THAN A WORKSHOP . . .
If you've completed
a manuscript and are seeking publication, please consider my editorial
services. It's like a one-on-one tutorial relationship where, unlike
the classroom, my focus is 100% on you and your manuscript. Learn
how to improve your manuscript and make a stronger impression on
publishers. For details, CLICK
An Online Workshop
you need is e-mail access. No expensive workbooks or software
to buy -- no printing of assignments. Transmit your work electronically
via e-mail! No rigid timetable. No enrollment deadline. No scheduled
classes to attend. You'll receive your lessons and complete your
assignments based upon your own schedule, not ours. Take up to
a year to complete.
No matter where you live or to what degree "real life"
interferes with your writing time, you'll do it your way.
All workshops are conducted one-on-one by your instructor, Michael
Garrett, in the English language only.
you're like most beginning novelists, you've carried an idea around
for quite some time, but postponed the project from not knowing
where to begin. First novels are judged far more harshly by editors
than anything written by best-selling authors. Can you actually
define the word "novel"? Do you know what constitutes
a marketable first novel? Even if you've already completed your
novel, STARTING YOUR NOVEL will provide tremendous insight into
an effective rewrite!
seven-session online workshop offers a personalized approach to
get you started on the right track, preparing you to begin what
should be one of the most highly rewarding experiences of your
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SERVICES OF MICHAEL GARRETT
WRITING FOR BEGINNERS
Everyone has a story to tell, some of which could be tomorrow’s
best-sellers. Do you have what it takes to sell your manuscripts?
All best-selling authors had to start somewhere; a number of them,
in fact, never wrote fiction of any kind prior to retirement. Whether
you write short stories or novels, or have even yet to begin, this
workshop provides the direction you’ll need to pursue publication.
Taught by a professional editor who’s worked with such noted
authors as Stephen King and Joyce Carol Oates, this workshop teaches
the bare basics of writing to sell and presents an opportunity to
meet other students who are also just starting out on this exciting
SHORT STORY & NOVEL FEEDBACK
short story and novel submissions are rejected within the first
few pages, regardless of how many were submitted. Editors rarely
read every word, and rejection slips seldom explain why
your manuscript fell short. Here's an opportunity to sit face-to-face
with a professional fiction editor who’s worked with such
noted authors as Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, Lawrence Block
and others as he evaluates your submission. You’ll be surprised
as minor mistakes in your writing, likely the source of manuscript
rejection, are constructively pointed out to you. If you prefer
not to have your own writing reviewed, you'll benefit by listening
to other critiques.
• How editors evaluate submissions
• The importance of making a strong first impression
• Placement of essential manuscript ingredients
Don’t avoid feedback! You’ll be amazed at the degree
by which it will improve your writing.
Session, Two-to-Three Hours
TRUTH ABOUT SELF-PUBLICATION
self-publication, or the “Vanity Press,” has been
frowned upon for all but the most ambitious non-fiction writers.
Today, however, with the advent of print-on-demand publishing,
self-publication has become a low-cost solution for many writers
who wish to target a small specific audience and maintain complete
control over their finished books. With as little as a $500 investment,
your professional-quality book can be available for sale, but
beware of the misleading promises of certain print-on-demand publishers.
You could be wasting your money. Discover if your book is right
for self-publication and what you can realistically expect or
decide if you should pursue traditional publishers instead.
Find a location convenient to you!
YOUR OPENING SCENE
Writing a marketable novel requires far more than basic writing
skills. Like movies, effective novels must be skillfully directed
and be properly focused. New writers are heavily judged by the opening
pages of their novels. If a demonstrated understanding
of the necessary components of a marketable first novel is not reflected
starting with page one, line one, your novel is likely to be rejected.
Here is a hands-on workshop designed to help you get off to a great
start. You’ll work on the opening page of your novel, receive
feedback from the instructor, learn from the instructor’s
feedback to other students, then rewrite for more feedback. With
a strong beginning behind you, the rest of your novel will be far
easier to write.
TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR
does it take to become a published author? Like any other profession,
becoming a professional
writer requires a career plan. Where should your initial focus lie
to meet your goal of publication? Success as a writer requires far
more than just sitting at the keyboard. Learn the keys to success
in today’s competitive publishing industry, including marketing
techniques that move you closer to publication. Your manuscript
could be the greatest of its kind ever written, but if you don’t
know how to get it into the hands of someone who can buy it, it
will never sell. Taught by a professional editor and internationally
published author, HOW TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR discloses:
• How to keep your submissions out of the editor’s “slush
• How to overcome "writer's block"
• How to get editors to ask for your submission
• And much, much more!
If you’ve already completed your novel, use what you’ll
learn to produce a more marketable rewrite.
Session, Three Hours
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CREATING YOUR NOVEL
Writing a novel
requires an enormous investment of time; however, specific techniques
can make the task far more manageable. CREATING YOUR NOVEL offers
a step-by-step methodology to help you
produce a marketable first novel. Under the guidance of a professional
editor and internationally published author, you’ll create
a cast of characters, formulate a novel outline, decide which point
of view and structural form are most appropriate and develop a specific
marketing plan. Demonstrated techniques are easily adaptable to
your own work, regardless of your category of interest. You’ll
How to create realistic characters
What is the universal “formula” for a successful first
How to target specific publishers before you even start writing
You’ll meet other local writers with similar interests, pick
up valuable pointers and challenge your imagination as well.
Find a location convenient to you!
HOW TO BE PUBLISHED workshops are listed in SHAWGUIDES,
the industry's most comprehensive listing of writing conferences
are also listed in THE
LITERARY MARKETPLACE, the publishing industry's official
directory of professional resources.