Wulf Pack Writers Achieve Another Fine “Best of the Year” Showing in Critters Readers’ Poll 2023

Results came out for the 2023 Critters Readers’ Choice Awards yesterday, and our group’s record keeper, David Hankins, surprised me with this nice graphic to commemorate the occasion. Thousands from around the world vote in these Best of the Year awards. They are not easy to win. Many publishers promote their writers, and I’ve often seen wins and upsets happen by just a vote or two in the last hours on the last day of voting. The competition can be fierce.

I’m happy to announce several of our Wulf Pack rose to the top, achieving Best of the Year awards in their respective categories. Congratulations go to David Hankins for Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story of 2023 for “Death and the Taxman.” And for Best Romance Novel of 2023, we have our very own Rosa Meronek with “The Griffin’s Burn.”

For myself, I’m happy to announce HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY was voted Best Nonfiction Book of 2023. I honestly didn’t think the win was going to happen, as I was up against a rescue dog book, and the author has won many Critters Awards. It was only in the last hours on the last day of three weeks of voting that Howling rose from second to first and stayed there. My dark fantasy “The Saltmarsh” in GAME ON! was awarded Best All other Short Story of 2023. And my writing workshop programs and online resource of “The Super Secrets of Writing” was awarded Best Writers’ Workshop and Best Writers’ Resource of 2023.

Congratulations to all the winners, to those in the Top 10 of each category, and to all the nominees! Thank you to all that participated in the voting. This was another fine showing in these Best of the Year Awards for our Wulf Pack Writers group! GO WULF PACK!!!

HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY Tops the Charts!!!

I taught a free year-long workshop for five years called Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS to help unpublished writers level up and get published. It’s been a huge success, and many asked me to compile my teachings into a book. I funded the production of HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY through Kickstarter crowdfunding. The Kickstarter had 330 backers and funded at over $21,000 (e-books were delivered two months ago, and I am madly shipping out print books to backers now). My publisher had his launch date set long ago. The book released last Tuesday, November 7th. I hoped the book might hit #1 on release day, but knew it would be an uphill climb. All my friends and fans already had the e-book through the Kickstarter pledge rewards–they didn’t need another from Amazon Kindle.

Guess what? We hit #1 in Kindle’s New Releases Fiction Writing Books category again and again all week long (#1 on Kobo as well). In the regular writing books category with all the famous writing books you know, HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY rose to #6 bestseller (some upstart named Stephen King shut me out with an obscure book called ON WRITING 🙂 ). And then Draft2Digital’s weekly sales report came out–they report from multiple platforms, including Amazon. HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY hit #4 and #5 for the week in ALL indie nonfiction book category sales, not just the writing books category. And we launched on Tuesday–we didn’t even have the full week of sales! It continues to ride at #1 or #2 every day on Kindle’s New Release list for Fiction Writing books.

Thank you to all that recognized the importance of this book. It’s truly been a labor of love, born from my heartfelt concern for writers to make the publishing process easier … by helping them to learn how to create howling good stories that SELL!

Got yours? Do you long to see a story of yours published? Or if you’re published, to create stronger stories and novels that win awards and build a fanbase that long for more? What are you waiting for? Change your destiny and grab one today from your favorite retailer! Trust me, you’ll learn powerful writing secrets from this book, and you’ll have a great time reading it. Promise!

Order yours now by clicking on the link below! Cheers!

IT’S RELEASE DAY OF MY WRITING BOOK!

IT’S RELEASE DAY! Five years ago after winning Writers of the Future, I started a free writing workshop called Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets to help unpublished writers understand the principles of writing that not only make stories work, but help them sell professionally and win awards.

Guess what? Writers in these year-long workshops started winning by the droves. The Writers of the Future Contest, the Mike Resnick Memorial Award, the Baen Adventure Fantasy Award, and more! More importantly, they not only made their first professional sales, they made multiple sales that launched their careers in fiction writing. These writers are living proof that the Super Secrets of writing work.

So, I put all my teachings in a book. I launched my first Kickstarter to fund the project. It not only funded in 7 minutes, it earned Project We Love, and later was featured as Project of the Day on Kickstarter Reads. Final funding hit over $21,000 dollars. Remember, I’d never done Kickstarter crowdfunding before. This phenomenal first result proved to me people really wanted this book to come to life.

Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Stark Publishing Solutions guided me along the way. If you want great success, I always say find a great mentor. We’ve been so busy producing the book, we only announced the prerelease about a week ago. How to Write a Howling Good Story already hit #1 Bestselling New Release orange in a major Kindle writing books category, while still in prerelease!

