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 IN AN ONLINE ZOOM FORMAT 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 ONLINE 7:00 to 9:30.
 

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.

NOTE THIS CLASS IS HELD at a Chapters’ bookstore (usually Newmarket or Ajax, Ontario). However, if meeting at one of these bookstores is impractical for you, please arrange to visit the largest bookstore in your neighborhood this evening.

 
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.
 

Any AUTHOR or MEMOIRIST who has completed a manuscript may sign up for this 9 week workshop.

However, to obtain the most value from this course, James would enjoy reading your manuscript (a reading fee of $400 applies) in advance of the class. Please ensure he receives it at least 3 weeks before the class starts.

REGISTRATION CLOSES SEPTEMBER 1st.
 
Cost is $385 + HST.
 
James will read your manuscript in advance of the class (A Reading Fee of $400 + HST applies).
 
To pay for this workshop please visit our PAYMENT PAGE.

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