiday season; and 3) End-of-the-Year Report. Books sales rose in 2018, largely due to an increase in the sales of political nonfiction. Independent bookstore sales increased a bit. More than 1000 authors made over $100,000 self-publishing their work. And more. In the interview, Bell discusses how he structures his writing day, setting writing targets and tracking his productivity. He talks about creating an action plan to develop a writing career and keep it on track. He explains "the mirror moment," a mid-point scene in which the protagonist undergoes a moment of self-examination that leads to a transformative character arc, enriching the novel. James Scott Bell will be the keynote speaker at WriterCon 2019 in Oklahoma City over Labor Day weekend. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird special. Just enter the promo code EARLYBIRD when you register at writercon.org. The support this podcast, visit: www.patreon.com/willbern Email William Bernhardt at wb@williambernhardt.com, or visit his website: www.williambernhardt.com

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