We sent a copy to Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of The Oppenheimer Alternative. Here’s what he said: “Wulf Moon is a terrific writing teacher, and in How to Write a Howling Good Story, he shares the tips and tricks that have made him one of today’s hottest authors. His advice is spot-on; follow it and you can launch a major career. This book is pure gold.”

And now, here we are. My book that has helped so many writers launch their careers is available to you today from your favorite online retailer. Add this book to your arsenal. It has the power to change your writing destiny, as it has done for so many others. This is not a dry, formulaic book on writing. You’ll get your stories dressed for success while having a darn good time reading it.

Five years in the making. Thirty-six chapters. 100,000 words. Ebook, paperback, and hardcover. Get yours today and find out how to write a howling good story. This book can change your destiny!

https://books2read.com/howlinggoodstory

How to Order the Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing Workbook

This is my award-winning workbook that won Best Nonfiction Book published in 2022 in the Critters Readers’ Choice Awards. Thousands from around the world vote in these awards every year for their favorites in the publishing industry, and I’m happy this beautiful workbook has been appreciated by so many.

It’s already in its second printing, and once again it’s about to sell out, I have less than a dozen left! It’s a glossy covered, magazine-sized workbook in full color, filled with gorgeous illustrations to drive the points home. There’s questions at the end of each chapter for review, and a place to record your writing goals. Forty-one pages, plus the covers. 8.5″ x 11″. Many bestselling writers have told me there is nothing else like it.

Get your copy direct from Wulf Moon Enterprises! It’s easy! $20 plus $5 S/H to U.S. addresses. (Washington Residents: Please add 8.9% sales tax, or $1.78. Thank you.)

To securely order, click HERE or place in your browser: paypal.me/wulfmoon

In the What’s This About section, please write The Illustrated Workbook, your address, and your email for any delivery issues.

Here’s your chance to change your destiny with knowledge many have told me no one else is teaching. No wonder so many of the Wulf Pack Writers have won major awards and launched their careers. Knowledge, accurate knowledge, is power. Power up with my Super Secrets of Writing Programs!

How To Write a Howling Good Story is Finished!

IT’S FINISHED! On Tuesday night, I finished How To Write a Howling Good Story. This, after pushing through long-COVID brain fog for many months that dropped my output from 2000-3000 words per day down to 220/day. But done is beautiful! Weighs in at 37 chapters, 100,000 words. A big book! Now to get this to my publisher, Mark Leslie Lefebvre of Stark Publishing Solutions. Kickstarter backers get it first, but it’s coming soon to your favorite retail platform in e-book, trade paperback, and hardcover! I’ll let you know when it’s available for the public to purchase. I’m so happy to bring this to all of you!

New Wulf Moon’s SUPER SECRETS of Writing Article Published in DreamForge Magazine!

The latest SUPER SECRETS of Writing article! And a great preview of what’s to come in my How to Write a Howling Good Story book. “Escalating Tension: Crank it Up!” Here’s the editor’s comments:

In this article, Wulf Moon shows us how tension keeps readers engaged and invested in your story. Tension creates a sense of anticipation that makes readers want to know what happens next. But you must make it even harder for your characters! Ramp it up. Escalating tension helps shape the narrative, define the characters, and ultimately ensure the story is compelling and satisfying to readers.

Free to read at DreamForge Magazine! Click HERE to enjoy!

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HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY Kickstarter Launches December 7th, 2022

IT’S HERE! Four years ago, I launched a free project to help emerging writers get published called Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets Workshop. It’s not just a workshop, it’s also an online writing resource that’s had over 800,000 views! It’s won many awards. More importantly, it’s helped countless writers get published and win major awards themselves!

I’m publishing a book on the Super Secrets called HOW TO WRITE A HOWLING GOOD STORY. The Kickstarter launches December 7th, and it’s almost here! Would you like to help me share these sound writing principles with more writers struggling to advance? Even use them to hone your own writing skills? Or give the book as a gift to your writer friends? Then I invite you to join me in this venture and sign up for notification of the launch!

Here’s the link. CLICK HERE!

There are many amazing backer awards for you to choose from, including new virtual webinars and masterclasses! Add-ons include the new Illustrated Super Secrets of Writing workbook that I just released, which sold out in two weeks! Come enjoy all the goodness this Kickstarter is about to offer YOU.

