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FOURTH DRAFT - PATHWAY TO PUBLISHING

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OVERVIEW

As you may know, we are launching Rising Tide Books as a publishing arm of the Writers’ Studio in 2014 to give writers who follow our process to the end an opportunity to publish their work.

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This twelve-month course is for people who have completed our Third Draft and wish to finish their novel and get the manuscript to a publishable standard over twelve months.

 By that we mean:

  • Your story, characters, setting and writing are clear and come alive on the page.
  • Your characters are engaging, well developed and motivated.
  • Your reader is drawn into the world of your story and wants to keep turning the pages.

  • They feel like they are being taken on a journey.

The course will also create accountability and inspiration to help you finish your novel in the twelve months.

It is Roland’s experience that this is the point in the process where many stories start to fully realise their potential.

It goes without saying we only want to publish quality stories and we believe this course will help you achieve that end.

Please note:

IMPORTANT

 

Whether you choose to find an agent, a traditional publisher or Rising Tide Books, this course will give you a process, tools, techniques, outside input and a support system to enable you to get your novel into very good shape.

 

START DATE: SATURDAY,  AUGUST 23, 2014 from 2.00pm to 6.00pm

EARLY BIRD COURSE FEE: $3,295 if paid by MAY 31, 2014 

PAYMENT OPTION: Depost $495 followed by 10 x instalments of $295 Total - $3445

PLACES LIMITED.

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THE PROCESS

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The process works along similar lines to the third draft, using different templates and significantly longer word counts.

We also have a professional editor working with Roland, Shelley Kenigsberg.

Shelley has worked in-house with Harper Collins, Harcourt Brace, John Wiley,  Macquarie University and has been Head of Macleay College’s Editing Diploma for the past 21 years.

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 One-on-One with Shelley KenigsbergShelley_Kenigsberg_-_Headshot

Towards the end of the course, she will work on 20,000 words of your story and you will have a one-on-one consultation with her.

At the end of the course, you will have a clear idea of what you need to do before presenting your work to an editor, who will need to go through your work in detail before publication.

 


HOW THE COURSE WORKS

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Over the twelve months, we will meet six times (See below for details).

You will receive feedback on larger chunks of your story than in the Third Draft (3,000 to 5,000 and ultimately 20,000 words).

Getting feedback on the extra length from the Third Draft ensures you get the flow and pacing of your story working at a high level.



SESSION ONE

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Session One – Five-page synopsis


Before embarking on the re-writing and editing of your story, you will:

  • Do a series of exercises to ensure your story has a tight dramatic spine.
  • Answer four key questions designed to help you find an extended logline of your story.  
  • Write a three to five page synopsis. The goal is help you to refine the essence of your story

Having a clear spine will give you confidence in your story and guide you through the whole process.

There will be a one month break between sessions one and two.


SESSIONS TWO TO SIX

As well as looking at writing and story elements addressed in the third draft, we will be using a feedback template in order to go a step deeper into your writing.

This includes analysing:

  • The flow and pacing

  • The  dramatic tension and development of your story
  • The consistency, smoothness and authenticity of your voice
  • Believeable and well-motivated character development
  • Whether your story is working as a unified whole.

Often when you look at a longer section of a story you can see what is and isn’t working at a much clearer level.

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Session Two - Opening 3,200 words

 

Two months between sessions two and three

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Session Three - 4,300 words

 

Two months between sessions three and four

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Session Four – 5,000 words

 

Two months between sessions four and five

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Session Five – 5,000 words

 

Three months between sessions five and six so you can work on 20,000 words to present to Shelley and meet with her for a one-on-one consultation before the final class.

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Session Six  – Gearing up for publication

 


FINAL SESSION

During the final session, you will look at:

  • Your title

  • Book description for back cover and Amazon

  • Covering letter you can send to an agent or traditional publisher that captures the essence of your story and its appeal

  • What you need to prepare for publication on Amazon to make sure its 180 million readers can find your book. This includes book categories, key words, etc

  • What else you need to do to market your work

ENEMY_INSIDEVanessa Skye Fowler said, "I had finished several drafts of my first book, The Enemy Inside, but like many authors, I was having a terrible time with my synopsis and pitch, both pretty crucial documents if you want to attract a publisher! I felt like the book was good, but I wasn't getting it across very well to potential publishers or agents. 

I sat down with Roland and in a two hour session we managed to completely redraft both my synopsis and my pitch. Once I sent these out, the reaction was far more positive. I had three agents interested in representing me almost immediately, and it all flowed well from there."



 

CLICK TO ENROL IN FOURTH DRAFT - PATHWAY TO PUBLISHING 23 AUGUST, 2014

 

 

 


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