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"Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is hard work..." (Stephen King)

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And the winner is...

...And knowing what to work on...

The DreamEngine Author Academy is dedicated to bringing you all the knowledge you need to get published and have a career as a writer.

By joining the inner circle you will have access to over sixty videos presented by David Baboulene. David is a published author of ten books, a produced scriptwriter, a story consultant for hundreds of stories, a film producer, a PhD academic of story theory and best selling author of five books on the subject. 

You will also be invited to online seminars with David and guests covering every aspect of becoming a successful author and you will be able to follow the story development process for a new, aspiring writer and for a story that David is developing for a film production company.

We also recruit from within and offer a way for you to start your career in any number of fields related to publishing including editing, literary agency, book cover design, interior book design, PR and much much more.

Come and join us in The Inner Circle today.

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Author Marketing

Let's face it. You don't do marketing. You don't like it and when you've tried, it doesn't work.  

This is the biggest tripwire for writers. Why? Because the only writers that make it do marketing. It's the only game in town. And you are not in the game if you don't get wise. 

We will teach you everything you need to know about marketing - I mean everything. A complete course on marketing, from sales funnels to copywriting - and it's all done using story branding. That is, a type of marketing that uses story dynamics to frame your marketing campaign. 

Secret 1: It's not about selling books. It's about creating a brand and what I call a 'mythology' around yourself your characters and your story world.  

Secret 2: When you come to sell yourself and your product, the hero of your story... is not you. 

Secret 3: You need a different approach to selling yourself to the industry from the one you need to sell books to the public.

Secret 4: Marketing is surprisingly EASY! I wish someone had shown me decades ago what I know now...

Secret 5: If you do even a minimal amount of effective marketing, your chances of getting a deal increase exponentially. 

You are going to understand and act upon these secret keys to success. 


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The Author Mythology

New authors are rightfully proud of themselves and their book. It's a supreme achievement to get a book finished and it your hands. BUT...

...this is why they don't sell any books. Selling 'a book' is basically impossible - and you shouldn't try. The book is just the ticket to the show. It's the show that sells. 

If I say 'JK Rowling' or 'Harry Potter' what do you think of? Hogwarts? Dark magic? Dumbledore? Muggles..? An extraordinary story world. You don't think of the books. The book is just a ticket to the show. A portal to take you to the show. It's the show that sells. 

In this section you will learn all about the author mythology, how to create one around yourself, your characters and your story world, and then how to use social media to take your mythology to millions of people all over the world.

Using real-world examples and DreamEngine authors, you will learn that it's the mythology that sells your books.

David Baboulene at BAFTA, 2019

Masters in Story Theory3

What is a Story? Why do Stories Exist?

If your friend shouts: "Oh, My God! That woman is SUCH a--!"

You just finished that sentence, didn't you?! (Shame on you...) You filled in the gap. You completed the narrative logic. Instinctively. Unconsciously. Automatically. It's how the mind works. It fills in gaps to create complete narrative logic. This is fundamental psychology that you can use to engage and inspire your reader. 

When you look at the static image below, do you instinctively create a narrative progression? Can you even help yourself from doing that? Do you project forwards and predict what will happen next? This is what we do. In small, medium, large and epic. We do it all the time, and this is what fine stories are made of.

Using interactive examples, you will understand the critical role that narrative plays in how the mind works, and exactly how every story gets its power to make you love it, take ownership and feel gripped.  


A Story Development Process4

From Story Seed to Pristine Book

It's hard to identify the inspiration for your story, and even harder to keep hold of it and retain it's integrity as the story grows into 100,000 words or more. Authors lose their way, and although they can make it to the finish line, it can be a long, hard process, and the story may not be what you'd hoped it would be at the outset. 

I will take you on the full story development process for many stories, including live examples, working online in real time with aspiring writers - members of the DreamEngine community - so you can watch the story development process in action. The first of these is there already - come watch my Zoom Calls With an Author!

I will be doing this for a major story development creating a 100,000 word story from nothing to a finished novel and feature length movie - and some lucky people from the DreamEngine community will come as my guest to the premiere in London and LA (through my film production company, Skylark Vision). 

Cover of Working With a Contemporary Step Outline Bella David Baboulene

Tools and Methods5

The Secret to Success...

Well, the good news is, there IS a secret to success. The bad news is it's this: Hard work. Most artists don't do the hard yards. All their passion and energy goes into writing. However, by using story branding and giving say 10% of your time to getting the commercial side sorted, you WILL succeed. 

In this section we show you WHAT to do - knowing WHAT to do is a huge part of finding success! We make a plan and we deliver against it. You get training in essential tools for marketing, story development, the publishing industry, social media and of course, creating an author mythology to bewitch the world... and have them buy books. 


