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  • It Musta Happened #1: The origin of typos - Duration: 81 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 56 views
    Exploring the history of famous moments in writing and publishing history that must have taken place, even if nobody was paying attention at the time. Today we look at a plausible explanation for w...
  • Jefferson and Gilbert talk about the evils of the plot yoyo.

    Immersive Writing: Plot Yoyos - Duration: 4 minutes, 43 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 90 views
    How plot yoyos can undermine everything you've achieved. What is a plot yoyo and how do they undermine reader confidence? Want to learn a great way to waste your reader's time? Also called a narrat...
  • You into vampires? How about librarians? Lots of both in the new episode, plus some great extra book recommendations. #TABA

    Episode 3: Amber Fang and The Fussy Librarian - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 62 views
    Today Gilbert Gormley interviews Amber Fang: Librarian, vampire, and government assassin, from the book that shares her name, by Arthur Slade.

    But if one book-lady isn't enough, how about two? Be...
  • There And Back Again: Ep #2 - LostTime - Duration: 10 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 63 views
    Gilbert interviews the recently murdered detective, Finsbury Gage from Lost Time. A science fiction novel by Damien Boyes. If you want a book like Altered Carbon, you might want to take a peek.

    In...
  • There And Back Again: Pilot Episode - Tayna from Strange Places - Duration: 11 minutes.

    • 1 year ago
    • 58 views
    This is the experimental pilot episode of an animated talk show here on IOD-TV. Intended for people who love indie fiction and want to find the good stuff, we'll be featuring interviews with fictio...
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  • What is ImmerseOrDie? (And you can, too!) A short explainer vid about the IOD book review club and how authors can get involved and get noticed.

    How ImmerseOrDie Works: authors helping authors to get noticed - Duration: 5 minutes, 34 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 47 views
    A short explainer video about the ImmerseOrDie indie book review club. Authors helping authors to get noticed. Jefferson Smith explains the things we're doing for indie authors, and how you can get...
  • New IOD video: What's the big deal about page one?

    Immersive Writing: Page One Idiot Test - Duration: 7 minutes, 54 seconds.

    • 1 year ago
    • 224 views
    The importance of page one. Why is the first page of your book so crucial? Let's talk about reader psychology when they read that first page. What drives the importance of page one? Reader psycholo...
  • One well-chosen noun can be more evocative than an entire page of exposition.

    Immersive Writing: The Power of Names - Duration: 6 minutes, 21 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 149 views
    In the fight to cure exposition dumps, the power of names cannot be overstated. When trying to convey the world of your story, the names you give things, the nouns you use, are the most powerful se...
  • More engaging marketing, less sleazy aftertaste.

    Immersive Marketing: Selling Stories By Telling Stories - Duration: 6 minutes, 24 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 213 views
    Immersive marketing. Get the most out of selling stories by telling stories. Let your skills at narrative be your marketing super power. An approach to book marketing that doesn't feel sleazy. Don'...
  • 30-sec trick for writing more original plots. #writing #writingtips

    Immersive Writing: Plotting Practice - 30 Seconds to More Creative Plots - Duration: 6 minutes, 1 second.

    • 2 years ago
    • 366 views
    Better plots. Less predictable plots. More creative plot twists. More engaging stories. Every writer wants their reader to be mesmerized by their story, but how can you practice plotting more effic...
  • Immersive Writing: Solving Writer's Block With Play - Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 101 views
    Want to know how to solve writer's block and have fun while you're doing it?

    Every author writes themselves into a corner from time to time, but getting out again can feel like work. But solving ...
  • A fun way to improve your book's shelf appeal. And it's free.

    Indie Book Marketing: Better titles, covers, taglines, and blurbs - Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 143 views
    Better titles. Better taglines. Better covers. Better blurbs. These elements are the workhorses of a book marketing campaign, so if you can improve those, you will improve your shelf-appeal. The se...
  • Pronoun poisoning: When "he," "him," and "his" hook up with different people in the same sentence.

    Immersive Writing: Pronoun Confusion - Duration: 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 166 views
    A moment's inattention can lead to pronoun confusion and disrupt immersion. Unanchored pronouns leave readers confused about who is doing what because the nouns the pronouns refer to are tangled. A...
  • Proposal: let's make ImmerseOrDie an awesome indie bookclub

    ImmerseOrDie: An Immersion Book Club - Duration: 4 minutes, 41 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 72 views
    Indie publishing has a bed rep because a lot of indie books are poorly produced. But a few are great. The authors who write strong, immersive indie books, with solid production values and professio...
  • The #1 grammar problem with indie fiction: temporal whiplash. What it is and how to avoid it. #writing

    Immersive Writing: Temporal Whiplash - Duration: 5 minutes, 32 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 145 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Don't give readers temporal whiplash. Writing flashbacks can be hard. If readers don't realize you're referring to the deeper past in your writing, then you ha...
  • Not all immersion busters are actually errors. Sometimes, perfectly sensible prose can backfire.

    Immersive Writing: Squeaky Wheel Syndrome - Duration: 5 minutes, 28 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 163 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story and avoid immersion busters? It isn't just typos and spelling errors that convince readers to close your book. If it happens...
  • Immersive Writing: What is Immersion, anyway? - Duration: 5 minutes, 35 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 536 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story? Then let's first answer a simple question: What is immersion, anyway?

    In this video, Jefferson discusses what reader immer...
  • A new IOD Immersion Lab video just went up. Today's topic: Echoing Headwords.

    Immersive Writing: Echoing Headwords - Duration: 5 minutes, 45 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 235 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story and avoid immersion busters? Here's a mistake you might be making when writing immersively.

    Echoing headwords.

    Rhetorical ...
  • Why stories that start with action might be killing immersion.

    Immersive Writing: Suffocated Empathy - Duration: 6 minutes, 8 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 328 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story and avoid immersion busters? Here's a mistake you might be making when writing immersively.

    Hooking readers with action is...
  • Immersive Writing: Show vs Tell Mismatch - Duration: 5 minutes, 8 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 274 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story and avoid immersion busters? Here's a mistake you might be making when writing immersively.

    The show vs tell mismatch. It's...
  • Immersive Writing: Galloping "I" Disease - Duration: 5 minutes, 16 seconds.

    • 2 years ago
    • 507 views
    Want to write more immersive fiction? Keep readers immersed in the story and avoid immersion busters? Here's a mistake you might be making when writing immersively.

    Galloping "I" disease is simila...
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