“The teaching of craft can be done without damage to a writer’s original voice or artistic self-esteem.”
― Pat Schneider (the 4th precept of the AWA Method)
Several start times are available throughout the year.
The SUBSTANTIVE EDIT and FINISH YOUR REWRITE phases are offered as MENTORSHIPS.
Sue works with MEMOIRISTS and James assists AUTHORS.
James also teaches the NAVIGATE THE PUBLISHING MARKETPLACE WITH CONFIDENCE 8 week workshop every January and February.
STEP 1: Obtain a SUBSTANTIVE EDIT of your COMPLETED FIRST DRAFT
We read your manuscript carefully, keeping detailed notes about what is working well and what could be even better. Although we will make recommendations in the manuscript if we identify any spelling, grammar, unclear phrasing or other writing errors, we do not perform a copy edit.
We offer two types of Substantive Edit.
VERSION ONE: A METICULOUS SUMMARY. ($1,260 + hst)
VERSION TWO: A ONE PAGE ATTENTIVE SUMMARY ($560 + hst)
If you choose to continue with STEP 2 of our SECOND DRAFT process (PLAN YOUR REWRITE and FINISH IT), our recommendations will guide your rewrite and improve your chances of finding an agent and publisher.
STEP 2: PLAN YOUR REWRITE and FINISH IT.
Your availability determines how the rewrite process will proceed, so we employ the A NOVEL APPROACH MENTORSHIP (online format) because it offers the most flexibility. Participants purchase 10 hours at a time ($700 + hst) which covers the time spent by your substantive editor reading your rewritten chapters, emailing them back to you with comments, then discussing them in an online zoom chat (or telephone) every two weeks.
This process is designed to work on a biweekly timetable like the First Draft workshop, but if you prefer to work more quickly, or prefer an extended timetable, we simply track the time spent and keep you informed of your progress. (All unused hours are refundable.) We have found that most writers need 1 or 2 Mentorship 10 hour blocks to complete a rewrite.
Many of out First and Second Draft authors increase their chances of publication by taking our NAVIGATE the PUBLISHING MARKETPLACE with CONFIDENCE workshop.
This 8 WEEK INTENSIVE WORKSHOP provides an in-depth focus on writing the query, synopsis, elevator pitch and tagline for your book that you will need to attract the attention of publishers and agents.