Many books fail despite great beginning and closing chapters because the story sags in the middle. Editor and author supreme Kelly McNees lays out a strategy for making your middle chapters sizzle with conflict and tension through the use of better plot structure, subplots, and employing the "journey" concept for storytelling.
Kelly O'Connor McNees began her editorial career at Harper Collins and the University of Michigan Press. She launched Word Bird Editorial Services in 2008, and has helped writers of all stripes—including a CIA agent, a musician, a New York City bartender, a newspaper columnist, a dentist, an organic farmer, an art house cinema owner, and many, many others—improve their writing and pursue their publication goals. Kelly is the author of Undiscovered Country (coming in 2018), The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, In Need of a Good Wife, and The Island of Doves. She is passionate about coaching writers and troubleshooting manuscripts to help them succeed.