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Bestselling author William Bernhardt discusses the latest news from the writing world, offers writing tips, and interviews Shawn Coyne, writer, editor, and creator of The Story Grid. News: 1) Steven Spielberg options a story first published on Reddit. 2) Wattpad announces the creation of Wattpad Books, a book publishing division to promote its authors and stories in print. 3) Otto Pendler announces the creation of a new mystery imprint. 4) Amazon's press release reveals that thousands of self-published authors are making more than $50,000 a year. In the interview, Shawn Coyne discusses The Story Grid, guidelines and checklists he created after years of editing for major New York publishers. Authors can use the Grid to diagnose their work-in-progress and make sure it contains all the essential ingredients. Coyne also discusses what makes a book stand out to readers, the advantages of outlining, and the truth about writer's block. Please post reviews and ratings wherever you get your podcast. You can email William Bernhardt at and learn more about his work at


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