Advent Calendar Prize: 3 Chapter Critique & 13 Steps to Evil Villains Guide (Sacha Black)

Today’s Giveaway

Nothing beats a GREAT critique unless it’s paired with a signed copy of a terrific craft book, so today is your lucky day!

The winner of this prize will get a 3-chapter critique (you choose the chapters!) by author and writing coach Sacha Black, plus a signed copy of 13 Steps to Evil: How to Craft Superbad Villains (open internationally!) A peek at the contents:

Your hero is not the most important character in your book. Your villain is. 

Are you fed up of drowning in two-dimensional villains? Frustrated with creating clichés? And failing to get your reader to root for your villain?

In 13 Steps to Evil, you’ll discover: 

  • How to develop a villain’s mindset
  • A step-by-step guide to creating your villain from the ground up
  • Why getting to the core of a villain’s personality is essential to make them credible
  • What pitfalls and clichés to avoid as well as the tropes your story needs

Finally, there is a comprehensive writing guide to help you create superbad villains. Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned writer, this book will help power up your bad guy and give them that extra edge.

These lessons will help you master and control your villainous minions, navigate and gain the perfect balance of good and evil, as well as strengthening your villain to give your story the tension and punch it needs.

Want to win this incredible prize pack? Enter below and good luck!

Enter more Advent Giveaways HERE. (Last day to enter is Dec 19th!)

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126 Responses to Advent Calendar Prize: 3 Chapter Critique & 13 Steps to Evil Villains Guide (Sacha Black)

  1. Ariana says:

    Yes!!! This is amazing, thanks so much, Sacha!

  2. Aimee says:

    This looks great!

  3. Misha says:

    This book sounds amazing! Thank you for the giveaway.

  4. Jenna says:

    This book looks awesome! I’m still fleshing out my antagonist and this will be a great resource!

  5. Jeigh says:

    This sounds like an amazing book! I’m going to look into it anyway, but I hope I win it!

  6. Karen Hartline says:

    Need to make my villains more evil. Would love to win

  7. Glory Wade says:

    This would be fabulous.

  8. I can’t wait to read this one!

  9. Larry Keeton says:

    Love your 13 Steps to Evil!

  10. Katja Rammer says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway.

  11. Angelle McDougall says:

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this awesome prize. Merry Christmas.

  12. Kimberly Bea says:

    This looks so awesome! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  13. Irene Kessler says:

    Sounds Fabulous

  14. Sabrina Haslimeier says:

    I could really use this. I need to make my baddie baddier.

  15. lisa clark says:

    thanks for this chance!

  16. Jackie Batston says:

    This will be invaluable as I’m working on my villain.

  17. K.A.Allen says:

    This would be a fantastic resource–if I don’t win, I will definitely look into purchasing the book as well!

  18. Peter Loraditch says:

    Would love to get my villain critiqued by a pro!

  19. Paul Go says:

    This looks phenomenal. I will purchase if I don’t win.

  20. Rochele Smit says:

    This is great! Thanks for the opportunity!

  21. Alli Martin says:

    This is an awesome giveaway!

  22. Christine says:

    🤯 Will I win?

  23. Ava Quinn says:

    Thanks for offering this! So generous. 🙂

  24. Betty Vanderwielen says:

    What a great opportunity.

  25. Thanks for a great giveaway

  26. Wow what a great give away 🙂

  27. Ali says:

    Thank you Sacha for offering this opportunity.

  28. Kylie says:

    Villains are the best! I really want to read this book- thank you so much for bringing it to my attention!

  29. Mary Holm says:

    This couldn’t be more timely, since I’m in the middle of a bit of revising. Thanks for a great contest.

  30. Heather O'Connor says:

    I have a really twisted villain that would benefit from Sacha’s critique and insights. Ooh! and a quiet, insidious bad guy, too. Crossing my fingers. 🙂

  31. Lori says:

    Ooo I could use getting into the mind of a villain! So hard when you’re an angel 😉

  32. Elaine Milner says:

    I could really use this critique, and the book sounds excellent. Thank you for offering this. A writer’s advent calendar with gifts like these is a fantastic idea.

  33. Lara Herrera says:

    Thanks for offering this fabulous prize!

  34. DGKaye says:

    What a fun contest! Already following you everywhere Sacha <3

  35. Hannah says:

    What a neat giveaway! I’m going to check out the book, even if I don’t win. My villains could use a little work. 😉

  36. Great prize and the three chapter critique would come in handy!

  37. Tom Crepeau says:

    Thank you!

