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    I am a self-published author who is excited to dive into the publishing world!

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  1. FIRST ASSIGNMENT: write your story statement. In the town of Valdis, a widow strikes a deal with the local undertaker who inserts himself into her life after her husband’s death. SECOND ASSIGNMENT: in 200 words or less, sketch the antagonist or antagonistic force in your story. Keep in mind their goals, their background, and the ways they react to the world about them. Tisreus is the undertaker of Valdis, but he hides a secret…that he is not who he seems. He hides his true image from the world unless he wants to reveal himself. His motivation for pursuing Valerie and her sisters, Amara and Nicole, is primarily driven by the fact that they are alone and vulnerable. THIRD ASSIGNMENT: create a breakout title (list several options, not more than three, and revisit to edit as needed). Book Title: Lessons of Divinity Series Title: Tales of Integrity FOURTH ASSIGNMENT: Develop two smart comparables for your novel. His Dark Materials trilogy The All Souls trilogy FIFTH ASSIGNMENT: write your own hook line (log-line) A grieving young widow becomes acquainted with the local undertaker of her village, who shows her hidden truths about the world. SIXTH ASSIGNMENT: sketch out the conditions for the inner conflict your protagonist will have. Valerie is afflicted with grief over her husband’s death. Tisreus offers her an escape from her grief, with a condition…that she binds herself to him in marriage instead. But is it a chance to escape from her own life, or a cover for something else? Next, likewise sketch a hypothetical scenario for the "secondary conflict" involving the social environment. The secondary conflict is caused by Valerie constantly moving from one environment to the next. She has no place to settle down and properly deal with her grief over her husband’s death…not even when Tisreus makes her and her sisters an offer they can’t refuse. FINAL ASSIGNMENT: sketch out your setting in detail. 1. Valdis The town of Valdis is quaint and idyllic. It includes businesses such as a healer and an undertaker. Although they live in an isolated area from the rest of the village, Valerie and Cyprian call Valdis home.
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