Frequently Asked Questions:

General Questions

+ I just got done with Blueprint for a Book and/or Story Genius - is this right for me?*

* It's actually exactly what we would recommend you do next! You've set yourself up by nailing down the foundation of your novel, now you can write forward with confidence by having the support and guidance of a book coach.

+ Can I work with a Story Genius trained coach? And can I use the Story Genius method in this program?

Of course! Story Genius is HARD and it's a tool like everything else. If you like it and it works for you, we can absolutely accomodate you in that regard. But if you're open to trying other methods, your coach will gladly give you other exercises and guidance on how to branch out from beyond Story Genius.

+ What if I'm currently a member of Author Accelerator?

There are a few options for you if you're a current member. You can sign up for Manuscript Accelerator with the introductory price and your coach will tailor your 6 months to what you need (so maybe you only need an additional month of writing, but the remaining time could be spent on revision and preparing to pitch). If you are currently on the $399/mo pro plan, you will be able to continue on that plan until you either finish your manuscript or need to take a break. Once you take a break though, you'll need to choose either the Manuscript Accelerator option or the basic coaching option.

+ How is this different from your previous $399/mo and $1999/mo plans?

This program offers much more than our current month-by-month programs, which has no phone or Skype support; no ability to customize the program to suit your schedule or your output; no accommodation for vacations or emergencies, and no promise to yourself that you are in it for the long haul.

+ Is Manuscript Accelerator launched like your other programs?

No! You can sign up anytime you want, but note that once you sign up and agree to commit - there’s no backing out! Once you’re in -- you’re in!

Program Specific Questions

+ Why is coaching actually a better option for my book than trying to draft it on my own?

The benefit of coaching is that you will produce a rough draft of a book that is more like a 5th or 6th draft because you've had editorial input, accountability, and emotional support as you go. You will finish with a great draft to move forward with.

+ Who will be giving me feedback?

Your work will be reviewed by a coach that has been hand picked and trained by Jennie Nash. All of our coaches go through four levels of rigorous training and many are published authors themselves. To read more about our coaches, [click here][0].

+ Do I get more than one email exchange with my coach?

Yes! That's one of the major benefits. You are allowed to have more back and forth with your coach (of course, within reason) as well as phone or Skype conversations each month.

+ What's involved in the "planning session?"

First, there will be a system for learning about your writing habits, your page count goals, where you tend to fall down over time as you work toward your goal, what you are afraid of in the process, etc. You'll fill that out before you get on the phone with your coach for the planning session.


From there, your coach will help you develop your 6-month plan. Note that your six month plan may evolve as your work does. Each week your coach will tell you what they want to see next. That may include revisions of previous materials.

+ How many pages a week am I committing to?

What's great about this program is that you can work with your coach and do whatever you think is best. 20 pages a week is a guideline, but that might mean 10 new pages and 10 revised. Or, it might mean 12 new pages one week, 6 the next, and 25 the next. It's a more fluid program than anything else. The only caveat is that you and your coach need to plan this together. You can't dump 40 pages on your coach without warning.

Billing Related Questions

 

+ Why is there a 6 month commitment?

There is no answer here

+ I just got done with blueprint for a book and/or story genius - is this right for me?

It's actually exactly what we would recommend you do next! You've set yourself up by nailing down the foundation of your novel, now you can write forward with confidence by having the support and guidance of a book coach.

+ Can I work with a story genius trained coach? And can I use the Story Genius method in this program?

Of course! Story Genius is HARD and it's a tool like everything else. If you like it and it works for you, we can absolutely accomodate you in that regard. But if you're open to trying other methods, your coach will gladly give you other exercises and guidance on how to branch out from beyond Story Genius.

+ What if I'm currently a member of Author Accelerator?*

There are a few options for you if you're a current member. You can sign up for Manuscript Accelerator with the introductory price and your coach will tailor your 6 months to what you need (so maybe you only need an additional month of writing, but the remaining time could be spent on revision and preparing to pitch). If you are currently on the $399/mo pro plan, you will be able to continue on that plan until you either finish your manuscript or need to take a break. Once you take a break though, you'll need to choose either the Manuscript Accelerator option or the basic coaching option.

+ How is this different from your previous $399/mo and $1999/mo plans?

This program offers much more than our current month-by-month programs, which has no phone or Skype support; no ability to customize the program to suit your schedule or your output; no accommodation for vacations or emergencies, and no promise to yourself that you are in it for the long haul.

+ Is Manuscript Accelerator launched like your other programs?

No! You can sign up anytime you want, but note that once you sign up and agree to commit - there’s no backing out! Once you’re in -- you’re in!

+ What if I don't know the genre of my book?

Your coach will absolutely help you with that. There are lessons/exercises she will have you do that will narrow in on what your actual genre is.

+ Why is coaching actually a better option for my book than trying to draft it on my own?

The benefit of coaching is that you will produce a rough draft of a book that is more like a 5th or 6th draft because you've had editorial input, accountability, and emotional support as you go. You will finish with a great draft to move forward with.

+ Who will be giving me feedback?

Your work will be reviewed by a coach that has been hand picked and trained by Jennie Nash. All of our coaches go through four levels of rigorous training and many are published authors themselves. To read more about our coaches, [click here][0].

+ Do I get more than one email exchange with my coach?

Yes! That's one of the major benefits. You are allowed to have more back and forth with your coach (of course, within reason) as well as phone or Skype conversations each month.

+ What's involved in the "planning session?"

First, there will be a system for learning about your writing habits, your page count goals, where you tend to fall down over time as you work toward your goal, what you are afraid of in the process, etc. You'll fill that out before you get on the phone with your coach for the planning session.


From there, your coach will help you develop your 6-month plan. Note that your six month plan may evolve as your work does. Each week your coach will tell you what they want to see next. That may include revisions of previous materials.

+ How many pages a week am I committing to?

What's great about this program is that you can work with your coach and do whatever you think is best. 20 pages a week is a guideline, but that might mean 10 new pages and 10 revised. Or, it might mean 12 new pages one week, 6 the next, and 25 the next. It's a more fluid program than anything else. The only caveat is that you and your coach need to plan this together. You can't dump 40 pages on your coach without warning.

We are doing this because it's what people have asked for: to hold their feet to the fire. If you CAN beg out, you WILL. And that doesn't serve your goal of finishing a book. There will never be a "good" time to write a book, and we want to get you out of the excuse-making habit and actually get your story onto the page.

+ Can I take a break while I'm in the program?

We've found that most writers that take a lengthy "break" from the program tend to justify not returning for one reason or another. We don't want you to fall into that trap. So while you may skip a submission or two, or find a way to work around your schedule, you may not take a break while you're in the program, even if your coach takes a break. We have backup plans and alternative assignments during those brief times your coach may be gone.

+ This sounds great, but it's not in my budget, do you have another option?

We do! We have our Basic Coaching option which is $199/mo. However, it does NOT include all the benefits of the Manuscript Accelerator coaching. It's essentially feedback and one email exchange with your coach. Many writers find this to be sufficient for what they're looking for, though.

+ What's your refund policy?

We have a very extensive refund policy statement. Please check it out by [clicking here][1].