The Trellis Method Book: Join the Beta Readers Group

The Trellis Method

It’s time to ask beta readers for feedback on my nonfiction book, The Trellis Method: Master story structure and write a book readers will love.

The Trellis Method Book

This isn’t just a how-to book, but a writing strategy supported by 7 tactical workbooks and worksheets.

  • The Trellis Method breaks down the novel-writing process by focusing attention through three strategic lenses:
    • Plot Lens
    • Scene Lens
    • Content Lens
  • The workbooks explain the story elements and the worksheets prompt for tactical details.
    • Genres
    • Premise
    • Characters
    • Plots
    • Themes
    • Story Spine, Body, and Beats
    • Scenes

If this process interests you, I’m looking for beta readers who will give critical feedback.

Fulfilling a Vow

I wrote the book and support materials for aspiring writers.

Many years ago, at the start of a long career, I recall whining to a friend about the “unwritten rules” at work that kept me from reaching my goals. Like Scarlett O’Hara’s famous scene in Gone with the Wind, my rant ended with an emotional vow. I promised to learn the unwritten rules and pay it forward by sharing insights with those who want to achieve their dreams.

Decades later, I’m still fulfilling that vow.

Writing Principles, Not Rules

What I called “unwritten rules” back then, I later realized they were actually principles.

Where rules can work on a limited set of tasks, principles are more useful. Like a map, you can follow the principles until you decide a detour serves you better. That puts you in control, regardless of circumstances.

But if you have your heart set on rules, here are my two favorites:

  • Rule #1: there are no rules, just principles.
  • Rule #2: don’t forget rule #1.

What Beta Readers Will Get

This blog excerpt* highlights the chief benefit you’ll receive.

Perhaps summarization is not the ability to produce insight, but rather the ability to recognize what other people will experience as insight. Someone else’s insight, delivered at the right moment, is as good as an entirely new insight.

I’m on a mission to discover and share the writing insights others have already figured out.

Join the Beta Readers Critique Team

I’m opening up this beta readers opportunity for subscribers who support my mission, but I’m keeping the group small, so apply today if you want to be on the Critique Team**.

Applying is easy. Just reply to one of my emails, or use the site’s contact form, and be sure to show your support for these two requirements:

  1. Commit to reading the material within 30 days, and
  2. Give critical feedback within that same time frame.

Join the Critique Team today and help writers live their dreams!


P.S. Not a subscriber? Join here.


**The Critique Team will receive the book, workbooks, and worksheets for free. This offer excludes the Character Template because it has already gone through the review process.

6 responses to “The Trellis Method Book: Join the Beta Readers Group”

  1. Jacqui Murray Avatar

    The book sounds excellent. Best of luck with finding beta readers. I’m always impressed with people who can do that.

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      I’ve enjoyed serving as a beta reader many times.

      The Trellis Method has been a fun (but lengthy) writing project that will soon end. I searched for bestselling authors who had already figured out the best approaches to writing a novel. Subscribers who volunteer as beta readers will gain useful insights gleaned from dozens of books and hundreds of articles.

      I’m ready to put The Trellis Method to work writing more fiction!

      1. Jacqui Murray Avatar

        I look forward to your first endeavor!

  2. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

    I just sent you an email, Grant, with some questions. This is exciting. Congrats on getting to this stage!

    1. Grant at Tame Your Book! Avatar
      Grant at Tame Your Book!

      Thanks for asking, Diana. I sent a reply under separate cover.

      1. D. Wallace Peach Avatar

        Yes, saw it. Thank you!

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