Monday, January 10, 2011

Meet Author and Publisher, Jeff Gerke

The Barn Door Book Loft. Free Books! Book Giveaways.

Guest post by Jennifer Slattery

Jeff Gerke, founder of Marcher Lord Press, knows books. He's a novelist, non-fiction writer and publisher who specializes in the weird, bold, and unique. If you liked the Chronicles of Narnia series or Lord of the Rings, you'll love Marcher Lord Press titles. His latest release, "Plot Versus Character," helps writers find that perfect, page-turning plot/character balance. This week he'll tell us about his latest, highly sought after book, his rapidly growing publishing company, how authors can grab his attention, and more.

How many authors wish they had inside editor information? In "Plot Versus Character" Jeff tells authors exactly what he's looking for. Learn it, practice it, perfect it, and your next novel might be the one to make Jeff say, "Oh, my goodness, this is AWESOME!"

Plot Versus Character:

What's more important to a story: a gripping plot or compelling characters? Literary-minded novelists argue in favor of character-based novels while commercial novelists argue in favor of plot-based stories, but the truth of the matter is this: The best fiction is rich in both.

Enter "Plot Versus Character." This hands-on guide to creating a well-rounded novel embraces both of these crucial story components. You'll learn to:

Create layered characters by considering personality traits, natural attributes, and backgrounds

Develop your character's emotional journey and tie it to your plot's inciting incident

Construct a three-act story structure that can complement and sustain your character arc

Expose character backstory in a manner that accentuates plot points

Seamlessly intertwine plot and character to create a compelling page-turner filled with characters to whom readers can't help but relate

And much more

Filled with helpful examples and friendly instruction, "Plot Versus Character" takes the guesswork out of creating great fiction by giving you the tools you need to inject life into your characters and momentum into your plots.

Order your copy of Plot Versus Character now!

Jeff is giving away a copy of "Plot Versus Character." To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway multiple times--once on each day's spotlight post.

Jeff Gerke is an author of fiction and nonfiction including such books as the Operation: Firebrand novels. He has worked as an editor for numerous publications and is the founder of Marcher Lord Press, an indie publishing company dedicated to producing the finest in Christian science fiction, fantasy, and other wonderfully weird genres.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I need this book!

amber said...

This looks interesting!!

Naomi Musch said...

Jeff Gerke is always blazing trails and his writing advice is straight-forward. I loved his Art & Craft of Writing Fiction! Shared it with some teen writers who drank it up too.

Joanne Sher said...

Oh BOY do I need this book! Enter me. PLEASE!!!

Patty Wysong said...

Well, I see this is a book that has zoomed to the top of my reading list AND my "need to buy" list! LoL. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the week.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

i'm shamelessly going to back post a comment on this post, as well. I WANT THAT BOOK!!!!

Ruth Ann Dell said...

I'm looking forward to reading this week's blogs on the Book Loft and hearing more about Jeff and his books and publishing company.

Please enter me in the draw for Plot versus Character.

Many thanks

Ruth Ann

PatriciaW said...

I've heard so many good things about it, Plot vs. Character is definitely on my Writing Craft Book wish list.

Lee Smith said...

This has been on my wish list for a while. I loved the other book on Christian fiction that he wrote.

Linda said...

Sounds like a very informative read for beginning novelists. Please enter me.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Joy Tamsin David said...

I'd love to win this book. Carman sent me. Thanks!

Joy G Lee G@aol. com (remove spaces)

Cindy W. said...

Oh, I could so use this book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I am an email subscriber

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

I am a GFC follower.

Cindy W.


Millardthemk said...
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Millardthemk said...

Hey, I'd love to enter!! Carman sent me!


Jane said...

This looks helpful. Please enter me!


Jane said...

I'm a follower!

Tea said...

Please enter me. Carman sent me.


Anonymous said...

I'd love to win this!

Tessa Emily Hall ~ Christ is Write said...

I'm currently reading his other book "The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction" and love it! He's a great writer.

I'm a follower. My email is:
thall1313 (at) gmail (dot) com


Meredith said...

This book looks helpful for writers!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Renee G said...

Would love to give this a place of honor on my bookshelf.

Jolee said...

Awesome! I have a favorite writer in mind who is trying so hard to develop. Thanks. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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