Release Day Celebration: The Occupation Thesaurus Is Here!

Celebrating a new book NEVER gets old for us. Aside from the obvious feel-good-ness of having another book in the world, it’s satisfying to know everything WE learned as we wrote the book is now yours…and your writing is going to be SO MUCH STRONGER FOR IT!

The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writers Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers

What if you could fast-track the reader’s understanding of a character without chunky paragraphs of description that kill the story’s pace? And what if you could use a common element of daily life to explore story goals, relationships, themes, and even the character’s internal growth? You can. It’s time to activate the power of your character’s occupation.

Whether a character loves or hates what they do, a job can reveal many things about them, including their priorities, beliefs, desires, and needs. The Occupation Thesaurus will show you how a career choice can characterize, drive the plot, infuse scenes with conflict, and get readers on the character’s side through the relatable pressures, responsibilities, and stakes inherent with work.

More about The Occupation Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Jobs, Vocations, and Careers
The List of Occupations in this guide
A sample entry: Firefighter


Becca and I are so excited to bring you a book that will help you weave character and plot in a new, meaningful way, shorten the “get-to-know-the-character” period with readers, and give you an endless supply of conflict options to challenge your character’s commitment to their goal.

Because this book is on occupations, we wanted to create a giveaway that can help YOU with YOUR writing career. After all, you work hard. You’re dedicated, showing up every day, to get the words down. Let’s face it, you’re freaking magnificent!

So we’re giving away Showcase GIFT CERTIFICATES to help with the costs associated with writing & One Stop for Writers® SUBSCRIPTIONS so your story is as powerful as it can be.

Here’s how it works…

The Services for Writers Showcase is a collection of small businesses within our community, most writers themselves. They offer important services to writers to help them reach their publication goals, and the income they earn supports them while they pursue their own goals.

Paying the bills right now is a challenge, and many are struggling. So, if you win a Showcase gift certificate in our giveaway, you can redeem it at any business listed in our Showcase. With COVID in the mix, it is more important than ever to support our own.

You can also win subscriptions to One Stop for Writers®, a site Becca and I created.

One Stop for Writers is a portal to powerful storytelling tools like the Character Builder and the largest show-don’t-tell database anywhere containing ALL our thesauruses (15 and counting!). There’s much more to One Stop, so stop by. Writing can be easier.

Want to win one of these great prizes? Enter using THIS FORM.

This giveaway is now closed. Watch your inboxes for notifications! Winners have 48 hours to respond.

Congrats to:
Elissa Kane, Susan Policoff, Annie Douglass Lima, Karen Adair, Billie Wade, and Gina!

Then, go check out our Services for Writers Showcase so you can see what services there are to choose from, and PSST! check out the special deals some of these businesses have put together just for you!

This contest ends July 23rd, at 11:59 PM EST, so hurry and enter. One entry per person, no cash value, or exchanges. More general rules and conditions here.

But Wait…There’s More!

Because there are literally thousands of jobs and we had to choose only a fraction to include in the book, our fantastic Street Team helped us create a special resource: a Contributed List of BONUS Occupation Entries. Check it out…you might find the PERFECT FIT for your character!

A giant thank you to everyone who helped us launch this book <<Street Team squeeze>>, and to all of you for your support of what we do.

Be a good writing bud and let your friends know about this draw? Good luck to all!


Angela is a writing coach, international speaker, and bestselling author who loves to travel, teach, empower writers, and pay-it-forward. She also is a founder of One Stop For Writers, an online library packed with powerful tools to help writers elevate their storytelling.
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37 Responses to Release Day Celebration: The Occupation Thesaurus Is Here!

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  2. Linda Gribko says:

    Congratulations and thank you for your fabulous guides!

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  4. George McClane says:

    Of course you are the best. What?

  5. Anne Kaelber says:

    Congratulations on your new release. And *thank you* for making this one. I’ve already grabbed my Kindle edition and can’t wait to dive in. Will you be extending the contributions further than the Street Team? I would love to see what others do or have done for a living. 🙂 Keep up the great work! I tell all my writing friends about your books.

    • Hi Anne, so very glad this will be a helpful guide for you. And in regards to the contributed entries, if anyone wishes to do one, they just need to get in touch and I’ll send along a template. 🙂

      And thank you for passing on the word of this new book. We really appreciate that. <3

  6. Jay Hicks says:

    Can’t imagine the dilemma of making choices from your services showcase. But, sure, I’d be happy to dig in. I’ve enjoyed all your occupation posts in the birth and creation of this fabulous new WHW thesaurus. Congratulations. X Jay

  7. Jen Elliott says:

    What a fantastic prize. I have all your books on my wish list and now adding this new one. The Emotion Thesaurus has been invaluable in my WIP so far.

  8. Susan Grillo says:

    I’ve been waiting for this book. Bought it and am already using it.
    Congratulations to you both for another wonderful book!

  9. Congrats, Angela and Becca!

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  11. Congratulations on your newest release. The Occupation Thesaurus is a nice addition to any writer’s reference library.
    Keep them coming.
    And thank you for all you ladies do for us aspiring authors.

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  13. Karen Lange says:

    Congratulations! So excited for you both. Congratulations Angela and Becca!

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  15. K.M. Weiland says:

    Super-huge congrats, ladies!

  16. Dot Smith Stewart says:

    So glad to have this book join my collection of all the others you have written. (Also happy to see that CLERGY was included in the list of occupations. Sometimes we are overlooked. Can’t wait to see what you wrote about us!)

    • I am so glad you’ll find that entry useful! And yes, we did our best to try to hot a wide range of options. Hopefully this will make a strong brainstorming tool for writers. 🙂

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  19. Congrats on the release! Another great addition to my growing Thesaurus library.

  20. Great addition to a writer’s library.

  21. A huge congrats on the release of your new book! Thanks for all you both do to help writers.

  22. Jemi Fraser says:

    Congrats on the release! Looking forward to this one too 🙂

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