Immersion and Emotion—Pre-orders Coming Soon

A great novel is honed, not hatched

Immersion and Emotion—The Two Pillars of Storytelling, by Septimus Brown and Michelle Barker

Save the date: September 5

There are two pillars to effective storytelling: immersion and emotional draw. Immersion is what transports readers into your story world. Emotional draw is what keeps them there.

This book will take you deep into the craft workshop of the Darling Axe's two senior editors. Michelle and David's core editorial philosophy is simple: every element of a story must serve the reader's experience.

Pre-orders open mid-August

Join our launch list for updates by sending a note to editors@darlingaxe.com.

About the Darling Axe

Our editors are industry professionals and award-winning writers. We offer narrative development, editing, and coaching for every stage of your manuscript's journey to publication.



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