A Novel Approach Second Draft is a 3 PART PROCESS for novelists and memoirists who have completed the first draft and who now want help polishing a manuscript and learning the skills needed to pitch it to agents and publishers.
PART 1: Obtain a SUBSTANTIVE EDIT of your manuscript.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SUBSTANTIVE EDIT PROCESS HERE
Registration is available at anytime during the year.
A Word copy of your manuscript should be delivered to us (by email, Dropbox or a similar method) within 30 days of registration.
We will meet (online in a ZOOM format) for the Substantive Edit discussion at a mutually agreed upon time approximately 6 to 8 weeks after your manuscript is received.
PART 2: Plan your REWRITE and Complete it over the next few months.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 4-6 MONTH REWRITE PROCESS HERE.
The rewrite process develops at your pace. Most authors consider the recommendations presented in the substantive edit for a few weeks before deciding on which recommendations to follow.
Once you have designed your rewrite plan, your instructor will work with you, reading your rewritten chapters as you go along, and providing feedback. The format is similar to the First Draft process, where revisions are emailed every two weeks and your mentor meets with you for an hour in a Zoom format every two weeks to discuss your progress.
Since every author’s needs are unique, we present a package that includes 10 hours of reading, feedback and in-person meetings at a time (about 3 months). If your rewrite is straightforward and manageable, we can celebrate your achievement after only one segment. If your rewrite is substantial, simply purchase another 10 hour segment until completion.
Part Three, The Intensive nine week Group Workshop, is offered once a year in September and October, so if your intent is to finish a rewrite and take the nine week intensive, we recommend that you start with the Substantive Edit (part one) in the winter each year to ensure you have time to complete Part One and two before the summer starts.
PART 3: Complete the 9 week Intensive Group Workshop: Preparing You and Your Book for the Marketplace.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 9 WEEK GET PUBLISHED INTENSIVE WORKSHOP HERE.
Available once a year on 9 consecutive Thursday evenings (6:30 – 9:30) starting September 10th, 2020. DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, this workshop will be held ONLINE in a ZOOM format.
NOTE: In the past we have not permitted authors into the 9 week Intensive unless one of us had read your manuscript or been your mentor in our First Draft classes or Online Mentorships.
Starting in 2020, this limitation has been lifted and anyone with a finished second draft of a novel or memoir may sign up.
If you would prefer to have James read your manuscript before the 9 week intensive starts, he will be glad to read your manuscript (reading fee of $400 + hst) as long as he receives a pdf or word version by no later than Sunday, August 23rd.
Each of the three segments should be taken consecutively to maximize the value of the learning experience and the story-refining process. Some writers, however, prefer to take breaks between the segments, so each segment is priced individually.
PLEASE NOTE: Sue Reynolds accepts a limited number of Second Draft MEMOIR manuscripts each year. If you have written a MEMOIR and would like Sue Reynolds as your Substantive Edit Mentor, please indicate this when registering.