As always, thank you for your support and friendship. I cannot reach this wonderful milestone without the help of many great friends. Now don’t forget to sign up for notice of the launch! Thank you so much! ❤

Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest: Wulf Moon

Wulf Moon, Salt Lake FanX 2022 Author Guest

It’s official! I’ve been invited to be a guest author at FanX Salt Lake, one of the largest multi-genre pop culture expos held in the world! Attendance usually exceeds 100,000 per convention, so this is the largest event that I’ve been invited to speak at and conduct my writing workshops at in my career. I’ll also have a booth in the exhibitor hall with a TOP SECRET release I’m debuting at FanX! Plus, I’ll be kicking off my SUPER SECRETS of Writing Kickstarter! And I’ll have books to sign, prizes to give away, a free writing workshop, and more!

Who’s going? Sept. 22nd-24th, 2022. Make your plans, mark your calendar, and come see me at my panels, workshop, or FanX exhibit hall booth. I’d love to see you there!

KYD: Kill Your Darlings

My latest Super Secrets of Writing article in DreamForge Anvil magazine!

KYD or Kill Your Darlings is a writing exercise I developed to win writing contests and craft potent vignettes used to build winning stories. I taught it to members of my Super Secrets Workshop, and had them practice the exercise at least once a month. Amazing–some would say miraculous–results followed. Almost all of the writers were unpublished when they began, but their writing transformed. Workshop members ended up either becoming a Finalist in the international Writers of the Future Contest, winning the Contest (four to date), winning the Mike Resnick Memorial Award for New Writers, or achieving their first professional sales in magazines and anthologies.

The editor of DreamForge Anvil magazine was so impressed with the results in my workshop, he commissioned me to write an article on the subject. Here’s his introduction to the article:

Stephen King said it best. “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” We need to be ruthless with our work— every word we write is not sacred. Get your words on the page, but be sure to go back in and give them a cold hard stare, knife in hand.

It’s free to read at the DreamForge website. Improve your writing by clicking HERE!

This article gives the basics you need to craft leaner, meaner stories. If you’d like to learn the actual exercise to transform your writing, you need the workshop I teach on it! I’m conducting a virtual KYD: Kill Your Darlings Exercise master workshop at Fyrecon Online this year! Here’s the details:

My KYD master workshop!

KYD: The Kill Your Darlings Exercise

5 Hour Live Online Master Workshop for $119
(includes Whole Conference general admission to Fyrecon Online , a $60 value!)
Class is limited to 20 students
November 21, 2021, 11:00 AM to 3:50 PM Mountain Time at Fyrecon 5

Twenty-five years ago, I developed a writing exercise to help me win what was likely the largest international flash fiction contest ever held. The contest was the brainchild of Dan Hurley, famous as the Sixty Second Novelist. For one year, writers from around the world submitted their 250-word flash stories each week, and professional judges awarded prizes for first, second, and third place. 500 to 700 writers entered each week. At the end of the year, twelve professionals judged the 52 first place winners for the grand prize.

Two of my first place winners placed in the Top 10. One of those took Grand Prize, earning me the title of Writer of the Year. Number One … out of some 30,000 total entries.

This is the system I developed to help me win that contest. I call it “Kill Your Darlings.” Many writers I coach say it’s the #1 reason they obtained their first pro sales, made it into Best of the Year anthologies, and were finalists and winners in major writing contests like Writers of the Future. The first place story that won the Mike Resnick Memorial Award? That was crafted from a KYD.

The system works.

Want to shave years off your learning curve? If you take this workshop, I can teach you how.

“Wrangling your first professional short story sale is a lot like catching a fish with your bare hands. Sure, it can be done, but you’re going to need to know the secrets unless you want splash around like a fool for an embarrassingly long time.

Moon promised me that if I put in the work he gave me, I’d reduce my time to publication. His KYD exercise has helped me move from not even sniffing a sale, to winning the Mike Resnick Memorial award.

Moon is not just a keeper of (super) secrets. He is a keeper of promises.”–Z.T. Bright, author

CLICK HERE NOW TO LEARN MORE AND REGISTER before November 21st, 2021!

Character Agency: Creating Proactive Heroes

Another published sample of Wulf Moon’s Super Secrets in DreamForge magazine!

This Super Secret is on proactive vs. passive heroes. In many submissions from beginners, the protagonist is swept along by circumstance, passively reacting to events instead of exercising their will over events to change their circumstances. It’s a big problem among hopeful writers, often creating a weak internal character arc and failing to engage the reader! I can teach you how to fix that! Read this Super Secret for FREE HERE!