  38. Katherine Holom says:

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks for including this as an option.

  39. Magdalena says:

    Who wouldn’t dream about it?!

  40. This sounds like an interesting book.

  41. Beverly King says:

    Can’t wait to read this, sounds great!

  42. Tim Seabrook says:

    What a wonderful gift to receive. The book is great (I have the ebook version) but would love to have a paper version and the chance to have three chapters critiqued be an author such as yourself would be a fabulous honour.

    Thanks for the opportunity and a Merry Christmas to you all

  43. Cindy Fowell says:

    Always enjoy learning from your blog posts. Thank you for being a part of our writing lives.

  44. Tamara Meyers says:

    I asked Santa to put you in my Christmas stocking, so I could pick your brain every time I need help with my hero or villain, this is almost as good 🙂 Thank you for taking part in the Advent calendar giveaway.

  45. Ashley Wong says:

    I’m so excited!

  46. Vidya says:

    A 3 Chapter Critique sounds great! this is the first I’ve heard of a book that focuses on crafting Superbad Villains!

  47. Gwendolyn Ensz says:

    Wow, this sounds like fantastic – a critique AND a free book! ‘Tis truly the season of giving!

  48. Gillian Duff says:

    Great idea and fabulous prizes.

  49. Bev Baird says:

    What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks so much. Looks like a great book to read.

  50. Marsha Posz says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for the opportunity! I would LOVE this prize!

  51. yara hernandez says:

    Amazing giveaway!!

  52. Patrick Hanford says:

    I could use a writing Christmas gift. Thanks for doing this.

  53. This sounds like the perfect Christmas gift!

  54. Villains are something I need to work on!

  55. Wendy Blankenship says:

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  56. Sally Kirkpatrick says:

    YES!! Everyone needs a good villain

  57. Rhonda Zatezalo says:

    I would love making my main villain a deeper character.

  58. barbara says:

    Thanks for the chance for this great prize!

  59. Celine Grace says:

    Help with crafting a believable villain sounds wonderful.

  60. Lisa B says:

    A critique is a very generous prize, thanks for the chance!

  61. A crit sounds awesome. Thank you for offering it up!

  62. Jessica Swafford says:

    Yay for the giveaway!

  63. Marsha Posz says:

    Awesome! I want!

  64. Marsha says:

    This sounds fantastic! Thanks for the chance to win. So generous!

  65. Josee Campaigne says:

    Awesome idea, great prize.

  66. Trisha Tunis says:

    Oh, nothing makes a better book than a great villain!

  67. Charli says:

    Been wanting to get this book! Been hinting to my family.

  68. DJ Blackford says:

    Is this a physical book or an ebook? It says “signed copy”, so I’m assuming physical.

  69. Julie Hiner says:

    As my serial killet is as important as the detective, I would LOVE to win this!!!

  70. Julie Hiner says:

    Given my serial killer is as important as thw detective, so much so that he has his own emotional wounds and viewpoint into the story I would love, love, LOVE to win this!!!!!! Thanks Angela!!

  71. THAT is an awesome prize! Woot! Thanks so much for holding this contest. It’s a very creative idea <3

  72. Outstanding! I have a copy of this book, may I gift it to another if I win?

    • Sacha Black says:

      Well thank you so much for buying a copy, Traci. As long as Angela says that’s okay then if you win I’ll happily ship it to someone else for you 🙂 good luck

  73. Dale Thele says:

    Great holiday idea! Thank you!

  74. Carol Lorentz says:

    This is a very nice gesture especially since it’s Christmas time…any prizes won will be gladly appreciated. Thanks again!

  75. Naomi Kennedy says:

    I’ve never heard of this book, but it sounds amazing – it’s been added to my wish list!

  76. KL says:

    I write dark fantasy, so villains are a must. I’ve put 13 Steps to Evil Villains on my wish list in case I don’t win!

  77. Amberlie Humphries says:

    Definitely a place where I need some help!

  78. Patti Buff says:

    Great idea! I’ve always wanted an advent calendar for myself. Thank you!

  79. Amanda Letterman says:

    Thanks for doing this. It’s awesome.

  80. Cheryl Rainfield says:

    I find it hard to get into the villain’s head. I should pick up this book!

  81. Karla Diaz says:

    This would be so awesome!! Thanks for the chance to get a signed copy of 13 Steps To Evil and a critique opportunity with Sacha Black.

  82. Sandra Hurst says:

    This advent calendar is an amazing idea!

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