Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing

Click to buy on Amazon! Just 99 cents!

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of a side-project of mine, Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing, available on this site through (all formats supported, see below) and for the Kindle.

I was inspired to write my first e-article after reading a great post on fantasy author Lindsay Burocker’s blog. Subsequently, I read e-article guru Kate Harper’s amazing guest blog, bought her $.99 e-article on writing e-articles (how post-modern is that?), and then went for it on the thing I know the best: writing!

About Telling Your Tale
My guide is geared towards the absolute beginner, but if you want to get refresher course on some of the basic terms and strategies, or just want to see if our views of novel writing mesh, please give it a try and let me know what you think.

I plan to keep Telling Your Tale out of KDP so that I can not only cast the net wide, but also experiment with direct sales through, where 100% of the profits for digital downloads go to the author.


Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing will give you the tools, terms, and strategies to take the germ of your story idea and get you started on the path to writing your first novel.

Telling Your Tale answers the most basic–but often overlooked–questions, such as:

  • What is and isn’t a novel?
  • How long should my novel be?
  • How much time will it take?
  • Should I outline? What are the pros and cons?
  • What are the basic terms I need to know to even start writing?

This concise guide of about 40 paperback pages is designed to get you writing as soon as possible, not spend days reading about the writing you should be doing.

Everyone has a story they want to share and Telling Your Tale will empower you to start that journey. Get your copy and start writing…your story is waiting!

Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing is an e-article of 10,00 words, or about 40 paperback pages. It includes a step-by-step introduction to the basic terms and concepts of novel writing to get the novice author started on the biggest step of their career: writing the first book. It also includes appendices with tips on combating writer’s block, guides to finding or founding critique groups, and a resources section with suggested readings on craft, editing, and publishing to further help the budding writer improve their knowledge of the field.

How Do I Get It?
Telling Your Tale is available fpr $.99 on this site via the fulfillment service

  • .mobi – For Kindle
  • .epub – For iPad and most eReaders
  • .pdf – For any PC or eReaders

Since I get 100% of the cost of the book, it would be great if you used Oronjo to get Telling Your Tale. But it’s also available on (more sites coming soon!) for just $.99.

Click here to learn more about secure digital download and payment through


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6 comments on “Telling Your Tale: A Beginner’s Guide to Novel Writing
  1. yoga-adan says:

    sounds like a great little book, best wishes matthew, you’ll have to do some follow-up posts! thanks 😉

  2. Wo3lf says:

    I will get it later today Matthew. Only I will have to go through Amazon because I’ve got everything set up there already.

    • Matthew Iden says:

      Hi Woelf – thanks! I appreciate the support and hope you enjoy it. No worries about Amazon…I still love ’em. The Oronjo thing is me sticking my toe in the waters of total independent writing, more experiment than anything. 🙂

  3. Pondrin says:

    Seems like a great book for beginners! I’m planning to write my first novel after writing some short stories for more than 3 years. Will consider to buy the Kindle version 🙂

    • Matthew Iden says:

      Hi Pondrin! Sorry for the late reply. I hope you enjoy it, if you buy it; please let me know. If you’ve been writing shorts for a while, some of the craft issues might be known to you, but there are certain foibles to novel writing that my guide might help with.

      All the best!

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