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Blueprint for a Book Workshop

Build your story from the ground up

It's time to take ownership of your book idea.

Blueprint for a Book goes beyond simply plotting your book. Under the direction of a book coach, you will drill down into the most important elements that will drive your story or argument forward. Without these in place before you start writing, you could risk YEARS of frustration and a book that goes NOWHERE.

Make sure your foundation is strong so you can write forward with confidence

SPECIALIZED COURSEWORK FOR FICTION, NONFICTION, AND MEMOIR  WRITERS

FOR FICTION WRITERS

  • What's the point of your story?
  • Who is your narrator?
  • What does she want?
  • Where does her story begin?
  • Where does her story end?
  • What happens in the plot?
  • Who is your ideal reader?

FOR NONFICTION WRITERS

  • What are you trying to say?
  • Why are YOU the best person to say it?
  • What is the best structure for your book?
  • Who are you trying to reach?
  • How will you reach them?
  • What books do they already love?

FOR MEMOIR WRITERS

  • What's the point of your story?
  • Which "you" is your narrator?
  • What does this former self want?
  • Where does your story begin?
  • Where does your story end?
  • What happens in the plot?
  • Who is your ideal reader?

I Owe it to you

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"I owe it to you ... you really are great at not just the writing but the marketing and figuring out all that stuff BEFORE you write!"

- Paolina Milana, Author of 'The S Word'

 

LOVE IT!

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"I'm on my fifth week of Blueprint for a Book. Love it! It has helped focus my efforts on my novel."

- Pam Van Dyk

About Your Instructor

Jennie Nash is the founder and chief creative officer of Author Accelerator, a program that brings professional book coaching to writers in all genres. She is a private book coach whose authors regularly land top New York agents and book deals with publishers including Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Hazeldon, Norton and Random House. Several of her writers have also recently won national self-publishing awards.

Blueprint for a Book is a strategic program Jennie developed through many years of guiding writers to start, finish, revise, rescue, and sell books. She has hand-picked all Author Accelerator book coaches and trained them in her Blueprint system.

Jennie is the author of four novels, three memoirs, and counting.

Your Curriculum

Week 1: Why are you writing this book? What are you trying to say?

Week 2: Who is your narrator? What is the structure of your book?

Week 3: Design a "Two-Tier Outline" of your whole book.

Week 4: Sketch your first scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction).

Week 5: Sketch your last scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction).

Week 6: Who is your ideal reader? How will you reach them?

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Week 7 (for science-fiction and fantasy writers only): Between Weeks 2 and 3, you will spend a week on world-building. The rest of the weeks will follow according to the schedule above.

What will you take away from this workshop?

  • A one-line pitch for your book
  • A polished draft of your book jacket copy
  • A working title and subtitle
  • A clear structure or plot outline for your book
  • A table of contents (nonfiction)
  • A fleshed-out portrait of your story's world (for science-fiction and fantasy)
  • A draft of your introduction (nonfiction)
  • A draft of your first scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction)
  • A draft of your last scene (fiction) or chapter (nonfiction)
  • A portrait of who your ideal reader is and how you will reach them
  • The beginnings of your marketing plan
  • A habit of spending time on your book each week
  • Experience of working with a professional editor
  • The confidence to write forward

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Weekly support & feedback

When you sign up for an Author Accelerator program like Blueprint for a Book, you’re going to get the dedication, support and feedback you need to help you write forward.

We use your application to pair you with the best book coach to fit your needs. We consider genre, writing level, publishing goals, and personality. We want you to LOVE your coach and feel comfortable sharing your story with them.

During the course, you’ll have assignments to complete each week. At the end of each week, you’ll submit your assignments directly to your personal book coach. Within 72 hours, your coach will send you their feedback and thoughts.

This feedback is included in the price of the course.

 

Your Blueprint for a Book Workshop Options:

Frequently Asked Questions

+ I've already started writing my manuscript. Is Blueprint for a Book still for me?

It can be extremely helpful no matter where you are in the writing process to analyze your book and see whether there are weak spots, holes, or elements that need solidifying. You can then go back to your draft and shore those up, knowing that you can write forward with confidence. We will warn, though, that you could end up finding that your story needs a major overhaul – we've seen it happen many times. That can be very difficult for some writers to accept, so if you don't feel open to that possibility, this might not be the best program for you. We would suggest working with one of our book coaches in our weekly program instead, which will allow you to keep up the writing momentum and finish your draft.

+ I haven't written a single page. Is Blueprint for a Book for me?

Absolutely! That's what the Blueprint is designed to do – get you started!

+ What comes after I do Blueprint for a Book?

If you enjoyed the weekly feedback and are ready to begin writing your book, you can smoothly transition into weekly book coaching. The programs are set to flow right into one another, but you're also welcome to take a break – a month, minimum – between them if need be. Just email us at accelerate@authoraccelerator.com.

+ What's the difference between Blueprint for a Book and Story Genius?

While Story Genius is an intense and structured 10-week workshop, Blueprint is more fluid and flexible, and shorter. Blueprint for a Book is designed for ALL genres as opposed to just fiction. This course is perfect for busy writers! With an average input of 2 to 5 hours a week, you'll be able to get through Blueprint (and get clear on your book!) at a comfortable pace.