The Year-long Workshop to Write Your Novel or Memoir

PART 3: 9 WEEK INTENSIVE WORKSHOP

Learn how to NAVIGATE the PUBLISHING MARKETPLACE with CONFIDENCE
 
This workshop requires participants to attend 9 Weekly (2.5 hour) Workshops starting September 10th, 2020.
 
Writers meet on NINE CONSECUTIVE THURSDAYS in a small group to develop confidence and acquire successful book promotion strategies. This is an intensive workshop designed for writers whose manuscript is ready for the public.
 
Thursday Evenings 7:00 to 9:30 at Uplands Retreats
 

September 10: Meet & Greet & Share Objectives
Defending your book as a work of art.
Revisiting the synopsis as a selling tool. (Note: Authors prepare a working synopsis in Part 2)
 
September 17: Essential Manuscript Talking Points
Does your synopsis inspire interest?
Would an agent or publisher want to know more about your story?
Revise and revise until it’s perfect.
 
September 24: Learn to Be Quick on Your Feet: Preparing a Pitch and Log Line(s)
Last look at your synopsis as a selling tool.
Secrets for making perfect pitches.
 
October 1: Confidence Building Exercises: Practicing Pitches Together
Finalizing the pitch and memorizing it.
Pitching each other in real life settings.
 
October 8: Finding Where Your Book Belongs in a Bookstore – Investing in Research.
How to find agents in your genre.
Finding acquisition Editors in your genre.
(Class held at a Chapters’ bookstore (Newmarket or Ajax)
 
October 15: Finding the Best Comparables & Strategizing Marketplace Approaches
Finalizing the strategy that will place your book in the best places.
Why picking the right comparable is crucial.
 
October 22: Querying with Focus: Finding the Best Agents and Publishers for your story
Analyzing successful queries by genre.
Focusing on what agents and Editors want to see.
 
October 29: First Page Essentials: Revisiting your Perfect Opening Paragraphs
Analyzing why the Five Essentials should appear in your first 500 words.
Defining the preferences that incite you to turn the page.
 
November 5: Finalizing Your Marketing & Self-Promotion Plan
Your’re ready. Now what?
Accentuating your learned advantages at Pitch Conferences.
Working together strategies that support a consistent approach going forward.
 

NOTE: James accepts authors into the 9 week Intensive only if he has read the author’s second draft manuscript before the workshop starts. If you intend to take the 9 week intensive and have not completed your second draft with James, a reading fee of $400 will be assessed for James to read your manuscript.
The deadline for submission of manuscripts is July 31st.

REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 31st.
 
Cost is $385 + HST if James has already read your manuscript.
 
A Reading Fee of $400 + HST applies for James to read your manuscript before the class starts in September.
 
To pay for this workshop please visit our PAYMENT PAGE.

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