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Manuscript Accelerator

A 6-month, no-excuses plan for writing or revising a book.

Writing a book is hard
but that doesn't mean it
has to be frustrating.


Instead of struggling in solitude, grabbing at quick-fix offers, hoping for a miracle, you can have a clear path to success. It looks like this:

We'll hand pick one of our book coaches to guide your project from wherever you are to "the end." 

Whether you are stuck after a few chapters, or stuck with a whole draft that you know isn't working, we'll make a customized plan to help you finish or revise your draft.

It's part project management, part editorial guidance, part magic voodoo that comes from pairing our own highly trained book-loving coaches with writers who are ready to stop messing around.

That may not sound sexy, but if you’re reading this, our guess is you’re tired of the empty promises, the “write as fast as you can” programs, and the “invitations” to sit in a room with a famous author that have gotten you exactly nowhere.

This is going to be different.

It's a method, not a miracle

Manuscript Accelerator gives you the three essential elements you need for creative success

Accountability so you can't make excuses

  • You’ll be reaching for your laptop instead of the remote control when you have a book coach waiting for your work.

Focus so you don't get off track

  • Professional, detailed feedback as you go means you won’t waste hours, days, or years of your life on a story that doesn’t work.

Support where it counts the most

  • No more despairing about whether your work is any good. Your book coach is there to support you, so you can spend less time doubting yourself and more time writing forward.

 

 

After six months of working together, book coach Lizette Clarke meets her writer, Lorrie Tom, for the first time. 

Manuscript Accelerator is designed to
work
with your schedule and your life


  • You commit to finishing a rough draft or a revision of your manuscript*  in 6 months. 

  • You work with your book coach on a project plan that takes into account your work and family obligations, your vacation plans, and your writing style.

  • You agree on a deadline schedule -- usually every week or every other week.

  • You can email your coach between deadlines with quick questions, fast brainstorms, and support in moments of doubt.

  • You can schedule phone or Skype calls with your coach to go over things face to face -- OR use that time to get feedback on more pages.

  • You get free membership in our Membership Group where you can join Ask Me Anything sessions with Jennie Nash, join live working sessions  led by our coaches and special guests, and connect with other writers who could be perfect beta readers for your work.


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The outcome?

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 actually finish this time-- no excuses.

* This timeframe is designed for a book that will be approximately 250 manuscript pages (average length.)

Invest in your success

The Manuscript Accelerator program is tailored exactly for you from start to finish. You don't have to read anyone else's work-in-progress at a workshop, wait for your time to share at your writing group, or slog through a video series meant for the masses.

Big investments are always scary, but we do everything we can to ensure you know the program inside and out before you invest in it, including:

  • Invite you to fill out a detailed Q&A about your project and your goals
  • Offer a free 30 min consultation call before you sign up
  • Show you feedback samples so you can see exactly what kind of editing and guidance you'll get
  • Start with a 60-minute call with your coach to develop a project plan

 READY TO TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT AND YOUR GOALS?

Our writers feel deeply satisfied

Wouldn’t be where I am without Jennie and the AA team — manuscript to an agent in NYC, another project with an agent in LA. Author Accelerator is the best investment I’ve made yet in my writing life.
— Robert Desiderio
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LAINEY CAMERON

I’ve been participating in an online pitch fest over the weekend and (squeal) I got 5 requests to submit based on this 50 word summary and first 250 words.

Every time someone asks me how I got this far (and I know it’s only one small step in the journey and I have so much work and learning still to do), I say my amazing coach {Kemlo} from Author Accelerator.

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HENRIETTE IVANANS

There's NO WAY, without this kind of accountability and feedback, that I could have done this on my own. 

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LISA MANTERFIELD

The reason I was able to put out two books in quick succession was that I sat on them for YEARS, afraid to take the leap and get them out onto the world. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to you, Lisa, Story Genius, and Author Accelerator for prodding me, albeit lovingly, to the next level. Thank you.

My writing journey would have been stalled on the tarmac if not for Jennie Nash and Author Accelerator. I’m not as far along as I hoped to be, but I’m still at it, and that’s only partly because I’m stubborn—the rest is because of Jennie and Author Accelerator.
— Sonya Meyers

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

+ Can I just sign up for the program?

The first step is for you to fill out this Q&A. After you fill it out, you'll schedule a consultation call to speak with one of our team members to make sure Manuscript Accelerator is the right program for you and your goals. After your call, we’ll send you the information to register, and you can sign up when you’re ready. Once you’re registered, we’ll pair you with a coach, which usually takes 2-3 business days, and introduce you to them so you can set up a call to talk about your project and devise a plan for your 6-month program.

+ 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. When you begin the signup process for Manuscript Accelerator, you'll be asked to choose up to five coaches you'd like to work with. To learn more about our coaches, click here.

+ 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?

Through extensive work with many different writers, Jennie Nash discovered that 6 months is the right amount of time for a writer to draft a solid rough draft through coaching. It's a sizable amount of time to commit to, but 6 months is a lot less time than spending years on a book that doesn't get finished.

+ 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.

Still have questions? Feeling nervous and unsure?

We get that. This is a big commitment and we're happy to talk you through it. Once you submit your Q&A, we'll set up a call with you to talk through all the specifics.