We work in OneNote

OneNote comes free in your Microsoft Office Suite and can be found on OneDrive. We can, however, work in Evernote, Google Docs, and more.

Signing in seems to be the hard part for OneNote. Literally. Your OneNote and OneDrive are connected to your Microsoft account. So, find your Microsoft login information and use that to log into your program.

Then, create your OneNote and share it to Frankie@realindieauthor.com.

The next step is to open up a summary page and start spewing your ideas as organically as they come. 

Next step: Organization

Then, we go through and organize what you have, taking notes.

If you've done your own world building, we break out your notes into sections: characters, setting, history, summaries, and editor notes.

We then come up with a game-plan and will sometimes sketch out the series outline if that’s applicable.

If there are other elements that need to be added, that’s done here. For example, if your story has a mystery, we invest the time to map that out before-hand.  


Outlining is the next step. We can do one book at a time or all of them. It's really up to you. I generally do 1-2 outlines a day and no more than that. My other outliners only do 1 outline a day.

The outlines themselves can range from 1500 - 10,000 words for a standard-length novel, depending on what level you’ve chosen.

Then, we send it to you for review.

You make notes and send it back.

We tweak it until you’re happy with it.

And then, you take your outline and write!

Our Methods

Outline methods used

Lots of people only know of one outlining method and that's either the 3 Acts beat sheet or the 8-Point beat sheet. There are many more. Depending on your book and what you choose to focus on, Cat Goes to the Movies, Romancing the Beat, or even Hero's or Heroine's Journey might be the best way to go. And, sometimes, it's best to use a mix of two or three. 

How long, what genre, and chapter length

It's important to know your projected word count of the book, your genre, whether you plan to have romance and/or sex, and how long your chapters are. 

This information is used to plot out a general layout of your outline and the beats we need to hit. 

The Formulaic approach

I can honestly say that, yes, there is a formula to this, but no two outlines I've written to date have been the same. 

The real creativity, however, still has to come from you.

We bring only what you’re missing. But you’re the one bringing the writing genius superpower. So, flex those muscles and use them.

Additional Explanation

We have (4) different levels of outlines here at Real Indie Author.

Ultra Basic

The ultra-basic outlines are just that. They’re the bare minimum outline.

If this was a dot-by-dot diagram, you’d have a lot of dots to come up with on your own and to connect.

  • Chapter-by-chapter breakdowns

  • Beat title so that you know what beat you’re trying to hit:

    • ex: Chapter 1 - Hook

  • (1) sentence per chapter that illistrates roughly what needs to happen


The basic outlines are pretty basic, but you do get a bit more information.

In the dot-by-dot diagram, more of the dots are there for you, but you still have to come up with a few of your own and connect them.

  • Same as Ultra-Basic

  • 1-3 plot points, character points, and/or subplot points per chapter

  • 1 setting point as needed per chapter


The detailed outlines give you a lot more than the basic in a narrative format.

In the dot-by-dot diagram, most of the dots are here and several of them are connected for you, but you might have to connect a few still.

  • Same as Basic

  • Engaging narrative that walks you through the plot, character, and subplot points.

  • World-building and character building elements as needed.

  • Guidance to help you through the beat, and tips to help you through the parts you struggle with.

  • A couple different ideas on how to hit certain scenes.

  • Points provided work to support your weaknesses, and are not written to your strengths.

    • Ex: If your strength is romance, most of the focus on the outline will be on the pacing and plot points.

    • The reason for this is because the outline is supposed to help you write faster, stronger, and better.

    • Writing an outline that supports your strengths doesn’t help with any of that.


This has been touted as the “ghostwritten short story that you just add words to.”

In the dot-by-dot diagram, the dots are all there and they’re all connected. This is the “no thoughts needed” outline. You literally sit down and just write.

  • Same as Detailed

  • Choreographed scenes that support your weakness.

    • If your weakness is fight scenes, we choreograph those.

  • Ensuring there are enough “scenes” included in each chapter so that you meet your chapter word count.

  • Map out the entire book to ensure there are zero plot holes, subplot holes, character arc issues, or world-building weaknesses, and that you are able to meet or beat your word count goals.

In dealing with these, you need to know the following weaknesses for our outliners:

Visit the team page to discover their strengths and weaknesses.

Make sure to team up with an outliner who will meet your expectations on this level of outline.

RIA Outlines


We review, critique, modify, and complete outlines done by others.


Commissioned outlines are those where you bring the idea, story, characters, and world.

We provide the outline.


We also come up with story concepts, ideas, worlds, and characters for you.

And then also create the outline.

Terms and Conditions

Payment Terms

Invoices must be paid in full before work begins.

Refunds will not be provided after the work is complete, but will be available at the following stages:




PayPal fees and a 10% processing fee do apply.


There are many options available to cut prices and to make these outlines more affordable to you.

However, if you discover you want more detail or control, simply let us know and we will correct the invoice immediately.

Upgrades must be paid in full before additional work can begin.

Conflict Resolution

If we determine that the work requested is above and beyond the work paid for, I will message you on FB to discuss.

After we have detailed out the expectations, and what you’re looking for, I will work with the outliners (and/or myself) to tailor it to you better.

If you decide you need an upgrade, we will handle that as an upgrade of service.

Schedule Resolution

We schedule our work for the week. If we determine we cannot work or complete your project in the week we’ve originally scheduled, we will coordinate this with you.

If, after coordination, we cannot meet your schedule, we will provide a refund per the payment terms, and will not apply our 10% processing fee.

If you are unable to provide the information when before our scheduled date, or are unable to provide full payment, causing your appointment to be bumped back in our schedule, we retain the right to cancel the outline per the payment terms if needed.

Very happy with the outlining service. I worked with Frankie and basically gave her two paragraphs about the world and the names of my MCs and within about two hours of working together, we had developed a full 30 chapter outline.
10/10, would recommend.
— Amanda Roberts
Very, very happy with the outline service for an upcoming 60k contemporary romance. I gave Frankie the barest bones of the story and characters, and in less than an hour, she had the main beats mapped out for me. I’d definitely recommend!
— Jen McConnell