Calisa Rhose presents ~ Plotting made easy with Alicia Dean


I’m turning the Round Pen over to a special guest and friend today.

An editor for The Wild Rose Press going on nine years now, as well as a freelance editor, Alicia Dean also has several (climbing toward ten) books published both trad and indie routes. She has a fine understanding for structurally writing a book to publishing standards. 😀 ). Now Alicia has breached another gorge to self publish a writing book.

Who doesn’t need all the help they can get? 🙂 So I was thrilled to give her the gold key today to tell you about Find the Magic– How to Plot a Story in 10 Easy Steps. A plotting craft book that I rushed to get the first day because…I don’t know how to plot. Yes, I’m a pantser. But we pantsers can learn to plot, too, can’t we?:) Now, I admit I haven’t had time to read it yet, but I am looking forward to and know I’ll come away with something I can use, maybe even a DUH moment or two.

Let’s give a big ranch welcome to award-winning author-editor, Alicia Dean!

How to write a novel?

That is the question. There are probably as many answers to that question as there are people who ask it. Wanting to write and actually doing it are two very different things. I am well acquainted with the sometimes grueling process of churning out a story. Over the years, I have tried many methods for creating and completing manuscripts, and have tweaked and honed it down to a workable (for me) process. Using specific examples from one of my own novels, Without Mercy, I share my method in this mini how to book. The first eight steps actually deal with plotting while the last two are designed to help expand your outline into a well-developed draft. There is no one, perfect way to create a story, but there will be a method, or methods that work for you. I’m not sure if this is the one, but it works for me. Only you can decide if it also works for you. Fingers crossed that it does!

Award winning author and editor, Alicia Dean, shares her process of creating a story, along with bonus tips in Find The Magic – How to Plot a Story in 10 Easy Steps.

*** ON SALE – 99¢ through November 15, 2014 ***





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Alicia Dean lives in Edmond, Oklahoma. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contemporary suspense and paranormal, but has also written in other genres, including a few vintage historicals. In addition to being an author of more than twenty published works, Alicia is both a freelance editor and an editor for The Wild Rose Press, under the name, Ally Robertson, in their suspense line. Other than reading and writing, her passions are Elvis Presley, MLB, NFL (she usually works in a mention of one or all three into her stories) and watching her favorite televisions shows like Vampire Diaries, Justified, Sons of Anarchy, Haven, The Mindy Project, and Dexter (even though it has sadly ended, she will forever be a fan). Some of her favorite authors are Michael Connelly, Dennis Lehane, Lee Child, Lisa Gardner, Sharon Sala, Jordan Dane, Ridley Pearson, Joseph Finder, and Jonathan Kellerman…to name a few.

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What are you waiting for? Go grab a copy before it goes off sale!




About Calisa Rhose

I'm a mother of three daughters, five granddaughters (with a new surprise on the way), and wife to a wonderfully supportive man. I began writing warm-you-to-the-bones romance as a teen, and the addiction has now morphed into a life of its own. I became a published author in May 2011! I create art and jewelry with polymer clay and beads to relax, and have a passion for sewing for fun. Check out my Tips From an Editor blog at See my art, craft and sewing projects at

Posted on 11/06/2014, in Goals, guest blogging, inspirations, Pen of the Dreamer, Promotion, Welcome and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Sounds like a helpful book for all writers of fiction. Plotting the plot! Thanks for posting.


  2. Thank you for the warm welcome and the fabulous introduction! I’m happy to be back! I’ll try to keep the stampede under control. 🙂


  3. Calisa and Alicia-two of my FAVORITE ladies 🙂 Your book sounds fantastic, Alicia. What a treasure–words of wisdom from such an amazing author/editor.


  4. Welcome back, Alicia! I’ll leave you to run the stampede. 🙂


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