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Your Paymasters

In order for all your efforts to be effective, you need an understanding of the agents, publishers, managers, producers - the people you will be targetting. Story branding means creating a hero's journey that leads to success. And it's hugely important that you realise this: The hero of your story... is NOT YOU. 

It's the publisher. What does THEIR journey look like? What does success mean for a publisher in their day? What can YOU do to ensure your hero uses you to find their own personal holy grail. 

In these sessions we will understand the industry professionals and gear everything you do to making your work the answer to their prayers so it is a no-brainer for them to choose you and your stories.  

Heros Journey

Become a Master of Story Theory

Learn Marketing Using Story Dynamics

Package & Present Yourself to the Industry



Cheryl Neve
Cheryl Neve Scriptwriter - Sitting Under the Chestnut Tree (2021)
David has been invaluable in my story development. He has improved my writing immensely, and has given me the tools I need to write the best possible stories. I doubt there is a story anywhere that couldn't benefit from his input.
Hannah Stevenson
Hannah Stevenson Producer - Eaten by Lions (2019); Uncertain Kingdom (2020)
The insight that David brought to our project was invaluable. David was able to turn our script that was a compelling story attracting initial interest into a page turner of a screenplay. He is creatively inspiring while maintaining a kind, collaborative humility that should not be underestimated. Thank you so much David.
Alex Marx
Alex Marx Writer/Producer - Miraculous Isabella (2021)
Story is based on the psychology in the conversation between an author and an audience. David brings the world genuinely new tools and methods that give you an objective and measurable understanding of how good your story is and clarity in how to improve it. Highly recommended.

The DreamEngine Author Academy
Inner Circle
Lifetime Membership

60 Videos (and Growing...) of Essential Knowledge for Authors.  

  • Marketing Using Story Branding. 

  • Create your Author Mythology.

  • Learn how to leverage your mythology using social media the world over. 

  • Become a Master of Story Theory.

  • The Story Development Process.

  • Deal with the publishing industry as an equal. Don't forget: If you have a great story, They Are Desperate to Find You! 

  • Resources, examples and templates to package and present yourself and your story.

  • Get a personal relationship with DreamEngine Publishing. 

  • EARN MONEY from your stories and your knowledge of how they work. Imagine that! 

  • We recruit from the Inner Circle. Editors, Cover Designers, Book Designers and more.

PLUS Get support and feedback from your peers - we have a large, global author community.

PLUS You get periodic FREE one-on-one consultations with David Baboulene to discuss your story and career. 

PLUS Get this for value: I have been paid more than $2000 to deliver this material 'live'. Today, for you, Lifetime Access to The Inner Circle is yours for a fraction of that price.

An 80% Discount.

A small price to change your life and make your future? A small investment if you are serious about your writing career.

€379 €1900

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This is the course I set up to give to authors we signed to the publishing company. But why not allow authors to have this knowledge BEFORE getting a deal?! Get this: If you end up with a publishing deal with us we will refund you the price of this course


  • How long must I sign up for?
    • You are signing up to join the DreamEngine family for LIFE! One payment, lifetime access.

      As and when the model changes, you will retain free access to the promised courses.   

  • Can I ask you to work with me on my story or with my team?
    • Yes. On a short story (any medium), I charge £500. It's a lot more on a full-length work, of course, but let's chat and see what we can do. 

      Get in touch via the Contact Page or get in touch with my representation at SMA Talent in the UK. Contact Olav using the details below: 

      Olav Wyper:
      Tel: +44 (0)1379 586734

  • Can I get a discount?
    • I love nothing more than sharing my knowledge, and I would hate to think anyone is excluded.

      There will always be discounts for anyone who needs them. Don't be shy! I want to help. Get in touch via the contact page and I will make it work for you.  

A Few More...

Carolyn Goodyear Writer/Producer
David’s love and understanding of story has elevated many of my scripts which have subsequently gone on to be produced and win awards. He’s a fantastic story consultant – encouraging and full of good ideas – I can’t imagine ever writing a script without asking David to read it.
Mark Halliley
Mark Halliley Writer/Producer
We cannot recommend David highly enough. His insights and expertise have been invaluable, helping us get our script to the point where we’ve sold the option and look forward to full production.
Eric Ongeri Writer
The course is amazing! I'm learning so much! I'll literally have to go through my old stories and rewrite them so that I can embrace the improvements that are already obvious to me now. Ignorance, honestly, is not bliss. I don't know how on Earth I would have done my stories any justice if I had published them before coming across your teachings. Thank you, David.