Back in 2010, I attended Dave Farland’s Million Dollar Outline course. Dave is an excellent instructor, and I learned a lot. It’s certainly not his fault that I haven’t made a million yet, since I didn’t follow his advice and have yet to write the YA fantasy he said I should move to the top of my to-do list. 🙂
Dave is one of those few instructors who is also a very successful writer himself. His books have won multiple awards, and some of the now prominent authors he has taught include Brandon Sanderson, Stephenie Meyer, and Brandon Mull.
Dave’s son, Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a serious long-boarding accident on April 4th, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, pneumonia, and is currently in a coma. His family has no insurance.
Costs for Ben’s treatment are expected to rise above $1,000,0000. To help raise money for Ben, friends of Dave’s have organized a a book bomb on behalf of Ben.
WHAT IS A BOOK BOMB?
A Book Bomb is an event where participants purchase a book on a specific day (in this case, Wednesday, April 10th). The books Dave is trying to promote with this book bomb to help his son are Nightingale and Million Dollar Outlines — the book that Dave developed out of his class notes from the course I attended.
Some people sing at night to drive back the darkness. Others sing to summon it. . . .
Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was–what her people call a “nightingale.”
But Bron isn’t ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know. Bron’s secret may be the most dangerous of all.
David Farland’s young adult fantasy thriller NIGHTINGALE has won SEVEN awards, including the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival–beating out ALL books in ALL categories. It is available as a hardcover ($24.99), ebook ($7.99), audio book ($24.99), and enhanced novel for the iPad ($9.99).
(More links available through the Facebook page.)
As a bestselling author David Farland has taught dozens of writers who have gone on to staggering literary success, including such #1 New York Times Bestsellers as Brandon Mull (Fablehaven), Brandon Sanderson (Wheel of Time), James Dashner (The Maze Runner) and Stephenie Meyer (Twilight).
In Million Dollar Outlines, Dave teaches how to analyze an audience and outline a novel so that it can appeal to a wide readership, giving it the potential to become a bestseller. The secrets found in his unconventional approach will help you understand why so many of his authors go on to prominence.
I haven’t read the book, but his course was packed with useful information, so I don’t feel bad recommending it. 🙂
You can donate money to Ben here: http://www.gofundme.com/BensRecovery
(Or you could purchase a book as a gift for someone else.)
Helping in other ways:
The best way you can help is by spreading the word of Ben’s donation page, and/or the book bomb. Share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, your blog — anywhere you feel inclined.
Most of the above info was taken from the Facebook event for Ben. Please share!